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Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content

Transforming schools and classrooms into learning communities with personalized technology tools and digital content

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Personalized Learning: A Working Definition A group of philanthropies and school and technology advocacy groups, with contributions from educators, compiled a four-part "working definition" of the attributes of personalized learning. They also identified critical questions for K-12 officials to consider in implementing personalized learning. Related Story: What Is 'Personalized Learning'? Educators Seek Clarity Sources: Developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Afton Partners, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, CEE Trust, the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Charter School Growth Fund, EDUCAUSE, iNACOL, the Learning Accelerator, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Silicon Schools, and educatorsDesign & Visualization: Stacey Decker

#BYOD - Criteria for Implementation Success #byodchat #edchat #BYOD - Criteria for Implementation SuccessCreative Commons Copyright ShareAlike-Attribution-NonCommercial This past week in a conversation, I found myself saying, “Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a rubric or list of criteria for implementing a BYOD program? That way, you could just share that with campus/district leaders so they could be aware of what was needed from 3 different perspectives: Teaching & Learning, Policy and Procedures, and Infrastructure & Administration.” Everyone looked at me with expectation in their faces. Internally, I gave a long sigh. The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background

What is personalized learning? When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for educators is classroom management. Often, they believe that with devices come three options: Ban devices outright (Good luck!)Lock them downOpen your classroom up to the Wild Wild West!

6 Steps for Increasing Student Access with BYOD More than 900 middle and high school students in Edina, Minn., bring their own personal devices to school. Although that represents just 20 percent of the student population, it’s the equivalent of more than 30 labs coming to school each day. These are “labs” that Edina Public Schools didn’t have to purchase or support, but that students can use for learning. The district’s successful “bring your own device” initiative, dubbed “Go Wireless,” began with a less-than-successful effort to launch a one-to-one computing program.

The Top 20 Education Blogs Technorati ranks more than 100,000 blogs with “authority” calculations “based on a site’s linking behavior, categorization and other associated data over a short, finite period of time.” I don’t know what all that means, but it allows for comparison of blogs across and within all categories. The site doesn’t have an “education” category, so it requires going through the comprehensive listing to pick them out one at a time. Can Six Year Olds Really Demonstrate Their Learning? - Getting Smart by Guest Author - edchat, EdTech, eportfolios, student blogging By Kathy Cassidy This week we finished up another one of our project based learning (PBL) or inquiry-based units in my first grade classroom. It had the grand title of rules, relationships and responsibilities. Why I Let Students Take the Lead in Learning Demonstration At the end of each of our units, I have the students create an artifact that can be posted on their blog to show what each of them has learned about our topic of study. I have never been a big supporter of “tests”, especially in first grade, where the students are usually much more comfortable showing learning in a verbal way rather than a written one.

BYOD Policy vs. BYOD Learning Environment There is a big difference between having a BYOD policy and a BYOD learning environment. The former lays the foundation for a BYOD learning environment but it by no means guarantees it. In order to shift from a school with a BYOD policy to a school with a BYOD learning environment, mindset shifts need to occur organizationally: All of these require professional development and a systemic mindset that such an environment is desired. The latter requires leadership. Twitter for Teachers Find this page at: Set up your Twitter account by going to: Remember (or write down) your username and passwordAfter you enter your name/e-mail/Twitter username, you can close the tab/window you have open, go back to Twitter and log back in. A quick, 90-second video showing what you might find on Twitter: A good 12-minute video walking you through the basics of Twitter:

What is Personalized Learning? Advances in technology and personalized learning environments have created a historic opportunity to expand access and boost achievement and completion for learners across the globe. With student-centered, personalized learning, we can identify students’ unique needs and address them. Teachers possess powerful tools to personalize instruction and utilize real-time data for feedback to intervene exactly where each student needs it most.