2. Creating Personalized Learning for Everyone
Katherine Prince @katprince from @KnowledgeWorks believes that every child deserves high-quality personalized learning that adapts to his or her needs and interests. But there’s a significant risk that the expanding learning ecosystem could fracture, leaving even more children behind than the education system does today. “Innovating toward Vibrant Learning Ecosystems: Ten Pathways for Transforming Learning” highlights education stakeholders’ tremendous opportunity to reinvent learning for a new era and to create new systemic structures that can help all learners succeed.
3. Focus on the Learner Not Technology
Technology in the form of adaptive learning systems and most test prep programs put the focus on performance. 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.
4. Discover EPiC - Re-Imagine Education
5. Why is Change and Transforming Education So Complex?
6. Personalize Learning in a High School Math Class
Rik Rowe @RoweRikW shares how learners start building a strong culture of learning (#COLchat) in the #1st5Days that enables them to respect each other, depend on each other, challenge each other and value each other’s contributions. "We also aim to develop skills like prioritizing, scheduling, public speaking, coping, exhibiting confidence and working through vulnerabilities. ."
7. The Story Behind My Passion to Personalize Learning
Kathleen McClaskey, @khmmc, writes about her passion to discover the learner in every child. "I look back now on this experience with my son and know that he is one of virtually millions of children who stop seeing themselves as learners and who often feel stupid in school. So how do we begin to discover the learner in every child? Most importantly, how do we have every learner understand how they learn best? You decide. With labels or through UDL lens of Access, Engage and Express?"
8. Learning Can and Should be Natural and Engaging
Jackie Gerstein, @jackiegerstein, shares that 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.
9. Put the "Person" in "Personalization
It's not about technology. It's not about the tests or improving test scores. It's really not about school. It's all about the learner, how they learn best and that what they learn is meaningful and for a purpose. It is all about the relationships that learners make and need to support their learning. It is also about the teacher - a valuable person in the relationship. Barbara Bray, @bbray27, first wrote this post on Rethinking Learning and cross-posted it on our site. We also decided we needed to bring back the phrase that Elliot Washor, @Elliot_Washor, coined in April 2014 and use it as the title of this post.
10. Learner Agency: The Missing Link
Even though our post 10 Trends to Personalized Learning in 2016 was just released, it already has had enough hits to be one of the top posts of 2015. So keep checking in with us. 2016 will be The Year of Learner Agency so look for posts around each of the trends, guest posts from awesome educators, and #plearnchat around the trends.
Happy New Year!
Barbara @bbray27 • Kathleen @khmmc • Pam @prlowe91 • Linda @Linda_Ullah