Monday, September 12, 2016

How can Learners support their own Learning?

Now that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is referenced throughout the Every Student Success Act (ESSA) bill, states are encouraged to design learning strategies and assessments using UDL principles. The Learner Profile (LP) uses the UDL lens to help discover the learner in every child.

The UDL lens is about making learning personal for all learners and building the relationship between teacher and learner.  Recently, we wrote the post "The Learner Profile: Get Up Close and Personal Using the UDL Lens" to provide a background on UDL as the lens.

Because of ESSA and the requests from schools and districts around the world about the Learner Profile and UDL, we decided to share how the Learner Profile guides the design of the Personal Learning Backpack (PLB) to empower learners using the UDL Lens in #plearnchat.

We had awesome educators who joined us to discuss the LP and PLB provided great responses to these questions. Here's a few of the great quotes from today's #plearnchat:

The last question we asked was about the resources and strategies in your Personal Learning Backpack so we thought we'd share a few ideas from the chat:

Michael Vose Ed.D ‏@KHS_AP

"Google Form playlist 3 sections Access Engage Express with choice playlist in each section."

Jodi Moskowitz @JodiMos

"I organize it all on @SymbalooEDU webmixes!"

Lee Araoz @LeeAraoz

"The more control students have, the more enthusiastic they'll be!"


Congratulations to Rhianon E. Gutierrez who won our book, Make Learning Personal

Rhianon E. Gutierrez is an educator, multimedia producer, and consultant. Her varied background includes instructional design, media production, and disability advocacy. As a Digital Learning Specialist in the Boston Public Schools, she builds district-wide partnerships around inclusive uses of technology and leads and supports blended professional learning for teachers and school and district leaders.

Follow Rhianon on Twitter @RhianonElan 
Visit her website at .

"Learning styles only gives you one lens...UDL gives you multiple lenses."

Our new book, How to Personalize Learning, is to be released October 18th, 2016. This book is walks the reader through how learners can create Learner Profiles and Personal Learning Backpacks with the teacher as a partner in learning.

How to Personalize Learning is now available for pre-order at a discount.

Save the Date: Monday, August 29th

4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST and 7pm EST

Our next #plearnchat Topic: Personal Learning Plan
Big Question: How can kids set their own goals to drive their learning?

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Learner Profiles and Personal Learning Backpacks below for your convenience and as a resource.

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