Personalizing Learning: Getting it Right

Education Elements

I’ve heard this question so many times in my support of over 150 schools as they implement personalized learning that I no longer count. Teachers and leaders want to know, am I “doing” personalized learning right.

Personalizing Learning: Collaboration & Creativity

Education Elements

Two common misconceptions about personalized learning are that it requires technology and that it must involve significantly more independent work. And yet, an adaptive program still requires a teacher to facilitate learning that empowers students and builds their ownership of learning.

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Personalizing Learning: Targeted Instruction

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In our earlier versions of our Core Four of Personalized Learning, targeted instruction was primarily a teacher action separated from another Core Four element, data driven decision making. Personalized Learning School Districts School Leadership

Core Four of Personalizing Learning

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In 2014 Education Elements first introduced the Core Four, later publishing the “Core Four of Personalized Learning: The Elements You Need to Succeed” in 2016. Since its publication, this white paper has been downloaded over 3,000 times by educators across the world.

Personalizing Learning: Flexible Pace & Path

Education Elements

In 2014, Education Elements promoted the notion of "Integrated Digital Content" as a core component of blended learning. Personalized Learning

Relevant content makes personalizing learning easier

Education Elements

Students got to learn about places they had visited and people they had heard about. Personalized Learning Curriculum Strategy & AdoptionWhen I was a teacher in Washington, D.C. I taught a class on local history.

Personalized Learning: Reflection and Goal-Setting

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Reflection and goal-setting is the simplest way to begin personalizing learning because it mirrors a practice we engage in every day of our lives. And it’s one reason why reflection and goal-setting is often the first step educators take to personalize learning.

Personalizing Learning: The Goal is Student Ownership

Education Elements

Think back to when you had a deep sense of ownership in your learning; a time when you went above and beyond the expectations because of your own curiosity or passion. Personalized Learning

Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.” If you think it sounds like differentiated instruction, it does with this caveat: Personalized learning is student-directed, student-paced, and designed for each learner.

Multimedia content personalizes learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Josemaría Carazo Abolafia, is an educational researcher and teacher who lives in Spain–and doesn’t own a car! Josemaria and I share the belief that “…[technology] must be transparent, like a lens; otherwise, it hinders learning.”

Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

New students, new parents, new rules at school–but there’s one more piece that shakes up my education ecosystem: new webtools. I recently previewed one I think you’ll like called Education Galaxy. Stipulating that I haven’t yet used this one, here’s what teachers say about Education Galaxy that kept me reading: “…95% of my students passed the state test and I feel I owe it to Education Galaxy.”

What Bonsai Trees and Wildflowers Teach us about Personalized Learning

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She shared: Personalized Learning Professional Development Instructional CoachingTo many in the gardening and plant world, bonsais are among the most impressive trees. Bonsai is seen as a blend of gardening and art – a way to create living sculptures.

Leadership in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

“You can’t buy personalized learning…” I read this statement by Richard Culatta recently and it really resonated with me because personalizing learning is about skilled teachers, not students working on computers for a large part of a day. Good teachers are a crucial element of personalized learning. Personalized Learning

4 Ways teachers can use edtech to create personalized learning experiences for students

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published on April 13, 2021, in Independent Education Today. Education technology (edtech) is on the path to conquering every classroom. Learning is a profoundly unique process. Mastery-based learning. Adaptive learning.

Mythbusters: Breaking Down 10 Common Misconceptions of Personalized Learning

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This is true for advancing the work of personalized learning. Personalized LearningSince 2003, Discovery’s show Mythbusters has been a smash hit. Though Adam & Jamie stopped hosting in 2016, the reruns and spin-offs continue.

Can we measure personalized learning’s impact?

eSchool News

Personalized learning offers myriad possibilities for teachers and students. And in the wake of the pandemic, as educators try to manage learning gaps, individualized learning is more critical than ever.

How Can Personalized Learning Support Educational Equity?

Education Elements

In his book Striving for Equity: District Leadership for Narrowing Opportunity and Achievement Gaps , co-author and former Arlington County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Smith provides the following explanation of educational equity: “You don't have equity in conditions in which all students are receiving the same amount of support, You are getting equity if you have a situation in which every student is getting the amount of support to be successful.”. Personalized Learning

Educators Personalize Learning Plans for K–12 Students

EdTech Magazine

Educators have always had access to student data because student data is simply information about students. Data in today’s education environment is curated by learning management systems and other software tools that allow educators to analyze students’ progress at a glance.

4 Steps for Humanizing Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Most educators can probably agree that more personalization in learning is needed for the fall—perhaps more than ever before. Now, however, it’s being framed as learning loss, with parents, administrators and educators advocating for learning recovery or acceleration.

Flipping Formatives and Structures in your New Personalized Learning Classroom

Education Elements

As we count down to this year's Education Elements Summit, we asked presenters from last year's Summit to share more of their innovative thinking with us. Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

Education Elements

In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. Students engage in selecting their pathway for learning, collaborating, questioning, and self-assessing all day long. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion + Personalized Learning

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Learning is most powerful when students feel valued, honored, and empowered. The teachers who leave the greatest lasting impact on their students are the ones who see them for who they are, often before the students even see this themselves.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. But Arianna and Alanni aren’t special education students.

Our Journey to Personalized Learning

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Why Pursue Personalized Learning? First, we needed to strengthen and monitor our professional learning communities in an effort to evaluate, interpret and utilize data for personalized learning and differentiated instruction to increase learning and growth. Personalized LearningIn October 2017, AdvancEd conducted our five-year district accreditation review.

Why Unpacking Biases is Critical When Personalizing Learning

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Personalized Learning ClassroomsI had a middle school science teacher once tell me she was surprised that I did well on a test because she assumed I was bad at science. She pointed to one of my classmates and said, “Her, I assume she’ll do well, but you’re just not very good at science.” I remember being deeply hurt by that statement but not understanding why it hurt.

How do we measure personalized learning’s impact?

eSchool News

Personalized learning is more critical than ever–it can help students recover lost learning and boost social-emotional growth. What’s more, it helps educators in dire need of learning solutions.

Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. That decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. Personalized Learning Classrooms

Are Personal Learning Networks the Key to Keeping Teachers?

ED Surge

Educator shortages continue to be a top concern for many. In a recent National Education Association survey of roughly 3,600 educators, more than half indicated that they were likely to leave or retire from education sooner than planned because of the pandemic.

Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As I meet with education leaders across the country, I am often asked questions about the best way to roll-out personalized learning within a district. Personalized LearningI always struggle to answer this question since it entirely depends upon the unique needs and circumstances within each community. In some ways, it feels as if someone is asking me, “What’s the very best car I can buy?”

Personalized Learning: Is It?

The Journal

Personalized learning” is rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. In our blog we cast a critical eye on this specific use of technology in education. Cutting to the chase — and answering the question in the blog’s title — no

Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

Education Elements

Each year we receive hundreds of questions along the lines of, “Okay…so what does personalized learning actually look like?”. One is that personalized learning always involves these core four elements - targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content, and student reflection and ownership. Personalized Learning School Districts Classrooms

Personalized Learning: The Pause That Refreshes

Education Elements

The philosophies and strategies of the Coca-Cola Company played a large role in our upbringing and now shape our work as leaders of personalized learning. We've crafted 5 lessons inspired by Coca-Cola which we hope you will find useful, no matter where you are on your personalized learning journey. Personalized Learning

10 Personalized Learning Superhero Snapshots

Education Elements

At Education Elements we are incredibly fortunate to work with so many exceptional, passionate, and extraordinarily talented people, including teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders. These amazing people are going above and beyond to transform education, and are helping to write the future through the success of their students. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

25 Focus Areas For Implementing Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In 2015 we published the first edition of our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework (aka PL Framework) based on lessons learned from working with schools and districts over the previous five years. Personalized Learning Leaders School DistrictsAt that time I shared how the PL Implementation Framework was inspired by my Grandma Rose’s love of bingo and the idea that, much like on a bingo board, there are many ways to “win” on the PL Framework.

Why each student needs a personalized learning path

Neo LMS

The Yellow Brick Road is the perfect metaphor for each student’s learning path until they finish school. Why each student needs a personalized learning path. Learning has been on the lips of many educators across the world in recent years.

Using adaptive learning to personalize learning experiences

Neo LMS

The ideal learning process for a student is one that adapts to that student’s every need: the surrounding environment, the actual content of the lesson, the method of delivery, the types of assessment — and everything in between. How adaptive learning works. E-learning

How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

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Last year, a group of educators sat down with engineers from a well-known technology company. The first question the educators asked was what the engineers look for in potential candidates. The ability to learn and grow in an ever-changing world is what defines the very best candidates. Personalized Learning ClassroomsAdaptability was their immediate response.

Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In Harrisburg we have been implementing personalized learning for a little over 5 years. In our 5 years of implementation we have learned a ton and have started to create a solid roll out plan: Personalized Learning Classrooms

The Composition of Personalized Learning

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Aside from my family, Drew Brees, and my work in education, I have another great passion - photography. Up until that point, I would look at a picture and judge its impact based on my own personal interest or something of beauty that I saw in the photo. After nearly two decades of refining my skill set in the field of photography, I’ve learned that the photos that leave the greatest impression on the viewer actually follow very technical photography rules.

Superheroes in Personalized Learning!

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Merriam-Webster defines a superhero as an exceptionally skillful or successful person and that is exactly what West Fork High School is producing in our Personalized Learning Academy (PLA)! Designing and implementing personalized learning (PL) in my classroom is intense and I would love to increase my superpowers by attending the PL Summit. Personalized Learning Teachers Personalized Classroom