Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

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!

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

But many times tech is only integrated at specific points in the classroom or with a specific tool as determined by the teacher. In the edWebinar “ Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Learning,” Grace Borst, Innovation Specialist at St. Students use this time for school and personal projects where tech might not be required but could add value. Developing digital portfolios and personalized learning plans: Every student at St.

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How to sort the good from the bad in OER

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. . Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. These OER – open educational resources – may be good, bad or indifferent. There’s more bad OER out there than good; that’s a fact.

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SETDA publishes OER case studies from 3 states

eSchool News

Online case studies highlight OER implementation in schools. SETDA has published a series of case studies focused on the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) at the school level. The online resource, OER in Action: Implementation Highlights , examines the definitions and parameters of OER, includes a variety of resources, and provides an in-depth look at the implementation of OER in New York, Utah and Washington.

SETDA’s 2019 Top Picks: 11 Resources for Educators, Administrators & Policy Makers

SETDA Says

Always working to engage state leaders, affiliates members, private sector partners, and partner organizations-SETDA developed tools and resources to support national, state, district and school leaders in the implementation of the digital teaching and learning. Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED EETT Equity of Access In the News instructional materials Interoperability Legislation OER Personalized Learning Policy Professional Learning

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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. Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Contains formative learning and assessment opportunities.

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New tools emerge to support schools’ digital transition

eSchool News

Knovation’s icurio delivers open educational resources (OER) and instructional tools to support personalized and engaging digital learning. School districts across the country are replacing print textbooks with free open educational resources (OER); however, many are finding it difficult to evaluate the quality and relevancy of these unlimited online resources. One such solution comes from Knovation’s icurio suite of personalized learning solutions.

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Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

Edsurge

Digital Learning Innovation Awards (DLIAwards) from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) last November. The mission of the OLC DLIAwards is to discover student-centered active learning solutions that advance the world of digital learning for all students,” says Kathleen Ives, the CEO and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. Fulé and her colleague Don Carter, the university’s director of e-learning, launched the.

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

Doug Levin

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

Doug Levin

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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Ask the experts: Crowdsourced solutions to 4 problems of blended-learning practice

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, the Christensen Institute, Highlander Institute , and The Learning Accelerator welcomed over 100 advanced blended- and personalized-learning practitioners to Providence, Rhode Island as part of a two-day meeting-of-the-minds leading up to the 2018 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference. Cultivate teacher conversations as they talk and work through challenges of implementing culturally responsive teaching and learning together.

Inspiring Math Excellence in the Classroom with Po-Shen Loh

The CoolCatTeacher

From giving kids problems with the right level of difficulty to solving problems with students, learn how to take any math student to the next level. You’ll also learn about the open source resource, Expii invented by Po-Shen Loh and how you can use it. READ: Learn about the USA Math Olympiad Team. Po-Shen Loh founded Expii , but we’ll learn more about what that is later in the show. READ: Learn more about the Zone of Proximal Development or ZPD.

Engrade users can access Knovation’s digital content

eSchool News

Collaboration aims to create a more open, collaborative digital learning environment for K-12 students and educators. McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, and Knovation, an online resource curation tool, announced a collaboration to expand and simplify educators’ and students’ access to professionally-evaluated, standards-aligned digital content. We’re excited to partner with Knovation to support a more open, collaborative and easy-to-use learning environment.

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall.

EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment.

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itslearning, Gooru enhance LMS platform with open content

eSchool News

LMS provider itslearning and Gooru , a nonprofit organization which provides a free online learning navigator for educators of the same name, announced a strategic partnership to enhance itslearning’s platform with open educator-curated content and successful practices for personalized learning. The alliance will initially give teachers an avenue to find, remix and share collections and courses of open content designed for future-ready learning.

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Thinking About Impact

Iterating Toward Openness

In the spirit of iterating toward openness, I’ve recently had the opportunity to revisit some of my earlier thinking about how to measure the impact of OER-related work. I have previously written about metrics I call the educational golden ratio and the OER impact factor. These are ways of thinking about the learning-related return on investment students get from their purchases of learning materials.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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Another Response to Stephen

Iterating Toward Openness

Both of these products wrap significant additional functionality around OER. Waymaker is Lumen’s platform for personalized learning. It wraps pre-assessments, in situ formative assessments, and summative assessments around OER. Faculty also have access to a range of tools that make it easy to identify and reach out to students who are struggling while there is still time to do something. Like Waymaker, OHM wraps these and other features around OER.

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Stereotyping, Behavior, and Belonging in the Open Education Community

Iterating Toward Openness

”, you declare, “the overwhelming majority of OER in the world are licensed in ways that permit commercial use, so what’s the problem?” Their platform for hosting, authoring, and remixing OER is open source and available via GitHub. They are developing additional tools to support personalized learning with OER with funding from a major foundation.

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The League of Innovative Schools’ 12 Days of Innovation

Digital Promise

With our renewed focus on designing, validating, and scaling effective innovation to advance equity and excellence for every student, we have had an exciting year that included launching new tools and programs, welcoming new members, hosting convenings, and sharing stories. We are always excited to invite new districts that are implementing new teaching and learning practices into the League. Principles for Building a Learning Ecosystem—Lessons Learned from Tucson, Arizona.

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Moodle and the next LMS: reflections and more questions

Bryan Alexander

Last week Martin Dougiamas, the creator of Moodle, the world’s leading open source learning management system, joined our Future Trends Forum to discuss the future of that technology. Text question from Ed Finn: OER Game Changer – Moodle Community could separate it from Canvas and Blackboard who keep these types of sharing resources behind a wall.

Digital Leadership is Not Optional

A Principal's Reflections

There are many changes I intend to make, but the most significant will be creating a book that is more “evergreen,” a book with less focus on tools and more on the dispositions of digital leaders. Personalized and blended learning pathways were proclaimed to be the future of education. More and more schools have gone 1:1 thanks to the cost-effectiveness of the Chromebook and cloud-based tools.

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How a University Took on the Textbook Industry

Edsurge

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 economists say OpenStax and other OER producers helped to halt the decades-long rise of textbook prices , which now set the average undergraduate back between $1,200 and $1,440 each school year, according to the College Board. Some professors have aesthetic objections to OER materials.

The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey

eSchool News

The Learning Counsel’s 2016 Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey and Assessment Tool is now available online. The survey tool was created to assist executives and curriculum and technology directors in assessing their readiness for a greater transition to digital curriculum and content. The Learning Counsel’s 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy School Assessment Tool & Survey proved to be a valuable tool in this process!

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

Edsurge

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!,

Join the edWeb Team at ISTE 2015

edWeb.net

At ISTE 2015, Common Sense Education will provide a sneak preview of the latest version of Graphite, designed to help educators learn fundamental edtech teaching skills. Learn more here about their Marriott Lightning Sessions and raffle and follow @commonsenseedu & @graphite on Twitter. Visit CDW*G at Booth #2200 to explore solutions to better prepare for digital learning. dreambox learning. Scratch your way to great prizes with Learning Bird at ISTE.

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

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

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. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning. Students will be able to collaborate on a presentation that provides what they have learned in their own words. This map orders the learning modules by concepts.

Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic

Edsurge

Tim Carson, Skilled Trades and OER Advocate First, allow me to tell you why I don’t typically read books about online learning. Staying more holistic when developing my teaching—whether facilitating learning in person or online—has been central in my reading motivations.

The 5 Strategies States Should Pursue Now to Make the Most of Future EdTech Investments in ESSA

Doug Levin

To that end, I recently had the pleasure of addressing a cross-section of state board of education members from across the nation – working together under the umbrella of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) – on the opportunities and challenges that ESSA provides with respect to digital learning and technology for states. Consider also digital and online learning opportunities afforded students and teachers in which the state has invested.

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. Find the Tools to Introduce Interoperability.

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U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: What is the Federal Role? (Part II)

Doug Levin

While one might expect an educational technology program to be expressly designed to support the purchase of technology devices, tools and software, Congress mandates that not more than 15 percent of program funds may be used for “purchasing devices, equipment and software applications in order to address readiness shortfalls” or for the development of blended learning projects. Digital learning advocates, cue Sally Fields !)

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 33 Edition)

Doug Levin

(Mostly) back from my August hiatus, I’m pleased to offer up the next edition of A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News. In the absence of the weekly news round-ups, I took the time away to do some further writing and analysis: Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches , which details the ham-handed way in which the Texas Association of School Boards has communicated about their breach of personal information about Texas educators.

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On building learning playlists

NeverEndingSearch

With our ability to ethically curate content and unglue it from its containers, and a growing array of digital tools and open education resources, many of us are engaging in a creative new form of the remix. Learning playlists are a thing, and that thing is emerging as a subgenre of digital curation in a variety of flavors. And it is super easy to include them in any learning management system or website. Symbaloo Learning Paths. OER and you: The curation mandate.

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. Furthermore, the members developed use cases for the new standards, such as student transfer information, personalized learning, and learning object repository. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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