Personalized Learning

Want Better Educational Technology? Consider Putting Teachers in Charge
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Want Better Educational Technology? Consider Putting Teachers in Charge

Using technology in the classroom is a given for most teachers today. In fact, a 2017 study conducted by MidAmerica Nazerene University in Kansas found that more than 70 percent of surveyed teachers said their students “use tablets or laptops daily.” An even higher number—86 percent—reported having Wi-Fi access in...

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Help! How Do I Meet the Needs of All Students?
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Help! How Do I Meet the Needs of ALL My Students?

A 2018 survey by EdMarketer—the marketing and research division of the online education news outlet Education Week—found that meeting the needs of all students was the No. 1 concern of polled K–12 district leaders and teachers. This is perhaps unsurprising, as helping students overcome challenges to reach...

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Literacy Gap Alert: How to Help Students of Color Reach Their Full Potential
Thursday, January 17, 2019
A 2018 blog post on Room 241—a website associated with the education department at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon—took on a hot topic: the literacy crisis in the United States. According to the Room 241 blog, this is not a new phenomenon, yet its “impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our society are far-reaching and expanding.” For evidence, the blog offered some sobering statistics, including this example from the National Bureau of Economic Research: “Children whose parents have low literacy

A 2018 post on Room 241—a website associated with the education department at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon—took on a hot topic: the literacy crisis in the United States. According to the Room 241 blog, this is not a new phenomenon, yet its “impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our...

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Why Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers Require Intensive Literacy Instruction
Friday, October 19, 2018
Why Non-Proficient Adolescent Readers Require Intensive Literacy Instruction

Teaching adolescent non-proficient readers is an extremely complex matter, as the range of foundational issues that have followed students to advanced grades—in conjunction with the fact that each student requires attention during higher-level courses—make it challenging to identify and meet specific needs. However, helping students develop basic literacy skills and...

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Unpacking Personalized Learning: A Brief Primer and Implementation Guide
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Unpacking Personalized Learning: A Brief Primer and Implementation Guide

In 2015, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, launched a new philanthropic initiative dedicated in part to promoting a growing concept in education: personalized learning. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, more commonly referred to as CZI, is poised to give millions of dollars each year to facilitate the...

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From the Factory to Student-Centered Learning: A Look at Education Theory
Thursday, January 25, 2018
From the Factory to Student-Centered Learning: A Look at Education Theory

A frequent criticism of public education in the United States is its supposed resemblance to a factory. A 2012 article in The Atlantic went so far as to offer ways to “break free of our 19th-century factory-model education system.” The article, written by education and innovation entrepreneur Joel Rose, explored...

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Simple Strategies to Help Teachers and Students Get Started with Personalized Learning
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Simple Strategies to Help Teachers and Students Get Started with Personalized Learning

According to the Glossary of Educational Reform, personalized learning refers to a diverse variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. While this can be quite a mouthful, the central...

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Using Personalized Learning to Promote Educational Equity
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Using Personalized Learning to Promote Educational Equity

Educators across the country are striving to promote equity in their classrooms and schools. Personalized learning is one strategy that helps in this effort by meeting all students where they are and providing the tools they need to master each subject. This individualized approach goes a long way in classrooms...

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Combining Passion and Personalized Learning
Monday, October 17, 2016
elementary-age african american boy with glasses

Many people think implementing personalized learning in the classroom is an impossible feat given so many requirements and growing classrooms. It’s not only possible, it makes students want to learn. Personalized learning involves tailoring material to the individual student’s passions and...

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