How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

Education Elements

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.

Innovation at the Secondary Level: 5 Misconceptions

Education Elements

Personalized learning is no exception; misconceptions about it often lead educators away from strategies and practices that could help students succeed. Personalized Learning SecondaryTime and again we have seen that assumptions or misconceptions can get in the way of progress and success. Sometimes, misconceptions represent more than small gaps in knowledge--they can be ingrained into industry-wide best practices, with disastrous results.

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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. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. He suggested rethinking what was considered nonnegotiable, to help all students learn more.

Inquiry Hub Secondary School – Confluence and Influence

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

The following was written to be shared as part of our application to the Cmolik Prize for the Enhancement of Public Education in BC. Confluence and Influence – Inquiry Hub Secondary School. Background: The 2018-2019 school year is Inquiry Hub Secondary’s 7th year since it was founded. As a team we started a learning journey that continues today. Applications of Digital Learning 10 – BAA Course (2012). Learning and Failure.

Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step. To remain relevant and have impact on a large scale, classroom integration must retain a profound concern with how to empower schools and teachers to educate students of widely differing abilities. And that means navigating the debate between segmentation and collaboration that dominates secondary education today. Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning.

Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

Edsurge

That’s the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For city-based organizers interested in incubating a diverse set of next gen school models, personalized learning networks, or innovative education ecosystems, these podcasts provide a valuable jump-start. According to these pioneering hub leaders: “Educators are hungry for change, and they embrace it….

Here’s What Happens When Every Student Gets a Personalized Learning Plan

Edsurge

She has since altered her personalized learning plan (PLP) to include the courses and experiences she’ll need to pursue a career in architectural engineering. Legislation Leads Change All students can learn; however, not all students learn in the same way or at the same pace. Acknowledging this fact has driven the recent shift toward personalization in education. Central to the initiative is the idea that learning is not restricted to the classroom.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

eSchool News

students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and district educators say a personalized learning solution has had a positive impact in a number of academic areas. And, the high school completion rate for secondary classes as well as college-credit bearing courses increased as well through PGA’s concurrent enrollment program with local colleges. but rather ‘What do these individual students need to learn today?’”.

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. A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. Third, students are assessed at deeper levels, making it more meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

Coursera Couple Returns to Higher Ed With $14.5M to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online

Edsurge

So goes the origin story of many education startups born this year, like ClassEDU, which raised $16 million to put some oomph in Zoom classrooms. It was started by one of the co-founders of Blackboard, now a household name in education technology. Pandemic closes school.

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 district made sure each child had a laptop to use in class almost a decade ago, according to the current director of digital learning, Grace Magley. Meaning people learning from each other.

New Personalized Learning Program Uses  Writing Analysis, Adaptive Learning Technology

techlearning

McGraw-Hill Education today announced the launch of Redbird Language Arts & Writing, a new personalized learning program that helps students master language arts concepts and build foundational writing skills. The new program combines writing analysis technology, interactive practice and personalized learning. The supplemental curriculum, for grades 2-7 and at-risk secondary students, is available to U.S.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Edsurge

In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personal Concerns.

Time is the Best Resource You Have

A Principal's Reflections

These are challenging times, and I cannot express my gratitude enough to dedicated and resilient educators who continue to show up for kids and each other. Educator voice is critical and even more so now as people are burnt out and emotionally drained.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends 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. Pane is among a wave of education watchers getting excited by the idea that technology may finally offer a solution to the historic constraints of one-to-many teaching. Personalized learning is the No. Competency-based education. Learn what you want.

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. My concurrent sessions were for secondary teachers as the audience. Teachers in mathematics, science, technology, physical education, art, social studies, and special education were represented. I thought these observations were fair and accurately described what many educators experience for professional learning offered in their school and district.

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

Daily Edventures

When you talk with Brian Aspinall, the self-described “dork, teacher, coach, blogger and speaker,” it’s impossible to not get excited about the future of education. But it’s also because he represents the kind of teachers who are transforming education today. “I’m I’m really focused on providing a personalized learning environment for every student in my classroom,” says Aspinall. “So Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with innovative educator Brian Aspinall.

How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students

The Hechinger Report

We have this huge digital divide that’s making it hard for [students] to get their education,” she said. David Silver, the director of education for the mayor’s office, said people talked about the digital divide, but there had never been enough energy to tackle it. OAKLAND, Calif.

Financial Viability of Some ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools Unclear, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

A group of charter schools that have tried to pioneer “personalized learning” in schools face big questions about the sustainability of their approaches after private sources of funding run dry, a new analysis suggests. The “personalization” strategies in play in those schools vary widely, and include “station-rotation” models that move students through different approaches to learning, with different experiences with technology.

Counting on summer school to catch kids up after a disrupted year

The Hechinger Report

We learn so much by being active and engaged in play.”. trillion stimulus package, signed into law March 11, includes almost $123 billion to help schools reopen — with around $30 billion set aside for after-school and summer learning programs.

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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? We are in that moment now in education.”.

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Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

On February 19, Angela will be the keynote speaker for the 5Sigma Education Conference in Colorado. Angela is the perfect person to kick off a weekend of inspiration, learning, iterating, collaborating, and launching. 5Sigma is unlike any education conference you’ve been to. You’ll get a first hand look at what re-imagined learning looks like. If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out!

Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child. This project took a detour when I realized that, in the United States, we exist within a system that has not been designed to educate the individual. This led to creating a model that honors unique individuals, a model that would make utilizing the Learning Genome Project possible.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

Edsurge

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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My Educator Journey with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

In many districts, teachers are provided the same professional development regardless of their subject area, grade level, or personal goals. The irony of this is that many of us educators have been successfully navigating the waters of personalized learning for our students, but haven’t been given the opportunity to transition that same approach to our own professional learning. And what I’ve found is that they love having a role in my learning.

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.

The Big Rocks in Our Lives

The Principal of Change

Your faith, your education, your finances? I struggle with the “do everything for students no matter how hard it is” narrative that I often see in education. What was once the most important thing for me now seems secondary.

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

Danna, for example, checks her educational stats more often than she would otherwise. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Higher Education. Mississippi Learning. Despite the potential pitfalls, Jansen highlights the fact that Strides offers opportunities for feedback about academic performance that can help students make good decisions about their education. Babies, by contrast, learn simply because they want to learn.

North Carolina Educators Praise Alef Education for Closing Math Learning Gaps With Its Innovative Digital Platform

eSchool News

Teachers in three North Carolina counties report their students, who are trying to close math learning gaps caused by COVID-related school disruptions, are making progress thanks to an innovative digital learning platform.

How to Pick the Right Instructional Model for Your Classroom

Education Elements

Selecting the right instructional model to personalize learning is a bit like cooking dinner for my family. To learn more about each of these in the elementary and secondary settings, check out these infographics: PL models for elementary classrooms & PL models for secondary classrooms. Let’s first explore where each model is most useful: Personalized Learning Classrooms

How Should We Approach the Ethical Considerations of AI in K-12 Education?

Edsurge

The field of education is no less affected by these technologies. AI shows up in instructional chatbots, personalized learning systems and administrative tools. In K-12 education, a focus on ethical considerations is of critical importance.

TEL Education Makes Learning Visible with Student Learning Dashboard

eSchool News

Students often struggle to make connections between what they learn in their college courses and the skills they need to be successful after graduation. The purposes and processes of learning, the “why” and “what for,” are largely invisible and inaccessible to students.”.

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. Now, as a new governor and legislature grapple with these gaps, many parents and educators are left asking: How did Maine get into this mess? I had never seen kids so in charge of their learning.”.

Fighting Teacher Stress

The Hechinger Report

In Boston, an all-day training in a high school gym attracted about 100 educators for instruction in yoga, meditation and mindfulness, part of a 200-hour training offered on weekends by a company called Breathe For Change. A growing recognition of high teacher-stress levels and the toll they can take on learning has made trainings like this one increasingly sought after nationwide. Teacher stress is growing, experts say, pushing educators out of classrooms and hurting learning.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

Edsurge

If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. The toolkit below is packed with practical resources full of new approaches and best practices to help educators at all grade levels prepare their classes for upcoming state tests. Assessment For Learning. Educators have a lot of things to juggle during testing season.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs

Edsurge

On an ordinary June morning, kids descend on the campus of Auburn University to try science experiments at the college of education’s annual STEM camp. But education students still need to work on lesson plans, and kids still need summer activities.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Barile’s class is a prime example of how Revere High School uses “student-centered learning” to reach a highly diverse student body. Students learn at different paces and via different teaching styles, the thinking goes. Revere’s school district is one of the leaders in Massachusetts in advancing student-centered learning, which is surprising on multiple levels. Revere High’s move to student-centered learning started when Lourenco Garcia became its principal in 2010.

Live Interview Tuesday, January 31st - David Loertscher on Physical and Virtual Learning Commons and Building Personal Learning Environments

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, January 31st, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with David Loertscher, professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and proponent of the library as a new learning commons. He has been a school library media specialist in Nevada and Idaho at both the elementary and secondary school levels.