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Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

Education Elements

I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!) on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsEpic Lip Sync Battle.

First Steps to Personalize Learning

Education Elements

If you wait until you’re ready for personalized learning, you’ll never get started! Our antiquated, factory-style education system is failing our students. Sadly, the current structures of most educational systems will not allow for these students to see that day come about. Personalized Learning Education Educators Leaders innovationIt’s also failing our teachers.

The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I hear educators across the country telling themselves the same lie: “I would love to personalize learning for students, but I can’t because I don’t have the technology.” Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education School Districts EdTech communicationsI was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it. After completing numerous 5K and 10K runs, I was considering taking my running to the next level by training for my first half marathon.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. When reformers try to nurture innovation-friendly ecosystems they may think they are creating new education value networks; but more often than not, they are just supporting bold experiments within the existing value network of traditional education.

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. Through its experience working with K–12 schools to create blended-learning programs, it has been at the forefront of developing some of the tools, models, and expertise for making blended learning work. Given the company’s vast experience and impressive results , it was exciting to read CEO and Founder Anthony Kim’s new book, Personalized Learning Playbook.

The inconvenient truth about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is quickly gaining steam among educators, philanthropists, and policymakers. And without that theoretical underpinning, scaling personalized learning approaches with predictable quality will remain challenging.

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

At last week’s iNACOL Symposium, the conference halls were abuzz about the promise of personalized learning. In the same week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report in partnership with RAND profiling promising academic results across schools pursuing a range of personalized approaches over the past two to three years. These conversations and findings mark an encouraging departure from our industrial model of education.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

5 examples of personalized learning in action

eSchool News

As technology becomes more and more ubiquitous in classrooms across the nation, it is easier than ever for students with different learning styles and needs to create personalized learning environments. Next page: How 5 schools personalize learning for students).

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. My work in personalized learning has been inspirational in my district. Every district educational leader will always answer yes to certain questions.

Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind [Register NOW] #PLS15

Kleinspiration

Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind #PLS15 November 14-15, 2015 This two-day high-energy conference will empower school leadership teams to explore how personalized learning experiences directly correlates with a student’s and a teacher’s growth mindset.

Personalized Learning Advocates Seek to Opt Out

Doug Levin

In the main, public education has worked pretty ok for some people, but not at all for some and still others leave school woefully unprepared for the dramatic shifts underway in the economy and society. Accountability Blog Personalized Learning

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education. Blog Credentialing Distributed Computing Personalized Learning Badges Bitcoin Blockchain Gridcoin

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. But if there is another thing I have learned, it is that despite the differences, there are things that hold true. Want to learn even more?

Personalized learning in the context of a person, not a school

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is the current big buzz in education. Everyone is trying to figure out how best to personalize the learning experience for each and every child. What are her expectations and those of her family for her learning?

Personalized Learning Summit is Bigger and Better than Ever

Education Elements

Four years ago the team at EE had an idea.what if we brought together groups of personalized learning leaders in regional Blended Learning Leadership Academies (BLLA) to help spread innovation and best practices? Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

Our 10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blogs of 2016

Education Elements

We are amazed and inspired by all the passion, leadership and innovation in the personalized learning space reflected in the Bring Your Own Thoughts (BYOT) blog. While we can’t say enough good things about every blog that’s been shared, here are the top 10 most popular posts from the past year: Personalized Learning Blog Education Leaders

Personalized learning reshapes school PD

District Administration

Why personalized learning should start in school libraries

eSchool News

With personalization a growing initiative in schools, the library may not be the first thing educators think of as a resource. How Libraries are Personalized Learning Hotspots. Libraries can help close learning gaps.

6 risks to avoid when implementing personalized learning: Part 1

Education Elements

The Education Elements team has the great privilege of working with districts across the country to plan, design, and implement personalized learning. Personalized Learning School Districts Districts District LEaders EdTech

Social, mobile, and personal learning futures

Learning with 'e's

Many of my public presentations have the prefix: Digital Learning Futures, because for me, the future of education and learning will be greatly influenced by digital technologies. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

Learning Sciences Research Necessary to Drive Personalized Learning For All

Digital Promise

The report highlights the areas of inquiry already underway in four categories of factors that influence learner variability: Current research shows that while each of these categories individually affects learning, no single factor acts independently.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

4 Things I Learned in Spin Class About Personalized Learning (that’s right, spin class)

Education Elements

I am normally a fairly small person who likes to lift fairly big weights so this was a departure from my routine but I got talked into it and I went. I recently went to a spin class.

Personalized Learning: Research Highlights Need for New Models

Digital Promise

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance. The report highlights the work of Harvard Graduate School of Education researcher, Todd Rose, author of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness (2016).

The tried-and-trued model of personalized learning that’s been around for 100 years

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning is all the rage. Personalized learning environments can help unleash the power and potential of students to do just that. Fortunately, a tried-and-trued model of personalized learning has been around for more than 100 years.

Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. But that form of personalization should not compromise students’ mastery of core knowledge.

When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

Edsurge

Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. Personalized learning, adaptive learning, potato, potahto.

Personalized learning and Common Core: Mortal enemies?

The Hechinger Report

Can students learn about what they like, at their own pace, and still pass standardized tests at the end of each year? It’s a dilemma facing a growing number of schools and districts that have jumped onto a new tech-fueled trend in education known as “personalized learning.”. The goal of personalized learning is to tailor lessons for individual students to help them master content on their own schedule, whether it’s faster or slower than their same-age peers.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. When they are ready, the students demonstrate their understanding by performing thoughtfully developed tasks that determine how much learning has taken place.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Embrace that educators have different skills and strengths,” he said.

Taking Personalized Learning Personal

Tech Helpful

When I think about personalized learning I see two faces- my own girls. They will both be graduates at the school I have been an educator at for the last 13 years. All through their k-12 educational experience they struggled with math.

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Education technology, however, is shifting what’s possible–and the benefits for students and teachers could be tremendous, so long as recent attempts to protect student privacy–itself an important goal–don’t get in the way. Using online learning, assessment and data analysis, we can more precisely pinpoint what students know and where they are still struggling at the moment they are struggling. We can then use that information to drive better learning.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

eSchool News

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Embrace that educators have different skills and strengths,” he said.

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb. Deeper learning.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum.