Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

When Personalized Learning Is a Logical Fallacy

Edsurge

Personalized learning is not a product you can buy — it’s a set of strategies that teachers can implement, sometimes with the help of products that are designed to support those strategies. But we’ve been disheartened to see a lack of interest in making that clear distinction, as evidenced most recently by the comments of a number of our colleagues in a recent Campus Technology article. Personalized learning, adaptive learning, potato, potahto.

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#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Edsurge

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? How many MOOCs have you signed up for and how many have you taken?” Many admitted their completion rates were unimpressive, which may be representative for MOOC users overall.

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PLEs, MOOCs and connectivism

Learning with 'e's

''Students should be at the centre of learning'', declared Stephen Downes , ''because there is no other place they could possibly be.'' Downes was speaking at the ELI 4th International Conference on e-Learning and Distance Education held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This was one of several sound bites that exemplified the theme of his speech, Design Elements in a Personal Learning Environment. And this was exactly the guiding principle of the earliest MOOCs.

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George Siemens and David Wiley Join Forces for a MOOC About Open Education

Edsurge

Since the New York Times named 2012 the year of massive open online courses (MOOCs), millions have flocked to platforms offering them such as edX and Coursera. The six-week long MOOC will touch on topics including open educational resources (OER), open pedagogy and practice, open knowledge and open research. How do you reconcile teaching about open education using closed technologies and platforms? Ekowo: Why this MOOC? What specifically will the MOOC cover?

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10+ Ways to Recharge Your Batteries Over the Summer

Teacher Reboot Camp

Now you need to take time for yourself and go on some learning adventures of your own! Discover more ways to design engaging distance learning experiences by taking my new accredited graduate course , Online Learning: Best Practices to Leverage the Power of Distance Learning.

How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

Edsurge

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Well, unless you count the students in MOOCs, those free online courses, which are offered through a different division of the university. Yet during that same period, another part of the university, HarvardX, has been running MOOCs, massive open online courses. How do you differentiate what you're doing at the Extension School from MOOCs? They've produced about 100 MOOCs.

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Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

The Christensen Institute

Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. accredited degree program through a blend of massive open online courses (MOOCs), CBE, and guided in-person interactions. To give you a sense of how this works: The first two years of the degree program focus on mastering foundational skills and competencies so that students learn how to learn effectively and attain an associate’s degree.

What Does ‘Personalized Learning’ Look Like? Video Series Aims to Go Beyond Hype

Wired Campus

An education blog whose authors believe there’s too much hype around “personalized learningtechnology has posted a series of video case studies about the trend, hoping to help get beyond overheated rhetoric. The videos were produced by the education-technology blog e-Literate, with the support of a $350,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ” Distance Education IT MOOCs

Tonight - A True History of the MOOC

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me today, Wednesday, September 26th, for a one-hour live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar on the "true history" of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with Dave Cormier, Alec Couros, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Inge de Waard, and Carol Yeager. While a wave of courses from prominent universities are now labeled as MOOCs, we''ll drill down on the connectivist roots of the early MOOC offerings and discuss the importance of the differences between them and the current breed.

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U. of Michigan Hints at Growth Plans for Office of Academic Innovation

Edsurge

The department is hiring for more than a dozen new designer, developer and strategy jobs, including for an associate director for media technology and innovation. We’ve had a lot of success in the open-learning space, driving a fair amount of this growth,” he says. “We’ve We’ve developed this set of teams that creates exemplary online-learning environments and experiences. In parallel, we’ve developed a team that builds tools that enhance the residential learning environment.

MOOC-Ed: Coaching Digital Learning, Unit 2 Reflection

EdTechnocation.com

Here is my Unit 2 reflection for the MOOC-Ed, Coaching Digital Learning: Cultivating a Culture of Change. Unit 2 focuses on the development of your PLN (Professional Learning Network) and becoming a "Connected Educator". What do you see as the most important advantages of adding social media tools to your personal learning network? I also think that by connecting with my peers through Facebook , we have developed more personal connections as well.

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Defining Your Role as an Instructional Technology Coaches – The 4 R’s

The PL2C Blog

The instructional technology coach strives to engage and support digital transitions in their school and district, to empower educators to take ownership of their technology and align its use to curriculum and instruction… but, though we try, at times all we as coaches seem to do is become the help desk for tech support. What does it take to effectively guide educators to use instructional technology to directly support and enhance student learning and content mastery?

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Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

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How could a game featuring so little language drive this much language learning? In my experience creating projects in Minecraft and running after-school clubs, expert players are always keen to help their novice peers learn the essential skills. We then paired up, and the newbies learned gameplay tips and tricks, most of which was conducted in English. Playing in survival mode, a new player is quickly required to learn the basics. Language Learning and Minecraft.

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Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector. The potential of education technology is the biggest in Asia due to the sheer number of students enrolled in schools across Asia (600 million in K-12 schools) and the premium that Asian culture places on education. Across the globe, some key disruptive technology trends which are impacting education are: Artificial Intelligence. Assistive Technology.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Their changed view — and that of others who shunned Rogers and now want in — is driven by what seems to be a magic educational elixir: personalized learning. Philanthropists, state education officials, reform advocates — even charter school leaders — are examining personalized learning.

The future includes good (human) teachers

The Hechinger Report

He’ learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,” according to Xinhua News. English AI looks like all the other talking heads sitting at a news desk, but the English-speaking anchor isn’t a person.

#EDEN15 BCN

Learning with 'e's

Over the next three days, delegates will listen to keynote speeches from a number of thought leaders in the field of technology supported learning, including Pro-Vice Chancellor of the British Open University Belinda Tynan , Maverick US educator Jim Groom , one of the leading lights of the Open University of Catalonia, Professor Albert Sangra , and veteran distance educator Alan Tait. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Trends to watch in 2015: education and technology

Bryan Alexander

What can we expect in 2016 from the intersection of technology and education? I’m building on previous posts about trends in technology and educational contexts , plus my FTTE report, naturally. Educational technology trends. Online learning, or the teaching formerly knows as “distance learning” Will this keep growing? Skepticism about the quality of online learning could migrate to the general population. MOOCs?

A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

A Visual Cheat Sheet For Education Technology. Keeping up with technology is impossible, even for blogs like Mashable, Engadget, and Techcrunch that do it for a living. The following infographic/cheat sheet from @goboundless outlines some of the larger scale (eLearning) or controversial (MOOC) movements, as well as those on the rise (1:1, personalized learning), and providing working definitions for each. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC).

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A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning.

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

MindShift

Every year for the past 15 years the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have been taking the pulse of where education technology stands among K-12 educators. A panel of 59 experts from 18 countries discussed major trends in education that are driving the adoption of technology, as well as the big challenges to effective implementation. Trends affecting the adoption of technology in schools.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. ” And I wondered at the time if that would be the outcome for MOOCs. 2012, you will recall, was “ the year of the MOOC.”) 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. Are any education technologies, for that matter?

How to Introduce a Young Scholar to Twitter

ProfHacker

[ Maha Bali is Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. I’ve learned from years of trying that nobody “gets” Twitter when you talk to them about it, and that part of the power of it is in the capacity to make global connections to knowledgeable others. Or even a less known hashtag that you know your followers check regularly, like for a currently running MOOC on a relevant topic.

Making it personal

Learning with 'e's

For too long education systems have been standardising content, assessment and the learning experience. Clearly, one size does not fit all, and we need personalised learning experiences for our students if we are to prepare them for an ever changing, volatile world. Here's a short video on personalised learning I made for the D-Transform project last year in Barcelona. It will be used in a forthcoming MOOC on the subject of digital learning environments.

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8 EdTech Trends to Watch Out for This 2020

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology has vastly disrupted and improved numerous sectors around the world, be it the government and banking, or retail and marketing. Unsurprisingly, technology is also impacting the world of education. In fact, a study on Forbes found that global education technology (EdTech) is one of the fastest-growing segments today, and is expected to be worth $252 billion by the end of this year. Video-assisted Learning. MOOCs. As always, education is changing.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology. CREATE – Collaboartion, Resources, Educate, Apps, Technology, Enriching. FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). ICT – Information Communications Technology.

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My Top 5 Posts from 2017

The Principal of Change

One thing that I have learned about blogging is that it is a beautiful way to see your growth over time. Learning, not only teaching, is part of the job. So to share a little bit of my learning over the year, I wanted to highlight five posts that were read the most from my blog in 2017. This is an archive for my learning as well as an opportunity to share with others. September 8, 2016 The #InnovatorsMindset MOOC Starting Soon!

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False frontiers

Learning with 'e's

In education, the common objective is usually to learn specific content, skills or competencies within defined areas. Ostensibly, learning is an individual goal, and each student does tend to learn in their own way, using their own favoured approaches and tools. We refer to this as personalised learning ( a video explains ). Collaborative learning does not undermine or contradict personalised learning. Learning is learning.

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How AI Can Compliment Educators, Not Replace Them

EdNews Daily

James Stewart , marketing director of 51Talk, spoke at the summit about personalized learning’s role in enhancing the quality of education for millions of students across China. On this topic, James stated that “One of the biggest challenges facing online education is showing the market that online learning is as effective as offline learning.” The company focuses on visual recognition technology, and aims to apply it to advances in education.

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The Year in Podcasts: Top EdSurge On Air Episodes of 2018

Edsurge

MOOCs are No Longer Massive. Once upon a time, free online courses known as MOOCs made national headlines. So we talked with Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, who has been tracking MOOCs closely ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses, about how MOOCs have evolved. The Problem With an ‘Engineering Model’ of Personalized Learning Listeners were also curious to hear what’s up with another buzzword, personalized learning.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

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With the two last directors of the federal Office of Education Technology, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, at the helms of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), it is no surprise that the organization is seeking to expand and rebrand. But for the new leaders of the nonprofit, the goal is to build a community of education-technology enthusiasts that interact year-round. Education Technology Nonprofits Edtech Business

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What If Students Are the Biggest Barrier to Innovation?

Edsurge

As Alexandra Pickett worked to bring new technology and teaching styles to New York State University, she faced an unexpected challenge. For Pickett, it is a struggle to implement new digital learning styles with adult students as many of them are accustomed to traditional lecture models and are dismayed when they don't get what they expect. I am not here to get reviews, I am there because I want to help people learn,” says Morgan.

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There Are 700K+ Credentials — and Counting. Which Ones Are ‘Quality’?

Edsurge

Credential Engine hopes its database will eventually help people discern which credentials offer the most value for personal learning and employment opportunities. If you’re a 17-year-old or 25-year-old or returning veteran who wants to go into the IT field in Indianapolis, there had not been a way until we began doing our work to let that person understand the relative differences between pathways,” Cheney says. Education Technology Future of Work Workforce Training

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Always eager to associate itself with the latest tech craze, education technology embraced Pokémon Go with great gusto: “ Why Pokemon Go shows the future of learning gamification.” ” “ 14 Reasons Why Pokémon Go Is The Future Of Learning.” ” But these wild proclamations – wishful thinking , no doubt – tended to overlook the realities of mobile technology and education. Education Technology and School Surveillance.

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