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Personalized Learning | TeachThought

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Stu Harris writes a post on Personalized Learning. The chart on Individualization vs Personalization is very clear. Thanks Stu!
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In Pursuit of Personalized Learning

In Pursuit of Personalized Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

The complex needs of our 21st century learners are driving our education systems to a new focus on personalized learning. Articles, videos and blogs with impressive examples of personalized learning are flooding the media. Many examples involve uses of technology that amaze and motivate us to move forward in that direction, but what can we do in the meantime? Are there basic shifts in focus we can take to move us forward without weeks of PD or specialized training?

 

The four descriptions in this blog help to clarify PL and identify some strategies that foster this preferred way of learning. These strategies are already evident in our classrooms and with more emphasis can be used as a springboard to greater personalized learning opportunities.

 

1. "Teaching students HOW to think instead of WHAT to think"

2. "Opening the door to Choices"

3. "Creating collaborative cultures"

4. "Showcasing the Learning Process"

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SmartTech Roundup: Personalized Learning & Digital Reading

SmartTech Roundup: Personalized Learning & Digital Reading | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
The Seattle Times reported this week that “Technology can be a tool of efficiency for cash-strapped education budgets,” which looks at the ways that public schools need to embrace technology and innovation to develop creative learning opportunities to make budgets go further. Here are ways that schools are already leveraging technology to make a big impact on a dime:

 

> Personalized Learning


"Digital Learning Environments, sponsored by Hewlett Packard and Intel, published “Change in Standardized Test Scores in Response to an Individualized Math Intervention,” a report that focuses on the use of MIND Research Institute’s visual ST Math software.

 

CEO Sajan George launched Mathbook Learning, a new website that showcases turnarounds among underperforming, K-12 schools with personalized instruction, technology and new, blended learning models."

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Ten Critical Components That Guarantee Learning Will Stick

If you incorporate each of these 10 items into your learning delivery, you’ll ensure that your learning will stick.

 

One of these items is personalized learning.

 

"Personalized learning requires not only a shift in the design of schooling, but also a leveraging of modern technologies. Personalization can’t take place at scale without technology. Personalized learning is enabled by smart e-learning systems, which help dynamically track and manage the learning needs of all students, and provide a platform to access myriad engaging learning content, resources and learning opportunities needed to meet each students needs everywhere at anytime, but which aren’t all available within the 4 walls of the traditional classroom."

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For the Love of Learning: The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century

For the Love of Learning: The Politics of Personalization in the 21st Century | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

"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."

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Born to Learn

Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn!

 

Understanding the learner needs to come first before we personalize the learning experience.

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Does Educational Technology Equate to Personalized Learning?

"Advancement in technology = changing face of education

 

Well, this particular equation shared by technology and education has played a major role in changing the life of millions of enthusiast learners in shaping their academic and professional life. Technology in 21st century has conveniently changed the face of distance learning transpiring it into the digital world. Learning via distance that until a decade back relied upon postal services witnessed a ray of light under the tech-influence by going online. This development in education has indeed paved the way for using technologies to improve personalized learning. Personalizing education undeniably would make education for student –centric restricting the teacher’s role to just an instructor."


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Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? - "Whatever it Takes" Attitude

Why Are Finland's Schools Successful? - "Whatever it Takes" Attitude | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
The country's achievements in education have other nations doing their homework...

 

""Whatever it takes” is an attitude that drives not just Kirkkojarvi’s 30 teachers, but most of Finland’s 62,000 educators in 3,500 schools from Lapland to Turku—professionals selected from the top 10 percent of the nation’s graduates to earn a required master’s degree in education. Many schools are small enough so that teachers know every student. If one method fails, teachers consult with colleagues to try something else. They seem to relish the challenges. Nearly 30 percent of Finland’s children receive some kind of special help during their first nine years of school."

 

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Personalized Learning: Trend Report 2 | Learn231

Personalized Learning: Trend Report 2 | Learn231 | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

"It is probably true that personalized learning might not be possible without those very things required for ubiquity but in the end it is the notion of personalized learning that is profound. Personalized Learning centers on the individual and captures so much of what we now know makes a great learning experience."


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BC Education Plan - Personalized Learning: Actions and Initiatives


"Under the Plan, teachers, students and parents will work together to make sure every student’s needs are met, passions are explored and goals are achieved. This means student-centered learning that’s focused on the needs, strengths and aspirations of each individual young person. Students will play an active role in designing their own education and will be increasingly accountable for their own learning success. It’s all about putting students at the centre of education. That means giving teachers and schools the flexibility to make sure each student is well served by their educational program. Each student is unique and our education system will support each student’s interests and ways of learning."


Do not miss the Action Items and the Initatives that are taking place to realize personalized learning for every student.

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BC's Education Plan - Students Respond to Question1: "Personalized Touch"

BC's Education Plan - Students Respond to Question1: "Personalized Touch" | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Do you have thoughts about what competencies students will need in the future?

Here is one out of 99 responses by students in British Columbia:
" I believe, as a 14-almost-15 year old gifted student, that the BC education system requires a more personalized touch. I believe that students and teachers need to communicate where they are in learning, how they best learn, and what can be done to meet the extremes of both ends." - Cassandra
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The Global Education Conference - "Personalized Learning Toolkits" Session, TH - Nov 17th 7PM EST

The Global Education Conference - "Personalized Learning Toolkits" Session, TH - Nov 17th 7PM EST | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Join Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey on November 17th (7PM EST) at The Global Education Conference to participate in their presentation:


"Personalized Learning Toolkits:   

Designing New Pathways for Every Student"


Description: Design new pathways for students with learner profiles, personalized learning maps and digital backpacks. Participants will:

  • understand the importance of meeting the needs of each student to prepare them for their future as global citizens;
  • learn about personalizing learning so students are co-learners and co-designers of the curriculum; and
  • learn what apps could be used for a personalized learning toolkit.
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BCSSA 2011 Summer Leadership Academy - Pathways to Personalization

This site includes a repository of the presentations given at the British Columbia SSA Summer Leadership Academy on Personalization.  This is a sample of the presentations:

  • Personalizing Learning: A Verb, not a Noun Jeff Hopkins, Superintendent, SD 64 Gulf Islands
  • 21st Century Learning and Student Engagement. David Vandergugten, Director of K-12 Education, SD 42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
  • Personalized Learning at a Fine Arts School of Choice, John Churchley, Assistant Superintendent, SD 73 Kamloops-Thompson
  • Personalized Learning - Three Practical Examples, Jordan Tinney, Deputy Superintendent, SD 39 - Vancouver
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TEDxUBC - Chris Kennedy: 25 Student Stories that bring Personalized Learning to Life

"In his presentation StudentsLive! Real-world learning at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Chris Kennedy shares the story of twenty-five students who brought the notion of personalized learning to life and learned how powerful social media can be for learning."


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Opening Doors | How do you personalize instruction?

Opening Doors | How do you personalize instruction? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
"How do you start personalizing instruction in your classroom?" "So, to answer your question, Whitney, I wouldn't begin by personalizing the instruction, I would... grow my own powerful personal learning network to include uplifting, thought-provoking people, resources and ideas use the vast array of technology tools to help me connect and learn with these people, resources and ideas and then...then...I would... create spaces for my students that permit them to create their own spaces for personalized learning to occur and I would be there to guide and support them in their explorations. It requires refocusing on learning...not teaching. (The instructional practices will be driven by the learning.)"
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EdWeek Webinar - Hybrid Learning Pushes Personalization Forward: Dec 7th

"Schools are moving beyond a one-size-fits-all approach to education toward greater efforts to differentiate learning for each student. To truly personalize the learning process in more meaningful ways, many educators are turning to technology. They’re blending face-to-face instruction with electronic resources, which can be everything from online courses complete with online teachers to digital curricula that enhances or reinforces classroom learning. However, experts caution that this approach must be planned very carefully in ways that maximize the benefits of digital content and online courses. Our experts will discuss how to use technology, especially blended learning, to personalize education and raise student achievement." 

 

This event takes place on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 2 to 3 p.m. EST

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The Personalized Learning Model

The Personalized Learning Model that many of us are using to guide investments in education technology include key components in most any Adaptive Learning System or Instructional Improvement System are Student Data, Educational Content and Assessments.

 

"The Feedback Loop describes the process of learning, from determining what a student doesn't know, to teaching the subject, to assessing competency. For the feedback loop to work effectively, it must cycle frequently supplying rich and accurate feedback to students and educators."

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Four Implementation Challenges for High Quality Digital Learning - Personalized learning in the 21st century

Four Implementation Challenges for High Quality Digital Learning - Personalized learning in the 21st century | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
"Digital learning has the potential to personalize learning to meet each student’s needs, ensure all students have access to quality teaching, extend learning opportunities to all hours of the day and all days of the week, and innovate and improve over time. Indeed, there is the potential not only to help solve many of the most pressing issues in K–12 education, but to do so in a cost-effective manner. Because of this, it’s clear that advocates will be increasingly successful in changing policies to open up access to digital learning throughoutour nation."
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UDL and Expert Learners | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

UDL and Expert Learners | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Who are Expert Learners? 

 

"1. Strategic, goal-directed learners. They formulate plans for learning, devise effective strategies and tactics to optimize learning; they organize resources and tools to facilitate learning; they monitor their progress toward mastery; they recognize their own strengths and weaknesses as learners; and they abandon plans and strategies that are ineffective.

 

2. Resourceful, knowledgeable learners. They bring considerable prior knowledge to new learning; they activate that prior knowledge to identify, organize, prioritize and assimilate new information. They recognize the tools and resources that would help them find, structure, and remember new information; and they know how to transform new information into meaningful and useable knowledge.

 

3. Purposeful, motivated learners. Their goals are focused on mastery rather than performance; they know how to set challenging learning goals for themselves and how to sustain the effort and resilience that reaching those goals will require; they can monitor and regulate emotional reactions that would be impediments or distractions to their successful learning."

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Personalized Learning and Dr. Seuss | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

Personalized Learning and Dr. Seuss | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Barbara Bray shares Dr. Seuss quotes about the uniqueness of you and emphasizes the importance of personalized learning.  There is much food for thought here so this Thanksgiving, ponder these quotes and share them with learners everywhere.

 

"Dr. Seuss is brilliant. Let's learn from Dr. Seuss. He knew that each person is special and unique. I was going through his quotes and realized he got it way before we knew how important it was to personalize learning for each learner."

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Your Brain on Learning | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

Your Brain on Learning | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Neuroplasticity means your brain can change and grow and learn anything at any age. Tap into existing pathways by recognizing that learning is the formation of new or stronger neural connections.

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Personalized Learning Toolkits: Designing New Pathways for Each Child

Personalized Learning Toolkits: Designing New Pathways for Each Child | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Personalizing learning means...

 

> students know how they learn so they are prepared for today and their future as global citizens;

> students are co-learners and co-designers of the curriculum and the learning environment; and

> students own and drive their learning.

 

From the Global Conference presentation, "Personalized Learning Toolkits:  Designing New Pathways for Each Child" given by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey on November 17th, a website has been developed to include the wealth of resources shared on personalized learning models, maps and backpacks.  

 

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What Can The World Learn from Finland?

What Can The World Learn from Finland? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Pasi Sahlberg is director general of the Centre of International Mobility in Helsinki, Finland. He is also an educator, researcher and school improvement activist.


"Pasi said that although Finland now topped tables of educational achievement - attracting the interest of policy makers and educationalists the world over - the country's international rankings were of little concern to the country's principals and educators, whose focus had always been teaching and learning and ensuring that every child was in a good school.


He outlined key approaches that contributed to Finland's success, including less teaching time than in many countries, pupils spending less time studying (children start schooling aged seven) and fewer tests. Finland favours holistic and personalised learning over core subjects and standardisation. And he emphasised that genuine collaboration and striving for equity for all pupils had a central role to play."

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The Future of Learning: Preparing for Change

The European Commission Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies has developed a report "The Future of Learning:  Preparing for Change". 


"The overall vision is that personalisation, collaboration and informalisation (informal learning) are at the core of learning in the future. These terms are not new in education and training but will have to become the central guiding principle for organising learning and teaching in the future."

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11 Tips on Personalizing Learning | Barbara Bray - Creative Learning Strategist

11 Tips on Personalizing Learning | Barbara Bray - Creative Learning Strategist | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Barbara Bray shares tips on how to personalize learning and to change the learning environment so each student meets their learning goals.
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