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Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Personalize Learning presents Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning, to discuss "Personalization and Student Engagement". There is a great deal of discussion and a strong ramp up of what is called “personalized learning” in schools both with and without technology.” Where is the person in personalization? What are the expectations that students have for deep productive learning? This webinar is about practical approaches to personalization and student engagement.
New Revised Version of Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) Chart, Ver 3 (Dec 2013)
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
In this new version, we have included clarification on Assessment OF, FOR and AS Learning.
> 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.
New Revised Version of Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) Chart (2013)
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
It has been 14 months since we initially published the PDI Chart that has been downloaded tens of thousands of times around the world. We heard from educators from all corners of the planet including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, France, Ukraine, China, India, Canada and the United States where they shared how they are using this chart. We learned that this chart has been helpful in having educators and parents gain an understanding of these differences. We appreciate the stories and the thoughtful feedback that we received.
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We are all learners. We are connected to each other and innovative learning experiences that we never thought were possible before. It doesn't matter how old you are, where you live, and what you want to learn, you can connect to people, resources, and courses so you, the learner, can learn what you want when you want to. This means what we call "school" is different. Teachers and learners are different. Roles change. This is a huge culture shift.
The information from our chart Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization chart is about being a Connected Learner in a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).
> starts with the learner
> connects with interests, passions, and aspirations
> learners actively participate in the design of their learning
> learners have a voice and choice on what they learn
> different objectives for each learner
> learner selects appropriate technology and resources to support their learning
> learners build a network of peers, teachers, and others to guide and support their learning
> competency-based models where the learner demonstrates mastery
> assessment AS learning
> teachers develop capacity to create independent learners who set goals, monitor progress, and reflect on learning
Discover more about connected learning in this engaging blog!
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Watch this clip to get a sense of how Big Picture Learning personalizes each students' education.
"Big Picture Learning’s mission is to lead vital changes in education, both in the United States and internationally, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community."
"In his recent post, Driving Innovation in K-12, Chris Kennedy raises what for me is the starting point for all of the changes within the BC Education Plan: "Teachers need to know where to begin – “personalization” and “digital literacy” are broad and ambiguous terms, so we need to narrow the framework."
"Value of the teacher; impact of the classroom experience; personalizing all of this for the student: where do we start?
"Personalizing education? It’s a four step dance set to a culture of learning beat and anyone can groove to it if they are willing to learn it now."
> Step One: What s a "Need to Know" - Determine what the primary learning outcomes will be.
> Step Two: Assessment - Consider "Strinberg's new construct in "The Rainbow Project": creativity and expression through narrative.
> Step Three: "Personal" Talk - "Instead of creating adult initiated curriculum to match a specific assessment, we now engage in one to ones (virtual and face to face) with students to determine what “passion” they wish to pursue in their “inquiry” to demonstrate mastery."
> Step Four: The Teachers of Tomorrow are in Our Classroom Today - Bringing together the expertise who are passionate about inviting others on a path of inquiry-based learning.
Barbara's blog outlines the differences between "personalization", "individualization" and "differentiation". These three words in education often are confused and misunderstood by professionals as well as the general community. Barbara concludes her remarks by what personalized learning would mean in the classroom. Thank you, Barbara!
"Personalizing learning starts with the learner. It is not personalized instruction. The teacher, the school, and textbook companies can individualize instruction for the different types of learners. Personalized learning means the students drive their learning and the teacher IS the guide on the side, the co-designer of their learning, and more of a facilitator to make sure the students are meeting their learning goals."
"In David Hargreaves’ view, personalized learning represents a larger movement that needs to be put forward on several fronts to (re)shape teaching and learning. His nine gateways to personalizing learning are assessment for learning; learning to learn; student voice; curriculum; new technologies; school design and organization; advice and guidance; mentoring and coaching; and workforce development (Hargreaves 2006)."
"Personalized learning is often represented as a novel approach to enhancing the pedagogical practices of educators to broadly reorganize schooling in the 21st century. The personalized (re)shaping of teaching and learning is generally to be achieved through assessing the strengths of individuals and then addressing the specific needs and learning styles of each student in a school community."
Elliot Washor writes a post about what really is personalization and deeper learning.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning, reflects on what Personalization means. Joins us in a free live webinar on April 22nd at 5pm ET where Elliot will share his professional insights on personalization.
Here are just a few excerpts from this post that looks deeper into the meaning of personalization.
"Since our beginnings, personalization has been at the core of our work. We strive for schools to be communities where every student is known through their interests, academics and how they are doing socially and emotionally in and outside of school. "
"Structures in schools — like personalized learning plans that start with each student’s voice, choice and interests where parents, teachers and mentors are involved in understanding and developing the next steps, courses and projects a student will do ‑—need to be part of any learning environment and can become a great digital technology platform. Instead, what we get is a hijacking of words and terms that sound like education is personalized. Sadly, the real practice these words symbolize is missing from far too many schools and most digital platforms."- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/04/what-do-you-mean-by-personalization.html#sthash.inLKdhRi.dpuf
"With the new version of the Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart published this month, the report has been revised to reflect the changes."
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Download the newly revised PDI report and chart from this site. Discover the differences between these three terms and learn what personalization is as it relates to the "learner".
When learning is personal, teaching and learning changes. Teachers' and learners' roles change. Last January, we created a chart comparing Personalization vs Individualization vs Differentiation and a report that explained the difference between these three terms including teacher-centered vs. learner-centered approaches. This chart has been downloaded tens of thousands of times from all over the world and prompted discussions around some of these questions:
> How do you see teachers' and learners' roles changing?
> How does a school or district know they are Ready to Transform learning?
> What is Assessment AS Learning?
> Can personalization help close the achievement gap?
> Where are the conversations, models, and examples of personalizing learning?
These questions were part of an interview from Patricia Gomes, a reporter from Porvir in Brazil who wrote an article August 12, 2012 about the chart and resulted in an article and infographic in Portuguese.
David Truss ponts out that personalization is about the learner taking responsibility for their learning. He includes that educators are also learners and substitutes "educators" in a paragraph in our report where we explain the chart on "Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization".
"Going back to Bray & McClaskey, have a look at the last sentence I quoted above, only switch ‘learners’ to ‘educators’: “When [educators] reflect on their own learning and must communicate it to others, they are intensifying their understanding about a topic, their learning strengths, and the areas in which they need to develop further.”
We need to personalize the learning for our educators and our students… seeing both first and foremost as learners. We can’t cookie-cutter our professional development to teachers and expect meaningful results. We can’t evaluate students based on tests with easily Googleable answers. We can develop a sense of learner responsibility by personalizing learning, making it meaningful and making it work that matters.
Finally, if we decide to look at educators and students as learners first, then we also need to recognize the responsibility that comes with being a learner. So much of what I read about now is about things ‘we need to do’ to support the learner. But be they educators or students, learners need first to understand the importance of their own role in learning. Personalization isn’t just about catering to a learner, it is also about learner autonomy and thus learner responsibility."
Thank you David in making the connections and in sharing your Manifesto!
"Susan Yonezawa, Larry McClure, and Makeba Jones evaluate formal attempts to personalize U.S. secondary education and assess the research on teacher-student relationships and their impact. With a focus on programs for low-income and minority youth, the authors examine school reforms that have incorporated personalization. To improve student achievement and emotional well-being significantly, they conclude, increasing personalization must be the goal of a widespread, sustained organizational effort."
A report by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey explaining the elements of the Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization chart.
The chart on Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization that we created brought an enormous interest from people and organizations around the world. This report was developed from many questions we received about the chart elements in comparing these terms. In responding to these questions, we have included specific references and links in explaining these elements related to Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization.
Please download the free chart and report! Your feedback would be appreciated.
Here's a chart that explains the differences between personalization, differentiation, and individualization. After some research on these terms, Barbara Bray and I were able to determine the differences between these terms in relationship to teaching and learning.
Via Barbara Bray
"Perhaps an early test of B.C.’s personalization mandate should be our ability to achieve that commitment for those who need it most: those for whom the currently organized system provides the greatest challenges and barriers. How do we meet them where they are and honour their life experiences to date? How do we scaffold their early engagement in our schools to support long term success? How does learning begin, make sense and become authentic and relevant through their eyes?"