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After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

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Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. As they transition from first grade, to second, to third, their classroom devices change, too. Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach.

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

The Hechinger Report

When Destiny Reyes started elementary school, she felt highly motivated. Like most young children, she liked learning new things, and she excelled at school. She went to school because she had to. It all comes down to motivation. The Met puts many of them to use.

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Blending with Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. Before getting into the specifics of this post, it is important to flesh out each concept to ensure the efficacy of these shifts in pedagogy.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

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

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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. And we're adjusting to that.

A Word of Caution Before Hiring a Director of Personalized Learning

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It’s also the fact that when a school hires a singular position to own a large change, it sends a message that one person owns the responsibility to change practices across an entire staff. After five years of teaching, most recently as a technology teacher at an elementary school, I was recruited for a role outside of the classroom. The school wanted to move into personalized learning, and was looking for someone to lead the charge.

How to Craft a Learner-Centered Classroom – Guest Post from Ann Feldmann

EdTechTeacher

How can we craft learning environments that take advantage of technology to help students become independent, engaged, and reflective of their work? Knowing how to use the technology with the curriculum is critical to crafting a digital age learning environment.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

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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. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

Is blended learning really “the best of both worlds”?

The Christensen Institute

You’ve likely heard the declaration that blended learning combines the best of online learning and face-to-face instruction, or simply, is “the best of both worlds.” Using this type of language when referring to blended learning, however, is problematic for three reasons.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

New to Competency-Based Learning? Here're Five Ways to Assess It

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Principal Chris Huckans believes that competency-based education (CBE) is one of the keys to the school’s success. Huckans says that Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system provides students with highly personalized learning pathways, which “allow them to innovate and experiment.” He adds, “Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace, and can learn experientially.” D2L's Resources for Teaching and Learning.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

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Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations!

How Hip-Hop Led Me to Design Thinking.and Got My Students to Think Bigger

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It encapsulated my desire to give students structure (the bottle), but allow them space to iterate in the structure, free of impediments. This process would be messy and chaotic, hence the nod to flatulence. I wanted my students to “smell” like people that brainstormed, experimented, succeeded and failed. It worked pretty well, but like all good things, it would have to evolve. My quest for an enhanced viewpoint led me to where I often find inspiration: hip-hop.

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

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Louis, I wore many hats—arguably too many for any one person. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning.

Show me the evidence: Do new staffing arrangements actually work?

The Christensen Institute

As future-thinking schools experiment with ways to personalize learning—such as blended, project-based, exploratory, and mastery-based learning—it seems only logical that they also reconsider how they organize their instructional teams. Given the persuasive anecdotes and achievement results we saw from the schools we studied, innovative approaches to staffing seem like a worthwhile idea. Does non-traditional staffing help schools improve their outcomes?

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How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. .

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! Click here to share it.

Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

This blog post is part of a series that highlight different stakeholders' perspectives on purchasing practices for K-12 personalized learning tools. Also be sure to check out our procurement study: Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing. Richard L.

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

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This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below). MobyMax —Digital personalized learning software ?

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What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom

EdTech Magazine

What it Takes to Integrate Robotics and Coding into the Classroom. to teach kindergarteners the basics of coding. “It It helps explain the step-by-step nature of coding,” says Todd Burleson, resource center director for this Winnetka Public Schools District 36 elementary school. When we needed to take it to the next level, it felt very natural to go from coding to robotics.”. Expose Students to Progressive Technology.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English. In these classrooms, teachers face a seemingly impossible task -- providing effective instruction to all the unique students under their care. An increasing amount of data around personalized educational models like "blended learning" and content-specific software suggests that edtech makes instruction in diverse classrooms more efficient. So how do you choose? blended learning).

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What student choice and agency actually looks like

eSchool News

Student agency, which we might loosely define as students’ ability to influence their own learning, undoubtedly plays a critical role in education. Many schools and districts see the value in it, but it has often been difficult to achieve. Best Practices Blended Learning

TC- What student choice and agency actually looks like

eSchool News

Student agency, which we might loosely define as students’ ability to influence their own learning, undoubtedly plays a critical role in education. Many schools and districts see the value in it, but it has often been difficult to achieve.

Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education

edWeb.net

Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning. The student, they said, should be at the center of all educational efforts, especially when the goal is to improve outcomes.

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How School Districts Are Shaping the Edtech They Use

eSpark

At eSpark Learning, we want to reimagine classrooms so that they’re student-centered, allowing students to succeed in school and in life. The trajectory of eSpark Learning has been marked by what I like to call “magic moments,” instances in which fearless educators and administrators have aligned with our team to work towards a vision in which every student, regardless of circumstance or background, has the opportunity to set and realize an ambitious dream.

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

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. It is titled Experiences in Self-Determined Learning and can be found at [link]. to Web 2.0 How web 3.0

For ed-tech success, why schools use technology is just as important as how

The Hechinger Report

Many public school districts don’t have the resources to partner with an education technology company to develop customized digital learning tools for their classrooms. LPS set out to develop a home-grown ed-tech tool to make this personalized learning system more efficient.

Switching sides in the teacher wars

The Hechinger Report

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist presents a Golden Apple Award to Dr. Abraham Kamara at Memorial Junior High School. Gist was there to surprise Kamara with the school year’s first Golden Apple Award, recognizing him as one of Tulsa’s “outstanding teachers.”. “We

Forward Failures, Future of Work and What’s (Not) the Next Big Thing in Edtech

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In its 20th year, the Summit had a feeling of rolling up its sleeves: People talked about the tensions of trying to have civil dialogue between people who hold different points of view; they struggled with the ongoing challenge of trying to figure out “what works” in edtech and reform, particularly when efforts don’t seem to live up to expectations. We think it’s time to update our schools.” Some of it led to progress, and some of it did not,” said Childress.

The Learning Accelerator on blended learning: `In the future, we’ll just call it learning’

The Hechinger Report

If you’ve attended a major education conference this year or follow education trends, you’ve likely heard a phrase that is creating great excitement: blended learning. Via technology, students get real-time instruction and instant feedback as needed to help them master skills and content.

GlobalEdCon 2013 Day Four + Helping the New Grassroots Projects

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Hard to believe we''re almost at the end! During the conference opening sessions we brainstormed as set of grassroots global education projects that we could bring to our personal learning networks to try to get started. Given that our combined network reach is probably in the millions, the idea is to turn our personal learning networks into a large personal action network to make a difference for students right now.

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The Six Must-Have Elements Of High Quality Project-Based Learning

MindShift

Elizabeth Vega teaches pre-kindergarten at Loma Verde Elementary in Novato, California. Her school and district leaders want to do more project-based learning and have invested in getting teachers like Vega some training. and globally, which they used to revise once again.

Intrinsic Motivation is Key to Student Achievement – But Schools Can Crush It

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When Destiny Reyes started elementary school, she felt highly motivated. Like most young children, she liked learning new things, and she excelled at school. She went to school because she had to. It all comes down to motivation. The Met puts many of them to use.

Wahoo! The 2013 Global Education Conference - Still Time to Present + Plan to Attend!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

3, and Connected Educator Month in October--how are we still standing?!), but we''re raring to go now, and we hope you are, too! Join us this year to hear what your colleagues have been doing this past twelve months or to hear from our great lineup of keynotes (see below!).