How to Successfully Personalize Learning in Secondary Schools

Education Elements

The ability to learn and grow in an ever-changing world is what defines the very best candidates. Personalized Learning ClassroomsLast year, a group of educators sat down with engineers from a well-known technology company. The first question the educators asked was what the engineers look for in potential candidates. Adaptability was their immediate response.

Innovation at the Secondary Level: 5 Misconceptions

Education Elements

Personalized learning is no exception; misconceptions about it often lead educators away from strategies and practices that could help students succeed. Personalized Learning SecondaryTime and again we have seen that assumptions or misconceptions can get in the way of progress and success. Sometimes, misconceptions represent more than small gaps in knowledge--they can be ingrained into industry-wide best practices, with disastrous results.

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In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

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. For the last three years in a row, it has been 97 percent, and the superintendent attributes the whole of that increase to the district’s efforts to personalize learning. The bell schedule and academic calendar were seen as nonnegotiable; student learning is what varied.

Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Learning has fundamentally changed with the evolution of the Internet and other technologies that allow for ubiquitous access to information and knowledge. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

Inquiry Hub Secondary School – Confluence and Influence

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Confluence and Influence – Inquiry Hub Secondary School. Background: The 2018-2019 school year is Inquiry Hub Secondary’s 7th year since it was founded. As a team we started a learning journey that continues today. Before we even got started, a team of us designed two Board Authority Authorized (BAA) courses for the school: Foundations of Inquiry and Digital Learning (digital literacy). Applications of Digital Learning 10 – BAA Course (2012).

Innovative Ed-Tech Tools Should Bring Real Personalized Learning to Students

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Instead, creating effective personalized learning solutions is just the first step. And that means navigating the debate between segmentation and collaboration that dominates secondary education today. That’s what we’re working on with SmartyReader , and we’re interested in how other ed-tech companies are making scalable solutions whose personalization is as much about teachers as it is about students. Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning.

Personalized learning: How kids are getting into college by mastering their skills

The Hechinger Report

Students work on individual projects in the blended-learning classroom of Jessica Anderson, in Deer Lodge, Montana. A student-centered personalized-learning model known as competency education has gained traction over the past five years as states have developed policies to promote its adoption in both elementary and secondary schools. Third, students are assessed at deeper levels, making it more meaningful and a positive learning experience for students.

Sound Advice on Personalized Learning from Six Regional Incubators

Edsurge

That’s the bottom line and big payoff for listening to this six-podcast series on personalized learning from The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For city-based organizers interested in incubating a diverse set of next gen school models, personalized learning networks, or innovative education ecosystems, these podcasts provide a valuable jump-start. Don’t underestimate the number of local educators who are willing to try out new learning strategies.

New Personalized Learning Program Uses  Writing Analysis, Adaptive Learning Technology

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McGraw-Hill Education today announced the launch of Redbird Language Arts & Writing, a new personalized learning program that helps students master language arts concepts and build foundational writing skills. The new program combines writing analysis technology, interactive practice and personalized learning. The supplemental curriculum, for grades 2-7 and at-risk secondary students, is available to U.S.

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston. The district made sure each child had a laptop to use in class almost a decade ago, according to the current director of digital learning, Grace Magley. Meaning people learning from each other.

Colorado hybrid school taps into personalized learning

eSchool News

students attend blended classes on campus and take online courses from home, and district educators say a personalized learning solution has had a positive impact in a number of academic areas. And, the high school completion rate for secondary classes as well as college-credit bearing courses increased as well through PGA’s concurrent enrollment program with local colleges. but rather ‘What do these individual students need to learn today?’”.

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

Edsurge

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. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personalized Learning, Personal Meanings.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

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.”

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Build Your Personal Learning Network #WTI15

Reading By Example

My topic was how to get started in building one’s personal learning network. My concurrent sessions were for secondary teachers as the audience. I thought these observations were fair and accurately described what many educators experience for professional learning offered in their school and district. There were positives, but it seemed like schoolwide professional learning wasn’t enough for the teachers attending. Personal Learning Networks.

Financial Viability of Some ‘Personalized Learning’ Charter Schools Unclear, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

A group of charter schools that have tried to pioneer “personalized learning” in schools face big questions about the sustainability of their approaches after private sources of funding run dry, a new analysis suggests. The “personalization” strategies in play in those schools vary widely, and include “station-rotation” models that move students through different approaches to learning, with different experiences with technology.

Post-Lesson Reflection: What Do Students Think They Learned?

Catlin Tucker

That way, they can use that data to design learning experiences that better meet the needs of their students. The post-lesson reflection is an opportunity for students to pause and assess what they think they have learned in a lesson or series of lessons. Below are strategies I have used to build a reflective practice into my lessons, so I can understand what students think they have learned during a lesson. Learning Log/Blog.

Rethinking education and assessment for truly personalized learning – Brian Aspinall, Canada

Daily Edventures

I’m really focused on providing a personalized learning environment for every student in my classroom,” says Aspinall. “So If we are truly personalizing learning for all of our students, is it fair to compare them to the other 20 or so students in the classroom?”. Aspinall’s latest project, Edmettle , takes personalized learning a step further – into assessment.

Teaching to the student, not the test

The Hechinger Report

Barile’s class is a prime example of how Revere High School uses “student-centered learning” to reach a highly diverse student body. Students learn at different paces and via different teaching styles, the thinking goes. K-12 News achievement gap Personalized Learning teachers

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How to Pick the Right Instructional Model for Your Classroom

Education Elements

Selecting the right instructional model to personalize learning is a bit like cooking dinner for my family. To learn more about each of these in the elementary and secondary settings, check out these infographics: PL models for elementary classrooms & PL models for secondary classrooms. Let’s first explore where each model is most useful: Personalized Learning Classrooms

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

7 Ways Data-Fueled PLCs Are Transforming Education

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Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long supported teachers in their career development, but with the help of technology, they’re now transforming education itself. We spoke with educators around the country and discovered seven ways that PLCs are transforming teaching and learning in schools. Common learning goals and objectives A set of common goals, along with a designated meeting time for focused effort, helps each participant get the most out of a PLC.

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Wednesday Inspiration

iLearn Technology

Angela is the perfect person to kick off a weekend of inspiration, learning, iterating, collaborating, and launching. You’ll get a first hand look at what re-imagined learning looks like. On Sunday, we have adult learning excursions that will give you a glimpse of what student field-trips and staff professional development look like at Anastasis. If you have never had the privilege of hearing Angela Maiers speak, you are missing out!

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

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Assessment For Learning. Read our blog to learn about our research, as well as approaches that help students get the most out of their online practice. With real-time reporting on student achievement, teachers quickly identified learning gaps as they correlated to state standards. A lot of time and resources go into creating a learning environment that helps both students and staff thrive. Creating a Personalized Learning Environment at Penn High School.

Inside Maine’s disastrous roll out of proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

In theory, proficiency-based models let students learn at their own pace, speeding up if they grasp a concept quickly, and getting extra help if they struggle. In practice, though, it can take many different forms, including independent study, learning communities and online programs. Maine’s march toward a proficiency-law began in 1997, with the adoption of the Maine Learning Results, which set statewide standards in eight content areas.

Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child. This led to creating a model that honors unique individuals, a model that would make utilizing the Learning Genome Project possible. About a month ago, I received an email through the Learning Genome Project’s website. This is where Bodo’s vision and the Learning Genome Project overlap. These are kids who live their learning every day.

Fighting Teacher Stress

The Hechinger Report

A growing recognition of high teacher-stress levels and the toll they can take on learning has made trainings like this one increasingly sought after nationwide. A few years ago, Amy Lopes, a veteran fifth-grade teacher in Providence, Rhode Island, learned that teachers at her school could try a mindfulness and yoga training along with their students. Teacher stress is growing, experts say, pushing educators out of classrooms and hurting learning.

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Encouragingly, the current ESSA draft mentions blended learning as one such innovation, if schools manage to effectively integrate technology into their instructional core. Online learning is penetrating school systems nationwide by providing course options and learning experiences where students lack any alternative.

Reshaping Space, Roles and Routines to Support Children With Trauma

Edsurge

Before that I had worked at the Charter School Growth Fund with several of the early visionaries who supported the movement toward personalized learning. When designing our school, we decided to literally knock down the walls between classrooms, specialize our staff into academic and non-academic teachers, and use technology to create personalized learning experiences for our students. There is a natural tension between personalized learning and community building.

Live Interview Tuesday, January 31st - David Loertscher on Physical and Virtual Learning Commons and Building Personal Learning Environments

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Join me Tuesday, January 31st, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com webinar with David Loertscher, professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and proponent of the library as a new learning commons. He has been a school library media specialist in Nevada and Idaho at both the elementary and secondary school levels.

To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media

Edsurge

They say that though the Children’s Internet Protection Act (a law put in place by the federal government 2000) requires schools to filter content such as pornography or other explicit subjects, districts have gone too far, filtering websites with valuable learning opportunities using the law as justification. Learning how to behave online responsibly and safely—a concept known as digital citizenship—requires access to social media tools in schools, they note.

Extending school far beyond the classroom walls

The Hechinger Report

Last year, he spent part of his school days at the local technical center, learning welding, preparing to make his vision for his future a reality. Enter Susan Johnson, Traip Academy’s expanded learning opportunities resource coordinator. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. We’re looking for ways to harness kids’ interests and passions and put them on that meaningful pathway to post-secondary,” Johnson said.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Personalized learning advocates had big hopes for ESSA, enacted in 2015. In a personalized classroom, students are taught how to take control of their own learning, so that they can take different pathways to gain understanding of concepts. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Vermont’s ‘all over the map’ effort to switch schools to proficiency-based learning

The Hechinger Report

Now, Savard says, learning targets are clearer, and there’s more opportunity to truly understand the material. “It’s Statewide standards set expectations for subject areas students are supposed to learn, but graduation requirements are set locally in Vermont. It’s not just a tweak in the traditional educational system,” said Pat Fitzsimmons, the Vermont Agency of Education’s proficiency-based learning team leader. I’m an educated person. I’m an educated person.

Five Ways to Make Peer Feedback Effective In Your Classroom

Edsurge

There is no way to give personalized feedback when I have 600 pages to grade each week. There is no way to give personalized feedback when I have 600 pages to grade each week. It is also an effective pedagogical strategy to teach students the skills of critical thinking, giving and receiving feedback and taking responsibility for their own learning. And at the secondary school level, peer review is still a new concept for many teachers and students.