Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

Last week’s New York Times Fixes column highlighted the enormous promise of PowerMyLearning, a framework and tool that connects teachers, families, and students. The approach marks a departure from run-of-the-mill family engagement strategies like infrequent parent-teacher conferences or once yearly back-to-school nights. But some notions of that precision can take on an antiseptic quality that assumes a series of 0’s and 1’s amounts to truly knowing students and their families.

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Reviews of materials from the previous year aim to give students a sturdy path. And more importantly, can do we do anything to help? An emerging trend is to embed social-emotional learning (SEL) skills like persistence into curriculum rather than teaching SEL separately. For example, Valor Collegiate Academy aims to integrate habits from its Compass SEL tool into curriculum. Flashback a moment to last May. Prior to this year, kids would give up.

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Want Students to Remember What They Learn? Have Them Teach It.


The assignment asks students to teach a family member about this concept by completing a model food chain together. D’Angelo is surprised to see that that some of her students seem to understand the material at a deep level—they even use new vocabulary terms with great fluidity. She then points to Sofia, one of her students who shined particularly bright during the class discussion. Bror encouraged me to talk to Richard E.

EduStar Platform Promises Quick, Randomized Ed-Tech Trials

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EduStar, a platform that conducts randomized-controlled online trials “in the background” as K-12 students use different apps, videos or games in classes, has run 77 trials engaging more than 10,000 students s o far, with plans to stage many more, its co-founders say. The technology platform is the product of a grant-funded collaboration between two professors and the nonprofit PowerMyLearning. The students in his or her class are randomly assigned to three different groups.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

Of course, part of the reason most schools switch to 1:1 is because they want the classroom to reflect the real world—and anticipate what jobs could be when the kindergartners graduate. However, the more successful schools focus on improving teaching and learning first with edtech being just one of the tools to support it. Gather stakeholder information every way possible. Allow appropriate time to create tech infrastructure. Step 1: Make a plan.

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