Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

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.

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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

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.

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.

Education innovation in 2017: 4 personalized learning trends to watch

The Christensen Institute

Here are four trends in personalized learning we’ll be watching unfold in the coming year: 1. Over the past few years, we have witnessed homegrown learning platforms crop up inside of schools trying to push the boundaries of personalization. Education Blog

Discipline Through A Personalized Learning Lens

Education Elements

When we work with school districts to embark on a personalized learning journey, we empower students to be self-directed, independent, motivated, and well-versed in articulating and sharing ideas. Personalized Learning Education Educators LeadersWe encourage students to reflect on their own performance data and collaboratively plan an academic path forward that meets their needs.

4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

Social media allows us to connect, to learn, to grow and to reflect not only within ourselves but with each other. She has them write 3 things they need to improve their learning and 3 things they can give to improve the learning of others. Connected Educators PLN

10 Books on Personalized Learning for School Leaders

Education Elements

Education Elements put together a few of our favorites on personalized and blended learning just for you. You’ll start the 2017-18 school year refreshed and full of great ideas to continue to move forward with personalized learning at your school and across your district. Personalized Learning LeadersIf you’re like us, as you wind down another hectic school year, you’re imagining yourself on a beach with a few good reads.

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.

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’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?”.

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?

Character Education is a Personalized Learning Experience as Well

Education Elements

A few years ago, I stumbled across a wonderful column where the author reflected on all of the teachers who had a profound impact on his life from kindergarten all of the way through graduate school. It reminded me of the impact of Professor Randy Pausch’s “ Last Lecture ,” where faced with months to live, Pausch delivered a memorable lesson for so many Carnegie Mellon students around living your childhood dreams.

Defining the Purpose of Curriculum in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As an increasing number of schools and classrooms shift to personalized learning across the country, educators face many questions. Many of these questions focus on the need to define the purpose of curriculum, digital content, and tools in a personalized learning setting. While educators are certainly familiar with the use of curriculum in a traditional classroom, a shift to personalized learning brings up new questions like: Personalized Learning Curriculum

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?

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.

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.

When personalized learning includes skateboarding: One suburban district’s dramatic transformation

The Hechinger Report

The changes support a contention of high-school reformers nationally and some educators here: “The way we’re teaching students, it’s not working,” the Vista science teacher Allison Whitman said during a recent weekday before school ended for the summer.

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

Edsurge

public education these days is personalized learning. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer.

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.

Personalized learning reshapes school PD

District Administration

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

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: 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).

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.

Stop! Collaborate and Listen. to Enhance Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Through my work as a classroom teacher and now as an education consultant, I have noticed a few common barriers to collaboration and identified ways that school district leaders and classroom teachers can overcome them. Personalized Learning Curriculum ClassroomsThe world of work is changing. As we integrate into a global community, we’re tasked to work together to solve complex problems.

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.

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston.

The Challenge Of Personalizing Learning In Real-Time

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Challenge Of Personalizing Learning In Real-Time. The conversation on the need to use student achievement data in education is fast-tracking its importance in today’s classrooms. Waggle is a digital learning platform that monitors student performance based on practice.

What Personalized Learning Is Not

Edsurge

“I really want to personalize learning for my students, but I just don’t see how it’s possible—there’s no way I can create individual lesson plans for all of my students everyday!”. “I I really like what you’ve shared with us today, but I can’t personalize my students’ learning because I don’t have enough devices for all of my students.”. These are just two of the statements I hear from teachers about the challenges of facilitating personalized learning.

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.

3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving

TeachThought - Learn better.

3 Ways Personal Learning Networks Are Evolving. The concept of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) is a familiar concept these days. A similar phenomenon is beginning to happen in Personal Learning Networks spheres.

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.

Playlists Alone Don’t Equal Personalized Learning

Edsurge

In my most recent school role, I was tasked with leading our school’s transition to personalized learning. On reflection, I wonder if we spent our time and energy personalizing the wrong things. We focused on pacing and content, but not on each student’s individual learning skills (and all the differences among them). I now see that personalized learning environments require personalized learning strategies.

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).