"Flipboard is a fantastic ereading tool which has also become a premier curation tool. I've created a magazine Education Inspirivation that you can subscribe to in Flipboard by clicking on the Flipboard link:http://flip.it/WaRGT"
I just revisited Flipboard for the first time in a long time after reading Vicky's review. I do believe this would be a great curation tool - especially for those lucky enough to have a 1:1 iPad classroom!
I continue to see a connection between students curating resources and personalized learning. What are your thoughts?
TeachThought.com has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner."
Nancy White's insight:
These 27 steps that promote self-directed learning should be posted in every classroom! Students will be engaged in critical & creative thinking. They will own the learning!
“Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different.” Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes Hard to believe it has been two years since we published The rise of K12 blended learning. ...
Nancy White's insight:
Blended learning is identified as a strategy to achieve personalized learning.
I wondered as I was reading this if the 3 hypotheses are a linear process. Do schools have to go through 1 & 2 to get to 3? I believe a lot of schools get stuck in #1. What if we skipped 1 & 2 intentionally - and went straight to 3?
"A while ago, I created this poster A Tale of Two Classrooms. It wasn't meant as a statement of Classroom B is best. It wasn't even meant as a statement of Classroom A is awful. It was meant as a representation of Classroom A and B."
Chris Edwards' shared in our interview why he decided to personalize learning and the results he has experienced with his learners: engaged and motivated!
Q. Why did you decide to personalize learning?
A. I decided to personalise learning in my classroom about a year ago. I watched a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson (the king of creativity) speaking about how he believes that our current education system is killing creativity. What made me think the most was when he said this: “Shakespeare was in someone’s class once, right?” And I thought wow! I have never considered who I may have in my class! When I started thinking in this way, it changed everything. It made me realise that the most important thing was ensuring that every individual child in my class, realised and reached their full potential.
Q. How are learners in your class changing?
A. The learners in my class are changing in a very noticeable way. The learners in my class are no longer passive. They are engaged in their own learning and are motivated. Most importantly, they are learning to be resourceful and resilient. Learning anything is an inherently frustrating process.
Read this insiteful interview and take a look a the pictures of Chris' personalized learning environment where his learners are thriving!
Tom Vander Ark is an education advocate, advisor, and author of Getting Smart: How Personal Digital Learning is Changing the World. Tom is Founder and Executive Editor of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital.
>>My belief is the biggest obstacle to implementing blended learning and personalized learning is access to digital tools and robust wireless networks.
Via Phyllis Bartosiewicz
"Inquiry based learning is a key tenet of the Inquiry Hub. When students get to choose their own topics, with guidance and support from their teachers, peers and community members, these learners will produce thoughtful, rich and compelling answers.
By helping students connect, create and learn together, we will encourage them to look outside of their box and seek a world of potential."
Nancy White's insight:
Starting with teachers asking really good questions and progressing to students asking the questions are first steps toward personalized learning. The richness of the learning environment described here that makes room for voice, community, and play will contribute to student ownership and personalized learning. I look forward to learning more about the Inquiry Hub Program! (http://www.inquiryhub.org/inquiry/)
Check out what Personalized Learning will be like in 2013. "The main change that will happen in teaching and learning in 2013 will be about empowerment. Teachers and learners will be more empowered to take charge of their learning. We will see this through the evidence they share as they learn." >>I hope so!
A parent and businessman makes a case for IEPs for all students:
"What would personalized education look like, if extended to the entire student population? Personalized education would require that each student within a classroom would work toward essential comprehension and skill-sets (like our current system), but would be given the option of different content, processes, and products to achieve those objectives. Students, teachers, and parents would regularly monitor and maintain specific objectives to help the student achieve those comprehension and skill-set goals. School of One is a pioneer in this emerging field of personalized education."
New Montessori High School Expands Opportunities for Personalized Learning ...Marketwire (press release)19, 2012) - While the BC Ministry of Education tweaks its vision for Personalized Learning, students at Victoria's Maria Montessori Academy...
"This term, I have been trying to give my students more voice in our classroom learning environment with regards to the way we go about things and the tools we use to demonstrate our learning. I think this has stemmed from the Personalised Learning approach we have taken as a whole school this year, and my efforts to embed the purposeful engagement of the approach in every facet of my practice.
In this post I'd like to share a ten-minute, Friday afternoon tool that is promoting reflective thinking, goal setting and student voice with positive results in our classroom.
A Reflection, a Goal and a Wish
During the last hour on a Friday, students relax and choose their working space in the classroom. They then discuss and choose two relevant sentence starters that they finish in their learning diaries. Their learning diaries are accessible in the classroom whenever they need them to set goals or reflect."
Thank you Teddy in sharing your journey to personalise learning!
Who is the Expert Learner? Expert learners take responsibility for their learning. They view learning as something they do for themselves, not something that is done to them or for them. [Source: The Expert Learner]
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) perspective for the Expert Learner is for a learner to be: > Resourceful and knowledgeable
> Strategic and goal-directed
> Purposeful and motivated
Then how can you develop expert learners with voice and choice?
The Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments provide the process to encourage learner voice. This process can guide the design of personalized learning environments that meets the needs of all learners. Stage One is teacher-centered and encourages learner voice and some choice. Learner voice is a critical first step. There are ways to do this and this table here describes how the teacher and learner roles change in this stage.
When learners have the opportunities to say what they think and be heard by their peers and others, they feel their opinions and perspectives are valued and appreciated. Think about yourself as a learner and what it might feels like if you have a voice in how you learn and even influence decisions about teaching and learning.