Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

Using adaptive learning to personalize learning experiences

Neo LMS

The ideal learning process for a student is one that adapts to that student’s every need: the surrounding environment, the actual content of the lesson, the method of delivery, the types of assessment — and everything in between. How adaptive learning works. E-learning

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Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

In a recent post , we shed light on the difference between blended learning—an instructional modality that describes integrating technology to deliver some content—and personalized learning—a philosophy that believes in a combination of modalities and goals for better and (and in some cases, new) outcomes for students. Across the K–12 education landscape, teachers have by far the biggest impact on student learning and student experiences.

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

At last week’s iNACOL Symposium, the conference halls were abuzz about the promise of personalized learning. In the same week, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released a report in partnership with RAND profiling promising academic results across schools pursuing a range of personalized approaches over the past two to three years. The term personalized learning, however, seems to be taking on a life of its own.

Taking personalized learning to scale

The Christensen Institute

As the call for personalized learning gains steam, we’re hearing more about how best to invest in systems that support schools that break the traditional mold. For an ecosystem to nurture “next-gen” or personalized learning models, we need a value network that is organized around accountability to individual student outcomes and growth. Focusing on outcomes will depend on transforming accountability and funding.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

The Christensen Institute

Recently, more than a few education headlines have focused on the concerns surrounding the shaky meaning of personalized learning, oftentimes highlighting the anxieties posed by critics that personalized means the use of technology at the expense of student’s social-emotional development or that personalization is the agenda of Silicon Valley titans. Larry Cuban’s look at an array of personalized approaches demonstrates this tendency.

Inputs do not guarantee outcomes: Getting online credit recovery right

The Christensen Institute

Actual learning—not a piece of paper—should be the goal for every student. Yet, in calling for the University of California (UC), which has authority to evaluate whether credit-recovery courses meet admissions standards, to set “clear and rigorous rules governing how much time and effort students must put into make-up courses in order to earn credit,” the editorial board makes the common mistake of equating time spent with actual learning.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

The model strikes a chord with a reality that I frequently find personalized learning enthusiasts fail to mention: to yield more equitable outcomes, personalized learning will also require personalized supports and connections. This bucks a seemingly tidy vision of personalized learning as an overhaul of academics alone. Moreover, a vision of personalized learning as merely a diligent reworking of academic models is woefully narrow.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

Edsurge

Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. It’s about empowering students to communicate, to collaborate, to learn critical thinking skills. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it.”

Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the areas that has received the most attention in K-12 education, dominating headlines, conversations, and research, was personalized learning. Personalized learning remains a broad topic. But it often refers to innovative approaches to tailoring instruction to fit students’ individual needs and increase their autonomy over how, when, where, or what they learn. Online and blended learning. Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report ”.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, after two exhilarating and exhausting days at the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, R.I., which we cohosted with our partners at Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator), I boarded an evening flight back to D.C. Just after takeoff, a school principal from Virginia seated in the row just ahead of me poked his head through the seat to ask: “So, what’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?”.

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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 Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

A Year of Personalized Learning: 3 Things You Need to Know

Education Elements

Last week, we released our third annual Impact Report, “The Positive Power of Personalized Learning.” In the report, we share the incredible work and positive outcomes of districts we work with across the nation, from those that are just launching personalized learning to those that are embarking on their fourth year of implementation. Personalized Learning Education Elements Impact

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity

EdTech Magazine

Use Personalized Learning Tools to Boost Classroom Equity. As personalized learning continues to gain momentum across the U.S., more states, districts and schools are moving toward a competency-based education system that focuses on individualized learning and classroom equity. Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students. Assessment is meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

Why Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Rand Corporation just released the latest in its Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored research series on personalized learning. While I may revisit the study (or series) in future posts, my purpose today is to share one counterintuitive finding (to me) reported in the study: Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School Than Students in Other Schools.

Education innovation in 2017: 4 personalized learning trends to watch

The Christensen Institute

Here are four trends in personalized learning we’ll be watching unfold in the coming year: 1. Over the past few years, we have witnessed homegrown learning platforms crop up inside of schools trying to push the boundaries of personalization. These next-generation platforms all represent bold attempts to digitize the instructional and logistical coordination at play in successful personalized learning models.

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Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair

EdTech Magazine

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair. This is an example of a modern ­learning environment , and in an ideal world, students here receive ­personalized instruction that results in better classroom performance. . Modern classrooms are open and flexible and have writable surfaces, modular furniture, one-to-one devices, hands-on learning with makerspace activities and robust broadband connectivity.

Personalize learning to improve student outcomes

FETC Converge

By Dayna Straehley, Education Daily® FETC 2017: Technology tools can support personalized learning to engage students and help them connect their interests to master state standards, a Michigan instructional technology consultant told attendees at the 2017 National Future of Education Technology Conference. More… Uncategorized data-driven education personalized learning personalizing education project-based learning training teachers

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

Edsurge

Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model. But “personalized learning is something you could do with no devices.”

Improving Elementary Math Learner Outcomes With Digital Personalized Learning Curricula

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teaching large numbers of students can sometimes be a challenge for educators. Often, teachers can gain efficiency by teaching every student the same, based on their grade level. This is not,read more

Personalized Learning “Twister”: A Future of Learning Live Demo in Dallas

EdNews Daily

If you ask a dozen educators to define personalized learning, you’ll no doubt get some enthusiastic answers, and all twelve will probably be different. As our paradigms change with tech and culture, and pressures mount to increase achievement and stop attrition of student to alternatives, so do the views of what personalized learning actually is. The new-school answer to the definition of personalized learning is markedly different. By Charles Sosnik.

Making equity a first principle of personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

These words echoed from the keynote speakers at the annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference (BPLC) in Providence, R.I., On April 1st, in partnership with Highlander Institute and The Learning Accelerator, the Christensen Institute co-hosted the BPLC for the second year in a row. To build the agenda we used our Blended Learning Universe to recruit innovative school leaders and educators to share their tactics and practices at the cutting edge of school innovation.

Pulling the Plug on a Personalized Learning Pilot

Edsurge

Like all district administrators, Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, superintendent at Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD), wants to see students improve, be challenged and get excited about learning. Among the tools the district found was Teach to One: Math (TTO), a digital personalized learning program by New Classrooms , a New York-based nonprofit, that adapts to a student’s individual skills and gaps. This is a great opportunity for our district to learn, adapt and grow.”

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. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog (which Education Next then reposted on its blog) arguing that “[a]dvocates of OER and personalized learning … tend to underestimate the breadth of knowledge necessary for true comprehension,” thereby leaving students with “a narrow and haphazard base of knowledge.”

Personalized Learning’s Unknowns: Silicon Schools’ Five-Year Journey

Edsurge

“We do not believe that there is yet definitive proof that personalized learning works better than other models.”­. — All That We’ve Learned: Five Years of Working on Personalized Learning. Now Greenberg and his team, including Caitrin Wright and Rob Schwartz, have published a five-year reflection on what they’ve learned. First the word was blended learning, before it was hybrid, and now it’s personalized learning.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English.

At Public Education Conference, Educators Share Fall-Outs on Personalized Learning, Privatization and Edtech

Edsurge

The speakers all pressed that digital learning, and in particular online charter schools, are falling short for students and teachers. There has been a huge explosion of online learning and edtech in our schools… and online education is privatizing education through for-profit companies and their apps,” said Haimson. But the reality is that online learning has not progressed really far.” Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Personalizing Learning for Today’s Students

MiddleWeb

Learning Personalized is a resource that does not shy away from wading into the messiness that is true learning. Educators can deeply explore the book, one chunk at a time, to create learning experiences that appeal to all types of students. Book Reviews Personalized Learning Allison Zmuda cross-disciplinary outcomes Diane Ullman digital resources disciplinary outcomes Greg Curtis Matt Renwick mindsets personalized learning student driven learning task frames Wiley

Three Principles of Writing Instruction in a Personalized Learning Classroom

Edsurge

Writing is a deeply personal act. Shifting towards a personalized approach to writing instruction begins long before anyone actually picks up a pencil or taps a keyboard. Better understanding of that complexity can help schools and districts envision and implement their personalized learning approach. Shifting towards a personalized approach to writing instruction begins long before anyone actually picks up a pencil or taps a keyboard. Personalize goals.

Million-Dollar Advice: The High Cost and Limited Return on Personalized Learning Consulting

Edsurge

Follow education technology-reform projects, and you’ll find mixed academic outcomes and expensive consultants. In July of 2015, the district paid more than $400,000 for alignment, strategy and professional services from Education Elements, a for-profit personalized learning consultant, according to receipts obtained by EdSurge from the district. million to the firm for personalized-learning consulting services.

How Do You Include Your Community in Creating Your Vision for Personalized Learning?

Edsurge

Over the past year, we’ve collected dozens of stories from educators and school leaders around the country, each at varying stages of personalized learning implementation in their schools and districts. Yet, as Ahmad explains , for educators willing to engage those same students on a personal level and offer a meaningful analysis of the data collected, an impactful and productive outcome awaits all involved.

Personalization: How A Change in Classroom Delivery Can Change the Outcome

Education Elements

Personalized Learning ClassroomsSchool was never hard for me, it just wasn’t engaging enough for us millennials. It felt prehistoric and bland, so I often doodled and wrote poetry. I was an average student until sports became my incentive to achieve academically. This wasn’t due to lack of knowledge, but moreso a lack of interest. However, things changed once I got to college. College was the first time I was in charge of my educational path.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Bringing Personalized Learning Into Rural Schools

Edsurge

Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Could personalized learning and the use of technology fundamentally change rural student outcomes? Although personalized learning is gaining momentum around the country, investment opportunities and school systems leading the charge have largely been concentrated in urban communities.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why. Is it through online learning?

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. After pointing out that many of the folks who are investigating “personalized learning”—including both MindWires and EdSurge—have received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the article goes on to quote grantee after grantee saying variations of the same thing: “Meh.