Practical Applications to Individualize and Personalize Learning

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Possibly one of the most important shifts needed in schools is to provide individualized and personalized learning experiences to students. Image credit: [link] Infusing online learning opportunities should be a given in a digital world.

Personalized Learning Is the Answer. (I Forgot the Question.)

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public education these days is personalized learning. Personalized learning is something teachers do, something students do, something teachers do with students, or something students do with one another. Personalized learning is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. For anyone seeking to label an ideal education experience or garner support for a new initiative, personalized learning provides the answer.

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Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

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Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. A competency-based learning system focuses on the demonstration of a student’s academic performance.

4 Student Engagement Tips (From a Student)

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Harley Center Student Engagement Harley Center shares how relationships, humor, choice, and displaying his work engaged him, plus his three-minute video highlighting student work and personalized learning

Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

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As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. What is personalized learning?

Personalized Learning: A 3-Step Plan

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Many school leaders and education professionals tout personalized learning as the future of learning. If your school already uses a learning management system (LMS) , this is an excellent tool for gathering student-specific information.

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

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As Clayton Christensen recently said to me, just as people have taken the phrase “disruptive innovation” to justify whatever they already wanted to do, people are using the phrase personalized learning—and a whole host of other terms—in a similar manner. Peak of Inflated Expectations: Personalized Learning. What is personalized learning? Instead, I increasingly think of “personaliz ing learning” as a verb. Competency-based learning is one of these.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

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In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. Memorization, basic skill development and surface-level understanding are no longer enough for our students’ futures. Yet…students need to know stuff.

How one district improved its personalized learning by failing forward

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In the MSD of Wayne Township , there are several blended and online opportunities available for students. Recently, the teachers in one particular program in the district inspired a personalized approach to professional development.

Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

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As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. But how are these innovations building on what we know about how people learn? In order to fully leverage research to improve learning outcomes for all students, we must fundamentally shift the relationship between learning research and educational practice.

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Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. Memorization, basic skill development and surface-level understanding are no longer enough for our students’ futures. Yet…students need to know stuff.

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

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At my district’s high schools, personalized learning is fairly easy to see. We know that our students are different, and to capitalize on their strengths, we provide opportunities for students to identify a focused path and to find success. Sometimes elementary and middle school teachers come across as apologetic about how “little” they are doing in relation to personalized learning. It focused on 20 indicators of student engagement.

How do you know when students are learning?

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Yesterday after school I was in the hallway at Inquiry Hub , talking to a student about an idea he is launching with one of our teachers, iHub Talks. These talks, organized by students, will be presentations on diverse topics aimed to have appeal to a variety of students and community members.

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort Is Reimagining Learning

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They had already begun a process of designing a new middle school, called Nexus Middle School, to be a STEM-based school that incorporated personalized learning. They entered the program with a real desire to focus deeply on what it meant to have a more effective personalized learning experience in math—including everything from curriculum design and the use of technology to the roles of teachers and students in the classroom and the adoption of “passion projects.”

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A Teacher’s Insight and a Suite of Apps Revitalized Geography—Boosting Student Engagement and Collaboration

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Students didn’t like the traditional textbook-and-worksheet-centric course, and their teachers and district staff were concerned that a lack of engagement was translating into lower grades at Canada’s Ottawa Catholic School Board’s (OCSB) high schools. The Board wanted to help teachers better engage students; to do this effectively, it needed clearer insight into teacher needs. The finished product was a highly personalized and engaging project-based course.

OPINION: Six ways prioritizing social and emotional learning can increase graduation rates for students of color, lower suspensions

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Great things happen for students, schools, and communities when students know they will be challenged and supported. schools are moving in this direction to address the social and emotional dimensions of learning as part of their academic mission. Antwan Wilson.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

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There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

District says 24 credits and a D-minus average aren’t good enough

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The Windsor Locks High School freshman belongs to the first cohort of students going through middle and high school under a new system. Traditional grades no longer exist, children get extra help based on their individual learning needs and classrooms run very differently.

Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

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Higher education in Denmark is free of charge and scholarships and student grants are very much available. But unless students belong to rather wealthy families or win the lottery, higher education comes with a big price for them — student debts.

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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. As my students walk in each morning from now on, they will have 5 must-do activities. Productivity is never an accident.

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The next generation of science education means more doing

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Students from City As School high school in New York City think like engineers as they construct a water filtration system. Five groups of high school students worked around tables in Vielca Anglin’s science classroom on a recent afternoon at City-As-School in New York City.

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

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A great deal of initial research exists about blended learning techniques such as game-based learning, but adoption has stalled because of a lack of scalable, practical techniques that have also proven effective. students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. There are a lot of opinions and fads in education, and they are not serving students well. “In Additionally, teachers saw dramatic increases in engagement and performance.

Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

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Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on this blog. The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery

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Now that the buzz about flipped learning is calming and the novelty is wearing off, the time has come to dig a little deeper into the natural outcomes of flipping. Truly personalized learning. Next page: Bringing student choice to assessment.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn

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Moheeb is part of a new program that is challenging the way teachers and students think about academics, and his school is one of hundreds that have done away with traditional letter grades inside their classrooms. The only goal is to learn the material, sooner or later.

A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation

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A Comprehensive Framework For Student Motivation. When researching student motivation and gamification late last year, I came across the most comprehensive gamification framework I’ve ever seen. For educators, student motivation is one of the pillars of a academic performance.

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Idaho gives education money directly to teenagers to manage themselves

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CALDWELL, Idaho — Cassandra Madrigal is a high school senior and a top student, with a grade-point average of 3.94. Such academic extras have long been de rigueur for wealthy and middle-class students trying to gain an edge in college admissions. Idaho students “spent” $5.5

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. Accordingly, the group wrote, “We need to shift away from rote learning and build instead on our uniquely human strengths in areas like creativity and interpersonal interactions.”.

How Digital Textbooks, Tech-Friendly Furniture, and Better Data Are Boosting Engagement at Community Colleges

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When Jenny Billings piloted a digital textbook class and saw an immediate increase in engagement and retention after just one semester, she thought it must be a fluke. In many cases, the use of digital tools, platforms, and applications has helped to boost student engagement, grow pass rates, and increase retention. RCCC’s e-Text initiative has saved students up to 50 percent on the cost of their course materials, and has increased classroom engagement and retention.

Your Personalized Learning Plan- STEAM

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You have explored the many different ways teachers have created exemplary practices for students' engagement with the rich content of standards-aligned science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction. Through this issue's posts, you have read about the big ideas and samples of STEM and STEAM exemplary practices.

How an Anti-Tech Teacher Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Edtech

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The thought of using technology used to leave him, “worried about student engagement because we talk a lot. I like interacting with the kids and getting that personal relationship. I had the vision that with personalized learning they would be online the whole time and I would never talk to them. If you try to learn everything about Google Classroom or Canvas [all at once] and you are not into technology, you are going to think you can’t do this,” says Maddux.

Rwanda’s ahead of the online CBE learning curve

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Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a wild proliferation of learning pathways that burgeon from those same core definitions. We often forget about the role of CBE in a global context because there are enough challenges to contend with at the national level, but in sub-Saharan Africa, a small university called Kepler is making substantial strides toward helping impoverished students in Rwanda. Kepler students range in age from 19 years old to adult learners in their 30s.

Don’t Let Your Projects Die When Grant Funding Runs Out

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Many teachers across the country are working tirelessly to personalize learning for their students. At Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, which serves students in one of the fastest-growing regions of Alaska, we use grant funding to support a number of initiatives. Over the years, we’ve learned some tough lessons. Our district has had the most experience learning about grants that support instructional tools and new jobs.

Top STEM Schools in Georgia Host High-Tech Personalized Classes Without Hours of Screentime

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I asked the group of goggle-wearing students as one places a beaker into the microwave. If we did everything right, then hopefully not,” one student replies. Things don’t usually explode in Biology,” chimes another goggle-wearing student with long blond hair to my left. It got the students engaged and doing something as opposed to saying, ‘Well I can’t do that because I don’t have an autoclave.’. I am learning with the students.

TEACHER VOICE: My classroom is the loud one – and the students are thriving

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My classroom is the one with lots of noise and activity from students. We like to get out from behind our desks, move around and have some fun — while learning. And I feel that a positive classroom culture is fundamental to learning. The students chose partners.

Rewriting the Game of School: An Alternative Model for Learning

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Instead of focusing on individuals, we focus on accountability measures; we expect students to fit into rigidly defined roles and a highly regulated system. Only students that successfully strategize and comply with the rules are likely to find gratification and reward for their efforts. Norris, a small rural school district in southeast Wisconsin, has sought to leave the “game of school” behind and create a new, innovative and student-centric system.

Personalized learning: Enabling student voice and choice through projects

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” A panel of four additional 11th-grade teachers sat beside Hook, and each of them took turns making different investment offers based on the product, potential revenue, and investment request that the students initially pitched. Uncategorized 9-12 High School Interest-Based Learning Student Engagement Student Voice

OPINION: Seven traits of Massachusetts’ most effective classrooms

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What is particularly striking is that these schools, public elementary and middle schools across Massachusetts, are truly joyful places; you can see it in the enthusiasm of the students and the smiles of their teachers! The teacher needs to address each student at her appropriate level.

The Dual Channel Round Table

Inquire and Inspire

Ever noticed the connection between student engagement/achievement and the authenticity of the learning experience? Let’s agree for a moment that students are motivated to learn when they recognize the real-world significance of the content.

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)

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Personalized learning” is a term that people take quite personally—and that leads to a variety of interpretations about what it means. The lack of precision about what the term means—whether it’s about tailoring instruction for individual students or the technology that enables it—leads to confusion and inappropriate assumptions. “As If we’re okay with that soft definition, it will harm students,” he says. It’s easy to say personalized learning isn’t new.