Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. Advocates for and critics against personalized learning will inevitably interpret these findings in wildly different ways.

Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

As most of us know, when students are engaged, their capacity for learning is greatly increased. This bilingual (English and Spanish) program motivates and rewards students to achieve full standards mastery and prepare for their state tests without distracting from the learning process. During the learning sessions, when a student gets an answer correct, he or she is immediately rewarded with a quick 20-second gameplay. More on personalized learning.

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4 Steps for Humanizing Personalized Learning

Edsurge

Most educators can probably agree that more personalization in learning is needed for the fall—perhaps more than ever before. Now, however, it’s being framed as learning loss, with parents, administrators and educators advocating for learning recovery or acceleration.

What lessons does special education hold for personalized learning?

The Hechinger Report

On a shelf in her Chicago classroom, third grader Arianna has a thick binder that details her achievements, strengths and goals as a student, along with some revealing information about her personality. Chicago has embraced personalized learning in a big way.

Learnings from Implementing Personalized Learning in Denver Public Schools

Education Elements

In the three-plus years since introducing Personalized Learning (PL) in individual schools within a large public school system, the Imaginarium, Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) innovation lab, has been studying the conditions that help and hinder the implementation of PL at scale. Personalized Learning

Teachers Struggle with Personalized Learning Initiatives, Study Finds

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Educators lack time, resources and support when it comes to personalized learning initiatives. Classroom Personalized Learning

Advancing personalized learning with purpose

The Christensen Institute

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.

The inconvenient truth about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

Personalized learning is quickly gaining steam among educators, philanthropists, and policymakers. The promise of a personalized education system is enormous: we are witnessing an era when new school models and structures, often supported by technology, can tailor learning experiences to each student and allow students more choice in how they access and navigate those experiences.

Privacy push must not prevent personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

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

The messy reality of personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

In another room, children rotate through learning stations, sometimes at screens, sometimes putting pencils to paper. Danusis and her teaching staff practice personalized learning, an individual-comes-first approach, usually aided by laptops, that has become a reformist calling card in education. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. If every child had a computer or iPad, she could log into a customized cyberclassroom and learn at her own pace.

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.

Can federal grants drive personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Although federal innovation grants are not new to the education field, they could be a potent driver of moving personalized learning forward. Here are three areas to consider: First, subsidizing switching costs to move toward blended learning—and studying those costs and benefits. We are frequently asked, “How much does it cost to implement blended learning?” The federal government can start to fill this gap by creating programs that support blended learning.

Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

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: The Why, How, and What

A Principal's Reflections

As times change, many schools and districts are grabbling with what to focus on in an effort to keep up with societal demands, a changing workforce, new areas of study, disruptive technologies, and learners who crave more relevant experiences. This could include both where kids learn and when.

Where Can Districts Turn for Personalized Learning Resources?

EdTech Magazine

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.

Taking stock of 2017: What we learned about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the areas that has received the most attention in K-12 education, dominating headlines, conversations, and research, was personalized learning. Personalized learning remains a broad topic. But it often refers to innovative approaches to tailoring instruction to fit students’ individual needs and increase their autonomy over how, when, where, or what they learn. Online and blended learning. Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report ”.

The role of the LMS in designing personalized learning paths for students

Neo LMS

Designing personalized paths for students is no easy feat. There are certain challenges that teachers encounter along the way, including finding the right technology to support personalized paths. First, personalized paths are part of a larger strategy for personalized learning (PL). Learning paths have been identified as a key component of PL , along with competency-based progression and flexible learning environments.

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Personalizing Learning for All Students With OpenCourseWare

A Principal's Reflections

It was at this point that the internship became an opportunity to do something that could truly transform the learning culture here at NMHS. As we floated around some project ideas, I became fixated on ways to personalize and individualize the learning experience for my students. This is where the idea for incorporating OpenCourseWare (OCW) into Julie’s project arose, and the Independent OpenCourseWare Study (IOCS) was born. Cross-posted at SmartBlog on Education.

‘Hamilton,’ cultural relevance and the quest to personalize learning

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. schools, as teachers attempt to make a traditional, Eurocentric curriculum personally interesting to a diverse student body. Tapping into students’ cultures in the curriculum fits, logically, into efforts to personalize learning.

Four innovative staffing takeaways from personalized learning schools

The Christensen Institute

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 Do Students in Personalized Learning Programs Feel Less Positive About School?

Doug Levin

Rand Corporation just released the latest in its Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored research series on personalized learning. I’ve seem some good reporting on the study but also plenty of spinning of the findings by advocates (pro and con). In cases such as these, there is no substitute for actually doing the work and reading the study. Perhaps it was an artifact of how the study sample or national comparison group was drawn?

Personalized Learning “Twister”: A Future of Learning Live Demo in Dallas

EdNews Daily

If you ask a dozen educators to define personalized learning, you’ll no doubt get some enthusiastic answers, and all twelve will probably be different. The new-school answer to the definition of personalized learning is markedly different. By Charles Sosnik.

The Importance of Jaggedness in Personalized Learning

edWeb.net

According to Learning in the 21st Century: the 2019 Digital Promise LVP Survey , 83% of teachers think students are capable of high achievement, but just 26% think students are reaching those levels today. As part of the Learner Variability Project, which “seek[s] to uncover strategies to meet learners where they are across varied contexts and needs,” Digital Promise’s team is examining the key factors for different grades and subject levels that impact student learning.

What life before edtech can teach us about personalized learning

The Christensen Institute

In many circles, edtech and the future of learning have become synonymous. Before building, trying, or buying new technology tools, we should start by asking, “In an analog world, how would we personalize learning to drive student outcomes?”. Instead, by establishing an ideal vision of learning in a tech-free world, schools and edtech companies stand to more effortlessly deploy technology in a manner that predictably drives outcomes in the long run.

Personalized Learning: Research Highlights Need for New Models

Digital Promise

In the first of a series of reports from Digital Promise Global, Making Learning Personal For All – The Growing Diversity in Today’s Classroom explores learner diversity and learning variability across a variety of factors impacting student performance. Today’s educational system rarely, if ever, takes into account the neurobiologically-based learning differences we see more and more in a typical classroom. To learn more, get your copy of the report.

New study casts doubts on effectiveness of personalized learning program in New Jersey

The Hechinger Report

” It was an experiment in so-called “personalized learning,” where algorithms churned out customized lessons for each student. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. “I can’t rule out that Teach to One had no effects” on student’s math achievement, said Doug Ready, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and lead author of a January 2019 study of the program. 11 of the study.) 12 of the study.

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair

EdTech Magazine

Modern Classrooms and Personalized Learning Are the Perfect Pair. This is an example of a modern ­learning environment , and in an ideal world, students here receive ­personalized instruction that results in better classroom performance. . Modern classrooms are open and flexible and have writable surfaces, modular furniture, one-to-one devices, hands-on learning with makerspace activities and robust broadband connectivity.

Why ‘Personalized Learning’ Can Feel So Impersonal

Edsurge

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!

Choosing personalized learning as a strategy for educational equity

The Hechinger Report

Personalized learning” is among the most discussed initiatives in education today. Most schools nationwide say they’ve implemented personalized learning, to some degree. A few have begun giving students more control over what they learn, believing that this will get them more engaged in their studies. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning.

Personalized learning can be a tool for equity or a barrier to it

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. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. It can actually take more work to maintain high standards for all students in a personalized learning classroom.

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

Edsurge

Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The school also incorporates projects, flexible environments and student-led learning into its model. But “personalized learning is something you could do with no devices.”

The 4 Keys to Conducting Personalized Learning Like a Maestro

Edsurge

In 2017, I became a digital learning specialist for White Bear Lake Area Schools in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, and in my new role, I’ve drawn heavily on what I learned from my experience conducting middle school orchestras. These four lessons from my conducting years are guiding my current work with educators who are implementing personalized learning in their classrooms. Pacing Must Be Personalized The idea that some people are “music people” can be toxic.

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll

EdTechTeacher

Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. Although Personalized Learning has gained considerable traction in education, there is still much confusion and, at times, heated debate regarding what this set of ideas actually means and looks like in practice. As Larry Cuban referenced in a recent post , the core idea of personalized learning is far from new. Learning is social.

10 Ways to Personalize Learning for Students

The CoolCatTeacher

This blog post also comes with an infographic (PDF) that you can print and use to figure out tools to help you in your studies. Learn to Voice Type. However, you do have to learn how to speak your punctuation. This “Swiss Army knife” artificial intelligence learning assistant can do so much. It defines words and makes a personal word dictionary. Learn to Screencast. Your smartphone should be your personal secretary. Learn to Block Out Distractions.

The Biggest Challenge to Personalized Learning is Getting Buy-In

Edsurge

Until recently, one of the only things people talking about personalized learning could agree upon was that there was nothing standardized about it. But in a recent study of 450 educators, including district leaders, school leaders, teachers, private businesses and other groups from 46 U.S. Given the variety of definitions of personalized learning, it makes sense that buy-in is a challenge. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies