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Sharing resources about Personalized Learning. If you want to learn more, go to our website www.personalizelearning.com
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Personalize Learning: Re-Imagined Learning Spaces for Media Centers

Personalize Learning: Re-Imagined Learning Spaces for Media Centers | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Media Centers are changing. See how Buncombe County created flexible learning spaces with makerspaces, green screens, legos and more.
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John Parker, Digital Learning Specialist in Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina, wrote a post about how media centers are being re-designed as flexible learning spaces. Think makerspaces in one corner, legos in another, kids creating a movie with a green screen in a back corner. How fun!

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Barbara Bray's curator insight, September 23, 9:17 PM

John Parker is Digital Learning Specialist for Buncombe County Schools in North Carolina and wrote a post about how media centers are changing in their district. He included a video that gives you an overview of how the media centers are re-imagined.

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Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

Is It Possible to Measure Creativity? | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Jeremy Rusnock/Courtesy Imagination Stage By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Let's start with a question from a standardized test: "How would the world be di
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... creativity tests are also in the works — James Catterall and his team at the Centers for Research on Creativity are still tweaking theirs.

 

Catterall says found that elementary school kids scored better on it than high school kids did. “I think the expression that many people use is that the schools have a tendency to suck the creativity out of kids over time,” he says.

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Comment on 10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete by otomatik kapilar

Comment on 10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete by otomatik kapilar | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
One of the modern methods to increase community awareness of the
Internet. Nowadays, the Internet has been a very good position in this field
achieved.
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will go to the Internet.
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Yep - no more computer labs and long corridors. It's about focusing on the learners and how they learn best which can be anywhere, any way, any how. Great list!

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How Repetition in Music Affects Your Thinking

How Repetition in Music Affects Your Thinking | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Repetition in music is surprisingly seductive.
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I listen to music while I'm learning and thinking. It's amazing how music impacts those neurons and makes connections.

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Learner Interest-Driven Curriculum | DMLcentral

Learner Interest-Driven Curriculum | DMLcentral | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
What most educators would call “subjects” or “disciplines,” Jeff Hopkins, principal of the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry, regards as “silos” when they restrict the scope of learning and nodes of a knowledge network when they serve as points of interconnection.
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Howard Rheingold shares Personal learning paths for each student where "Learning is based in valued human attributes, then competencies, then personal and universal learning goals.” Instead of grouping learners by age/grade levels, they are grouped in whatever configurations make sense — sometimes by similarity, sometimes by difference, sometimes by interest.

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Marta Braylan's curator insight, June 24, 9:56 AM

Innovative program at Pacific School (Victoria)

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The Voice of the Active Learner - Education From a Digital Native's Perspective

What does the future of education look like? One where the student play an active role in their education through an interactive, personalized, and continuou...

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Greg Alchin's curator insight, April 30, 6:18 AM

Personalised learning is dynamic as every learner is different.

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Making Sense of Learning

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School is supposed to be about how learners are learning, but the conversations do not seem to be focused on learning.

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Learning can make sense and is similar to how we make sense of other things. This post is about a free article from Chris Watkins, a reader at The Institute of Education in London wrote "Learning: a sense-makers guide" that provides four teaching practices that help learners make sense of their learning.

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Universal Design for All Learners

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Universal Design for Learning from CAST is for all learners and how it maximizes learning for all learners to become expert learners..
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Dr. Todd Rose is a leading research scientist on variability of learning. We adapted this learning map to show you that all of us are different than other learners. No one is average, but we teach to the average. This post explains why we need to design learning environment that meet the needs of all learners.

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Marta Braylan's curator insight, March 11, 10:53 AM

Teaching for diversity

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5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse - Just opened new section: Winter 2015

5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse - Just opened new section: Winter 2015 | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it

New Series of The 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse is available. Learn the What, Who, Wow, Where and Why of Personalizing Learning. 


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Several schools and districts have signed up for their own sections of the 5 Ws. We have been receiving multiple requests so decided to open up a new section on Tuesdays starting January 20, 2015.

 

All webinars are archived along with chat. Participants are part of a Community of Practice that stays open.  Option for 2 graduate credits or 30 PD hours. 

 

All new content and resources. We have been learning from participants and listening so wait until you see the new eCourse. 

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, May 28, 2013 10:51 AM

The 5 W’s are the What, Who, Where, Why, and Wow to Personalize Learning. Learn what is and what is not personalized learning, learn how learners learn best, walk through the Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments, understand how teacher and learner roles will change, and how to use assessment AS learning. 

 

Join in the conversation with educators from around the world on personalized learning!

Dawn Colavita's comment, August 12, 2013 9:44 AM
Don't miss Barbara and Kathleen's free webinar on September 18th sponsored by CILC - Register here: http://ow.ly/nQt1K
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It is Personal and Dangerous Now

It is Personal and Dangerous Now | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Personalized Learning is not about feeding information to kids via adaptive learning systems. We already did that and it didn't work then. It is all about the learner owning and driving their learning.
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The marketing strategy of adaptive learning systems is that of 24/7 services that you can access at any time, in any place and at any pace. Education has adopted this language to reduce costs with business-like customization and streamlined productivity. The expectation is for a flexible education system that will also be more efficient and cost effective.
[Source: Rebirth of the Teaching Machine Through the Seduction of Data Analytics: This Time It's Personal by Phil McRae]

 
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, January 2, 9:58 AM

Barbara Bray addresses the difference between adaptive learning systems that are really personalized learning - systems that do not bring the learner into the equation - and personalized learning where the learner makes choices that engages them personally in their learning. 

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Student Centered History: Technology and Critical Thinking: World War II Project Thoughts

Student Centered History: Technology and Critical Thinking: World War II Project Thoughts | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
RT @davidtedu: Student Centered History: Technology and Critical Thinking: World War II Project Thoughts http://t.co/ZXY6ezYENy via @LS_Karl
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8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners

8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Kathleen Cushman writes a guest post for Personalize Learning on what is critical to motivate learners.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, November 14, 2013 5:27 PM

Kathleen Cushman, author of the engaging iBook, "The Motivation Equation", describes the 8 universal secrets of personalizing learning to create the motivated learner:

 

1. We feel OK.

2. It matters.

3. It's active.

4. It stretches us.

5. We have a coach.

6. We have to use it.

7. We think back on it.

8. I plan my next steps

 

Do not miss Kathleen in the Personalize Learning Webinar Series on January 21st, 5pm ET when she will go into depth on motivation. Go to www.personalizelearning.com and click on the Webinar Series or Events tab to link to this webinar.

8 universal secrets of powerful, personalized learning. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/11/8-universal-secrets-of-motivated.html#sthash.SqpwvSqk.dpuf
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Why Personalize Learning NOW - we asked the teachers!

Why Personalize Learning NOW - we asked the teachers! | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
We asked teachers and those that know why personalize learning now. Connected Educators Month webinar with some transformational leaders.
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Check out the webinar archive where Kathleen and I asked teachers from around the world why they personalize learning and how they do it. Thanks Lisa Welch from WI and Kevin McLaughlin from the UK. Then John H. Clarke who is a researcher joined as from VT. We definitely have to do more of this. Thanks everyone who participacted!

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Book Launch: Make Learning Personal

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It's time to put learning back into the hands of the learner! Bray and McClaskey share stories from educators around the world, school and district models, charts and tables, strategies and more. 

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This book draws on Universal Design for Learning® principles to create a powerful shift in classroom dynamics by guiding learners to become self-directed, self-monitoring, and self-motivated. 

 

Lisa Wilson, Programs/Services Administrator, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Cedar Rapids, IA shared about Make Learning Personal...."This is a book that should be read by every educator and should be a part of every teacher preparation program. Weaving learning theory, research, and practical strategies together to create a deep understanding of what it means to personalize learning, Bray and McClaskey are masterful in guiding educators as they create learner-centered environments. Sharing success stories and practical examples, this book provides exactly what is needed to help teachers create learning environments that motivate and engage ALL learners."
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Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives

Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
As with any behavior involving kids, mistakes will be made with online behavior -- and that’s a vital part of the learning process.
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The idea of personalizing learning is about developing self-regulated and responsible learners. It is even more important to learn with technology especially digital citizenship.

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Home | Big Ideas Fest

Home | Big Ideas Fest | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
RT @markmilliron: Looking forward to http://t.co/jDb3H2q1el this year! Design thinking & education innovation in K-12 & higher ed! Good stu…
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Yes - design thinking - it's about encouraging innovation as part of the learning process

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Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain

Assessment, Choice, and the Learning Brain | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Is there a difference between performance goals and mastery goals? Yes -- and that difference can affect student outcome on assessments.
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Glenn Whitman, Director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning explains that the growing field of educational neuroscience, development psychology, cognitive science and education can help schools and teachers rethink how they approach assessments. He compares performance vs Mastery Goals. 

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Marta Braylan's curator insight, June 25, 10:35 PM

Performance goals versus Mastery goals

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Schools without Classrooms

Schools without Classrooms | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Vittra has international schools that use design that encourages creativity and curiosity.
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Vittra schools in Sweden are non-traditional where learners are grouped at their level not by age. Learners are self-directed and become more self-aware of their needs. Check out this personalized learning model of what un-schoolness looks like.

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, June 18, 1:58 AM

Vittra: International Schools in Sweden.

 

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What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
What keeps students motivated to learn? Relevance, connections, and their teachers' emotional investment, among just a few criteria.
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Stories from schools that are Interest-based and relevant, making it hands-on, knowing teachers care, and learning from failure.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 22, 9:44 PM

Motivation is always a challenge for teachers in a classroom environment. Here are some great points.

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Continuum to Develop Expert Learners

Continuum to Develop Expert Learners | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Follow the continuum to become an expert learner. As this happens, teacher and learner roles change.
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An expert learner is a learner who is self-directed, self-regulated, motivated and engaged to learn. They have a purpose to learn something they are interested in. They are responsible and own their learning and monitor their progress. However, this doesn't just happen overnight or even all the time. This post provides you a continuum to develop a continuum that all learners can go through to build expertise.

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Classroom Practice - 10 commandments of successful innovation - news - TES

Classroom Practice - 10 commandments of successful innovation - news - TES | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Teachers love to experiment, but too many interventions spoil a lesson. Follow our tips to make the most of your bright ideas
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Here are 10 commandments that focus on learners first. TES magazine's article by David Weston is written in an interesting way. Starting with the learners and not reinventing the wheels are both good advice for teachers who have so much on their plates. The author brings in ideas like doing your research on why something works before experimenting with your kids. It is okay to take risks and the author is right about prioritizing your ideas. Spend the time to research, collaborate with other teachers to see what worked and what you need to do different next time. Interesting read!

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 10, 3:09 PM

Theory and practice integrated is a fascinating idea which is under utilized.

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10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it

Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014. A few of the trends include...

- Learner NOT Student

- Connect the Dots

- Watch out for Shiny Objects

 

 


Via Kathleen McClaskey
Barbara Bray's insight:

2014 is the year for Personalized Learning to take center stage in national and international discussions. The buzz is out. Yet, the information around personalized learning is still confusing. This new year will be the year that defines the term where we focus on the learner first. 

Like the webcomic? This is from Unearthed Comics (http://unearthedcomics.com/comics-page/page/12/

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 6, 12:53 PM

We are all learners. The cartoon speaks volumes.

Mickey Gast's curator insight, February 11, 7:48 PM

What personalized learning is and how it can be optimized. Now that learning is available to "the masses", what is preventing "the masses" from taking advantage of learning opportunities?

Don Breedwell's curator insight, March 26, 8:47 PM

I like to see good change and this looks like the right direction. Going to make the changes in vocabulary now. 

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Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Version 3 | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it

From your feedback, we revised the chart so assessment AS, OF, and FOR learning was clarified for each of the terms. 


Individualization involves assessment OF learning. This is where summative assessment is grade-based and involves testing to confirm what learners know and do not know.

 

Differentiation involves assessment FOR learning and OF learning. This is assessment that involves time-based testing where teachers provide feedback to advance learning.

 

Personalization involves assessment AS learning, FOR learning, and a minimal OF learning. This is where teachers develop capacity so learners become independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning. Assessments are based on mastery. 

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You can download this chart at  http://eepurl.com/fLJZM and our other free resources and will be asked to subscribe to our newsletter. For anyone who has already subscribed, we will be sending you a new url to download version 3 and any other updated resources. 

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Barbara Bray's curator insight, December 3, 2013 5:07 PM

You can download this chart at http://eepurl.com/fLJZM and our other free resources and will be asked to subscribe to our newsletter. For anyone who has already subscribed, we will be sending you a new url to download version 3 and any other updated resources. 

Ali Anani's curator insight, February 23, 12:13 AM

With free downloads

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education.

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Audrey's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:12 AM

“Children can educate themselves and are good at doing so if the conditions are right."


They also need guidance, in the ways put forward by both Piaget and Vygotsky.  


Materials in the form of educational toys, games, books, where they can make their own selections are crucial.

Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 30, 2013 12:01 PM

Children, with appropriate guidance, can provide insight and direction for their learning. They usually know what they like and what they do not like. The key is to elicit information which helps to bring what they want to fruition. I think educators are afraid of these conversations.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, December 14, 2013 4:10 PM

Mind opening article on the effective ways children teach themselves and others..

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Personalize Learning: Personalized Learning at Mt. Abraham UMHS

Personalize Learning: Personalized Learning at Mt. Abraham UMHS | Making Learning Personal | Scoop.it
Free Webinar on Personalized Learning at Mt. Abe HS in Vermont with the architects of the Pathways program. Webinar Series hosted by Personalize Learning.
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Join us on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 5pm ET, 2pm PT with John H. Clarke, Lauren Pareen, Josie Jordan, Caroline Camara, and Robin Kuhns sharing the Pathways Program. This is a free webinar in the Personalize Learning webinar series hosted on Classroom 2.0.

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