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.

The Core 4 of Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In some ways, creating a successful personalized learning classroom is similar to winning a basketball game.

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First Steps to Personalize Learning

Education Elements

If you wait until you’re ready for personalized learning, you’ll never get started! Personalized Learning Education Educators Leaders innovationOur antiquated, factory-style education system is failing our students. It’s also failing our teachers. We have more and more students each year struggling to find relevance and connections between what they do in school each day and their future hopes and dreams.

Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

Education Elements

It has been demonstrated that any classroom can implement blended learning and, when done well, get superior results. Personalized learning is now part of an increasing number of district and school strategic plans. Personalized Learning Personalized Classroom EdTech

The Technology Trap: Can You Personalize Learning Without Devices?

Education Elements

I hear educators across the country telling themselves the same lie: “I would love to personalize learning for students, but I can’t because I don’t have the technology.” Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education School Districts EdTech communicationsI was lying to myself and didn’t even realize it. After completing numerous 5K and 10K runs, I was considering taking my running to the next level by training for my first half marathon.

Discipline Through A Personalized Learning Lens

Education Elements

When we work with school districts to embark on a personalized learning journey, we empower students to be self-directed, independent, motivated, and well-versed in articulating and sharing ideas. Personalized Learning Education Educators LeadersWe encourage students to reflect on their own performance data and collaboratively plan an academic path forward that meets their needs. Yet we don’t build that sort of student agency when it comes to behavior and discipline.

Personalized Learning Delivers Results (We Aren't Surprised, Are You?)

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts CBEThis time of year is full of hope. Kids are excited for school and hoping they will get the best teachers and be with their best friends. Teachers are excited and hoping that this year their students will achieve great things and be more engaged than the year before.

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.

10 Books on Personalized Learning for School Leaders

Education Elements

Education Elements put together a few of our favorites on personalized and blended learning just for you. You’ll start the 2017-18 school year refreshed and full of great ideas to continue to move forward with personalized learning at your school and across your district. Personalized Learning LeadersIf you’re like us, as you wind down another hectic school year, you’re imagining yourself on a beach with a few good reads. But what books will make the cut?

Tracking the Big Picture: Onpoint for Personalized Learning

Education Elements

We hear all the time “You’ve seen districts implement personalized learning all across the country - give it to us straight - how do we compare?” Whether districts are just getting started and dipping a toe into personalized learning, or are reflecting on several successful years of implementation and searching for ways to go deeper, district leaders want to know how their progress compares to national benchmarks. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

Six Examples of What Personalized Learning Looks Like

Education Elements

Each year we receive hundreds of questions along the lines of, “Okay…so what does personalized learning actually look like?”. One is that personalized learning always involves these core four elements - targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content, and student reflection and ownership. Personalized Learning School Districts Classrooms

The Histories of Personalized Learning

Hack Education

I recognize that the theme of this conference is “shaping the future of learning” but I want to talk a little bit about the past. They do so in order to make a particular point about their vision for what learning should be like. “The personal computer” and such.

New resource: Personalized Learning Playbook

The Christensen Institute

Education Elements, an education consulting company, is one of the pioneers in blended learning. Through its experience working with K–12 schools to create blended-learning programs, it has been at the forefront of developing some of the tools, models, and expertise for making blended learning work. Given the company’s vast experience and impressive results , it was exciting to read CEO and Founder Anthony Kim’s new book, Personalized Learning Playbook.

Defining the Purpose of Curriculum in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

As an increasing number of schools and classrooms shift to personalized learning across the country, educators face many questions. Many of these questions focus on the need to define the purpose of curriculum, digital content, and tools in a personalized learning setting. While educators are certainly familiar with the use of curriculum in a traditional classroom, a shift to personalized learning brings up new questions like: Personalized Learning Curriculum

PL Superpowers - My Journey to Personalized Learning Superpower Stardom

Education Elements

I was blessed to become a Personalized Learning Lexington Education Leadership Award Fellow (2nd Class) back in December of 2015. Education Elements not only influenced my personal work, but it motivated me to make learning meaningful for my students (all 4,970) in an exceptional way. My work in personalized learning has been inspirational in my district. If you ask if leaders embed small group learning into their districts, the answer will be yes.

5 Tools And Strategies That Support Personalized Learning

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The post 5 Tools And Strategies That Support Personalized Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Personalized Learning General New Teacher

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.

How Technology Unlocks Personalized Learning

Where Learning Clicks

In the same classroom, Calvin has deeply ingrained misconceptions about the definitions of shapes and measurements that impede his learning geometry. The post How Technology Unlocks Personalized Learning appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

6 risks to avoid when implementing personalized learning: Part 1

Education Elements

The Education Elements team has the great privilege of working with districts across the country to plan, design, and implement personalized learning. Personalized Learning School Districts Districts District LEaders EdTech

The inconvenient truth about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is quickly gaining steam among educators, philanthropists, and policymakers. And without that theoretical underpinning, scaling personalized learning approaches with predictable quality will remain challenging.

4 Ways To Grow Your Personal Learning Network This Week

The Web20Classroom

Social media allows us to connect, to learn, to grow and to reflect not only within ourselves but with each other. She has them write 3 things they need to improve their learning and 3 things they can give to improve the learning of others.

Choice for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. The building block of Choice helps students to feel more personally connected to their learning.

Choice for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. The building block of Choice helps students to feel more personally connected to their learning.

Collaboration for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

It is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. Although it may seem unusual to connect collaboration to the practice of personalized learning, it is important to remember that students don’t learn within a vacuum.

Our 10 Most Popular Personalized Learning Blogs of 2016

Education Elements

We are amazed and inspired by all the passion, leadership and innovation in the personalized learning space reflected in the Bring Your Own Thoughts (BYOT) blog. While we can’t say enough good things about every blog that’s been shared, here are the top 10 most popular posts from the past year: Personalized Learning Blog Education Leaders

One District’s Success with Personalized Learning

Where Learning Clicks

With 32 years of experience at the Burlington Area School District in Wisconsin, Assistant Superintendent Connie Zinnen has seen education revolutionize the term personalized learning. The post One District’s Success with Personalized Learning appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Personalized Learning Advocates Seek to Opt Out

Doug Levin

I certainly believe that we need to pursue and even nurture new models for the organization of schools and learning (in and out of school) that work better for more families and that it would be healthy and appropriate for multiple models to co-exist in harmony in a system of increased choices.

4 Things I Learned in Spin Class About Personalized Learning (that’s right, spin class)

Education Elements

I am normally a fairly small person who likes to lift fairly big weights so this was a departure from my routine but I got talked into it and I went. I recently went to a spin class.

Beyond Badges: Why Personalized Learning Advocates Need to Care about Blockchain

Doug Levin

Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart has argued that “ parent-managed learner profiles ” will by key to both enabling and scaling personalization in education. Blog Credentialing Distributed Computing Personalized Learning Badges Bitcoin Blockchain Gridcoin

Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind [Register NOW] #PLS15

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Personalized Learning Spaces with the Brain in Mind #PLS15 November 14-15, 2015 This two-day high-energy conference will empower school leadership teams to explore how personalized learning experiences directly correlates with a student’s and a teacher’s growth mindset.

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?”.

Using Technology to Personalize Learning @PearDeck @EDpuzzle #flipclass #blendedlearning #edtech

techieMusings

Though that was a step in the direction to a more personalized, student-centered classroom, tech tools that have emerged in the past four years have truly revolutionized what is possible.

Learning Sciences Research Necessary to Drive Personalized Learning For All

Digital Promise

The report highlights the areas of inquiry already underway in four categories of factors that influence learner variability: Current research shows that while each of these categories individually affects learning, no single factor acts independently.

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

Digital Promise

But if there is another thing I have learned, it is that despite the differences, there are things that hold true. This list may change as districts evolve, but for the foreseeable future, using these tips can help make personalized learning a success. Want to learn even more?

Stop! Collaborate and Listen. to Enhance Personalized Learning

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Curriculum ClassroomsThe world of work is changing. As we integrate into a global community, we’re tasked to work together to solve complex problems. Our solutions can be innovative and represent multiple perspectives if we know how to maximize group work. With so many benefits to a collaborative environment, why is it so challenging?

[Guest Post] Giving Up Control: A Teacher’s Perspective on the Personalized Learning Journey

Education Elements

When I gave up control of my classroom, true learning started taking place. Students started asking me what they could do either advance their learning or help in the classroom. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Student Achievement Creative teachers Student AgencyGiving up control felt liberating and inspiring. I handed the baton of teaching to my students. I was no longer the focus of the lesson.

Personalized Learning Isn’t Enough. How Do We Create Learners?

Digital Promise

We hear a lot about 'personalized learning' – the importance of reaching every student at their level, including their interests and passions, and giving them choices. The thing is, “personalized learning” isn’t our end goal.

Personalizing Learning with Adaptive Technology

techlearning

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) uses a variety of learning approaches to offer customized and personalized learning. Techlearning Resources

Highlight, our personalized learning platform

Education Elements

Personalized Learning is coming to life in innovative classrooms across the country and Highlight is here to help. Personalized Learning Highlight PLP EdTech

Personalized Learning: The Pause That Refreshes

Education Elements

The philosophies and strategies of the Coca-Cola Company played a large role in our upbringing and now shape our work as leaders of personalized learning. We've crafted 5 lessons inspired by Coca-Cola which we hope you will find useful, no matter where you are on your personalized learning journey. Personalized Learning