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What pathways are being designed in today's schools to personalize the learning experience?
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 Continuum of Purpose: Fostering a Meaningful Life

 Continuum of Purpose: Fostering a Meaningful Life | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
The whole sense of purpose is bigger than self. When you have a purpose, it has a broader reach, is self-fulfilling, and gives you a meaningful and purposeful life.
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The purpose of learning is about learners being prepared for their future and reaching their fullest potential as lifelong learners. This means that they have a voice with the confidence to express their ideas and opinions so they are heard and taken into account in any situation.

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Great education format / tools for learning success for all including the learner.

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Growing a Personalized Culture of Learning

Growing a Personalized Culture of Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Patrick Riley, Cognitive Coach for kid-FRIENDLY grant in Kentucky, uses the metaphor of planting seeds and growing a culture of learning.
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Patrick tells his story as a cognitive coach in Kentucky where he has planted seeds of personalized learning and has grown a safety net for his Teacher Leaders for them to thrive and grow in a personalized learning environment.


Here is one story that he shares about a special 7th grade teacher, her learners and how the PL seed has grown:

"For Ms. Morris and her learners, the learning taking place in this seventh grade classroom was an amalgamation of learner-centered, curiosity-provoking activities, galvanized in the fires of learner passions, that transcended even the most stubborn traces of teenage apathy. In essence, this Learner-Centered Environment was the maturation, the development of one tiny seed planted in the fall of 2014. The seed of personalized learning… " - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2016/01/growing-personalized-culture-of-learning.html#sthash.CTJGCRlD.dpuf

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Are Schools Designed to Help Children Learn?

Are Schools Designed to Help Children Learn? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Do you know what the space invaders are in school? This post shows you how to identify them and remove them so you focus on learners and learning.
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Chris Watkins, an independent consultant and leading authority on learning in the UK and former reader at The Institute of Education, London Centre for Leadership in Learning has helped us understand how to personalize learning by focusing on the learner first. He launched a new site, http://chriswatkins.net, where he uploaded over 150 of his articles, handouts, presentations and publications on learning. Watkins’ Key Issues http://chriswatkins.net/key-issues/ shows that learning is rarely a focus on classroom life. He identified three sources he calls “space invaders” that take up the space as teaching, performance and work instead of what they should be focusing on: LEARNING.
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Learner Voice Demonstrates Commitment to Building Agency

Learner Voice Demonstrates Commitment to Building Agency | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

This is Part 4 in the 6-part Collaborative Blog Series on Learner Agency with the Institute for Personalized Learning.

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Giving learners voice encourages them to participate in and eventually to own and drive their learning. This means a complete shift from the traditional approach of teaching compliance that develops a “learned helplessness” to encouraging voice where there is authenticity in the learning. 

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Guest Post: 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment

Guest Post: 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

Introducing the collaborative blog series on Learner Agency by Personalize Learning, LLC and The Institute for Personalized Learning.

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Over the next few months, we will be engaging with the Institute for Personalized Learning in a series of joint posts on Learner Agency. Learner agency often gets left out of conversations on education transformation and even conversations about personalized learning. Yet it is a critical component in any attempt to personalize the learning experience with learners.

To introduce our readers to the Institute, we would like to share a link to one of their previous posts, 5 Shifts to Learner Roles in a Personalized Learning Environment. The post examines several ways in which learners and learning play different and expanded roles in an environment where the goal is to prepare learners for a future in which continuous learning and the ability to learn independently are keys to life and career success.

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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.

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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.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, August 18, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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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Elmbrook School District: Personalized Learning

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Elmbrook Schools in Brookfield,WI embarked on personalized learning. This video gives you a glimpse on what it looks like at various grade levels and what it means for teaching and learning.


Congratulations to Elmbrook Schools in giving learners voice and choice in their learning!

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 23, 2015 7:40 AM

Outstanding video that portrays a truly engaging and personalized learning environment for children where technology - pencils, paper, as well as iPads - play a critical role giving kids choices and voices. 

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Personalize Learning: Focus on the Learner Not Technology

Personalize Learning: Focus on the Learner Not Technology | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
In a personalized learning environment, learners actively participate in their learning. They have a voice in what they are learning based on how they learn best. Learners have a choice in how they demonstrate what they know, what paths they take to learn, and provide evidence of their learning.
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In a personalized learning environment, the teacher is the guide on the learner's personal journey. When learners have choices to interact with the content and discuss what they watched, read, and learned, they are actively participating in learning. Encouraging learner voice and choice is the key difference to the other terms: differentiation and individualization. When learners have a voice in how they learn and a choice in how they engage with content and express what they know, they are more motivated to want to learn and own their learning.

The system needs to change from focusing on performance and tests to rethinking the design of teaching and learning around how learners learn best.
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Which Personalized Learning Framework is Best For You and Your School?

Which Personalized Learning Framework is Best For You and Your School? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
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Chris Liang-Vergara shared out several personalized learning frameworks including Personalize Learning, LLC's, The Institute @ CESA#1, Montessori, CAST and others. Here is how he described the Personalize Learning framework:


What’s their framework or frameworks? Their framework merges UDL, learner voice and choice, creative environments, intrinsic motivation, and educational technology in a cohesive approach that builds off of learner profiles.


Why would I use this framework over others? Kathleen and Barbara pull apart personalized, differentiated, and individualized learning in very articulate ways that will help you and your team be more clear in your communications. Their incorporation of UDL and learner voice and choice will also help you understand personalized learning in a very concrete, classroom-applicable manner.


Thank you, Chris!

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Matt Vernon's curator insight, May 5, 2015 2:40 PM

Competent starter on personalized learning from a reputable source!

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It's 2015! So Why is Our Education System still Designed as if it's 1915?

It's 2015! So Why is Our Education System still Designed as if it's 1915? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is working to reshape public education to better prepare all students for the future.

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The Nellie Mae Education Foundation envisions an education system where learning transcends the traditional school calendar and setting. They envision a system where learners progress based upon mastery of a skill or topic, rather than time spent in a classroom.

And hey - learners shouldn't be bored in the classroom. Let's reshape our system so that learning is personalized, and learners have a true voice in their education.

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Escola Global's curator insight, April 5, 2015 4:16 PM

Student centered learning

Learning is personalized

Learning is competency based

Learning happens anytime, anywhere

Students take ownership

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 6, 2015 8:56 AM

This article and video help us start to discuss student-centered learning and how vastly different this is to the current model used in our K-12 public school systems.

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Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone

Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Katherine Prince, Senior Director at KnowledgeWorks, writes about her work on the future of learning.
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Katherine Prince Senior Director, Strategic Foresight of KnowledgeWorks shares her personal vision for the future of learning as part of TEDxColumbus.  Her talk, “A Vision for Radically Personalized Learning,” explored the possibility of truly putting students at the center of the expanding learning ecosystem.


In this guest post, she also refers to her latest paper,Innovating toward Vibrant Learning Ecosystems: Ten Pathways for Transforming Learning,” that aims to help education stakeholders move from vision to action in creating a learning ecosystem that is vibrant for all learners and not just for those with means. This graphic represents the ten pathways to create that learning ecosystem.
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6 Changes Toward Personalized Learning

6 Changes Toward Personalized Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Say personalized learning to most people and it conjures up classrooms where every child is doing their own thing and the teacher is furiously trying to maintain order and overview in an otherwise ...
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Pernille shares some pointers on how to begin on the path of personalized learning.  She advises educators to look at what you are already doing that would count as a step toward personalized learning. Here are the six changes she suggests:


> Change the way they sit.

> Change the way they work.

> Change the knowledge they have.

> Change the expectations for all.

> Change the timeline.

> Change the conversation.

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Who's Framed Personalized Learning?

Who's Framed Personalized Learning? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Why personalized learning is all about the learner, starting with the learner. It's time to frame it around the stories where learners are owning and driving their learning.
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Many teachers that partner with their learners and change how they teach told us they would never go back to traditional teaching. So we decided to ask a few of our friends what they think about framing personalized learning

"Personalized learning primarily involves changing the role of a child from a passive-oriented student to an active-oriented learner. Any process, practice, system or initiative which labels itself 'personalized,' but does not change the role of the learner to have more voice and choice in their own learning isn't fully personalized.  Much of what is being categorized as personalized learning today involves technology integration and enhancements in the role of the teacher, without necessarily empowering the learner to discover, follow and cultivate their own passions and take an ever-increasing role for the privilege and responsibility of learning."  - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/08/whos-framed-personalized-learning.html#sthash.MkbRFiBY.dpuf
- Bryan Bronn, Branson Junior High, Branson. MO
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Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child

Personalized Learning Through the Eyes of a Child | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Pam Lowe, Personalized Learning Coach, wrote an insightful post about her young niece questioning why can't learning be personalized.
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Pam Lowe shares her story about her 4 year-old niece and her insight into personalized learning:
 
"Basically at the wise old age of four, the question my niece was asking me that currently many educators and schools are struggling to comprehend was,

“Why can’t learning be personalized?”

When a child can recognize the need for personalized learning, why can’t our education system? My niece is not viewing personalized learning as a buzzword or a fad. She is viewing personalized learning as a right that is due her as a learner." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/#sthash.yHJTVyEu.dpuf
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 18, 2016 10:13 AM
The comment and question in the image are misleading. Systems are not people. They are made up of people. Teachers understand students are people who have faces, names, and stories. That is how we experience personalizing and realating with students.
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 24, 7:39 AM

Are there any ways that a personized education can assist children with disabilities denied years of education by their local public schools agencies choice but the personalized education provided at the public schools exspence and the choice of their parent as not only no education but a safe educational environment per the public schools own actions and motives as they reference the students/ children is in question but they need an education? As they a special needs individuals. All responses are appreciated.

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2015 Year in Review: 10 Top Posts from Personalize Learning

2015 Year in Review: 10 Top Posts from Personalize Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Top 10 posts of 2015 from Personalize Learning so you can review them quickly and share any with your PLN.
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Don't miss these top 10 blog posts from 2015, the year of the learner! Topics that put the learner at the center of education attracted thousands of readers worldwide. Enjoy and share!

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Insights on Personalized Learning-Nov 2015

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Insights on Personalized Learning - November 2015 issue

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In this November Issue of Insights on Personalized Learning, the focus is on learners, learning and learner agency. Included in this issue are:

  • The CSSR guide, "Ecosystems of Student Driven Learning", developed from their i3 Grant work with schools over the last five years.
  • Chris Watkins' Learning: A Sensemaker's Guide that provides a framework on having learners talk about their learning.
  • The collaborative blog series on Learner Agency written by Personalize Learning, LLC and The Institute for Personalized Learning.
  • Work by Alden S. Blodget on Learning, Schooling and the Brain. 
  • A free webinar by The Danielson Group.


Sign up for future issues of Insights to PL and our quarterly newsletter at www.personalizelearning.com

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PERSONALIZED LEARNING STARTS WITH THE LEARNER, NOT TECHNOLOGY

PERSONALIZED LEARNING STARTS WITH THE LEARNER, NOT TECHNOLOGY | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Personalized Learning is a controversial term that means different things to different people depending on where and how it is referenced. Some believe it is about promoting programs or tools that per
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Both of us are advocates for the use of technology to support instruction and to help learners gain independent learning skills. For years, as coaches consulting on technology integration, we observed classrooms where technology sat idle or to present lessons using new tools but the same way they teach: teacher-directed. The current system seems to encourage the use of technology for traditional teacher-directed methods.


The system needs to change from focusing on problems to rethinking the design of teaching and learning around how learners learn best. Personalized learning starts with the learner, not the technology!

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5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning

5 Ways of Bringing Student Passions to Student Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Learning and learning outcomes are more meaningful to students when teachers engage their passions, unleash their creativity, and give them time and tools for innovation.
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Vicki Davis starts the school year off with some great ideas on how to bring passions back to learning.

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Personalizing Learning in a High School Math Class

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Rik Rowe provides examples from his high school math class where learners have voice and choice to build a strong culture of learning.
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Rik Rowe takes us on his personal learning journey in his HS math class where he has created learning environments where every learner is valued. He notes that they start building a strong Culture of Learning in the 1st 5 days (#1st5days) that enables everyone "to respect each other, depend on each other, challenge each other and value each other's contributions."


Discover how he personalizes the learning for every learner by giving them voice and choice and where learners take responsibility for their learning. Join Rik in the 5 W's of Personalized Learning eCourse this fall.


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If students re-imagined school, this is what it could look like!

If students re-imagined school, this is what it could look like! | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
During an INTERalliance Career Camp, students re-imagine the very system in which they currently learn.
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What could an innovative learning system look like through the eyes of 20 current high school learners?


Discover the insights these learners had when re-imagining learning structures. Here are just 2 out  of 11 insights these learners had:


Put students in charge of their own learning. While the teams recognized the importance of teachers, guidance counselors, parents and guardians, they wanted to offer learners more control over their education experience. In their new systems, learners would have the opportunity to build individual schedules and explore interests.


Tailor learning to students’ interests. One team specifically talked about learning different subjects through their own interests. For example, if a student really likes extreme sports, such as skydiving, he could study math, physics or meteorology through those activities. This would make learning more fun and relevant in their re-imagined system.



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The Story Behind My Passion to Personalize Learning

The Story Behind My Passion to Personalize Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Kathleen McClaskey's very personal story behind her passion to personalize learning for all learners.
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This story needs to be told. I am passionate about learners and learning! I believe that every child on the planet is a learner! I am committed to help schools create learning environments where every child can become life long learners and realize their hopes and dreams!  You could say that I am on a mission. But why has personalized learning become my passion and mission in my life?
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Learning Can and Should be Natural and Engaging

Learning Can and Should be Natural and Engaging | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Dr. Jackie Gerstein explains why that it is every educator's responsibility to ensure that teaching strategies match learning needs of each learner.
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Jackie shares some important pointers in this guest post about guiding learning and the importance of context when learning.


The more you can apply what you're learning to your every day, the more it'll stick in your head. The reason is simple. When you're learning by doing, you're implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you're able to connect what you're learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you're learning will stick around. 


We learn best when we have context, and that applies to new skills as much as it does random facts in school. That's why something like the transfer of learning is helpful when you’re learning a new skill. This means you're applying your new skills in your day to day life in a context that matters.

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Personalize Learning: Conversations about Play-based Learning

Personalize Learning: Conversations about Play-based Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Enjoy the insightful and playful conversations in the archive of the 3/9/15 #plearnchat on Play-based learning.
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Purposeful play should be the central learning experience in early learning classrooms. It is a natural way of learning that supports creativity and imagination. But why should play be limited to primary classrooms only? It doesn't matter what age we are; we all like to play. 

This is Trend #7 in the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015. The focus of the conversations was around the big question.

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Proving Performance vs. ImProving Learning

Proving Performance vs. ImProving Learning | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
Chris Watkins writes about the relationship between learning and performance in schools.
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Chris Watkins' article, Research Matters: Learning, Performance and Improvement, is about the relationship between learning in schools and performance in schools.  Watkins' research concludes that a focus on learning can enhance performance, where a focus on performance alone can depress performance. With traditional instruction, the climate in the classrooms becomes more performance oriented over years of schooling.

A performance-oriented environment focuses on looking good
rather than learning well.

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So what does Personalized Learning really mean?

So what does Personalized Learning really mean? | Personalize Learning (#plearnchat) | Scoop.it
This post clarifies that personalized learning starts with the learner and ownership of learning.
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We refer to "students" as "learners" where...
  • Learning starts with the learner.
  • Universal Design for Learning is the framework for personalized learning.
  • Teachers universally-design lessons and projects that encourage voice and choice.
  • Learners understand how they learn best.
  • Learners take responsibility for their learning.
  • Learners own and drive their learning along their learning path.
  • Teachers and learners role change.
  • Teachers and learners are partners in learning who design authentic learning activities.
  • Learners demonstrate mastery in a competency-based system and progress at their own pace.
- See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/09/so-what-does-personalized-learning.html
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