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Student-Centered Learning | K12 Academics Student-centered learning or student-centered learning is an approach to education focusing on the needs of the students, rather than those of others involved in the educational process, such as teachers and administrators. This approach has many implications for the design of curriculum, course content, and interactivity of courses. For instance, a student-centered course may address the needs of a particular student audience to learn how to solve some job-related problems using some aspects of mathematics. In contrast, a course focused on learning mathematics might choose areas of mathematics to cover and methods of teaching which would be considered irrelevant by the student. Student-centered learning is in stark contrast to teacher-centered learning.

RtI in a Personalized Learning Environment What is RtI? Response to Intervention (RtI) is multi-level instruction aimed at all students and is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Learning outcomes cover all required standards, yet the focus is on what is wrong with the child and weaknesses instead of their strengths. Teachers tend to spend more time trying to be compliant filling out forms than working with at-risk students. RtI is classified in three tiers. In all tiers, the teacher provides interventions and is responsible for the learning.Learn more about RtI from the National Center for Response to Intervention RtI for All Learners Instead of waiting until a learner fails, you can target each learner's specific learning needs when they need it as they need it. Jim Rickabaugh, Director of the Institute @ CESA #1 wrote in his post Finding Coherence with RtI and Personalized Learning: RtI easily fits under the umbrella of Personalized Learning.

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. Based on responses from over 2,800 academic leaders, the complete survey report, "Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States" can be downloaded here. Read the press release Full report available here The 2012 Survey of Online Learning reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million. "The rate of growth in online enrollments remains extremely robust," said study co-author Jeff Seaman, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group. "Institutional opinions on MOOCs are mixed, with positive views of their ability to learn about online pedagogy and to attract new students, but concerns about whether they represent a sustainable method for offering courses," stated his co-author I. Key report findings include:

My Views on Creating a Student-Centered Classroom Recently I worked with a team of coaches (@twilhelmus, @lawilhelmus, @MrBrianBobbitt, @juliesteve4, @TechECoach, @mrg_3, and @stacymath7) and put on a days worth of professional development on creating the student-centered classroom. I was honored to kick off the day with a short talk about creating the student-centered classroom. Here it is: It's about 10 minutes long. Go ahead and watch it, I'll wait. 10 minutes later... Thanks for watching it and I hope you enjoyed it. I can not tell you how to create a student-centered classroom...but please don't stop reading. This is crucial to me because I have found that most people want somebody to give them the answers. However, back to my point, creating a student-centered classroom is a lot like parenting. However, this would be a useless blog if I didn't at least give you, what I think, are a couple of great places to start. Creating a student-centered classroom requires the teacher to relinquish control. Noooooo! I wish I had more for you.

UDL Guides Personalized Learning "Many children struggle in schools... because the way they are being taught is in the way that is incompatible with the way they learn." Peter Senge Universal Design for Learning® (UDL) is the lens to guide the design of Personalized Learning Environments. UDL is based on neuroscience and how we learn. There are some misperceptions about UDL. When the learner understands how to use the UDL principles to understand how they learn best, they own and drive their learning. When learners know how they prefer or need to access information, engage with the content, and express what they know and understand, then they take responsibility for their learning. Diagram by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

A Practical Response to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Webcast If you haven’t heard the hype about MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), you soon will. These free classes are only offered online and they’re wide open to anyone who wants to sign up. Some of the biggest brands in academia have announced impressive MOOC plans, and a few superstar instructors have jumped in with both feet. Skeptics call MOOCs outliers, but most people agree that whatever happens, MOOCs will make an impact on the way we teach both students and adult learners in the future. So what does this trend mean for you, your faculty and your campus? Join our live webinar, hosted by Casey Green of The Campus Computing Project, to participate in a lively discussion on how to take advantage of the MOOC buzz to get your own courses online, right now. Our panel will discuss: Where do MOOCs fit in the larger online learning ecosystem? What impact will MOOCs, flipped and hybrid classes have on traditional, synchronous face to face education?

BYOD Is Shortest Path To Student-Centered Learning By its very nature, BYOD is authentic. As students bring their own devices—and with them, their own apps, accounts, and tech-use patterns—what is is naturally revealed, for better or for worse. With the mounting (and completely logical) demand for better technology in classrooms, BYOD is one response to that pressure. Why? BYOD gives students a chance. The Thinking Behind BYOD “Digital natives” or not, technology dropped into the laps of students in schools isn’t always as accessible as it might be. BYOD provides students not just with a device, but apps–and thus pathways–to solve problems. Unfamiliar software. Unfamiliar hardware. While the best teachers mitigate this ahead of time by supplying log-ins, double-checking passwords, pairing students, offering screenshots, modeling the process on a projector, this is a tremendous waste of what many districts call “instructional time,” and what students call “school.” BYOD, on paper, solves a significant part of this issue. They trained teachers.

Personalized Learning Puts Students In A Class Of Their Own A new learning platform is giving the traditional classroom a radical makeover. Using innovative ICT technology, iClass is putting pupils at the centre of the learning experience and providing them with more control over what they learn. Every parent believes their child is unique. And they are right. Every pupil has their own individual strengths and weaknesses, and their own particular way of learning. In fact, the image of classrooms as ‘knowledge factories’ has not changed much since the Industrial Revolution, despite the major advances in teaching methods that have occurred. “A school is not a factory,” bemoaned British novelist JL Carr in his acclaimed novel, The Harpole Report, which tells the story of a primary school headmaster. ICTs present an opportunity to place the learner at the centre of the learning experience. Learning gets personal “We aim to make education more effective, worthwhile and, above all, enjoyable,” explains Eric Meyvis, the project’s coordinator.

Sonic Foundry Live Webinars: “Is Room-Based Lecture Capture Better for 21st Century Learning?” and “Desperately Seeking Streaming: Tips for Choosing a Hybrid Event Streaming Partner” MADISON, Wis. — March 14, 2012 — Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted market leader for lecture capture, enterprise and event webcasting, will host two live webinars this month as part of the company’s best practices series. Is Room-Based Lecture Capture Better for 21st Century Learning? Register now for the live webcast | Tuesday, March 20 at 12:00 p.m. Central In 2009, The University of Michigan Ross School of Business opened the doors to a new era of learning designed to enhance the digital culture that defines student life. Now integral in every function of the school, room-based lecture capture technology is used not only for recording traditional classroom instruction, but also webcasting interviews with The New York Times, faculty panels and even recruitment with prospective students. Presenters: Sean Brown, vice president of education at Sonic Foundry, and Edward Adams, chief technology officer at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Moderator: Erica St.

Student-Centered Learning Strategies for Math and Other Subjects Editor's Note: Paul Bogdan was once an old-fashioned lecturing teacher centered secondary math teacher who left teaching for 14 years to build computer systems. He has come back and is reborn as a student-centered teacher trying to make a difference and trying to figure out what works in today's classroom. Have you ever taught a lesson and then gave a quiz only to find that very few students have a clue about what you were teaching? Strategy One: Write detailed lesson plans and give them to the students to execute In the past I never understood the point of writing lesson plans. The following is a lesson plan that I give to the students to execute. The plan guides the students to learn vocabulary, copy and learn examples, and do examples on their own. Strategy Two: Teach good note-taking skills Besides learning subject matter, it is essential for students to be taught how to learn. The product of the math lesson in Strategy One is notes for the section. Strategy Five: Grade for learning

Spotlight on Personalized Learning The Education Week Spotlight on Personalized Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on: Using new technologies and teaching approaches to improve learning in middle schoolsCreating individualized education plans for every studentConducting personalized assessment of studentsCombining face-to-face instruction and online learning Developing online credit-recovery courses to motivate underachieving students You get the nine articles below and a resource guide in a downloadable PDF, a great value! A Vermont initiative to improve learning in middle schools is working through the challenges of using the latest digital tools and different teaching approaches. March 14, 2011 - Education Week Targeting students' individual needs could help build a kind of individualized education plan for every student. January 29, 2010 - Digital Directions Determining what approaches work best when using digital tools to customize education is proving to be challenging.

Are All Classroom Capture Systems the Same? Webcast No one has been thinking strategically about knowledge capture in a classroom as long as John DeAngelo. From flipped classes to sage on the stage, more online instruction is created by faculty in his classrooms than anywhere else. He’s put almost every lecture capture brand to the test as one of the first college-level CIOs in higher education, personally supervising the acquisition, installation and replacement of some of the largest capture projects in the country. So if you’ve been thinking that all lecture capture is created equal, he’ll tell you, “Think again.” After outfitting hundreds of classrooms, and almost a decade-long deep dive into what works, he has created replicable, future-proof academic spaces that maximize the experience of faculty, students and staff. During this live webinar, you’ll find out why he chose to implement Mediasite at not one, but two different universities on both coasts, and how that decision radically impacted faculty feedback and student outcomes.

Student-Centered Learning: The First Steps Are the Hardest Ones Educator Melba Smithwick never had too much difficulty trying out new ideas. But when a new principal encouraged a small group of teachers to give students more say in their learning, Smithwick hesitated. Included: Smithwick shares her first, tentative steps. I have always been a risk-taker. That year, in the school where I taught math, five teachers were assigned to a take a yearlong course in student-centered learning, attending one session each month. During the first months of the course, I began to think more deeply about my instructional practices and the projects I assigned my students. I always thought my classroom was student-centered. After more reading, more informal discussions with my principal, and more training, however, I accidentally stumbled upon a true student-centered learning situation in my very own classroom. Sam loved to stir up the class and then sit back and watch us go at it. As the class wound to an end that day, several students asked me if Sam was correct.

Personalized Learning What Is Personalized Learning? Personalized Learning puts the needs of students FIRST! Personalized Learning honors each student as an individual learner, recognizes that each student has his or her own learning style, unique gifts, interests, aspirations, and challenges to learning, and supports each student to learn in his or her own unique way. Personalized Learning is a blended approach to learning that combines the delivery of education both within and beyond the traditional classroom environment. Personalized Learning is truly a 21st century approach to education that, in practice, through flexibility and choice, honors and recognizes the unique gifts, skills, passions, and attributes of each child, as well as each child's challenges and obstacles to learning. The key attributes that comprise the Personalized Learning model are based upon a solid foundation of the latest educational research findings as to how students learn most successfully. Why?