Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

New students, new parents, new rules at school–but there’s one more piece that shakes up my education ecosystem: new webtools. It’s online assessment, practice, and instruction for K-6 students with a tagline: Curiously fun, amazingly effective, refreshingly affordable.

How an LMS can help teachers keep older students engaged

Neo LMS

With smaller numbers of teachers, it’s easy for middle schools to fall in the vicious cycle of poor performance: fewer teachers means bigger classes, which means each student gets less teaching attention, which leads to worse grades, which reflect poorly on the teacher’s professional performance, which makes them want to get out of the system. This can come in various shapes and forms, but education technology will always be in the mix. Self-paced learning. Adaptive learning.

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Taking personalized learning to scale

eSchool News

iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” Dr. Monica Burns, curriculum and educational technology consultant and founder of ClassTechTips.com, in a recent edWebinar , echoed this iNACOL concept.

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

edWeb.net

iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” Dr. Monica Burns, Curriculum and Educational Technology Consultant, and Founder of ClassTechTips.com, in a recent edWebinar , echoed this iNACOL concept.

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.

Your Personalized Learning Plan- STEAM

Battelle for Kids

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.

A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology to help make student-centered learning a reality.

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

Edsurge

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. It is either impossible without technology or requires no technology at all. Defined this way, there is much to like about personalized learning.

3 ways to harness digital for personalized learning success

The Christensen Institute

If you’re leading your school through the transition to a digital learning environment, you know that creating the right vision for teaching and learning can be a juggling act. I recently caught up with the authors, who offered guidance for principals and other school leaders aiming to support teachers as they leverage the power of technology to make student-centered, digital learning a reality. Let students guide their own learning.

Competency-Based vs Personalized Learning: Dawn of Justice

CUE

Competency-based and personalized learning strategies are both best incorporated when they leverage technology tools which allow teachers to customize their standard curriculum. These devices, when used correctly, can enhance a student’s academic experience while allowing teachers to cater to the diverse needs of their classroom. A competency-based learning system focuses on the demonstration of a student’s academic performance.

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

The Hechinger Report

In the weeks ahead, the girls would weave the interview and their own research into four individual narratives about Millones, one of several immigrants telling their stories at King, where nearly a quarter of the students were born overseas. 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. K-12 News Personalized Learning Social emotional

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

Edsurge

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.

Why the Best Personalized Learning Programs Start Way Before High School

Edsurge

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.

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

Several years ago, some students in San Francisco Unified School District had the wrong idea about educational technology. They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It An early success: greater student engagement at the participating schools, Klaus said.

Personalized Learning: A 3-Step Plan

Gaggle Speaks

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.

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

Edsurge

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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5 Ways That Digital Portfolios Can Expand Learning Opportunities

Edsurge

As educators sift through numerous edtech tools in search of meaningful ways to connect, engage and share with their students, the following questions are helpful to consider: Students are more likely to stay motivated and engaged when they have a say in how the work will be completed.

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

Several years ago, some students in San Francisco Unified School District had the wrong idea about educational technology. They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It An early success: greater student engagement at the participating schools, Klaus said.

CoSN2020: Embracing a New Look for Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

Several years ago, some students in San Francisco Unified School District had the wrong idea about educational technology. They viewed technology as a “toy” or “free time,” Ben Klaus, principal of Jose Ortega Elementary, said during a virtual presentation at CoSN2020, the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking. “It An early success: greater student engagement at the participating schools, Klaus said.

5 Questions to Increase Student Success in a Digital Classroom

Where Learning Clicks

In a digital or blended learning environment, some of the traditional methods used by teachers to increase student success may need to be augmented. The post 5 Questions to Increase Student Success in a Digital Classroom appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

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

Edsurge

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.

Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions

Where Learning Clicks

Digital distractions are happening more and more in classrooms around the country, so we discuss ways to work to prevent them with your students. The post Deeper Dialogue around Digital Distractions appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom attention Digital distractions keeping students engaged Personalized Learning screen time and students Teaching Strategies technology in the classroom virtual learning

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. According to Adam Lindstrom, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Marlboro Township in NY: “The vision is only as good as the action that comes after it.” Vendors can also easily find the learning standards.

1 Thing Personalized Learning Might be Missing

Adjusting Course

I woke up this weekend and started thinking about personalized learning. Technically speaking, I didn’t actually wake up with the words “personalized learning” on my mind. Instead, my thoughts were filled with some of the most student-centered learning experiences I’ve observed over the past week, and in recent years. In the background, their friends are engaged in the same type of collaborative work.

When virtual class time is innovative, student engagement soars

eSchool News

Innovation doesn’t simply involve throwing technology into a classroom. It requires unconventional ideas, foresight, thoughtfulness, and dedication to student learning. And as the world becomes more connected, schools are making every attempt to help students develop the skills they’ll need to be a part of that interconnected world. Her past experience in child development involves using observations about how children learn to form standards and course requirements.

4 Ways to Enhance Human Interaction in Socially-Distanced Learning

Edsurge

Now, we face the daunting task of overhauling educational experiences to help our students thrive and grow. Whether teaching remotely or in the classroom, consider making time—and providing the right types of hands-on tools—for collaboration, learning and growing.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

This Tool Helps Teachers Integrate Digital Content Into Their Curriculum

Edsurge

Teachers know what it takes to guide students toward success. Personalization, real-life connections and differentiation can stir genuine excitement in learners. But it takes hefty behind-the-scenes work to find high-quality content and adapt it to multiple ability levels and learning styles while also piquing student interest. Have a nice day,’ to ‘Here are tools to help you curate that content, personalize it for students and then educate with it.’”

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The Unexpected Benefit of Differentiation? Student Happiness

Edsurge

But when district leaders launched mPower Piedmont —broadly integrating technology to empower their teachers—they were committed to seeing improved outcomes for each of the district’s 1,200 students. In a candid chat, Mobley shares how embracing technology to personalize instruction and teaching with compassion helps students achieve success and find happiness, in the classroom and beyond. Candy Mobley Where Mobley finds engaging ideas. Students in Ms.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

This post is another reaction paper I wrote for the course I am currently taking, Technology and School Leadership, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. Adding on technology, combined with the way it changes seemingly daily, can be a recipe for frustration. Memorization, basic skill development and surface-level understanding are no longer enough for our students’ futures.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

This post is another reaction paper I wrote for the course I am currently taking, Technology and School Leadership, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority. Adding on technology, combined with the way it changes seemingly daily, can be a recipe for frustration. Memorization, basic skill development and surface-level understanding are no longer enough for our students’ futures.

This Tool Has Kindergarteners Demanding More Reading and Writing Time

Edsurge

Seventeen years into her career, she’s devised decidedly innovative answers to that question, and many of them involve technology. They use laptops, touch TVs and Microsoft Office products for both independent and whole-class learning. They don’t realize they’re learning OneNote.

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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. No matter the situation, lessons learned have to be acted upon in order to provide a valuable learning experience to all kids regardless of demographics. One of the most prominent obstacles encountered was getting and keeping kids engaged. The why matters more than ever in the context of remote learning.

Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment

The Christensen Institute

Fears are mounting that the rapid technological advances occurring will automate and displace jobs on a scale never before seen. 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.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

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.