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What Should We Be Doing? Using iPads to Personalize Learning

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This isn’t learning. It is up to us to teach and model divergent thinking, to allow students to struggle a bit, to learn to persevere when their first attempt isn’t successful and to allow for variations on a theme.

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Using Clips App for Small Moments and Student Reflection

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”This reflection helps make thinking and learning visible for students. To extend the learning, students may blog or journal about their reflections. Many teachers use portfolios to collect and showcase student work throughout the year.

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Phonics Strategies for Young Learners Using the iPad

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These are cards that with daily repetitions, assist children in learning letters and sounds. Apps I Use Beginning of the School Year In the Classroom Literacy Personalized Learning early literacy strategies ipads in education ipads in kindergarten personalizing learning

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The Power of the iPad in Kindergarten

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My students were used to having choices about their day and about demonstrating their learning. I was used to personalizing their learning and serving as a facilitator while they directed themselves.

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Using the Backchannel in Kindergarten

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We work on giving our children choice in all aspects of their learning. In the Classroom Literacy Personalized Learning Writing ipads and literacy ipads in kindergarten Personalized Learning with ipads teaching with iPads

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Using iPads to Plan in Kindergarten

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One of the things I truly believe is that student engagement is dependent on their voice and choice in both the planning and execution of learning. Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort. Paul J. Meyer.

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Creativity and Inspiration with iPads in Kindergarten

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A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.-Brad Our students love learning. They love creating their own learning and they love teaching each other.

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Reading Fluency with Explain Everything

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Our iPads have certainly facilitated my ability to deliver personalized literacy instruction through the “ Just Right Books ” I create for my students as well as various apps that we use that adapt to students’ responses.

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iTunes U and You

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We work diligently to create learning experiences in kindergarten that allow our young students to think deeply about various topics. Having iPads allows us to enrich learning experiences in a way that wasn’t possible before.

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Mid-March Madness with iPads in Kindergarten

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They are planning their own day, choosing apps for demonstrating their learning, reading constantly and using inquiry skills across the curriculum. Apps I Use Literacy Personalized Learning Writing ipads in education ipads in kindergarten Personalized Learning with ipads teaching with iPads

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Here We Go Again

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No worries, it’s a short learning curve. As well as experiment with counting and ten frames : We have also learned how to take a screen shot so we can upload our work! How do you restart something that had never been turned off? Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky.

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Using the iPad for Writing in Kindergarten

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I’ve always believed we learn to write by writing. I am so glad I have the iPad as a learning tool to extend and enhance learning…and more importantly, my students are seeing it as a tool, and not just “fun” Tell your story…do epic stuff!

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App Smashing in Math

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We then learned how to do a screen shot of our work. Apps I Use Literacy Personalized Learning book creator app ipads in kindergarten ipads in the classroom math and iPads Math is like going to the gym for your brain. It sharpens your mind.-Danica Danica McKellar.

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Using the iPad to Develop Student Agency

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Bandura’s quote above is a timeless reminder of the need for human beings to construct their own environments-including their learning environments. It means focusing on student learning and not on grades. In the Classroom Literacy Personalized Learning

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iPads and Science in Kindergarten

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There are so many wonderful creation apps that allow students to create their own content and demonstrate their learning. A big part of early childhood education is experiential learning. The technology extends the learning experience and enriches it.

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Visionary Leadership and iPads

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“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”-Helen I was honored to be asked to speak at this event and share what is possible in early childhood education when students are given the ability to create their own learning.

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Teacher Created Texts in Book Creator

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Teacher created texts provide you the flexibility to control text, vocabulary and content as well as provide your students anytime books, personalized content, and a model for writing. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.-Benjamin Benjamin Franklin.

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Character Analysis with Book Creator

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Part of my work includes providing embedded professional learning for teachers integrating the iPad into instruction in meaningful ways. Providing students with alternative ways to demonstrate learning in creative ways engages and challenges them.

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Using the iPad for Addition

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Apps I Use Personalized Learning iPads and math ipads in kindergarten personalizing learning with ipads teaching and learning with iPads The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple. -S. Gudder.

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Digital Reading Resources for Early Literacy

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Regardless of the subject we are learning, literacy is a big part of it. Making Learning Fun. Apps I Use In the Classroom Literacy Personalized Learning early literacy and iPads literacy and iPads reading with ipads teaching with iPads

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Snap to It with BookSnaps

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They can identify the main idea, parts of speech, synonyms, etc…and reflect about the content they are learning. Older students can collaborate on a book study and create BookSnaps to share what they learned.

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Keep It Simple

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This work can be easier if we leverage the technology in such a way that students are engaged in student-centered learning. Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd. Kevin Barnett. American Thanksgiving has just passed and we are on the bullet train to Christmas!

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From Sea to Shining Sea…Connecting Classes Across Continents

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We met in San Diego in July 2014 and began planning how we could use FaceTime and social media to build a personal learning network for our young learners, In the beginning we had classes connecting between South Carolina, Maine, Ireland and my class in England.

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Design Parameters for Personalized Learning

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As I meet with education leaders across the country, I am often asked questions about the best way to roll-out personalized learning within a district. Personalized Learning

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Leadership in Personalized Learning

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“You can’t buy personalized learning…” I read this statement by Richard Culatta recently and it really resonated with me because personalizing learning is about skilled teachers, not students working on computers for a large part of a day. Good teachers are a crucial element of personalized learning. Personalized Learning

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Why personalized learning is hard to study

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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.

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Bringing Vision Into Focus: Georgia’s Journey to a Statewide Vision of Personalized Learning

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Personalized Learning. If you are anything like the educators and leaders in the schools and districts we at iTeach support, you are already a ‘believer’ in the promise of a learning experience that is personalized. Personalized Learning

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Flexible Seating in Personalized Learning

Education Elements

It was about a year ago that I took the plunge and implemented personalized learning in my classroom. Under the guidance of and support from Kelly Freiheit at Education Elements, my traditional third grade classroom has evolved into a personalized learning classroom that has changed the way my students learn. Personalized Learning ClassroomsThat decision turned out to be one of the best I’ve made in my sixteen years as an educator.

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How Might Schools Quantify “Personalized Learning”?

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Measuring your personalized learning journey is now easier than ever with the new Kiddom + Education Elements partnership. Personalized learning is a buzz phrase we hear often in education. Personalized Learning School Districts Classrooms

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Making Bold Changes Through Personalized Learning

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In Harrisburg we have been implementing personalized learning for a little over 5 years. In our 5 years of implementation we have learned a ton and have started to create a solid roll out plan: Personalized Learning Classrooms

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10 Personalized Learning Superhero Snapshots

Education Elements

Personalized Learning Leaders School DistrictsAt Education Elements we are incredibly fortunate to work with so many exceptional, passionate, and extraordinarily talented people, including teachers, coaches, principals, and district leaders. These amazing people are going above and beyond to transform education, and are helping to write the future through the success of their students.

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Personalized Learning Journey Begins with a Vision

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In year one of being a personalized learning school, I have had many reflective moments like this at Trailside Middle School. Students engage in selecting their pathway for learning, collaborating, questioning, and self-assessing all day long. Teachers have assumed the role of facilitator and students are owners of their learning. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communications

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The Composition of Personalized Learning

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Up until that point, I would look at a picture and judge its impact based on my own personal interest or something of beauty that I saw in the photo. After nearly two decades of refining my skill set in the field of photography, I’ve learned that the photos that leave the greatest impression on the viewer actually follow very technical photography rules. Personalized Learning

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25 Focus Areas For Implementing Personalized Learning

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In 2015 we published the first edition of our Personalized Learning Implementation Framework (aka PL Framework) based on lessons learned from working with schools and districts over the previous five years. Personalized Learning Leaders School DistrictsAt that time I shared how the PL Implementation Framework was inspired by my Grandma Rose’s love of bingo and the idea that, much like on a bingo board, there are many ways to “win” on the PL Framework.

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Learnings from Implementing Personalized Learning in Denver Public Schools

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In the three-plus years since introducing Personalized Learning (PL) in individual schools within a large public school system, the Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) innovation lab, has been studying the conditions that help and hinder the implementation of PL at scale. Personalized Learning

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Personalized Learning: The Pause That Refreshes

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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

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Five Predictions for Personalized Learning in 2016

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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

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First Steps to Personalize Learning

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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.

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Superheroes in Personalized Learning!

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Merriam-Webster defines a superhero as an exceptionally skillful or successful person and that is exactly what West Fork High School is producing in our Personalized Learning Academy (PLA)! Designing and implementing personalized learning (PL) in my classroom is intense and I would love to increase my superpowers by attending the PL Summit. Personalized Learning Teachers Personalized Classroom

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Reflections on our Epic Personalized Learning Summit

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on Thursday night of Education Elements' 3rd Annual Personalized Learning Summit. Personalized Learning Blended Learning Education Education Elements School Districts communicationsEpic Lip Sync Battle. I almost feel like I could both start and end this post with just those 4 words and a short description of what it was like to be in a room full of educators singing and dancing their hearts out (some in costume!)

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How Teachers Are at the Core of Personalized Learning - Not Technology

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One of the major complaints that I have heard in my community as we have adopted personalized learning relates to the idea that personalized learning means that we are adopting technology and getting rid of teachers. There may be some places that are doing that, but my vision for personalized learning doesn’t include removing teachers – instead, it requires asking even more of teachers. Personalized Learning Classrooms

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Personalized Learning: Lessons to Get the Message Right

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Interest in personalized learning continues to surge all across the country. However, not everyone understands what personalized learning looks like or the changes it will necessitate, and people are often wary of what they don’t understand. So how we talk about personalized learning can either engage families or push them away. Personalized Learning

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The Importance of Online Personal Learning Networks.

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Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are the groups of people around us that help us develop skills and knowledge. Many teachers are now learning from each other online. But my favourite way of learning is through Twitter chats.

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