The Importance of Online Personal Learning Networks.

EdTech4Beginners

Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are the groups of people around us that help us develop skills and knowledge. Many teachers are now learning from each other online. I follow inspirational educators and click the ‘follow’ button so I get a notification every time they Tweet.

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. It was the latest big-fix trend in K-12 education, and Gist, a favored daughter of Silicon Valley philanthropists, offered up the nation’s smallest state as a laboratory mouse.

At Public Education Conference, Educators Share Fall-Outs on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

Edsurge

Educators from around the U.S. gathered in Oakland this past weekend for the Network for Public Education ’s (NPE) national conference, where several sessions centered around a common theme: protecting public education amid an era of federal budget cuts and concerns over the increased presence of technology in classrooms. The speakers all pressed that digital learning, and in particular online charter schools, are falling short for students and teachers.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal? Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education. I've worked with kids in these “personalized” lessons before.

Personalized Learning: A 3-Step Plan

Gaggle Speaks

Many school leaders and education professionals tout personalized learning as the future of learning. If your school already uses a learning management system (LMS) , this is an excellent tool for gathering student-specific information.

The Histories of Personalized Learning

Hack Education

I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past. They do so in order to make a particular point about their vision for what learning should be like. “The personal computer” and such.

Why Facebook engineers helped this district build a personalized learning tool

eSchool News

Volunteer Facebook engineers helped a district create something truly personal. Working with a small group of volunteer engineers from Facebook, headquartered only a few miles away, Summit became one of few U.S. What is the Personalized Learning Plan platform?

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

Edsurge

Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. million to the firm for personalized-learning consulting services.

Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners

Edsurge

Sitting in front of a laptop, Chris Pozo, a sixth-grade student at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington D.C., Like every other student using the Summit Learning platform, Pozo must start each class by setting his goals before doing activities. This goal-setting feature is part of the Summit Learning Platform, an online tool used in a personalized learning program created by Summit Public Schools. What Is Summit Learning?

Facebook, Charter Network Ramping Up Personalized-Learning Software for More Schools

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. Personalized learning pioneer Summit Public Schools is expanding its network to include 100 new schools, CEO Dianne Tavenner announced via a Facebook post today. The California-based charter school network has for years been a darling of digital-education proponents. Further background on Summit, its approach to personalized learning, and its work with Facebook is below.

Facebook creates free education tools

eSchool News

Social networking giant joins other tech firms offering education resources. Impressed by the learning environment at Summit Public Schools, Facebook said Thursday that the social network teamed up with the charter school network to revamp an online education tool.

6 Key Personal Learning Network Literacies Every Educator Needs

The 21st Century Principal

“We now live in a world where even twelve-year olds can create their own global classrooms around the things about which they are are most passionate,” writes Will Richardson in an essay entitled “Navigating Social Networks as Learning Tools.” Richardson adds this about our students, “Most of them have no adults, neither teachers nor parents, in their lives, who can help them see and employ the learning potential at hand.” Personal learning network cultivation.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort

Edsurge

Participants in the venture’s fourth cohort did come together in person on Thursday, though, to present their work at a theater in Oakland. Meanwhile, the schools that shared their ideas focused on student-centered learning and models that honor the differences in students and “think about personalized learning beyond just technology.” Employers on the platform, meanwhile, get to learn about the potential of their current employees.

Chan-Zuckerberg to push ambitious new vision for personalized learning

FETC Converge

Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts to provide every student with a customized education. Read more at Education Week. Uncategorized customized education Facebook personalized learning social media

Personalized learning gives students a sense of control over chaotic lives

The Hechinger Report

Colorado’s Prairie Heights Middle School joins more than 330 partner schools on the Summit Learning Platform nationwide. And this school year, with a new focus on personalized learning, students have a new way to take control of their lives. Future of Learning.

How Baltimore CPS Used Communications Strategies to Create Personalized Learning Buy-In

Edsurge

In the case of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) , when the district began a huge leap to personalized learning, its leaders consciously began designing a communications strategy to bring together students, teachers and families. It became the way by which BCPS told stories about what had and hadn’t worked, so that other educators, schools and districts could potentially garner tips and insights. In 2016, Mary Jo was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in education.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

“We couldn’t afford to have an individual teacher for every student, so we developed a way of teaching large groups,” as John Pane, an education researcher at the RAND Corporation, puts it. Personalized learning is the No. Competency-based education.

Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Secretary of Education. She is not personally raising funds, said her press secretary, Elizabeth Hill. Photo Credit: Tina Nazerian The visit was billed by the Department of Education as an opportunity for DeVos to “learn more about the school's commitment to personalized learning.” She lauded the school for its creative approaches to empowering students to take control of their learning, and to move forward in ways that work for them individually.

Join the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group!

Shake Up Learning

The post Join the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Ready to Shake Up Learning in 2017? Join our Facebook Group! Looking to connect and learn with like-minded educators? Shake Up Learning 2017.

‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief

Edsurge

Earlier this month, a group of high school students in New York City took to the streets to protest their school’s online program, Summit Learning. On Thursday, hoping to send a stronger message, they took it all the way to the top, with a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning. It’s severely damaged our education, and that’s why we walked out in protest.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. About a decade ago, leaders in this public school district nearly 70 miles northwest of New York City decided to radically change the way they provide education to its diverse and academically challenged student body. Last year, the founder of Facebook pledged to donate $45 billion to social causes, one of them personalized learning.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Laurene Powell Jobs Invest in Company Focused on ELLs

Marketplace K-12

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and the widow of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs are among the investors providing $6.4 It raised the Series A funding from investors that included Emerson Capital, led by Laurene Powell Jobs, and Zuckerberg Education Ventures , a venture fund established by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. That surprised many observers in education world–and drew criticism from some online commentators.

5 Baby-Steps for Using Twitter to Begin a Personal Learning Network

The 21st Century Principal

“Social media has offered us a platform where we can learn from and with the smartest people we ‘meet’ from around the world, whenever we need to or are ready to go.” Scott McLeod & Chris Lehman The School Leader’s Guide to Social Media Personal Learning Networks existed long before there was an Internet. I am perhaps showing my age, but my first “Personal Learning Network” used very little of the technologies we use now.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

A Principal's Reflections

On the contrary, I have seen this firsthand from some fantastic educators whose schools I have been blessed to work with on a long-term basis in the role of job-embedded coach. Together, educators can change this and help move the profession where it needs to go.

Social Media in Education Resources and Guides

Educational Technology Guy

Social Media is an incredible resource for education. Educators can learn, share, connect and more with educators from around the world. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. facebook Google for Educators google plus social media twitter

Building a Personal Learning Network (PLN) on Twitter

EdTechSandyK

The Personal Learning Network (PLN) that I''ve built on Twitter over the past couple of months has become an amazing resource for learning about what''s going on in the educational technology world. One thing I''ve learned about using the web and Web 2.0

On This Episode of Mythbusters: Personalized Does Not Mean Digital

Education Elements

If Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters looked deep into the world of personalized learning, they would quickly note that one of the biggest misconceptions schools and teachers have is that personalization equals technology. Personalized Learning Classrooms

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How m-learning is transforming online education

Neo LMS

The use of technology in an educational environment is certainly nothing new – teachers have been relying on computers and similar devices for decades now. That trend is called m-learning , otherwise known as Mobile Learning. E-learning

Glimpse Into The Future: What Facebook’s education project means for America’s classrooms

Education Superhighway

Facebook unveiled its newest education project, the Personalized Learning Plan (PLP), and in doing so underscored the need for greater broadband access in public school classrooms across the country.

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with.

To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media

Edsurge

This year, on September 27, 2017, the American Association of School Librarians made a point to encourage their members to raise awareness about “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”. If we block it, we have no chance to educate them on it. Several educators echo Yates’ comments. If we block it, we have no chance to educate them on it,” he continues.

Live Thursday, February 2nd - Panel on Personal Learning Profiles

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Thursday, February 2nd, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com panel discussion on "Personal Learning Profiles," also referred to in variously as "personal success plans," "learner profiles," or "personalized learning paths."

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Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity

The Hechinger Report

The academy, known as MAST, is just one example of how schools are experimenting with classroom designs more conducive to the different ways students learn and, increasingly, the different ways teachers want to teach. Educators today have issued similar warnings.

Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

Since the fall of 2016, the communications department at Dominguez Hills has banned smartphones, laptops and other personal technology in every classroom — with grade deductions for violations — except for teacher-guided use and “tech breaks” during longer classes such as Eames’s.

Will a one-year residency better prepare aspiring educators for a new style of teaching?

The Hechinger Report

A California-born charter school network is starting a new program to home-grow teachers rooted in their approach to education. It’s being branded as the nation’s first teacher residency focused on personalized learning. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

The Hechinger Report

A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. What is personalized learning?

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at [link]. My Own Chapter: M oving From Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0. This edited book is the perfect primer on self-determined learning or heutagogy. Education 1.0:

Making student data more usable: What innovation theory tells us about interoperability

The Christensen Institute

As schools adopt blended learning, many are eager to use the floods of student learning data gathered by their various software systems to make better instructional decisions. But currently, data interoperability across education software tools remains more of a hope than a reality. Often, the software that schools use only provides educators with the data that software developers have deemed necessary or relevant for teachers.

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Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

While the state’s Department of Education cycled through commissioners (six in six years) superintendents struggled to figure out the law, largely on their own. Related: Documenting Maine’s failure to implement proficiency-based education. I feel like they learn more,” she said.