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Personalize Learning Newsletter - Dec/Jan Issue

Personalize Learning Newsletter - Dec/Jan Issue | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

2013 will be the year where children have a voice in how they learn. Teachers and learner roles are changing. Let's make it happen the right way. We wish you a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

This newsletter features a new and exciting eCourse on the 5 w"s of Personalized Learning that is starting on February 7th. Join with educators from around the world in this course that will include the first global Personalize Learning (PL) Community of Practice. In this issue, discover why Iowa decided to have the first PL Community of Practice in the country.

 

Take a look at how Chris Edwards, a transformational educator, has created a personalized learning environment for his young learners and how they are using technology to solve unique problems.

 

Learn why it is important to help every learner become an expert learner, the goal in persoanlizing learning. And take a look at a Maine classroom where learners have voice and choice.

 

If you would like to receive our future newsletters, sign-up on our site at www.personalizelearning.com.

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Mohammed Omar Faruque's comment, December 30, 2012 8:11 AM
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NEW 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse - Spring 2014

NEW 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse - Spring 2014 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
New Series 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse is available. Learn the What, Who, Where, Wow, and Why of Personalizing Learning.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Join us on April 3rd in the all NEW 5 W’s of Personalized Learning eCourse where you will learn the What, Who, Where, Wow, and Why to Personalize Learning. This eCourse includes what is and what is not personalized learning, how learners learn best using the Personal Learner Profile, the process using the new Version 3 of the Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE), how teacher and learner roles will change, and why you need a common language and rationale for personalized learning when transforming teaching and learning. Collaborate with other educators in a Community of Practice.   - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/05/the-5-ws-of-personalized-learning.html#sthash.7rHXLzcr.dpuf

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What do you mean by Personalization?

What do you mean by Personalization? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Elliot Washor writes a post about what really is personalization and deeper learning.
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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
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Scott Holcomb's curator insight, April 9, 9:31 AM

Excellent article in regards to Personalization in learning, good read!

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Continuum to Develop Expert Learners

Continuum to Develop Expert Learners | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | 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. Plus, learners may not be an expert on every concept, strategy or skill. So what we did was create a continuum to develop expert learners that provides the journey learners of all ages go through to build expertise.

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Beth Kanter's curator insight, March 24, 7:16 AM

How do you help adults with this process? 

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"If You Build It": Design-Build-Transform - Education

"If You Build It": Design-Build-Transform - Education | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

From the director of WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A. comes a captivating look at a radically innovative approach to education. 

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"If You Build It" film follows designer activists, Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in NC, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long design and build project that does more than just teach basic construction skills. It shows 10 teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible.

 

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Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, February 13, 7:32 AM

If you Design it is innovation for education. 

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Free PL Webinar: "Why Hope Matters", Feb 4 - 5pm ET

Free PL Webinar: "Why Hope Matters", Feb 4 - 5pm ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Keven Kroehler, EdVisions Schools

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Join us in our free webinar series on February 4th when Keven Kroehler presents "Why Hope Matters". 

 

Have you wondered why hope matters when you want to learn? Have you or your learners lost hope? Keven will talk about learners being able to make reasonable goals for learning, to develop plans to meet those goals and then how to persist in working on those plans.

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10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014

10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014
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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

 

 See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/01/10-trends-for-personalized-learning-in.html#sthash.IFIXeQjB.dpuf

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 6, 9:53 AM

We are all learners. The cartoon speaks volumes.

Mickey Gast's curator insight, February 11, 4:48 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, 5:47 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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5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered

5 ways to make your classroom more student-centered | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Justin shares 5 ways to create learner-centered classrooms. What a great way to start the new year by putting the learner at the center!

 

1. A student-centered classroom allows students to be an integral part of the assessment development process.

 

2. A student-centered classroom focuses on finding solutions to real-world problems.

 

3. A student-centered classroom is not about what the teacher is doing or what the teacher has done; it's about what the students are doing and what the students can do in the future.

 

4. A student-centered classroom embraces the notion that there are multiple ways to accomplish an individual task.

 

5. A student-centered classroom firmly believes that there is a partnership and a strong level of trust between educators and students.

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Phillip Heath's curator insight, January 19, 1:08 PM

Relationships will always be the heart of education

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Kids Talk about Learning at The Inquiry Hub

Kids Talk about Learning at The Inquiry Hub | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Webinar about the Inquiry Hub from the learners' point of view.
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The second webinar of the Personalize Learning Webinar Series included David Truss and five learners from the Inquiry Hub. They shared  their main reasons for choosing the Inquiry Hub, what the biggest challenges are and what they enjoy the most. View the webinar archive and discover their amazing experiences at the Inquiry Hub.

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Personalizing Learning across a District

Personalizing Learning across a District | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Verona Area Schools is on a journey to personalize learning across the district.
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Discover how Verona Area School District has begun the journey to create a personalized learning system across the school district. They have a belief system and have described how they will know how every learner is successful. Here they are:

 

> Every learner in VASD has a personalized learning plan that provides a path to discovery and achievement and that plan is reviewed and changed at least annually based on the learner’s needs.

 > Every learner’s parent, guardian or advocate participates directly in the design, implementation, and outcomes of that learner’s personalized learning plans.

 > Every learner meets or exceeds the goals of his or her personalized learning plan every school year.            
> Every VAHS learner graduates. Every VAHS graduate achieves their choice of college and career path, as detailed in their personalized learning plan.

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Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educa...
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Be inspired by this Ted Talk by Ramsey who shares the 3 Rules to Spark Learning:

 

1. Curiosity comes first

2. Embrace the mess

3. Practice reflection

 

Sounds like learner--centered to me!l

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Student-Centered Learning Model Where Competencies Drive Learning

Student-Centered Learning Model Where Competencies Drive Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Last month, I had the opportunity to visit three schools in Detroit run by Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA). I’ll be sharing what I saw and…
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Chris Sturgis shares a model of student-centered learning run by  Michigan's Education Acheivement Authority who are charged with transforming persistently lowest achieiving schools. Read how competencies drive learning in this model but first a look at the five pillars this model is build on.

 

The EAA describes their approach as student-centered in which “pedagogy, assessments, support systems and culture are refocused to facilitate student progress organized around mastery instead of age and seat time." Their model is build on five pillars:

 

> Students are grouped by readiness, not by grade.

> Students create and assume ownership for their respective personalized learning and success paths and are able to communicate their progress relative to their individualized learning goals.

> Students are allowed to work at their own pace, using a blended delivery system, to master rigorous standards to ensure they graduate college, career, and next-generation ready.

> Students provide evidence of mastery through relevant performance tasks and common assessments.

> Continuous feedback is provided to students, teachers, administrators and parents through the teaching and learning and the data warehouse.

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Webinar Series: Personalized Learning at Mt. Abe UMHS - Nov 12th

Webinar Series: Personalized Learning at Mt. Abe UMHS - Nov 12th | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | 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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Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol, Vermont provides learners opportunities to choose their own path to graduation. How do they do that? Meet the people who will share the spectrum of offerings at Mt. Abe and how learners select and drive their learning path and high school plans. Listen and learn from John H. Clarke, Lauren Parren, Caroline Camara, and Josie Jordan who are the architects of the Pathways Program. Robin Kuhns is an eleventh grade learner at Mt. Abe who will share what personalized learning means to him and his pathways to graduation. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/11/personalized-learning-at-mt-abraham-umhs.html#sthash.5uxGDUiN.dpuf

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Architects of their Learning: KM Explore

Architects of their Learning: KM Explore | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
KM Explore is a new K-5 school in Wisconsin with co-teaching multi-age teams, flexible learning spaces, learning plans, and personalized learning plans.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

KM Explore is a K-5 elementary charter in Wales, Wisconsin in Kettle Moraine School District that embraces the notion of a ‘generative curriculum’ grown from the collective voices and choices of the community of learners, families, and educators of the school itself. Learning at KM Explore is on a continuum where each learner is on a self-propelled journey embedded in a community of learners.

 

KM Explore includes a Multi-Age Learning environment. They have three different groups of learners; K-1, 2-3, 4-5. Though the learners are in groups due to logistics, they like to embrace the notion that we are "ageless and grade-less".

 

- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/10/architects-of-their-learning-km-explore.html#sthash.rNwBrfW3.dpuf

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Free Webinar: Personalization and Student Engagement - 4/22

Free Webinar: Personalization and Student Engagement - 4/22 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/webinar-series.html

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. 

Join us in this free webinar on April 22nd at 5pm ET, 4pm CT, 3pm MT and 2pm PT in our Blackboard Collaborate room. We will open the room 15 minutes early for you to check audio and video.

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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

An infographic can hardly contain enough space to tackle the big, hairy challenges of American education. But the non-profit, Digital Promise, has tried to identify some of the biggest challenges — and ideas for solutions — identified by the 46 schools in their League of Innovative Schools that are trying new techniques. They address issues like competency-based learning and personalized professional development, as well as students’ ownership of their learning.

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Silverback Learning's curator insight, April 5, 6:15 AM

There are more than 7 hurdles but this Infographic underscores the need for the education community to embrace change. 

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, April 5, 11:06 AM

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

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Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v3)

Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (v3) | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
The Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (version 2) was updated from feedback and input from educators around the world.
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The Stages of Personalized Learning Environments (PLE) needed to be updated again. Why? Because of the considerable feedback we received from participants in our 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse about our first and second versions of the chart. Some of the feedback was about consistency and flow across the stages. What worked in what stage? We definitely want to thank those that critiqued the stages for us and helped us with this version three that we hope will be the final version.-

 

See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2012/05/stages-of-personalized-learning.html#sthash.gERsoWH8.dpuf

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Greg Alchin's curator insight, February 16, 2:21 PM

The brilliant work of McClaskey and Bray continues to evolve. A must read and implement for all educators committed to empowering novice learners  to become expert learners.

Pablo César García Sánchez's curator insight, February 18, 1:59 AM

Recurso muy interesante sobre las distintas etapas de Aprendizaje

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What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn?

What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Hear four kids talk about motivation and Kathleen Cushman's information about the conditions for motivation in the webinar and chat.
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Have you ever wondered about motivation and what motivates us to learn? Kathleen Cushman presented in our Personalize Learning Webinar Series on Tues. January 21st by explaining that you start by drawing a straight line between... 


> what young people tell us about their learning experiences; 

> your own practice as educators and; 

> compelling scientific research into mind, brain, and education. 

 

Then she shared the eight simple rules of thumb that help us create the conditions for high motivation and high levels of mastery in the your learning environments!  - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/01/what-motivates-learners-to-want-to-learn.html#sthash.yBN3OEq0.dpuf

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Audrey's curator insight, January 28, 2:36 PM

It is important to hear from the learners how they are stimulated to absorb information. The earlier this is encouraged the greater the brain power, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 3:07 PM

John Dewey called what motivates people to learn is "living motivation". We bring our stories and autobiographies to learning every day. We want to add to them in ways that help us construct a future of our choosing that fits within a community. It is about constantly transforming who we are.

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Free Webinar: The Motivation Equation - Jan 21, 5pm ET

Free Webinar: The Motivation Equation - Jan 21, 5pm ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Hear from learners how five of the eight conditions play out in highly motivating classrooms. Kathleen Cushman will share the strategies that motivate learners and the voices from five learners on what matters so they can learn. Before this webinar, check out her guest post on the 8 Secrets of Motivated Learners and download her eBook, The Motivation Equation. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/webinar-series.html#sthash.HcrDyJQX.dpuf

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The Economics of Human Development: The Path to Winning Again in Education

The Economics of Human Development: The Path to Winning Again in Education | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Don't miss this compelling presentation on The Economics of Human Development developed by Gallup. It tells a story we should all hear!

 

Click through this presentation to see a vision for our education system that will unleash the potential of all learners and provide them with an entirely better career and life trajectory.

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Leaving to Learn - "Engagement is Key"

Isn't it time to offer adolescents a pathway to success in school that's proven to inspire and motivate kids to keep on learning? Isn't it time to try more i...
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Isn't it time to offer adolescents a pathway to success in school that's proven to inspire and motivate kids to keep on learning? Isn't it time to try more innovative ways to address the challenges of our nation's dropout rate? We can keep kids in school and prepare them for life after graduation by delivering authentic learning experiences that matter to them. The first step is taking down the barriers between school and the outside world. The first step is letting them leave, to learn. www.leavingtolearn.org

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Free Personalize Learning Webinar, The Inquiry Hub - Dec 17th

Free Personalize Learning Webinar, The Inquiry Hub - Dec 17th | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/webinar-series.html

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Join us on December 17th (5pm ET, 4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT) to talk with David Truss and The Inquiry Hub learners!

 

Learn from the learners how the Inquiry Hub provides them with blended instruction, reduced timetable structure, and a learner-driven inquiry approach to learning. See how they have topical workshops instead of daily classes, use extensive online learning resources, a small school learning commons environment, and dedicated inquiry time. David asked some of the kids to share with you what learning really looks like at the Inquiry Hub.

 

We would like to thank Classroom 2.0 for supporting this webinar series!

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Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Ver. 3

Updated Personalization vs. Differentiation vs. Individualization Chart Ver. 3 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

New Revised Version of Personalization vs Differentiation vs Individualization (PDI) Chart, Ver 3 (Dec 2013)

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In this new version, we have included clarification on Assessment OF, FOR and AS Learning.


>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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Jo Blannin - Innovative Learning's curator insight, December 4, 2013 6:56 PM

I love this graphic of the difference between Personalisation, Differenctiation and Individulisation. We often use the words interchangeably but as with anything, the language becomes important when you are trying to communicate to people - including teachers. 

 

I've used this with teachers at my school, in small groups, to talk about what it is we are actually doing in the classroom....

 

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8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners

8 Universal Secrets of Motivated Learners | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen Cushman writes a guest post for Personalize Learning on what is critical to motivate learners.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

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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Free Personalize Learning Webinar Series starts Nov 12th

Free Personalize Learning Webinar Series starts Nov 12th | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Personalize Learning is launching a free webinar series. Join in the coversation and ask questions from educators and learners in personalized learning environments.

Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

We are excited to announce the Personalize Learning Webinar Series. We frequently receive questions on "Where is Personalize Learning Happening?" and "What Does it Look Like?". This webinar series offers an opportunity for you to talk directly with educators,  learners and thought leaders around the world who create and learn in personalized learning environments.

 

> Nov 12th, 5pm ET - Mount Abraham Union M/HS, VT, featuring Personalized Learning Coaching Staff and Robin Kuhns, HS Learner

 

> Dec 7th, 5pmET - The Inquiry Hub, British Columbia featuring David Truss and The Inquiry Hub learners

 

> Jan 21st - The Motivation Equation presented by Kathleen Cushman

 

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Greg Alchin's curator insight, November 10, 2013 1:56 PM

This series of webinars are well worth attending. They really are an investment in your professional learning journey.

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Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | 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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The Sudbury Valley School  — a “democratic school” where children are involved in setting and enforcing the rules of behavior, and are free to decide what to do with their time — had been around since the 1960s. So Gray, based at nearby Boston College, began his exploration by surveying its graduates to assess what happens to kids after they leave such a low-pressure learning environment.

 

“The school totally violates our cultural beliefs about what children need to do to become educated,” he says. “They’re free to play and explore. Yet kids from a variety of backgrounds and personalities seemed to do well there.” The survey revealed that its graduates had had no difficulty pursuing higher education and careers that interested them, and almost all reported feeling better prepared for adult life than if they had attended a conventional school. Says Gray: “That first study convinced me that the school works.”

 

Gray has authored a book "Free to Learn" on his experiences and research of the graduates of the Sudbury Valley School.

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Audrey's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:12 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 9:01 AM

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 1:10 PM

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