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Personalized Learning Chart Version 3

Personalized Learning Chart Version 3

Personalized Learning is NOT Differentiating Instruction The term “Personalized Learning” is a buzz word educators use to be an alternative to “one size fits all” teaching. Unfortunately, the message is confusing.’s archive as part of the National Technology Plan lays out the definition of Individualized, Personalized, and Differentiated Instruction: Individualization refers to instruction that is paced to the learning needs of different learners. Learning goals are the same for all students, but students can progress through the material at different speeds according to their learning needs. Differentiation refers to instruction that is tailored to the learning preferences of different learners. Personalization refers to instruction that is paced to learning needs, tailored to learning preferences, and tailored to the specific interests of different learners. Personalized learning is NOT “Personalized Instruction.” Personalizing learning means… Each learner is unique and learns in different ways.

Differentiated Instruction in an Online Classroom | EduTrendsOnline by Theresa Melenas, Ed.D. My role as an administrator and instructional coach in K-12 public education has me working collaboratively with teachers to create better learning opportunities for students. A majority of teachers I encounter need support in how to differentiate their instruction to reach all learners. The concept of differentiated instruction (DI) may seems to be only applicable to the bricks and mortar setting of a traditional classroom, but many DI strategies can enhance the educational experience of online adult learners. Allow students to access videos in addition to, or instead of just reading text. How can I differentiate the process of student learning in my online course? Tiered Assignments to support learning styles Discussion forums Allowing choice as to in which discussions students choose to engage Allow students to engage in conference calls or Skype discussions How can I differentiate the products for my online course? References Tomlinson, C. (1999).

Sharing and Storing Files Collaboratively File Storage: Hey, I’m three weeks into this online team collaboration and my computer is knee deep in files. What’s the best way to share these with my team while keeping them backed up? Simple, Secure Sharing from Anywhere Securely create and upload all of your files and folders from any device. Free for personal use. Dropbox Simplify your life. Your projects are scattered from your work computer, your home computer, your phone, and your mom’s desktop. Free 2 GB of storage or $19.99/month ($199/year) for 100 GB. KeepandShare Share, manage and access all of your content online. Great way to stay organized and share information. Lifetime free account with a 100 document limit or get a premium account for $49.99 a year and store up to 10,000 documents. Seems easy enough to collaborate with anyone from anywhere. Zotero Grab your research with a single click This tool specifically targets research-based collaboration. Search feature could use some work but the forums are great. CutePDF Free

Welcome to TechMatrix | TechMatrix Sharing Documents and Collaborating Online Now it’s time for the meat and potatoes. Virtual meetings and group conversations are great, but what about a project that requires much more than communication accessibility? I need an online tool that supports document collaboration. I have a team of five highly talented engineers working with charts and measurements. I’m not sure if I trust online collaboration for a project of this detail. Why not? Google Docs Create and Share Your Work Online The leader in document collaboration has made it easy to swallow the Google pill. With Google Docs, you do not have to send emails, save files, or worry about your information being lost. Google Docs now syncs up with the aforementioned Google+ Hangouts so teams can video conference while editing documents. Free with a Google account Easy to edit, share, collaborate, and save Cacoo Create diagrams online. This file sharing platform is for the artistic minded. Easy to click and drag shapes, zoom in, zoom out, share work and save work. Evernote Free

Online Meetings and Video Collaboration NOTE: This is Part I in a series of three articles about web-based tools to help facilitate collaboration and document-sharing among a group of people, stay organized with all of your files, and increase productivity. Here are some solutions for group calling in the early stages. Skype The World’s Most Popular Video Calling Software Group video calling is a great way for face-to-face introductions of team members. Free trial membership for one week. Download the program directly to your computer in 5-10 minutes. Skype is user-friendly and most members of your team will have heard of the service, and may have even used it before. Google+ Hangouts Video Chatting on Google+ While Google+ is hanging on, there are features that have serious potential to reach a positive tipping point, and Google+ Hangouts is one of them. The price is right. Users must be on Google+ and therefore, must take the time to create a profile and Google account. OoVoo Basic ad-supported chat is free. Tinychat Free Vyew None

How-to Make Group Work Collaborative In Online Courses: Four Strategies “CL (collaborative learning) occurs when small groups of students help each other to learn. CL is sometimes misunderstood. It is not having students talk to each other, either face-to-face or in a computer conference, while they do their individual assignments. Providing interactive learning opportunities in online courses is frequently cited as a best practice by institutions offering distance education—Penn State, University of Illinois and Grand Rapids Community College are three of many examples. …Samuel Totten (1991) who claims that: The shared learning gives learners an opportunity to engage in discussion, take responsibility for their own learning, and thus become critical thinkers. Palloff and Pratt (2005) suggest that online courses that are rich with student interactivity facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, better learning, socialized intelligence, and reflection. In most instances, group work in online courses is cooperative at best. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Tips for Surviving Group Projects in Online Class When it comes to online learning, Michelle Covert has one message for instructors: Stop assigning so much group work. Covert, who completed an online master’s in higher education administration at Drexel University, recalls one frustrating experience in which she was paired with an unresponsive classmate who turned in poor work, if it was even turned it in at all. “It’s different when you can look someone in the eye and see them face-to-face,” she says. “There’s more accountability. While completing a group project in a virtual environment can help students learn to work with others, it can also present unique challenges. On top of that, few instructors prepare their students to face these obstacles, according to Michael Williams, dean of the School of Business and Management at Thomas Edison State College. "If you compare it to the brick-and-mortar classroom, you immediately have sensory deprivation. [Watch online students share time management tips.] 1. 2. 3.

English Text To Speech, TTS: English, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese Text to Voice, also known as Text-to-Speech (TTS), is a method of speech synthesis that converts a written text to an audio from the text it reads. The Text-to-Speech engine has been implemented into various online translation and text-to-speech services such as ImTranslator extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge. ImTranslator Translation ImTranslator Dictionary ImTranslator Compare Online Translators ImTranslator Translate and Speak service This TTS reader service sounds like you are listening to a real person. The service gives you the opportunity to practice your listening and speaking skills or master a foreign language. If the voice is too fast for you, you can adjust the voice rate by using the Speed menu. The text can be replayed as many times as you wish. Use ImTranslator speech-enable service, and get your computer talking to you!

Phonevite - Share Your Voice - Community-Based Voice Broadcasting - Phone Tree Service How to Get Students to Participate in Online Discussions This is the first post in a triplet series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. This post discusses how course instructors can shape and create robust and rich discussions, in post two I”ll share facilitation strategies to develop and sustain course dialogue, and I’ll conclude the series with methods for assessing student contributions and participation in online forums. Please note, this series addresses discussions in the context of online courses for credit – as forums in Massive Open Online Courses [MOOCs} are a different animal altogether [I will share my thoughts on MOOC discussion forums next month at the close of the MOOC course I am taking]. Getting students to ‘talk’ Getting students to participate in [brick and mortar] classroom discourse can be a painful process – the blank stares or worse students absorbed with their laptops or iPhones, which is disconcerting to say the least. What makes Online Discussions effective…. Wade, D. Like this:

How-to Facilitate Robust Online Discussions Class discussion can be an effective learning tool – the challenge? How-to facilitate and manage discussions virtually. This is post two in a three-part series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. Post one, introduced five components of effective discussions and addressed the first two – 1) course design and 2) establishing guidelines for students. In this post I”ll show how course instructors can develop and sustain dialogue by 3) creating ‘good’ and ‘right’ questions, and 4) guiding and moderating the discussions to support meaningful discourse. Discussions with no goal… Imagine for a minute, what a soccer game would look like if played without goal posts. “The challenge is that educators have the responsibility to provide structure and guidance that will encourage and support students assuming increased control of their learning” (Garrison, 2006). Example of question about critical incidents or problems: Questions to promote Deep Learning… Resources

The Methods and Means to Grading Student Participation in Online Discussions This is the final post in a three-part series on how to create effective discussions in an online environment in courses for credit. In this post I’ll share how to grade and assess students contributions in online discussion forums—the final yet essential step that supports learning in several ways. I am eager to share my insight into the assessment component of online discussions, as we found within our institution’s online program that assessment through the use of a rubric that was the critical element to success. The rubric allowed course instructors to give quality feedback to students, clarified for students’ expectations and to the surprise of several professors the rubric improved the quality and quantity of discussion postings. Components of effective Online Discussions – Review Motivating students to participate in forum discussions is not an easy task—it requires strategic effort by the instructor during the course, and by the course designers in the course design phase.

Socratic questioning Type of question to predict knowledge on topic Socratic questioning (or Socratic maieutics)[1] was named after Socrates. He used an educational method that focused on discovering answers by asking questions from his students. According to Plato, who was one of his students, Socrates believed that "the disciplined practice of thoughtful questioning enables the scholar/student to examine ideas and be able to determine the validity of those ideas".[2] Plato described this rigorous method of teaching to explain that the teacher assumes an ignorant mindset in order to compel the student to assume the highest level of knowledge.[3] Thus, a student has the ability to acknowledge contradictions, recreate inaccurate or unfinished ideas and critically determine necessary thought. Socratic questioning is referred to in teaching, and has gained currency as a concept in education, particularly in the past two decades. Pedagogy[edit] Socratic questioning and critical thinking[edit] Psychology[edit]