4 Search Results for BLU

Jan 5, 2017

Sam J. Brooks
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Sherre Vernon, Expert Advisor, Jan 9, 2017
Hello Sam,Thrive opened with the plan to provide personalized learning to all of our students, so we didn't have an internal shift of priorities. This intentional start, however, came from working in traditional school settings, seeing some students held back in their learning and others unable to catch up to their peers. We took a hard look at the fact that we've been doing school pretty much the same way since the onset of the industrial revolution, despite the fact that our students' needs have changed drastically. Personalized learning also lets us capitalize on student voice and choice. As we know as adults, the more agency we have over our experiences, the more likely we are to buy into them. We believe that the same goes for students. Sherre Read more...
Kenneth Grover, Jan 12, 2017
After soliciting feedback from our students, it was clear that our assumptions about the traditional industrialized model of education does not work. Our moral imperative to act became evident--so we did! Read more...
Mackey Pendergrast, Expert Advisor, Mar 14, 2017
There are a few different ways to answer this question. First, there has been a discussion in education circles for over two decades relative to differentiation so, in one sense, personalized learning is not a new topic. The difference, however, in 2017, is that we now have the tools to address the needs of each learner whether through standards or competencies. Adaptive diagnostics such as iReady, playlists with built-in formative assessments, dashboards where students can visualize progress and the immediacy of feedback possible through digital platforms are truly innovative features in education that make personalized learning reachable. We started by asking the question -- How DON"T we want our students to learn? And, of course, most parents or educators very quickly arrive at the conclusion that they want their children to feel a sense of ownership in their learning as well as to address their individual needs. To this end, thoughtful technology integration brings us closer to those goals. Additionally, the Morris School District is a very diverse student population with over one-third of our students on FRL and another third of our students in the upper socio-economic level. With such wide differences it made great sense for us to completely dive into this concept. Finally, we believe strongly in many traditional practices. Blended learning does not mean throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Yet, technology is not going away and we feel that it is difficult to make the case that students will be prepared for a good and useful life if they are not adept at "knowing how to know" when it comes to technology. Read more...
Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Mar 16, 2017
Thanks to everyone who provided comments to the question. This is great conversation and I enjoyed ready them. Sam Read more...

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Jenny White, Nov 7, 2017
Hi Rachel - this is such an important question for the field but one that we don't have a clear answer to yet. At the Institute and as a field, we are working to gain a better understanding of the depth and scope of blended-learning practices across the country, but still lack an accurate way to quantify exactly what's happening and at what scale. In Disrupting Class in 2008, Michael Horn and Clayton Christensen predicted that half of all high school classes in the US would be delivered online in some form by 2019. We hope that over the next two years we will be able to gain a more precise snapshot of K-12 blended learning to understand how that prediction is playing out. As far as your question regarding the BLU: as of today, there are 563 schools and districts from around the world in the BLU Directory. BLU Directory Read more...
Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Dec 4, 2017
Hi, Rachel,My district has been working with Education Elements @EdElements on framing our integration of personalized learning (blended instruction) in Putnam County and have gained a tremendous amount of information and direction from this experience. Here are a few links to information that I can share with you and please feel free to contact me any time for more information: [email protected], 931-260-7873.Links:http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/428371/Core_Four/Education_Elements_Core_Four_White_Paper.pdf?t=1477373686268https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/ssf-cci/sscc-intro-blended-learning/sscc-blended-learning-models/v/sscc-blended-4modelshttp://www.inacol.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/iNACOL_Whats-Possible-with-Personalized-Learning.pdf?platform=hootsuitehttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2NY7aS1dtgWTnltZmFodlAzbkJkWE16aXktdFdteWp1dGJF/viewHave a great day and I hope this helps.Sam Read more...
Emily Pulham, Mar 27, 2018
Hi Rachel! Have you read the reports from the National Education Policy Center? They have statistics about nationwide blended and online schools:http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/virtual-schools-annual-2017 I am sorry that I am posting this several months after the fact, but maybe if you need the stats in the future you can use this. Read more...

Feb 19, 2018

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Andrew Frishman, Expert Advisor, Mar 9, 2018
I feel that as a field of education, we've been spending FAR FAR too much time discussing what various people think personalized learning is. As far as I am concerned, this is "settled law." Please see this piece by Natalie Abel of iNACOL who makes a VERY compelling case for why Meaning Matters: Defining and Differentiating Personalized Learning, Blended Learning and Competency Education Read more...
Rebekah Kim, Expert Advisor, Mar 9, 2018
I have spent a great deal of time as a building and central office administrator researching and finding various definitions that are being used to define PL and how this is different than blended learning. There isn't a magic definition out there. We have worked with Getting Smart during a recent retreat, read through various texts such as iNACOL's whitepaper and studied districts that have been highlighted as doing the best work across the nation through The Learning Counsel. We have also learned from various organizations that we are partnered with. This has helped to inform our understanding from various resources but making it personal and aligned to our district has helped to create a meaningful vision. What we have found in our study of definitions are common words, some what I would call buzz words. We have also found core values named, such as the important work around equity, in various definitions. I believe that this is defined with three important factors: 1. Where are you as as system (learning structures, strategies and resources)? 2.What are your system's core values? 3.How do you couple your current state (1) and core values (2) with development of student's personalized pathways?We have refined our definition this year so it names our core value around equity and names that conditions for learning need to be in place. This is when we can start talking about "voice and choice," and "student agency." A lot of practitioners are using these terms to define what PL is but I want to double click on that term and hear what it looks and sounds like when leadership and adults in the system are owning the work. Our mission is to know students by name, strength and need. I believe that using an action-oriented vision around personalized learning will help us to reach this mission. Our district vision for PL: "Personalized Learning enriches and provides equitable opportunities for every student in Highline. Our learning environments are responsive and adaptive to the strengths and needs of each student. Instructional resources and data-based planning provides students with personalized learning pathways in how they access and show mastery of standards-based content." Read more...

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Jenny White, May 3, 2018
Hello! Thanks for you question. If you are interested in tranforming your class to a blended-learning environment, consider various design elements of your blended program first. The Blended Learning Universe includes a 9-step design guide, from helping you to identify a problem to solve or a goal to achieve, to later fostering a positive learning culture and figuring out which new approaches work -- and which don't. Check out the design guide here:https://www.blendedlearning.org/design/ Read more...

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