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.

Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

A Principal's Reflections

However, there is a big difference between talk or desire to innovate and an evidence base that illustrates an actual improvement grounded in better outcomes. I have also been blessed to observe great examples that members of my Personal Learning Network (PLN) make available on social media. Here is where educators can collectively show, not tell, how innovation and change have or are improving outcomes.

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#40years of educational technology: Social media

Learning with 'e's

I first started working in the field of educational technology in January 1976, at a time when technology was used more for teaching than it was for learning. By 2006 several social networking sites were enjoying surges in popularity, including MySpace, Bebo and of course, Facebook. Social media lend themselves naturally to support learning through discussions, collaboration and sharing. They also have the capacity to support personal learning.

The Professional Learning Sweet Spot

A Principal's Reflections

For the better part of my educational career, I always referred to any type of learning to assist me as a teacher or administrator as professional development (PD). For the most part, this consisted of attending mandatory district “PD” days, professional learning communities (PLC)’s or approved off-site experiences such as conferences, workshops, or webinars. In March of 2009, I began to use Twitter, and it was at this time that I began to create a Personal Learning Network (PLN).

3 Simple Steps to Help Students Become a Global Citizen

The CoolCatTeacher

The Arab-Israeli Conflict simulation out of the University of Michigan is a powerful way to connect and learn and so are ePals , iEarn , Taking IT Global and many transformative organizations. We all have a lot to learn!). The social media network can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or just about anything, although the sheer numbers of educators on Twitter is astounding and becomes quite useful. Step 2: Build Your Personal Learning Network (PLN).

Why Connect?

A Principal's Reflections

I was honored to have been interviewed for Educational Leadership, ASCD's flagship magazine, on the power of Twitter as part of a Personal Learning Network (PLN). As you will see, the true power of connected learning is what you glean from the people you engage with. I got on Twitter in 2009, which was an accomplishment in itself as I had previously convinced myself that I would never use social media as I didn’t have the time nor saw any value in it.

Relationships Are Everything

A Principal's Reflections

We had a vibrant conversation on the topic of Digital Leadership with a focus on school culture, embracing change, strategic use of social media, the Model Schools Conference , and innovation. Our connection began like many other educators who use social media as part of a Personal Learning Network – we wanted to learn, grow, and get better. connected educators Personal Learning Network PLN relationships Will Deyamport

A little more conversation

Learning with 'e's

Now it depends on how you define CPD, but for me it is the personal learning you require to sustain, enhance and extend your own capabilities within your professional practice. This learning can come in many forms. My Personal Learning Network (PLN) is the vehicle that carries me to this learning, and social media is the highway that enables me to get there. All of my learning right now, at this stage of my career, is self determined.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

The Hechinger Report

Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. They see kids devouring video games and living on social media and find it obvious that they would also like educational technology. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. Surveys and interviews routinely find that many students prefer learning directly from teachers and get tired of looking at screens.

In professional development for online teachers, highlighting failure led the way to success

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. The Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, on the west side of Indianapolis, has gotten a fair amount of attention for personalizing the professional development it gives to teachers in its virtual high school and blended learning programs.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

Edsurge

But these efforts have fallen short of meaningfully transforming learning. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Additional Resources from eSpark Learning.

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?Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

Edsurge

While there is no disputing the importance of personal interaction, communities are already utilizing technology to build on those face-to-face connections. In addition to the rising popularity of social media use by individuals, community organizations and businesses, I expect we’ll also see a proliferation of virtual town squares where people will meet to begin working and collaborating together. Education Technology Personal Learning Networks Community

New, MIT-based program proposes transforming physicists, engineers into teachers

The Hechinger Report

This experiment, just getting under way, is called the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, named for the foundation that is underwriting it. This gives them experience with a process, known as competency-based learning, that a growing number of primary and secondary schools where they’ll eventually teach are beginning to adopt. The International Association for K-12 Online Learning urged in December that competency-based learning be expanded.

Florida Virtual School mirgrates to Brightspace

eSchool News

Florida Virtual School (FLVS), a statewide public school district in the state of Florida and international provider of education products and services, has selected D2L , a global learning technology provider, to deploy its Brightspace platform as the district’s new learning management system (LMS). Brightspace was designed with modern students in mind and offers a clean, responsive user experience as well as integrated social media, chat and advanced video features.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. You have the local media, you got the state, you have everyone telling your story from their perspective, but no one was hearing about the hard work teachers were doing. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations!

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Blended learning is not new.

“Leverage Worry and Fear”

The Principal of Change

I have learned over and over again in my life that if I want something to work, it will happen if I put my energy into it. It might not happen the way I thought it would, as fast as I wanted, or even be the exact outcome that I once planned for, but I will always learn and grow from the process and achieve success in some way. I would much rather try and fall on my face than to have given up because only one of those outcomes guarantees failure.

4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

Technology can bring about new learning opportunities, support student engagement, help create a collaborative learning environment, and provide necessary and immediate feedback, among other digital age skills. Ask around via social media. Using your network and social media can also help you find what you need. You can reach out via your favorite social media platform and ask for their advice and support.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Barnes & Noble Ed. Acquires LoudCloud; Volley Labs Raises $2.3 Million

Marketplace K-12

Dallas-based LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency-based courseware platform, a learning-analytics platform and services, an eReading product, and a learning management system. Its software aims to capture and analyze key behavioral and performance metrics from students, allowing educators to monitor and improve student outcomes. Marketplace K-12 angel investment mark zuckerberg Mergers and Acquisitions personalized learning startups

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The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

In the case of schools, there has been a dramatic shift to remote learning that has allowed all of us to reflect on where we are, but more importantly, where we want and need to be in the near future. Through all this adversity, educators have risen to the occasion and have begun the tedious process of redefining education and what real learning really should be. Student engagement, learning, and outcomes : How will learning change in ways that better meet the needs of all learners?

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. It requires all leaders, regardless of title, to seek out answers to crucial questions that can pave the way for innovative ideas aimed at improving outcomes for all learners while fostering better relationships with stakeholders.

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6 Examples of classroom tech that improves education

Neo LMS

Students do learn better when the chosen tech is complementary to the school’s educational methods. For example, blended learning cannot function without said tech. Here are more facts about the benefits of classroom technology: Seventy percent of students report higher grades and better attendance in active-learning environments that use technology than traditional ones. E-learningKeeping up with classroom technology can seem a daunting task for teachers.

Four ways to seal education’s missing link during COVID-19

The Christensen Institute

The ebbs and flows of home life and the resources and supports available at students’ homes now affect their learning more than ever before. On occasion, when pressing issues arise, teachers or parents may also initiate ad hoc connections via phone calls, emails, or in-person meetings.

Are You a Critical Consumer?

A Principal's Reflections

The exponential evolution if the Internet and social media tools have allowed for the quick sharing of knowledge, ideas, images, videos, and opinions. In fact, I for one benefitted greatly as a principal when I learned about something shared on social media and then either implemented or adapted it in a way that bolstered the transformation efforts at my school. It also extends well beyond social media to articles, books, keynotes, workshops, and presentations.

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How to build your global classroom in 4 steps

Neo LMS

Most importantly, true growth is about learning from people that don’t belong to the same culture as us — a truly eye-opening experience for students and teachers alike. Students that take part in a global virtual team are more likely to develop their teamwork skills, reduce stereotyping and obtain better learning outcomes than their peers who don’t participate in a global project. Students learn from the other teachers as well as from each other. E-learning

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Reimagining Education: A Call for Action

User Generated Education

Some of the issues that have emerged and are still emerging include: the social emotional health of learners, a realization that students aren’t able to be independent and self-directed learning, and an awareness of inequities that exist in the United States.

What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education

EdTech Magazine

As K–12 schools continue their E-rate processes for 2019, districts should be considering what tools are worth investing in to provide their students with the best outcomes in the coming year. . Analysts expect machine learning to play an important role in 2019, offering support for tasks that may require more time, energy and training than teachers and administrators have at their disposal. What Gartner’s Top Tech Trends for 2019 Mean for Education. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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10 Notables Changing the Future of Learning and Teaching

EdNews Daily

Education is merging with neuroscience, quantum computing, and AI , redefining what it means to be human and thus what it means to learn and to teach. The game changers that support 21st Century Technology and Learning are cloud computing, more connectivity, cheaper devices that enable social networks, and AI enabled extreme personalization. Rich Baxter is an educator and advocate for social innovation, the arts, and entrepreneurial education in our public schools.

Increasing Equity Through Student, Family, and Community Engagement

edWeb.net

Gresham-Barlow’s school leaders explained how they have been able to increase and sustain engagement in district activities, and how this has led to improved outcomes for the students. He also works with edWeb.net to write articles on their professional learning edWebinars.

Last Chance for this Online College-credit Classes–DigCit and Tech Tools for Writin

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. social media. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Use technology to drive authentic writing activities and project-based learning. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network. update.

Districts Pivot Their Strategies to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism During Distance Learning

Edsurge

Distance learning began March 23. In addition to causing learning gaps, absenteeism also has budget implications. The organization also helped “All In” staff design three peer learning network sessions for the 25 “All In” schools. Erin Simon had big goals for this school year.

College Credit Classes in Blended Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. social media. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Use technology to drive authentic writing activities and project-based learning. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network.

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 1

The Web20Classroom

When Tom Whitby and I set out to write The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning we wanted to provide a manual for any educator who had a desire to improve their practice, as many have already done, by utilizing social media and other tools. We both had experienced tremendous growth in our professional and personal lives and we wanted to share how we got there with others. Believes in Sharing and Collaboration -Learning is a very social activity.

Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership. It was a primarily blue collar population, a diverse population both economically and socially, as well as a school with infrastructure issues. Social Media is a Game Changer. Professional Learning.

College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this class, you’ll learn what topics to introduce, how to unpack them, and how to make them authentic to student lives. social media. Exhibit a positive attitude toward technology that supports learning. At the completion of this course, you will be able to: Use technology to drive authentic writing activities and project-based learning. Classmates will become the core of the teacher’s ongoing Personal Learning Network.