Author Archive

    Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

    January 15, 2019 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Recently, more than a few education headlines have focused on the concerns surrounding the shaky meaning of personalized learning, oftentimes highlighting the anxieties posed by critics that personalized means the use of technology at the expense of student’s social-emotional development or that personalization is the agenda of Silicon Valley titans. To understand the nuances of personalized learning—and […]

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    5 levers that can unlock smarter demand for educational technology

    April 3, 2018 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    When Clayton Christensen and Michael Horn published Disrupting Class in 2008, the current wave of education technology was still finding its footing. The book posited two predictions. First, online learning would grow rapidly in K-12 schools. But scale was not the endgame. Second, and arguably more crucial, was the opportunity ahead: with the right incentives in place, […]

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    50 practitioners showcase noteworthy blended-learning tactics

    February 23, 2018 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    Blended and personalized learning practices are often in flux in classrooms, schools, and districts. Practitioners aren’t just trying to learn the latest from peers, but to share and develop the tactics that can make learning more student-centered and equitable. Enter our annual Blended and Personalized Learning Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. This year’s conference offers […]

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    3 ways to harness digital for personalized learning success

    February 22, 2018 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    If you’re leading your school through the transition to a digital learning environment, you know that creating the right vision for teaching and learning can be a juggling act. Today’s new challenges for school leaders inspired Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, director of digital learning programs for The Friday Institute; Elizabeth Bobst, a writer, editor, and […]

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    A school leader’s guide to personalized learning

    November 30, 2017 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    I recently caught up with Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, Elizabeth Bobst and Nancy Mangum to discuss some of the key takeaways of their new book, Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: A Framework for Implementing School Change. The authors offer guidance for principals and other school leaders who are aiming to leverage the power of technology […]

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    Blended Beyond Borders

    November 14, 2017 | by Julia Freeland Fisher

    DOWNLOAD PAPER EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Over the past two decades, technology use in schools has surged worldwide. The open question remains, however, as to how exactly the rise in technology correlates with fundamental shifts in teaching, learning, and student outcomes. Although this report touches on a number of school-based efforts to implement edtech, we focus on […]

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