Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. With 71,000 students, Fresno is the fourth largest district in California.

Personalized Learning: A 3-Step Plan

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Many school leaders and education professionals tout personalized learning as the future of learning. While personalized learning, in which students engage with educational content based on their needs and preferences, can be integrated into any classroom, with or without technology, here’s a three-step plan for implementing personalized learning with technology by your side. Step 2: Prepare Your Learning Formats.

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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.

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Keeping Kids Engaged in Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With the pandemic not letting down in many places, schools are beginning to focus less on re-entry and more on starting the year with remote learning. One of the most prominent obstacles encountered was getting and keeping kids engaged.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

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One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. “We couldn’t afford to have an individual teacher for every student, so we developed a way of teaching large groups,” as John Pane, an education researcher at the RAND Corporation, puts it. “In a personalized system,” he says, “students are receiving instruction exactly at the point where they need it.”

4 Critical Characteristics of High-Quality Instructional Content

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K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. That’s why, in 2019, Discovery Education conducted a comprehensive research study—including a literature review, focus groups, interviews, surveys and an analysis of data usage—across our digital products and platforms. 2016 digital education survey.

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2018 Digital School District Survey Respondents Use Technology to Put Students First

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The Center for Digital Education’s annual survey of school districts nationwide — The Digital School Districts Survey — recognizes districts for innovating, exploring new technologies and addressing the most important challenges in education today. The 14th annual survey was conducted in the 2017-2018 school year and covered a wide range of topics from transparency efforts to digital education strategies. Student success comes first in digital strategies.

‘Self-directed learning’ skills are key to making remote instruction work

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While some students thrived during the coronavirus-inspired spring of remote learning, educators, parents and students themselves have reported frighteningly low engagement. Among 20,000 middle and high school students surveyed by Youth Truth , a national nonprofit research organization, just 41 percent of them said they could motivate themselves to do schoolwork while their school buildings were closed.

The overlooked power of Zuckerberg-backed learning program lies offline

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Students at Rhodes Junior High in Mesa, Arizona, spend a portion of their school day working on laptops. Summit Learning’s personalized learning program is a key part of the school’s improvement efforts. Many schools embrace technology in the classroom as a route to these students’ hearts. But Logan’s feelings about online learning are common. Personalized learning is one of the most popular goals in schools today. And students love it.

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

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Like most young children, she liked learning new things, and she excelled at school. But there, among Providence’s brightest, it wasn’t as easy to be at the top of the class, and her excitement about school – and learning – subsided. Destiny, 18, is like most students in the United States. Surveys reveal a steady decline in student engagement throughout middle and high school, a trend that Gallup deemed the “school engagement cliff.”

Access does not equal equity

The Hechinger Report

Maker Academy teacher Gerry Irrizary assisting students in his Design Principles class. First, its teachers are rarely standing at the front of the classroom dispensing facts and figures for students to dutifully transcribe. Instead, they’re constantly on the move, going from table to table facilitating group discussions and providing feedback as students work. Second, the students reflect the racial diversity of the city. We focus a lot on student engagement.

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.

Prioritizing The Most Urgent Education Challenges

Digital Promise

Over the past two years, Digital Promise has engaged in a rigorous research process to surface common challenges being tackled in public schools around the country. In spring 2019, we collected nearly 350 survey responses from stakeholders working in all levels across public schools. These practitioners provided feedback on all 38 challenges, including their perspective on which challenges are the most urgent, affect the most students and teachers, and are experienced most often.

Universal Skills for Learners: Increasing School Relevancy

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Kids are learning – but for way too many it occurs outside of the school environment rather than during school. Given today’s technologies, it makes sense and is exciting that learning occurs after schools hours, but for exciting, engaging, and profound learning not to occur during school hours is, simply put, a travesty. Gallup has conducted more than 5 million surveys with students in grades five through 12 over the past several years.

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3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

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The increasing digitalization of education has put even more emphasis on internet access in K–12 schools , leading more school districts, nonprofits and government agencies to invest in programs and services to ensure each student is connected. . It depends on your learning goals, according to EducationSuperHighway. Tools like interactive smartboards are helping teachers engage their students, enticing students to be more actively involved in their education.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

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The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. We believe that by working together, we can face the educational challenges that students, educators, and our community experience every day. This network helps us organize and maximize resources to advance student outcomes. Learn more about our work.

9 Tips for getting students excited about e-learning

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E-learning has been growing in popularity with the advancement of edtech and technology in general. The ability for students to learn using an online platform solves for in-person learning issues and allows students access to more information than ever before.

5 goals, 5 barriers of digital curriculum

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Survey reveals how school and districts leaders aim to use the digital curriculum transition to better serve students and teachers. School district leaders’ top objective in transitioning to a digital curriculum is to achieve greater instructor effectiveness, according to a survey from The Learning Counsel. According to surveyed district and school administrators, the five most important digital curriculum policy controls are: 1.

7 ways to engage students in remote learning

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It’s halfway through the academic year, and schools across the United States are still wrestling with how to keep students enthusiastic about learning through a computer screen. What academic, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges are our students dealing with?

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. Digital math tool produces gains in student achievement.

ISTE 2019: How K–12 Leaders Can Use G Suite for Professional Development

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Joseph Valver and his fellow instructional technology facilitators at Hamilton Township School District in New Jersey were providing numerous options for educators in their district to learn how to use education technology, but something was holding educators back. . “As That was something I learned very quickly after coming into the education world: Don’t talk about time with teachers because there simply just isn’t enough.”.

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Are students buying what we’re selling?

The Christensen Institute

Innovation” has become the catchall term for the urge to make up for what our current system lacks; a system that, on balance, is neither delivering an equally high-quality education to all students equally, nor designed to reliably prepare young people for the modern workforce. At the Institute, we believe that jobs-to-be-done theory will prove a crucial tool to getting innovation right on behalf of students. The post Are students buying what we’re selling?

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2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

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EdClusters18 brought together nearly 100 leaders from more than 20 regions and 48 organizations across the country working to advance future-facing teaching and learning. Excited to learn from other #EdClusters18 it is awesome to know hear about how so many people are working to unite people and find common ground to improve our world in this age of polarizing every subject. Remake Learning Network (Pittsburgh). Learn more about the conversation in this EdWeek article.

Will the students who didn’t show up for online class this spring go missing forever?

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Gutierrez and Williams spent 90 minutes standing on the sidewalk outside the house in the Texas sun, at arm’s length from the students, showing them how to sign into Google Classroom on their school-provided Chromebooks and helping their father figure out passwords.

School leadership under the microscope

eSchool News

A new survey reveals how school leaders feel about policy, tech-supported learning. Is self-directed learning every student’s future? Try asking students. How do you combat student engagement problems and encourage students to take an interest in their own learning? For many schools the answer seems to be some variation of personalized learning, as interpreted by school administrators or outside curriculum savants.

40,000 Classroom Observations Point to Three Key Strategies for Continuous Improvement

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Our research found significantly higher student performance at schools that measure fundamental school quality factors and boast high levels of student engagement. What effect does student engagement have on student performance and school quality? Our research found significantly higher student performance at schools that measure fundamental school quality factors and boast high levels of student engagement. Efficacy of engagement.

How to Build Lifelong Learners

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If there is a trait above all others that I want to imbue into my students, it is curiosity. Renowned linguist, philosopher, historian, and scientist, Noam Chomsky says it this way: “ Education is really aimed at helping students get to the point where they can learn on their own. Rephrased, this defines education as not about academic success, learning the 3Rs or graduating top in the class. Lifelong learning is a better way. More on Lifelong Learning.

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Fuel Education Enhances its Adaptive Learning Solution that Rewards Learning with Games to Provide Deeper Instruction for Students

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Herndon, Virginia, March 15, 2018 — This summer, Fuel Education ® (FuelEd®) is incorporating major enhancements to Stride ™, its award-winning supplemental learning solution for standards-aligned skills practice for students in PreK–8 grade. Stride includes an adaptive question engine to personalize the student experience for improved academic gains. In Stride, students begin practicing skills by answering questions and earning coins for gaming time.

Are students buying what schools are selling?

eSchool News

Innovation” has become the catchall term for the urge to make up for what our current system lacks; a system that, on balance, is neither delivering an equally high-quality education to all students, nor designed to reliably prepare young people for the modern workforce. At the Institute, we believe that jobs-to-be-done theory will prove a crucial tool to getting innovation right on behalf of students. Calls for innovation in education seem to get louder by the day.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

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We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. According to Matt Renwick, Author and Principal of Mineral Point Unified School District, WI, in a recent edWebinar , complex authentic student learning experiences require complex assignments that not only demonstrate content knowledge but should also gauge enthusiasm, communication skills and habits of mind.

Curious About Place-Based Education? Let the STAR School Be Your Guide

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There’s a campus greenhouse that provides students with locally grown vegetables and the opportunity to garden. STAR is a proponent of place-based education (PBE), a philosophy that aims to immerse students in the local history, culture and ecology of the area they live and learn in, using these as the foundation for academic study. But across the country, schools of all kinds have been adopting the model to improve student engagement and, by extension, student success.

At ISTE 2016, a Big Focus on Games, Projects, and Engaging Students

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But for smart companies, the conference is also an opportunity to collect broader intel on how the tech interests of educators, administrators, and students are shifting, year-to-year. One of clearest themes that pervades much of ISTE this year is a focus on engaging students through technology–through games, digital porfolios, maker education, social media, and many varieties of project-based learning.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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that include rigorous, robust, and well-rounded curriculum aligned with college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this document) that cover a wide range of academic and technical knowledge and skills to ensure that students leave high school ready for college and careers. The enrollment in college of students who graduate from high school consistent with 34 CFR 200.19(b)(1) Digital learning content. High-needs students . Participating students .

4 Amazing Google Tools to Help You Engage Your Students

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Have you ever found yourself in a classroom full of students, wondering if anyone is enjoying the content? Or at the very least, engaged and invested in what they’re learning? As teachers, one of our main goals in the classroom is to engage our students in meaningful activities. In this post, I’m going to show you four awesome tools that will help you engage your students in almost any lesson. Click here to learn more.

Intrinsic Motivation is Key to Student Achievement – But Schools Can Crush It

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Like most young children, she liked learning new things, and she excelled at school. But there, among Providence’s brightest, it wasn’t as easy to be at the top of the class, and her excitement about school – and learning – subsided. Destiny, 18, is like most students in the United States. Surveys reveal a steady decline in student engagement throughout middle and high school, a trend that Gallup deemed the “school engagement cliff.”