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Personalized Learning: No Longer A Future Vision
I've been to a lot of conferences recently and it's hard not to hear the word “adaptive” mentioned everywhere. I do admit that I may have more selective hearing for that word than most people since that's the name of our company, Adaptive Curriculum, but it’s more common now than I can remember. It's clear that schools and teachers are no longer looking for solutions where one size fits all, but instead are seeking solutions that can be personalized for each learner. Here at Adaptive Curriculum ...
Exploration of Personal Interests and Learning How to Fail Beautifully
When students are provided the freedom to personalize their education, many are confused. After enough time enrolled in the education system, countless students develop learned helplessness and are therefore too afraid to move forward with the newfound freedom that works in conjunction with personalized learning. I witnessed this firsthand when I enrolled in a class based on Google’s 20% time model my senior year of high school. In this class, we were encouraged to explore our interests, choose ...
Personalized Learning Hot Topics Discussion at the World Forum
This panel discussion was attended by a large audience on the Wednesday of the Global Forum. The discussion was focused around questions from the host, Scott Kinney and questions from the audience. Jim Wynn (Promethean), Jon Phillips (Dell), Helen Hosinett (Pearson) and Val Karaitiana (Community School Principal) each shared their answers to these questions with the audience. Question 1 - What is personalized learning Scott’s view was inspired by reading Carolyn Tomlinson book on differentiation...
Understanding the Value of Student Data. Mar 12th at 3:30pm, room 111/112 @ the Microsoft Global Forum in Barcelona.
To learn more about the forum please use this link Leaders, educators and students all need access to data in order to make informed decisions in regard to student needs and learning opportunities. With personalized learning systems, an experience can be self-initiated as well as self-directed to further enhance discovery and drive an increase in student outcomes. In this panel discussion, speakers will discuss effective uses of personalized learning, highlight leading solutions, as well as ...
What is Personalized Learning?
As a curator for the Personalized Learning strand for the this past October, I noticed some reoccurring questions and discussions throughout. With all of the student-responsive platforms hitting the market, many are wondering: Is Personalized Learning about data tracking and informed, responsive instruction as some suggest? What about interest, engagement, motivation, and learner voice? Who is in charge of the learning? What does it mean to personalize learning? Is it “personal” or “...
Using Policy to Expand Personalized Learning: Part 3 - Accountability
Lots of folks are talking excitedly about the potential opportunities opened up to educators and students through increased flexibility and a transition to competency-based progression, and with good reason. There is also considerable concern, however, with the role of profit and how it interacts with personalized learning. By decentralizing the way content is provided in the personalized learning world, there is broader access to the significant public resources being invested in education. That...
Case study: understanding the power of personalized learning in action
Teachers have for decades understood the importance of “differentiated instruction” – the process of tailoring instruction to meet individual learners’ needs. Thanks to advances in data science and machine learning techniques, as well as the shift of educational materials from print to digital, it is now possible to provide every student in a classroom with a more personalized learning experience. Continuously adaptive learning systems can analyze each student’s performance and activity in real ...
Using Policy to Expand Personalized Learning: Part 2 - Competency-based Progression
What if we gave every teenager a driver’s license just for turning 16, without requiring them to demonstrate their knowledge of the road rules on a written test or prove their ability to safely maneuver a car? If age alone determined when teenagers could start driving, the road would be a pretty dangerous place. Although this might seem like an extreme comparison, our education system often treats students in the same way by advancing students through school based on the number of birthdays ...
Using Policy to Expand Personalized Learning (Part 1)
Spurred by advances in technology and a growing entrepreneurial spirit among educators, boundaries related to student learning previously believed to be permanent are expanding and in some cases, disappearing, faster than ever before. The greatest advances are coming in the form of personalized learning. Personalized learning enables students to learn at their own pace and to chart their own course. This kind of learning model has the potential to rapidly increase student learning, while ...
Are Mutual Respect and Dignity the Foundations of Personalisation?
One of the many schools around the world that have inspired me and caused me to think more deeply about how we achieve personalisation is the Daanish School Chishtian Boys Campus which is part of an innovative education project started in 2011 by the Government of Punjab in Pakistan The school describes itself as a ‘Heaven for Underpriviledged and Unrecognised’. It accepts students from a wide catchment on the basis of need. Every student is there through an individual and fairly unique set ...
Teachers on Strike … Minimizing the impact through personalized learning.
Low wages and repression from many governments are some of the principal reasons why teachers in many countries are going on strike. The teachers are very right to fight for better wages. In Kenya for instance,this came in a time when the government was planning to deploy the one laptop per child program in all the public primary schools. Teachers even threatened to sabotage this noble project. When everything had been done and teachers agreed to go back to class, there were immense damages done ...
Inspiration, Innovation, and Inquiry: What It Takes to Design for Personalized, Competency-based, Blended Learning
When was the last time you thought about something in a fundamentally different way than you always have? It’s not an easy task to get rid of your current mindset and start with a completely blank slate. But when it comes to rethinking school and learning, it is that right mix of imagination grounded in local reality that is needed to make school work better for more students—especially for those who haven’t been served well by the current school model. There is a small but growing number of ...
Dan Buckley- Partners in learning school coach - There are two types of personalize learning, the first one, also known as individualize learning is when the teacher/system have to create a customize curriculum for each child. The second type, also known as student sector is about giving students the skills they need to help and collaborate with one another. In order to have personalized learning, questions about relationships, environment, opportunities, resources, distribution of leadership,...
Personalized Learning in Colombia
This video showcases a school in Colombia that using Microsoft technology in creating a Personalized learning system for students and teachers to use so that students drive their own learning. ...
The Flipped Classroom Enables Personalized Learning
I passionately believe in the potential of the flipped classroom, and want to share a few insights from some education technology thought leaders about how it can facilitate personalized learning. I hope this piques your interest, and leaves you thinking about taking a little time over the summer to create some flipped content so you can give ‘the flip’ a try in the fall! Aaron Sams and John Bergmann’s book Flip Your Class: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day is a great introduction to...
4 Steps to Personalisation
A personalised school should ensure that every student and teacher is both challenged and supported in just the right balance to ensure that they continuously grow in ability and confidence. If you accept this definition the next step is action. How do we move closer to this definition? In the previous post I gave an outline of steps that could be taken. Here I have used REORDER to make these more direct Step one starts with a school with absolutely no history of personalisation. The first ...
An Interview with Dan Buckley - How do you personalized learning for every single student?
Personalization Project: Week 5
Twenty student leaders (2 teams of 4 and 2 teams of 6) have now completed their training and are about to receive their certificates. Each have demonstrated they possess the following skills The ability to configure and set up their windows 8 tablet PC from out of the box The ability to post a concern directly to our e-safety team anonymously if they hear of any student using the computers inappropriately The ability to post regular chat and questions on our internal social network site. We ...
Building a Personalization Project from Scratch: Week 3
Whilst I was at the BETT show this week, the team at saltash.net did an excellent job of training the four to eight students from each class that make up the 'Tech Research Teams' Adam Ledger, head of the ICT support team organised a session for the students to be out of one lesson and in this time the whole ICT support team worked alongside the students to help train them. The leaders of each team worked with Adam. The students with the role of COACH for their team worked with Kellie Alders. ...
Building a Personalization Project from Scratch: Week 2
Our task this week was to think of a personalization project that could help students build self confidence, help them set and achieve personal goals and help them improve their team working skills. Building in the comments that students should take a lead role in the design and implementation. Our constraints are that we have enough money for 4:1 student:device and a time scale of mid July to complete. There are 230 students in year 7 at saltash.net so if we gave each one the use of a device ...
6 Vectors Advancing Personalized Learning By Tom Vander Ark
Personalized learning will significantly improve achievement levels, boosting completion rates in both K-12 and postsecondary education. That claim is based on six recent developments: Adaptive instruction: The most promising aspect of personalized learning is smart content that uses adaptive assessment to quickly diagnose learning levels and deliver the right unit of instruction. Examples include Dreambox, a K-5 math product; i-Ready from Curriculum Associates, with K-6 reading and math ...
Peer Teaching as a powerful driver of Personalisation
For ten years I was experimenting with ways to personalise the classroom. I built differentiation into every lesson, audited the types of learning challenges on offer so that we ensured a broad balance, used assessment for learning to make sure parents and students knew exactly what was required and gave learners choices wherever possible. Whilst this work did succeed in doubling the examination results it was still, if I’m honest, the same model of teacher led learning and didn’t really ...
Personalized Learning and the Technology Debate
Personalized learning is the single most significant concept in education as we strive to meet the needs of all students and prepare them for the challenges in the 21st century. It means that we honor every student's unique talents, support their learning modalities and styles and allow them to have a stronger voice in their own learning. As opposed to one set of objectives for all learners, personalized learning permits the learner to create and engage in their own learning objectives and ...