Personalized Learning
<div>Blended Learning provides opportunities for students to work at his/her own pace, place, and path using digital devices to break away from whole group instruction and provide teachers with data to drive the small group and individual instruction in mini lessons, independent work, digital content, and future ready skills.</div>
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<div>Student-centered learning moves students from passive receivers of information to active participants in their own educational process.</div>
<div>A student-generated narrative of his/her strengths and challenges along with a set of interests, talents and aspirations. </div>
<div> Anytime, anywhere learning that bridges formal and informal learning experiences is connected through the effective use of advanced technologies. Digital learning modalities combined with competency-based progressions prove fundamental to modernizing education systems that meet each student’s unique needs.</div><div>Personalized learning includes the idea of connectivism, where students have flexible learning environments, embedded within their communities, using a variety of modes, resources and modalities to accelerate learning.</div>
<div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Instructional models provide more powerful, personalized student learning experiences driven by learner needs and interests.</span></div><div><br></div> This blog was originally posted on the Office of Ed Tech blog on Monday, April 11, 2016. ...
<div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:18px;">Fourth grade students visit U.S. National Parks during a virtual reality experience.</span></div>
<div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Students in the <i>WBMS Cafe</i> J Term course visit Hy-Vee and try their hand at cookie decorating.</span></div>
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<div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Teachers lead small group or individual lessons on focused skills.</span></div>
<div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Project-based learning is an integral part of J-term course work. Many students completed projects to share and display. </span></div>
<div><br></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Guest speakers, internships, community involvement, and real-world experiences enhance student learning.</span></div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;"><i>Students provide information about their learning preferences, strengths, and struggles in order for teachers to personalize instruction to best meet their students' needs. </i></span></div>
<div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:16px;">Using digital devices allows teachers to break the classroom away from whole group instruction into mini lessons, independent work, digital content, and 5C's (future-ready) skills.</span></div>
<div><br></div><div><br></div><div>One of the major benefits of using technology in the classroom is the ability to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student in every lesson. Technology makes it possible to pace lessons appropriately for each student's learning level and can be used to promote learning in the multiple intelligences.</div>
<div><span style="font-size:10px;">Thinglink created by:</span></div><div><span style="font-size:10px;">Christa Diemer</span></div><div><span style="font-size:10px;">PK-12 Personalized Learning/STEAM Integration Instructional Coach</span></div><div><span style="font-size:10px;">West Branch Iowa CSD</span></div><div><br></div> West Branch TLC - Coaching Cycle
<div> A competency is the “expected learning based on one or more enduring conceptual understandings that requires the transfer of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to complex situations in and/or across content areas and/or beyond the classroom” <a href="">Iowa Competency-based Guidelines</a> (2016). </div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">DSD Professional Development</span></div><div><br></div><div>Why Blended Learning? Allowing Students to work at his/her own pace, place, and path while the data is driving the small group and individual instruction. Using digital devices to break the...</div><div><br></div> ​Think of Phase One of Blended Learning, like training wheels for deploying a "True" Blended Learning environment. Phase One sets the groundwork for deploying differentiated instruction in a...
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Traditional Education Versus Competency-Based Education</span></div><div><br></div><div>This chart from KnowledgeWorks explains the difference between traditional learning environments and competency-based education.</div><div><br></div> This chart from KnowledgeWorks explains the difference between traditional learning environments and competency-based education.
<div>Blended Learning is most masterful when its an invisible thread that runs naturally through instruction.</div><div>Weston Kieschnick-BOLD School</div><div><br></div> Prioritizing purpose, strategy, & innovation in instructional design.

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