Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

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Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal? Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education. One of the more measured posts reads: There is NOTHING “personal” about personalized learning!

How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

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And some credit it for helping kick-start a trend—now known as open educational resources, or OER—that has sent shockwaves through the traditional publishing industry. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

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For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving. But fans of OER are increasingly facing a problem. While OER started off as free online textbooks, it still costs money to produce these materials, and professors often need guidance finding which ones are high quality.

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Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

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Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS.

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This site and newsletter brings together the largest set of industry. 1to1 Digital Content E-Rate EETT Equity of Access In the News Interoperability OER Online Assessment Personalized Learning Professional LearningEd Tech Update has the answer… SETDA is excited to share Ed Tech Update. read more.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

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Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. Among them, I’ve updated my site to include a dedicated FAQ on open educational resources (OER). The FAQ is a collaboration of many involved with the movement and includes an OER infographic , suitable for downloading and re-sharing. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition).

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The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

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We are always excited to invite new districts that are implementing new teaching and learning practices into the League. This rockstar panel of @DigitalPromise #DPLIS members and partners is about to talk about tackling OER’s biggest challenges at #iNACOL18 pic.twitter.com/LWTl5OxQJp.

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Robots Won’t Replace Instructors, 2 Penn State Educators Argue. Instead, They’ll Help Them Be ‘More Human.’

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How will artificial intelligence and machine learning change teaching? Jennifer Sparrow, the university’s senior director of teaching and learning with technology, thinks the fears that some faculty have about artificial intelligence taking their jobs echos the concern some had 20 years ago when higher education was first “branching out into online learning.” An instructor can type in a concept or idea, such as “industrial design,” into the tool his team built, called Eureka!,

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

Society is now in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution , which was in its infancy as I began writing this book. Personalized and blended learning pathways were proclaimed to be the future of education.

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Unlocking the Gate to Better Learning

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Cleon Franklin, a great innovator and former Director of Virtual Schools and Online Learning at Shelby County Schools, said a very interesting thing about what happens when you ungate students. Now imagine that it is possible via custom software and virtual world learning environments.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

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I especially appreciated the following quote, “On his blog, Gorman shares what he has learned with a focus on how tech enables project-based learning.” Learn more at the conference master classes page. This allows learning to go beyond Bloom’s basic level of remembering.

Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications

EdTech Magazine

A Digital Learning Now report highlights digital backpacks as a solution for teachers who, without these tools, “have little visibility into the past performance of their students, what other teachers noted, or each learner’s strengths, weaknesses, and individual needs.”. Utah teachers are now not only able to keep tabs on how students develop, but they can better develop personalized learning initiatives. Interoperability Boosts the Speed of School Communications.

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This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.

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This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. Topics ranged from early childhood to lifelong learning. In an interview with EdSurge at the conference, General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz said he was excited to continue to lead the operation, which will retain the brand and operate as a division of Adecco, and gain better connection to industry partners through the new parent company.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

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Now in its seventh year, the annual gathering brings together thousands of entrepreneurs, educators and industry experts from around the world for four days stacked with panel discussions , workshops , an expo hall , meetups , film screenings —plus plenty of after-hours shindigs. SXSWedu Opening Party : After a long day of learning comes a long night of parties. Renaissance Learning will host SXSWedu’s kickoff bash with beverages at Buffalo Billiards from 7:30 p.m.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” It’s being positioned here as the first time Congress has funded open textbooks, but it’s not the federal government’s first commitment to OER. From the press release : “IMS Global Learning Consortium Announces Open Badges 2.0 Ramona Pierson , the founder of Declara , is now the head of learning products at Amazon ( according to LinkedIn , at least). “ Does tech designed to personalize learning actually benefit students?

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

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Learning styles” in the White House: President Trump doesn’t read his daily intelligence briefings, gets oral briefings on “select” issues instead, because reading isn’t “his style of learning,” the @washingtonpost reports [link] — Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 9, 2018. ” There’s more on Department of Education efforts to help the for-profit higher ed industry in the for-profit higher ed section below.

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” From the Bloomberg Editorial Board : “A Raw Deal From Betsy DeVos ” – “ Rolling back regulations on the for-profit college industry will cause the public pain.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Trump personally asked Xi Jinping to help resolve case of UCLA basketball players arrested in China.” And there’s more on regulating the industry (or ya know, not) in the national politics section above.

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” DeVos visited my hometown of Casper, Wyoming to give this speech where she spoke at the Woods Learning Center. ” Ref Rodriguez, like most of the current members of the LAUSD school board, has strong financial backing from the charter school industry. The accreditor: the Higher Learning Commission. Via The CBC : “Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake.”

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“ Artificial Intelligence: Could emerging technologies ‘humanize’ teaching & learning? “ Personalized learning ” – it’s simply the best idea that money can buy (that isn’t already being paid for by Salesforce, I guess).

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Also by me : “The Ivanka Trump Ed-Tech Industry Network.” ” Via Edsurge : “ Betsy DeVos Visits Bay Area Public School for a Lesson in Personalized Learning.” ” Elsewhere in proprietary OER , via Inside Higher Ed : “ Cengage will offer open educational resources, curated and adapted to include proprietary assessment tools, from $25 per student for general education courses.” (National) Education Politics.

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Via The San Francisco Chronicle : “ Dev Bootcamp couldn’t tough out industry shakeout.” Important thoughts here on social emotional learning and structural racism. ” “ Personalized learning ” equals cutting the teacher workforce in Oklahoma. Edsurge on “Bridging the School-to-Business Gap: What Public Schools Can Learn From Industry.” “ Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning ?”

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“In the Era of Microcredentials , Institutions Look to Blockchain to Verify Learning,” says Edsurge. Tell me more about how the blockchain is going to “verify learning.” ” The tech industry is still bullish on the business of tech training nonetheless. ” “Education is not where it’s all at in the learning market. Educators Discuss Pros and Cons of Learning Analytics.” (National) Education Politics.

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In addition to the anti-First Amendment supporter Thiel, Jackson also name-dropped her connections to David Horowitz , a long-time advocate for silencing left-learning professors on campus, in order to get her job. Via The New York Times Magazine : “What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn.” ” “One Standardized Tests Provider Looks to Gaming and Personalized Learning to Innovate Exams” – Edsurge on ETS.

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The NAACP endorses OER. Edsurge’s Jeff Young and Mindwire Consulting’s Phil Hill both asked industry analyst Trace Urdan for his take. I’m waiting for Tressie McMillan Cottom’s response, as she’s certainly unlikely to hype the industry angle and will surely raise the important issues surrounding equity, “lower ed,” and justice. ” Via NBC News : “How to Thrive: Arianna Huffington Launches E-Learning Series.”

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Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” The US Department of Education released its “ #GoOpenDistrict Launch Packet ,” encouraging schools to use OER. ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. Education Politics.

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” Via The LA Times : “Trump is ending Michelle Obama’s ‘ Let Girls Learn ’ initiative, CNN reports.” Not ed-tech per se (unless you recognize that “personalized learning” is greyballing), but according to The New York Times , “ Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities.” Via The Washington Post : “There’s a well-funded campus industry behind the Ann Coulter incident.”

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In another first, the Board has decided to act, in part, based on the words of a single person: Donald Trump , the new President of the United States. ” “The California State Legislature is now considering two bills that would build a database firewall to block the flow of personal information from state and local government to federal efforts to deport immigrants and register people based on their religion, ethnicity, or national origin,” according to the EFF.