Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Two weeks ago, Education Next published a blog post I wrote about the need to focus demand and funding for open educational resources (OER) on facilitating personalized learning. But that form of personalization should not compromise students’ mastery of core knowledge.

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Albans City School, and several of her students explained how they’re using technology for assessment, service work, and more.

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Take Flight to Accessibility with the AEM Pilot

SETDA Says

SETDA continues an on-going partnership with CAST to support access to instructional materials and tools for all learners. The National AEM Center at CAST has enjoyed collaborating with SETDA on improving access digital materials and technologies for learners with […].

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Framework: Ed Elements on the ‘Core Four’ Foundations of Personalized Learning

Edsurge

The consulting firm Education Elements designated four factors as the keys to successfully integrating a personalized learning model, based on its experience with 100 districts, 300 schools and 300,000 students. Those four elements—flexible content and tools, targeted instruction, data-driven decisions and student reflection and ownership—are the Core Four of Personalized Learning. Data-driven decisions Teachers use data to inform instructional decisions.

Anatomy of a failure: How an XQ Super School flopped

The Hechinger Report

They’d developed a projects-driven curriculum that would give students nearly unprecedented control over what they would learn, in a small, supportive environment. Related: Project-based learning boosts student engagement, understanding.

Four Classroom-Ready Tips to Boost Reading Engagement and Drive Learning

Edsurge

Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. Offer high-interest content that reflects student experiences Studies show that for students to remain engaged, they need texts that reflect their personal experiences. From popular culture and national conversations to emerging technology and social justice, we have articles that interest every student from any background. What leads to reading success?

SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology. SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Best Practices Digital Learning Personalized Learning Policy Uncategorized

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

Edsurge

Personalized learning” is a term that people take quite personally—and that leads to a variety of interpretations about what it means. That’s a problem, says John Reyes, director of educational technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The lack of precision about what the term means—whether it’s about tailoring instruction for individual students or the technology that enables it—leads to confusion and inappropriate assumptions. “As

The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

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Education start-ups like Seesaw give her their premium classroom technology as well as swag like T-shirts or freebies for the teachers who attend her workshops. In the 19th and 20th centuries, enterprising teachers found resources, scrounged materials, and took risks in using new techniques and products on their own time and on their own dime so that their students could learn in innovative ways. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

Likewise, as teachers design digital learning experiences based on their students’ personal strengths and interests, they need to search for the “just right” instructional resources to meet their students’ varied needs.

4 ways online learning can lead to educational equity

eSchool News

Related content: 5 things you don’t know about online learning. Checking off all of these boxes isn’t always easy in traditional educational settings, where many schools have yet to tap into the value of online, blended, and/or personalized learning.

A ‘Learning Ecosystem’ Approach to Ed-Tech Acquisition

Digital Promise

This blog post is part of a series that highlight different stakeholders' perspectives on purchasing practices for K-12 personalized learning tools. the technology in our kids’ pockets. Take a “learning ecosystem” approach to ed-tech acquisition.

Broward County Accelerates Internet Content Delivery

FETC Converge

The district’s network infrastructure covers 270 sites, including schools, technology centers and administration buildings, and 225,000 students and 32,000 employees use it on a daily basis to access cloud services, digital instructional materials, personalized learning and collaboration tools, rich media activities and online testing.

What You Need to Know About Teaching Cybersecurity

edWeb.net

While classroom instruction is critical for any cybersecurity program, employers also want to see their future employees apply many of the terms, concepts, and methods before hitting the job market. The edWeb webinar referenced above was sponsored by Infosec Learning.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

techlearning

Summit Math won a BESSIE in the High School: Math Website category and Stride won in the Teacher Tools: Adaptive Learning Tool category. Stride was also a finalist in the 2018 EdTech Digest Awards in the Cool Tool: Adaptive Technology Solution category.

Lexia Reading Core5 App to Integrate with Apple’s Schoolwork App

techlearning

Lexia Learning is making 78 of Core5’s Lexia Skill Builders (Skill Builders)—pencil and paper-based activities designed to reinforce and extend literacy learning—available to teachers and students through Schoolwork.

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How Can Policymakers Prepare Students for the Future of Work?

ExcelinEd

Just 32 percent of 11th graders surveyed said they learned something of interest in the past week, and over half of high school seniors feel their math work is “too easy.”.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Nesbitt, PhD, executive director of Technology, AITS, School District of Pickens County, SC; and Christine Fox, deputy executive director, SETDA, presented solutions for providing out-of-school access and digital resources to students based off their own experiences.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

edWeb.net

It really truly guides all of the decisions instructionally for our students,” she said. By providing out-of-school access to digital instructional materials , students now have more opportunities to personalize their own learning and support to complete their homework.

Bill Gates: Ed Tech Has Underachieved, But Better Days Are Ahead

Marketplace K-12

Education technology is still at its earliest stages and has yet to live up to its promise, philanthropist Bill Gates told an audience of thousands of ed-tech entrepreneurs and investors at the ASU GSV Summit here. ” Scaling Up Personalized Learning. San Diego.

Consortia as a Driver of Innovation

hem.digital

One consortium, for example, simply assigned a single instructional designer to work with a lone instructor from the member institution to develop an online course. Growing use of analytics to inform and personalize learning.

eBook details key strategies to manage digital curriculum

eSchool News

itslearning, maker of the personalized learning management platform of the same name, released “ Going Digital: A Curriculum Management Playbook ,” a guide to creating a fully integrated curriculum management system using the cloud-based platform. Universal Design for Learning.

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Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

No longer relegated to using textbooks as their core instructional materials, teachers look to their institutions for help selecting, aggregating, and then delivering relevant content to their pupils. Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform.

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Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program

techlearning

BOSTON (April 19, 2018) – Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. Lexia Reading Core5 is a research-proven, technology-based program that accelerates the development of fundamental literacy skills for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5.

Lexia Efficacy Research Meets the Highest Standards of Evidence as Defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

techlearning

BOSTON (April 12, 2018) – As educators across the country strive to align their instructional plans with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. ESSA requires Title I schools to utilize evidence-based instructional programs that have demonstrated positive effects on student learning outcomes.

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

edWeb.net

While teachers may understand the need to collect the information, they resent inputting the same data over and over again in every learning management system, educational application, and state and federal accountability report. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains

techlearning

BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. Amplify Fractions covers math standards in grades 3–6 and uses adaptive learning, interactive storytelling, and a personalized digital tutor to help students conquer fractions.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ Texas , a Prized K–12 Market , Approves Wave of Instructional Materials.” ” Via Chalkbeat : “New early learning initiative brings Sesame Street lessons into Memphis classrooms.” “Can Space Activate Learning?” Catapult Learning has acquired LifeShare USA.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Also via Chalkbeat : “Black and white students score far apart on a new test of technology skills.” ” Here’s the WaPo headline : “Girls outscore boys on inaugural national test of technology, engineering skills.” Via KNN : “‘ aisectmoocs.com ’ launched as India ’s largest free online open learning platform.” ” And “ Education news from Google I/O : tools to take learning further.”