The messy reality of personalized learning

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Teachers project lesson plans onto interactive screens, and little hands reach for black Chromebook laptops, which are stacked like cafeteria trays in a large box called a Chromecart. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Study: One-to-One Laptop Programs Improve Student Learning

Doug Levin

Newly published, peer-reviewed research out of Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine suggests that one-to-one laptop programs improve student academic achievement in K-12 classrooms.

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If Personalized Learning Is Going to Work, Teacher Onboarding Must Improve. Here’s How.

Edsurge

In 2017, at the end of our third year of implementing personalized learning at Dallas ISD, our central personalized learning team conducted a series of stepback meetings with school leaders. Education Technology Professional Development Personalized Learning

In the News: On the Future of Maine’s Laptop Program

Doug Levin

Such uncertainty speaks directly to the need for better monitoring of technology’s use and impact in K-12, said Douglas Levin, the president of EdTech Strategies LLC, a consulting organization. … While some educators and digital-learning proponents bristle at the notion that technology initiatives should be expected to move the needle on standardized test results, Levin of EdTech Strategies thinks it’s a fair expectation. As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin.

The learning experience is different in schools that assign laptops, a survey finds

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Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. But technology can help facilitate these classroom experiences, Evans said.

The path to personalized learning is not straight

The Hechinger Report

A teacher helps a student who is otherwise working independently on his laptop. Three different paths to the same general goal — personalized learning. Students can often move at their own pace through the material and they play a more active role in their learning.

Why one Mississippi district ditched textbooks for laptops

The Hechinger Report

Districts across Mississippi, like Greenville and Columbus, have adopted technology programs in classrooms. When Philip Hickman took over the role of superintendent in 2014 in the Columbus Municipal School District in east Mississippi, technology was almost nonexistent.

A year of personalized learning: Mistakes, moving furniture and making it work

The Hechinger Report

SAN DIEGO — Vista High School principal Anthony Barela had a vivid image of what school here could look like after a $10 million grant to reimagine learning: Rolling desks and chairs, with students moving freely and talking about their work. We’re literally learning as we go along.

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success

Edsurge

Personalizing education does not mean simply putting a laptop in the hands of every teacher and student; rather, it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a “content expert” and organically diagnose, analyze, guide, instruct, and coach students. Personalization requires focused intentionality to shift instructional models, using 21st century tools, towards student-centered learning.

New research answers whether technology is good or bad for learning

The Christensen Institute

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. Yet there are also bright shining stars of technology use—both in proof points and in studies, such as this Ithaka study or this U.S. In that context, I would ban laptops, too.

When personalized learning includes skateboarding: One suburban district’s dramatic transformation

The Hechinger Report

A $10 million prize from the national nonprofit XQ Super School Project is already overhauling Vista High, encouraging more cross-disciplinary, independent projects; enhanced access to technology; and close attention to social and emotional skills. He’s taking an active role in his learning.

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

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Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston.

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

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Sitting in front of a laptop, Chris Pozo, a sixth-grade student at Truesdell Education Campus in Washington D.C., Like every other student using the Summit Learning platform, Pozo must start each class by setting his goals before doing activities. This goal-setting feature is part of the Summit Learning Platform, an online tool used in a personalized learning program created by Summit Public Schools. What Is Summit Learning?

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Edsurge

As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. What is personalized learning? Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb. Competency-based learning is one of these.

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment. Today’s students are studying and learning differently – a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. Further, research validates the use of mobile technology in education.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

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In the middle of all this activity, seventh-grader Jacob Higuera sat alone with his laptop, intently typing out a social studies assignment. Classroom technologies make it easier than ever to collect information on students. Subscribe to our Blended Learning newsletter.

Before You Buy That Laptop For Everyone…

The Principal of Change

Having a conversation with a school administrator, he shared his frustration with his district’s plan to buy the same laptop for every teacher in his school district.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

Pane is among a wave of education watchers getting excited by the idea that technology may finally offer a solution to the historic constraints of one-to-many teaching. Personalized learning is the No. So what is personalized learning, exactly? Learn what you want.

Personalized Learning: Mistakes, Moving Furniture and Making it Work

MindShift

This story about personalized learning was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. More student control over learning. We’re literally learning as we go along,” Worthington said.

zSpace Unveils World’s First AR/VR Laptop

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CHICAGO – June 25, 2018 – According to a national study by , schools with one-to-one laptop environments show higher levels of academic achievement. Now with today’s launch of the world’s first augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR) laptop from Silicon Valley company, zSpace Inc.,

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating.

Inspiring Digital Leaders During Personal Learning Device (PLD) Rollout

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our 3rd-5th graders all have their own personal learning device assigned to them at the beginning of the year. Currently, our 3rd graders each receive an ASUS netbook and our 4th & 5th graders receive an HP laptop. A digital leader is a person who _.

Personalized Learning Won’t Be So Easy: Thoughts on the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative by @hejames1008

TeacherCast

Perhaps I’m a little jaded, but when I read about Mark Zuckerberg’s and Priscilla Chan’s letter to their daughter which stated that technology would create a world where personalized learning was available to everyone, I thought: “No it won’t.”. The letter states that the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative that has been created as a result will work for the next handful of decades to “better human potential,” and one way is through advances in educational technology.

Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology

The Hechinger Report

Students make use of technology while working in small groups. “Education technology is an area where innovation has outpaced rigorous research,” said Vincent Quan, who runs the North American education unit at J-PAL.

Smart Technologies Could Benefit Education – or Could Make Our Problems Worse

EdNews Daily

Then, flipped classrooms and blended learning introduced compelling ways of leveraging digital tools to maximize instructional time and student-teacher interactions. Your personal digital information is a commodity. Stewardship for the Ethical Application of Smart Technologies.

The Unexpected Benefit of Differentiation? Student Happiness

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Some of them had never seen an iPad or a laptop and probably wouldn't have without the program here." In a candid chat, Mobley shares how embracing technology to personalize instruction and teaching with compassion helps students achieve success and find happiness, in the classroom and beyond.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Students at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa, Arizona, spend a portion of their school day working on laptops. Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common.

Three Strategies for Using Technology to Support Social-Emotional Skill Development

EdNews Daily

Talk about the real human beings who create and manage the technology as well as the real human beings who are impacted by technology. Williams, who serves as a Learning and Technology Resources Specialist with Florida Diagnostic & Resources Learning System ( FDLRS ).

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. Districts around the country are enacting similar plans, and many start by deciding on what technology to use in the classroom.

Dealing with digital distraction

The Hechinger Report

Since the fall of 2016, the communications department at Dominguez Hills has banned smartphones, laptops and other personal technology in every classroom — with grade deductions for violations — except for teacher-guided use and “tech breaks” during longer classes such as Eames’s.

Inside the School Where Every Student Gets Their Own Teacher

Edsurge

At the start of her introductory chemistry class, rising sophomore Olivia takes out her laptop and begins following along while the teacher in front of her navigates a slideshare presentation. That’s because one-to-one learning is the most frequent accommodation in those plans, Martinez says.

5 Technology tools that will keep your students engaged in the classroom

Neo LMS

Students are obsessed with technology and gadgets nowadays, so why can’t we use technology to keep them engaged while learning? The education department is evolving on a global scale along with the techniques of teaching and learning. Technology allows global learning.

E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects

EdTech Magazine

E–Rate Updates Free Up Resources for New Classroom Technology Projects. Technology Services Coordinator Jim Branton. “We But without good internet, the laptop that you have won’t work,” says Hector Reyna, CTO of Socorro Independent School District in El Paso, Texas.

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A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. Related: Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well.