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What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?
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What if students controlled their own learning? Peter Hutton

This talk was given at a local TEDx event in Melbourne,  produced independently of the TED Conferences.

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Discover through this TedTalk from Peter Hutton how learners take control and ownership to their learning . Peter is a school principal with a radical solution, no school bell, no school levels, staff selection and curriculum is even decided by students. Result? No bullying, collaboration, innovation in school dynamics. As Principal of Templestowe College he developed an educational model that allows learners to individualize their education and share control in the running of the school.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, August 18, 8:39 AM

Here's a wonderful example of a secondary school that allows students to take control of their learning = personalizing learning. 

Debra Walker's curator insight, August 20, 3:34 PM

I was fortunate in primary and secondary school.  I had empassioned teachers and administrators, and a family that supported and fostered my curiosity and a healthy respect for learning.  Not all have that fortune. 

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, September 23, 8:54 AM

Peter Hutton desgined and runs a school in which students make the most important decisions about their learning: what to study, when and with whom. There are no grade levels, no "periods" in the day, and the staff is co-hired with students. It's been incredibly successful!

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Personalized Learning System

Personalized Learning System | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |
Build a human infrastructure based on the train-the-trainer model to create a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
A Personalized Learning System is a culture shift and a change in process that impacts the entire school community. Moving to learner-centered environments is more than just handing over the keys to the learner so they drive their own learning right away. This process is about developing a self-sustaining Personalized Learning System with your staff. This is about building a human infrastructure based on a train-the-trainer model where lead coaches support site coaches who support your teachers. Teachers become partners in learning with their learners as learners take ownership of their learning. - See more at:
Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:18 AM

There isn't much text to accompany this graphic, but the graphic does a great job of helping us see the need for creating an ecosystem for personalization: it can't be achieved through a 1:1 relationship between a teacher and a student, let alone through a 1:25 relationship of a teacher in a class with 25 students. It requires a complete reconceptualization of roles and relationships. 

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Snare Your Students « Competency Works

Snare Your Students « Competency Works | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |
Students who are caught up in what they are doing don’t need to be managed, and students who succeed become self-propelling. If you can find a way to make your students' work personal and meaningful.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Barbara Weed shares a cartoon that illustrates how she snares her students.  One in particular says it all: "Let students choose the idea that is closest to their heart."  She goes on to explain the strategies she employed to give students ownership to their learning.


"I decided to see if I could get my students more engaged by letting them make all of the decisions about their projects. I still identified the concept that they needed to demonstrate, but I let the students design the work that they wanted to do in order to show that they understood the skills and concepts.


I try to provide multiple reflective opportunities to make sure that students are really invested in their choice. When my students care about their work, I can focus my attention on what they’re learning. The actual work, being on-task, and concerns about quality become non-issues. Their desire to engage makes learning seamless."

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The Stages of the Learning Independence Continuum

The Stages of the Learning Independence Continuum | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

The Institute @ CESA #1 is introducing the stages of the Learning Independence Continuum in their blog following the release of the white paper, The Learning Independence Continuum.  In their first post they provide an overview with the remaining posts focusing on one of the stages of the continuum.


> Motivation

> Engagement

> Self-efficacy

> Ownership

> Independence


"In personalized learning environments, learning activities will fall all along this continuum – at times it’s more important for the educator to drive the work, at others, the learner will take the driver’s seat. However, in order for this to happen, all of the characteristics along the continuum should be developed and nurtured in each learner."

Angie Tarasoff's comment, August 20, 2012 8:34 PM
I wonder if there isn't another stage here - or maybe it's not on the continuum at all, but somewhere else: interdependence.

I'm starting to think we don't typically learn anything independently - but through interactions with other people, or the knowledge someone else has created.
Barbara Bray's comment, August 20, 2012 11:27 PM
Angie - Yes! You are right - interdependence. How to collaborate and work in teams. There is a large push to create independent learners and expert learners. Now you have me thinking.
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10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

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Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Here are the top 10 trends for personalized learning in 2014:


1. Change the Language to "Learner" not Student

2. Build a Common Language

3. Connect  the Dots

4. Plan First

5. Watch out for Shiny Objects

6. Encourage Learner Voice and Agency

7. Provide Opportunities for Choice so Learners Own and Drive their Learning

8. Encourage Instrinsic Motivation

9. See More Competency-Based Systems

10. Start Small and Take the Time You Need To Make it Work


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 6, 2014 12:53 PM

We are all learners. The cartoon speaks volumes.

Mickey Gast's curator insight, February 11, 2014 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, 2014 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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If students designed their own school…

If students designed their own school… | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

A public high school actually allowed some students to design their own semester and run it themselves.

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

This video gives you an inside look at what happens when you give the learner ownership to their learning. The Independent Project was so successful at Monument Mountain Regional High School, they did it again and has been duplicated in other schools. This is an example of what a Stage Three personalized learning environment is - learner-driven. (


A thank you goes out to Principal Marianne Young who agreed to the Independent Project and the learners who demonstrated to the world what a learner-driven environment is and what it can do for the diverse learner in all of us!

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Learning Independence Continuum: Ownership

Learning Independence Continuum: Ownership | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) |

This is the fourth in a five part series on the Learning Independence Continuum produced by the Institute @ CESA #1.


"Ownership implies that learners have a sense of control over their learning and often leads them to view learning as something that cannot be taken from them. Ownership of learning transfers responsibility for success from educators and other adults to the learner. As a result, learners tend to place greater value on and take greater pride in their learning.


A growing sense of ownership often leads learners to shift from a compliance orientation to commitment. The question in their minds moves from “How much must I do?” to “What do I need to do in order to learn this content?” While the traditional model of schooling depends heavily on compliance, unleashing a sense of ownership for learning can dramatically improve learner performance, even within the legacy education system.


Unsurprisingly, one of the key methods to building ownership for learning is a strategy also employed to build motivation, engagement, and efficacy. This approach offers learners choice and control related to their learning in areas valued by the learner."


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