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A Back-to-School, Personalized Learning Toolkit

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Growing up, I received what was largely a one-size-fits-all education; as a result, I struggled to connect academically to this model. Today, I’m amazed at the impact technology can have on the learning process—especially when it enables teachers to personalize learning.

Communication for Personalized Learning

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This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. However, there is some concern that the connection to technology tools and devices in the classroom will lead to students being disconnected from each other or from the teacher.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. However, there is some concern that the connection to technology tools and devices in the classroom will lead to students being disconnected from each other or from the teacher.

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.

Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning

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Want to take a look inside some of the innovative schools in America? The second annual EdSurge Fusion conference is designed to be your entryway. This year’s theme— Personalized Learning for the Whole Learner —aims to help school leaders from around the U.S. see how their peers are shaping learning environments for students and educators. How do school leaders make personalized learning work?

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

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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.

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Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

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At my district’s high schools, personalized learning is fairly easy to see. We know that our students are different, and to capitalize on their strengths, we provide opportunities for students to identify a focused path and to find success. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning.

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.

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

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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. To help teachers implement the learning model, schools and districts are increasingly paying top-dollar for specialized consultants.

Inside DC Schools: The Struggle to Develop Personalized Learning’s Independent Learners

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opens his Summit calendar to show his daily goals. “My My goal is to do my task and get 50 percent or more,” it reads. Like every other student using the Summit Learning platform, Pozo must start each class by setting his goals before doing activities. Every morning I change it, and we type our goals right here,” explains Pozo, pointing to his screen. A recent visit to two schools in Washington, D.C. What Is Summit Learning?

Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

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Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Note: There were so many great quotes in this show, I’ve made some graphics for you to share.

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Where Are You on Your Personalized Learning Journey?

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This past week, we traveled to the Golden, Colorado to attend the Conference of Online and Blended Learning (COBL), put on by the iLearn Collaborative. There we got the chance to learn what was on the hearts and minds of educators—some who are just beginning their personalized learning journey and others grappling with new challenges that have emerged from years of implementation. He knew they had to do something different.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

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Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. How do you set a vision? How can you get district and state level systems to work together to get a full picture of what is happening? Ahead of our 2018 EdSurge Fusion conference in October, we sat down with three attendees to discuss the secret sauce of what is working in their communities. Creating teacher buy-in for personalized learning Change management can be a lonely process.

Personalized Learning in Action with Edtech Tools

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When working with personalized learning tools, teachers might be wondering: how do I know where each student is at and what can I do to confirm that they are mastering the concepts? We're excited to share this story and idea from experienced classroom teacher Kali Kopka. This blog was originally published on Elementary Geek and is reposted here with permission. I’ve talked about using Seesaw in my classroom quite a bit in the past on Elementary Geek.

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.

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

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Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. 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. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personal Concerns.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

How to Support Teacher Innovation Within a Strict State Accountability System

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An overwhelming majority of America’s public schools continually perform at the bottom of the totem pole when compared to their international counterparts in science and mathematics; we have come a full 64 years after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision and we see in glaring fashion the return of separate and unequal public schooling. We couldn’t wait for a miracle, we needed to make one. To do so would assure a short-lived tenure as McComb’s superintendent.

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How to Build Community Leaders of Today—and Tomorrow—Through Student Genius Hours

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When it comes to personalized learning in the classroom, no single thing has been as powerful as Genius Hour for my students. Genius Hour has its early foundations at companies like Google which gave their employees 20 percent of their work week to study and implement innovative ideas that would better the company. It’s not a bad model for teachers to emulate, either. Inevitably, some students struggle to come up with a question they want to investigate.

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Easy Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

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Personalized learning for struggling readers can be timesaving and easy to execute. Finding patterns and honing in on students’ reading skill deficits will quickly point educators to the appropriate intervention. Find all of Cindy’s tips and timesaving strategies here.

SMATH: How to Turn 2 Subjects Into 1 Super-Class

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As educators, we always encourage our students to work together; we promise them two heads are better than one. Piedmont Elementary in Alabama, we decided to finally try it. We realized combining classes could help us integrate science and math standards, while team-teaching would allow us to differentiate instruction. Technology was also providing a surplus of real-time data we still weren’t sure how to best use. Here’s how we did it: How smath works.

How to Empower Girls Through Art, Activism and Female Friendship

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“She goes to school, feels uncertain about who she is, tryin’ to hide behind the curtain so she lashes out, out of fear of bein’ known, inside and out.” These vulnerable lines open the music video “ Jagged ,” an award-winning film written, directed and starred in by elementary school students at Rocketship schools in California. After completing the program, our young Queens demonstrate mastery through a community project reflecting the learnings of each workshop.

Fighting Teacher Stress

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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. I said, ‘OK, I’ll try it, but it’s not going to work,’ ” recalled Lopes, who teaches at the William D’Abate Elementary School.

When It Comes to Trying to Shake Up K-12, Is College the Problem?

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In California, once home to the nation’s most-prized higher education system, the stress of college starts early. Parents worry their child is going to fall behind because they know the [University of California] system is looking for certain requirements.” But as college admission throughout California gets more competitive —and parents’ concerns about placement become more salient—system-wide changes can become difficult, even at the elementary and middle school level.

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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.

How Do We Know If Technology Is the Solution or the Problem?

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And nowhere is that seemingly innocuous question more likely to ruffle feathers than in the realm of education. At EdSurge Fusion in October, we hope to find some common ground between the tech-forward and tech-resistant education communities. Furthermore, we aim to hit upon research-backed and evidence-based solutions to the most intractable problems that students and educators face in the tech-infused classrooms of today.and tomorrow.

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

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It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world.

How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

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I sat next to my husband as he worked with a team of strangers to design and build a website connecting local veterans with community services. I watched people collaborate to fix bugs and find solutions. As I sat at the meetup, I found myself asking: How can I prepare a generation of students for these in-demand skills if I have limited experience with them myself? I analyzed user experience interviews to set priorities for the site.

How Middle School Obsessions Can Shape Career Paths.

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Think back to your days in middle school, specifically to what you did after you slung your backpack off at home and began to unwind. My memories involve shopping for JNCO jeans, using AOL Instant Messenger to chat with friends and obsessively listening to music from popular boy bands including Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and especially Hanson. I lived in a small town and didn’t know how I was going to meet him. Fast forward to 2018.

Teaching to the student, not the test

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Most days in Nancy Barile’s English course at Revere High School, a visitor might begin to wonder when the real class is going to start. Three years ago a student who wasn’t completing his work dared Barile to watch the zombie show, saying he’d study if she did.

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Why a High-Achieving District Keeps Tinkering With a School Model That Already Works

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During the last few years, we’ve been recognized for outstanding performance in everything from academics to the arts to our athletics program. Four of our seven elementary schools are ranked in the top 20 schools in Pennsylvania, and our high school forensics team is recognized as one of the best teams in the nation. If the district’s goal was to be high achieving, then what was the point of tinkering with a formula that was working?

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

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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.

Want Your Students to Remember You in 20 Years? Start Holding Weekly Data Conferences

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Yet I can easily tell you the name of every one of my teachers dating back to elementary school. I may not recall who taught me which specific reading or math concept, but I vividly remember how these educators made me feel. For our nearly 200 kindergarten to fourth-graders, we believe developing a positive school culture is equally—if not more—important to the impact we have on our students’ academic, social, and emotional growth.

How One Pittsburgh District Personalizes Its Approach to Integrating Immigrant Students

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President Donald Trump made headlines when he told the world, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” before his announcement to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. However, some might be surprised to learn that Pittsburgh, often cited for its high number of steelworkers, is also home to a large refugee population, making the city almost as diverse as Paris. We have miles to go.”.

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.

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Schools lead the way to zero-energy buildings, and use them for student learning

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Dressed in pastel pink and green for an early spring day, second-grader Katherine Cribbs was learning about energy on a virtual field trip – to her own school. With a flurry of touch-screen taps, she explored the “energy dashboard” of Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.

Four Ways You Can Use Data to Create a Personalized, Teacher-Driven PD Playbook

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I knew she was a good teacher, but in all that time, I never had the opportunity to watch her in her own classroom. As someone who now leads professional development for educators, I know that teachers rarely get to see each other teach. While it can be hard to share out the myriad of little things teachers do that are so effective, we do have a tool that can help—data. When looking at data, it’s easiest to start with what you know.

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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.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

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And it has everything to do with the policies of the states.”. His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Truly Personalized: Balancing Navajo Values With Tech Innovation

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The STAR (Service To All Relations) School is located on the southwestern edge of the Navajo Nation, amidst the arid beauty of northern Arizona. The area is remote—with a population density of about six people per square mile—and has been home to the Navajo people for centuries, long before European contact. At STAR, our challenge is to prepare our students for the 21st century while also honoring their unique cultural identity. The history is important to understand.

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