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What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?
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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, 2014 5:21 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.

PCGS_rEDUcation's curator insight, February 18, 2014 4:59 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, 2014 5:36 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, 2014 6:07 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
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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 - The Know Tech Teacher's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:56 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.
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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 4:56 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 11:12 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 12:01 PM

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 4:10 PM

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

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2 New Personalized Learning Models - Oct 29th, 5PM ET

2 New Personalized Learning Models - Oct 29th, 5PM ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Free CEM Webinar with innovative educators who have create personalized learning environments at the early elementary and high school level. Join in the conversation!

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Join Lisa Welch and Wanda Richardson, a K-1 Co-Teaching Team from KM Explore in Wisconsin. We started the conversations last webinar from Lisa and then realized we needed to learn more from the team. They will share how they took walls down and created a personal learning environment for their kids who drive their learning. David Truss, Vice-Principal of The Inquiry Hub in Vancouver, BC, will walk you through exciting projects that learners designed based on their interests and questions. Then it can be your turn to ask the questions and share. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/p/events.html#sthash.AZMbIly8.dpuf

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Connect the Dots to Personalize Learning

Connect the Dots to Personalize Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Instead of adding Personalized Learning as a new initiative, consider connecting initiatives and programs under the Personalized Learning umbrella.
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:
Some people are concerned about the terms "Personalized" and "Personalization" as something that is done TO the learner. If we change the concept so everything starts with the learner and you connect your programs, initiatives, and teaching strategies under the umbrella, it doesn't matter what you call it. It's the big picture of transforming teaching and learning so the focus is on the learner instead of the instruction, the curriculum, and the technology. - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2013/10/connect-dots-to-personalize-learning.html#sthash.GPzeuWSt.dpuf
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Personalize Learning Guest Post: Donna Román - Learners at the Center

Personalize Learning Guest Post: Donna Román - Learners at the Center | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Donna Román, 5th grade teachers from Illinois who shared how she started out the year with her learners.
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Donna Adams Román is a 5th grade teacher at Mill Creek School in Geneva, Illinois, blogger, trainer, and presenter committed to providing rich learning opportunities for her learners and professional learning network. She is a recent recipient of ISTE's first place SIGOL Online Learning Award. Donna is active in Professional Development online and in her district, CoSN, ISTE, Flat Classroom®, and iEARN (International Education Resource Network). We met Donna at ISTE 2013 with Lisa Parisi, a 5th grade teacher in Long Island, New York.

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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, 2014 10:32 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, 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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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, 2014 4:08 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...
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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.
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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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Why Personalize Learning NOW

Why Personalize Learning NOW | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
We asked teachers and those that know why personalize learning now. Connected Educators Month webinar with some transformational leaders.
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:49 AM

Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey have been leaders in the move towards personalizing learning. Join them and a few other educators from the US and UK for a conversation with great examples of the journey. 

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Why Personalize Learning Now! CEM Webinar: Oct 15th, 2pm ET

Why Personalize Learning Now! CEM Webinar: Oct 15th, 2pm ET | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's insight:

Join us in this FREE webinar at 2pm ET (11am PT) where we walk you through some of the rationale and ideas to help you on your journey to personalize learning. Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey will facilitate a discussion with you and other guests on why personalizing learning is a culture shift.

Join us in the conversations at http://www.instantpresenter.com/personalizelearn4

The room will be open a few minutes early and if you would like to be part of the conversations, you will need a mic and headset. Stay to the end and you earn a badge.

 

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