Are you really personalizing learning?

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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?

The messy reality of personalized learning

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Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report. In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. Tammy Kim, for The Hechinger Report.

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

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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.

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

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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

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

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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

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

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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.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

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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.

Personalized Learning Needed in Increasingly Diverse Classrooms, Report Says

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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.

Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources?

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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.

Rethinking grade levels and school design for personalized learning

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Kelly Pollack works with a student in CICS West Belden, a Chicago charter school that uses multiage classrooms as part of its personalized learning model. Photo: Tara García Mathewson/The Hechinger Report. We’ve learned that every learner is completely different,” Hanna said.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

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Through our research over the past few years, we’ve seen schools around the world adopt technology to amplify the impact of teachers and make learning more student-centered. And, while technology is a powerful learning resource, it’s not the only lever for helping students succeed. Increasingly, we also see schools experimenting with staffing arrangements—essentially, how adults are being utilized in the classroom—in an effort to further magnify personalized learning.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

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Why does personalized learning, ironically, feel so impersonal? Personalized learning, in its broadest application, suggests tailoring instruction to meet the needs, strengths and interests of each learner. Yet there is clearly a gap between how educators and entrepreneurs perceive “personalized learning” and many other technology-infused terms in education. One of the more measured posts reads: There is NOTHING “personal” about personalized learning!

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

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AI, Personalized Learning Are a Dynamic Duo for K–12 Classrooms. New learning. New school or district wide initiatives, including new software. . For the last decade, some of the most common initiatives have been about increasing personalization and using technology. .

Using Makerspaces to Support Personalized Learning

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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.

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

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“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. report. Software wasn’t “the answer,” nor was a particular model such as “station rotation or flipped schools,” says Greenberg.

Report outlines how to shift to tech-enabled personalized learning

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New report examines how this type of learning is poised to benefit all students. Next page: Top recommendations taken from the report. Digital Learning and Tools News Research Top News

When personalized learning includes skateboarding: One suburban district’s dramatic transformation

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The idea they came up with two years ago, called the “personalized-learning academy,” or PLA, eventually formed the basis for the school’s winning XQ-grant application, and will be the model for the curriculum that Vista rolls out this fall. He’s taking an active role in his learning.

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

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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.” Virtual charter schools don’t work for most kids,” the report reads.

A new approach to personalized learning reveals 3 valuable teaching insights

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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?

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

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In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. LearnLaunch Institute , the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) functions as a professional learning community for 32 district members that aim to implement personalized learning.

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

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(From left to right) Sixth graders Mia DeMore, Maria DeAndrade, and Stephen Boulas make a number line in their math class at Walsh Middle School in Framingham, Massachusetts, one of 132 “Basecamp” schools piloting the Personalized Learning Platform created by the Summit charter school network.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

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It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned? “In a personalized system,” he says, “students are receiving instruction exactly at the point where they need it.”

'Lost in the Cracks' Alabama District Brings Personalized Learning to Incarcerated Youth

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However, one school district hopes a personalized virtual school program will offer incarcerated learners a second chance. The K-12 school is a part-virtual and part-blended learning space—meaning students from all over the state can attend the virtual school (which serves over 1000 students, according to the principal Nelson Brown) and students within a 70 mile radius can participate in the blended version of the school (which has approximately 300 to 400 students depending on the year).

Report: MassNET Reports on ELA Edtech Tools

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The research evaluates strengths and weaknesses of particular software products and attempts to examine equity issues. During the 2015-2016 school year, MassNET worked with the Boston-based LearnLaunch Institute (under the umbrella of the Learning Assembly ) to pilot instructional software for English Language Arts with six teams of six to eight teachers in Boston-area elementary and middle school classrooms. A fresh report is slated to be released in December 2017.

Personalized learning top priority for tech usage in K–12

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The top learning priority in education for technology use is personalized learning. More than nine in 10 respondents to a survey on the topic reported that in the pursuit of encouraging personalized learning their districts 1) provide software or digital curriculum to classrooms (designated by 96 percent of participants); 2) provide computing devices to classrooms (94 percent); and 3) provide professional development in personalized learning practices (92 percent).

DEN Trend Report: 8/16/17

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Looking to learn more about what’s trending in education?!? The great thing about virtual tutoring is that learning can take place nearly anywhere, whether it’s on YouTube or with online resources such as Khan Academy. Administration District Administrators DEN Trend Report

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!

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I''ve organized the gifts into three categories : Autographed Books : a few of my friends who are authors have generously donated a signed copy of their book - I personally have a copy of these and simply love each book! Day 5- What did I learn?

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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By NICHOLE DOBO, The Hechinger Report. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalizelearning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Last year, the founder of Facebook pledged to donate $45 billion to social causes, one of them personalized learning.

6 Things Policy Makers Should Do to Protect Student Data in the Era of Personalized Learning

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Is the rush to bring personalized software into schools putting student data at risk? Earlier this week they released an extensive report asking lawmakers to put up some legal barriers to protect student information. Require algorithms-powering education software to be openly available for examination by educators and researchers. Researchers from the National the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) say, yes.

What Putting Teachers in Charge of Personalized Learning Can Look Like

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This story about personalized learning was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. It glosses over the herky-jerky reality of learning and the nuanced practice of teaching.

'Personalized Learning' and the Power of the Gates Foundation to Shape Education Policy

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In early June, I gave a keynote at the OEB MidSummit on the history of "personalization.“ But as ”personalized learning" has become one of the most prominent buzzwords in education technology, I think it’s worth investigating its origins and its trajectory at length. There are two obvious sources of funding and PR for “personalized learning” – the Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Five-Way Merger Creates New Illuminate Education: Bringing K-12 Educators the Broadest Choice of Student Achievement and Personalized Learning Offerings

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Insight Venture Partners, a New York-based venture capital and private equity firm focused on software investing and majority owner of Illuminate and KDS, facilitated the combination. About Illuminate Education Illuminate Education is a leading provider of K-12 software and services.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

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Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. Personalized learning can be implemented sustainably.

Just who are the people behind today’s educational software?

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Over the next week or so, The Hechinger Report will be publishing excerpts from Richard Whitmire’s book On the Rocketship: How Top Charter Schools are Pushing the Envelope. CHAPTER 9: Sci-Fi-Inspired Software. The software would track every move a student made in the program.

Does lunch have to be 45 minutes? Rethinking school schedules to support innovation

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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. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.