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. NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

Differentiating with Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Personalized learning is the latest buzzword in an education environment bursting with new ideas but this one is impressive. In a sentence, personalized learning: “tailors instruction, expression of learning, and assessment to each student’s unique needs and preferences.”

Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

As most of us know, when students are engaged, their capacity for learning is greatly increased. This bilingual (English and Spanish) program motivates and rewards students to achieve full standards mastery and prepare for their state tests without distracting from the learning process.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

Though the definition of personalized learning could encompass many modalities, there are innovative classroom design and support components outside of standard pedagogical approaches that are often missed. Are you personalizing supports?

When personalized learning also boosts special education students

The Hechinger Report

Students at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School benefit from personalized learning and two hours per day of small group instruction. Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. They believe in his ability to learn and his ability to grow.”.

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn to Voice Type. However, you do have to learn how to speak your punctuation. This “Swiss Army knife” artificial intelligence learning assistant can do so much. It defines words and makes a personal word dictionary. Learn to Screencast.

Understanding Learner Variability to Personalize Learning

Edsurge

Personalized learning is being heralded as an antidote for much that ails the education system. Many schools nationwide are exploring ways to personalize the learning experience. But a fundamental question to ask early in the journey to personalize education for students is: What are we actually personalizing for? Some may be underachieving, experiencing boredom or frustration, or masking their difficulties with learning. Want to learn more?

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.

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.

‘Hamilton,’ cultural relevance and the quest to personalize learning

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. K-12 News Curriculum Personalized Learning Race Social emotional

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

Doug Levin

Students in schools implementing personalized learning - by virtue of a receiving a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant - are less likely to reporting feeling safe in school, less likely to report that there is at least one adult in the school that knows them well, and less likely to say they feel like they are an important part of their school community. Blog Personalized Learning Research Insights personalized learning RAND Corporation

5 ways to use makerspaces to support personalized learning

eSchool News

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.

Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Education Elements

Data-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning. From the grouping of students, to strategic assignment of content, to keeping track of each student’s personalized learning paths, data is essential for making every decision along the way.

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Using online learning, assessment and data analysis, we can more precisely pinpoint what students know and where they are still struggling at the moment they are struggling. We can then use that information to drive better learning. Central to the Teach to One model is an online program that helps create an individualized learning experience for each student. Vitter student-centered learning Teach to One teachers

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

Chris Berdik/The Hechinger Report. The project typifies the mix of personalized and social learning that’s been a mainstay for 25 years at King, a founding member of a school network called EL Education. Chris Berdik/The Hechinger Report. Chris Berdik/The Hechinger Report.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. These strategies are integral to the teacher’s ability to address the unique needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students in the personalized learning environment.

Communication for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. These strategies are integral to the teacher’s ability to address the unique needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students in the personalized learning environment.

6 tips from personalized learning innovators leading change

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this year, the Rhode Island-based Highlander Institute and the Clayton Christensen Institute teamed up to bring together a conference on blended and personalized learning in Providence, R.I. Click here to learn more. For more, see: Blended learning up close—really close.

Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources?

EdTech Magazine

Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources? A new push for personalized learning has put competency-based education back on the map , however, with this new model of teaching to the individual, cost is becoming a major issue for school districts. For example, one of the most common technology proposals for personalized learning initiatives is one-to-one device programs. How to Use ESSA for Personalized Learning Integration.

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.

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.

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Can federal grants drive personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Although federal innovation grants are not new to the education field, they could be a potent driver of moving personalized learning forward. Here are three areas to consider: First, subsidizing switching costs to move toward blended learning—and studying those costs and benefits. We are frequently asked, “How much does it cost to implement blended learning?” The federal government can start to fill this gap by creating programs that support blended learning.

Where Personalized Learning Meets Social Emotional Learning

Edsurge

This year’s theme— Personalized Learning for the Whole Learner —aims to help school leaders from around the U.S. see how their peers are shaping learning environments for students and educators. But equally important will be the conversations and learning that you will do with practitioners—from Maine to California, Florida, Texas, Illinois and everywhere in between—who are tackling familiar challenges. How do school leaders make personalized learning work?

Personalized Learning Needed in Increasingly Diverse Classrooms, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

Educators’ ability to personalize instruction using technology is imperative as the student population becomes increasingly varied by race, achievement level and socioeconomic status. But a lack of high-quality curricula designed to support that personalized learning is stalling the effort, according to a new report. New technology is key to allowing educators to provide this personalized support, the report says.

Personalized learning…is it all a matter of time?

The Christensen Institute

Sometimes I worry that the call to personalize learning is actually code for asking leaders and teachers to do more than they’ve ever been asked to do—but without additional resources to do it. This is especially true for traditional systems that may be aiming to adopt new approaches to teaching and learning but less willing to do away with legacy structures. In it, the fund’s leaders share actionable insights about the promise and pitfalls of personalized approaches.

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.

A “handmade forerunner” of personalized learning, forged by teachers

The Hechinger Report

Jenn Zweber and a group of students in grades K through 3 discuss the impact of a Service Learning project on their community, during the first year that Impact Academy at Orchard Lake opened in Lakeville, Minnesota. K-12 News Personalized Learning teachers

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 ”.

Is Homework Compatible With Personalized Learning?

Edsurge

But just as continual development of the iPhone eventually renders older prototypes obsolete; so too are new educational technologies pushing us past differentiation towards personalized learning. Transitioning to a personalized learning environment doesn’t happen overnight—it’s a process. I had to set aside the pride I felt for my personal knowledge—and my love of talking—so that I could start listening to my students and discover what was meaningful for them.

Citizenship for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post, written in collaboration with Diana Ryan , is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. It is necessary to construct the building block of Citizenship within a classroom to better facilitate personalized learning.

Citizenship for Personalized Learning

BYOT Network

This post, written in collaboration with Diana Ryan , is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. It is necessary to construct the building block of Citizenship within a classroom to better facilitate personalized learning.

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.”

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

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.

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. I’ve seem some good reporting on the study but also plenty of spinning of the findings by advocates (pro and con). These are among the few data points reported in the descriptive section of the report that ran counter to the narrative I expected to read.

Real-time Student Progress Reports: Simplicity with a Personalized Learning Platform

FuelEd

A teacher or administrator may need to prompt multiple teachers to provide the latest progress reports in order to put together a complete picture of a student’s performance at that point in time.

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

Personalized Learning: Research Highlights Need for New Models

Digital Promise

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance. The report highlights the work of Harvard Graduate School of Education researcher, Todd Rose, author of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness (2016).

AI, Personalized Learning Are a Dynamic Duo for K–12 Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

AI, Personalized Learning Are a Dynamic Duo for K–12 Classrooms. New learning. For the last decade, some of the most common initiatives have been about increasing personalization and using technology. . The Issue of One-to-one Learning in Large Classes.

Five Stories of Transformation from Our Fifth Annual Report

Education Elements

This week, we released our 2017-2018 Annual Report. The report marks eight years since Education Elements was founded, and our fifth such report. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts

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