What is Personalized Learning?

Personalized Learning with a Learning Management System – Edu20.org

Wednesday, 8:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Stafford 157

Purpose and Objective of Session: Participants will learn how to use the LMS edu20.org to create personalized assignments as well as scaffolded lessons that incorporate ‘gateway’ assignments where students must show proficiency before moving on to higher level tasks.

Outline:

- Getting started with edu20 (joining or creating a school, creating a class, and enrolling students)

- Creating ‘gateway’ assignments in personalized lessons

- Creating personalized assignments and rethinking how technology can help us to differentiate more effectively for all our students.

Presentation Outline

Goals of This Workshop

  • Come to a greater understanding of common terms which relate to personalized learning

  • Showcase the features that currently exist on one LMS and the features we still need

  • Showcase other methods and tools you can use to create greater opportunities for personalized learning in your classroom

  • In other words, “What is IT and how do we do IT?”

Modifications: this workshop will attempt to define and distinguish different methods of personalized learning and show a few ways this can be accomplished with various tools.

Your Team’s 1st Mission – What were the top two causes of the American Revolution?

Form a consensus answer and post it on the board – no more than 2 sentences – shorter is better. And you should draw a quick image that illustrates your ideas.  You’ll be asked to back up your statements with evidence and examples.

Discuss the Content

  • Was this violent revolution good or bad for America?

  • Are violent revolutions a good thing?

Discuss the Process

  • What role did you play?

  • Did you feel anxiety?

  • Did you feel engaged? If so why? If not why not?

  • What made this activity successful or not? (i.e. social learning, inquiry, freedom to learn your own way, freedom to present your knowledge either written, artistic or verbally)

Discuss the Product

  • What was created?

  • What evidence does the teacher have of the learning that took place?

  • Does no evidence mean no learning?

  • Do requirements for evidence get in the way of learning?

Your Mission #2 – What is personalized learning?

Discuss, form a consensus and then create a ‘This I Believe’ statement.

Now, record your statement using one of the following tools:

  • WeVideo – free web-based video editor

Please email it to me at henchenm@harwood.org

Discuss the Process

  • What role did you play?

  • Did you feel anxiety?

  • Did you feel engaged? If so why? If not why not?

  • What made this activity successful or not?

  • (i.e. social learning, inquiry, freedom to learn your own way)

Discuss the Product

  • What was created?

  • What evidence does the teacher have of the learning that took place?

  • Does no evidence mean no learning?

  • Do requirements for evidence get in the way of learning?

 

“In my mind, it’s about giving students more freedom to choose what they want to learn, how they want to learn, and how they want to demonstrate their learning. It is about creating environments where students want to learn and where there is minimal coercion or force required to make them learn.  It is about creating an environment of learning built on relationships and trust. It is not entirely student centered, there must be wise guides on the side.”

Introductions

3) Exploring Commonly Used and Often Misunderstood Terms

  • Competency Based Learning – earn credit by showing you are competent in specific skills, knowledge, understandings and attitudes/dispositions

  • Proficiency Based Learning – similar to competency based, but the learner earns credit by being proficient at ‘getting the job done’

“With a competency model, you can master all the competencies and not produce the desired results on the job. In other words, all the pieces don’t add up to the whole.

With a proficiency definition, the end result is completely spelled out and training doesn’t end until the employee becomes proficient. The result is important rather than all the pieces and parts.” [http://www.learningpathsinternational.com/blog/?p=5]

**Although others argue that proficiency and competency based learning is essentially the same thing.

  • Mastery Learning – Similar to competency-based learning, but students do not move to a new level until they have mastered the content or skill of earlier prerequisite levels.

  • Self-Paced Learning – students can move through lessons and assignments at their own pace, but the assignments can be teacher created and standardized (or personalized).

  • Asynchronous Learning – when students are learning the same content at different times

  • Personalized Learning – when students have control over how they learn, what they learn, and how they will present their learning. There are different levels, from completely student-driven to teacher control or guidance (i.e. a student must learn about a topic that relates to the course or subject, etc)

  • Inquiry Based Learning – “Students explore a question in-depth and ask further questions to gather knowledge. This method is often done in science but can be done in any subject area. The term “inquiry” has been around for years; some people say that problem-based learning is just the new term for the same thing.”  The question is often drive by the content standards of a particular course.

  • Problem Based Learning – “Students investigate and solve a real-world problem. To do so, students must identify what they already know and what they need to learn, and then they find and apply knowledge.”  The problem can be chosen by the teacher or the student.

  • Project Based Learning – “Students create a written, oral, visual or multimedia project with an authentic audience and purpose.” [http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/02/14/should-i-teach-problem-project-or-inquiry-based-learning/]

4) View and Discuss

  • What are the main ideas of the video?

  • What are your biggest takeaways or ah-has from the video?

  • What do you agree with, what do you disagree with?

http://www.personalizelearning.com/

5) Discuss proficiency-based assessment and the need for a Proficiency-Based Assessment System

6) Flipped Classroom Model as Method

  • What are the main ideas of the video?

  • What are your biggest takeaways or ah-ha’s from the video?

  • What do you agree with, what do you disagree with?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9aGuLuipTwg

http://ed.ted.com/on/BynFDc4l

 

7) Other tools

Tools:

Edu20

PBAS

TedEd

Screencastomatic

Screencasting on iPads

Air Server or Reflector

Badges – credly or class’s badges, edmodo or badgestack

iMovie

WeVideo

Vocaroo

Voicethread

 

Methods:

Flipped Classroom

Mastery-Based Assessment

Flexible Grouping

Collaborative Projects

Universal Design for Learning

Inquiry or Problem Based Learning

Tiered Assignments

Mastery-Based, Self-Paced Assignments using Blooms Taxonomy as a guideline

Social learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9LCwI5iErE – Benjamin Zander on the transformative power of classical music

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/flipped-classroom-2-0-mastery-levelcomptenecy-learning-with-videos/

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/to-break-the-mold-is-competency-learning-the-key/

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/inquiry-learning-vs-standardized-content-can-they-coexist/

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/the-challenges-and-realities-of-inquiry-based-learning/

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/200909/why-don-t-students-school-well-duhhhh

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/02/how-to-fuel-students-learning-through-their-interests/

http://www.personalizelearning.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aGuLuipTwg – Katie Gimbar ‘ Why I flipped my classroom’

http://ed.ted.com/on/BynFDc4l – Gimbar’s Video Flipped on TedEd

http://fizz.fi.ncsu.edu/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5bYuYvl42I – Katie Gimbar at TedX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDhhIghXxfo – RSA Short Animate Ken Robinson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=u6XAPnuFjJc – RSA Animate Daniel Pink on Motivation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL39BF9545D740ECFF – RSA Animate Sir Ken Robinson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4JPdGlyt6gg#at=177 – 5 Things I wish I Knew

http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680776/watch-a-great-short-film-on-the-future-of-technology-and-education – 20 minute short film on the future of education

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoSJ3_dZcm8&feature=youtu.be – Future of Learning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM_Y2NSJcmE – Blended Learning in Plain English

http://www.education.nh.gov/innovations/hs_redesign/competencies.htm

http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelinesatch – UDL

http://www.slideshare.net/bbray/personalizedlearninchart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS2IPfWZQM4 – Chris Lehmann

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/13/the-problem-with-high-tech-personalized-learning-tools/

http://www.ed.gov/technology/draft-netp-2010/individualized-personalized-differentiated-instruction

 

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