Sunday, October 27, 2013

Personalized Learning

Looking over the boards we've selected to showcase this week, it's clear we veered off the path a bit from what others have done with the theme of Personalized Learning. Much of the discussion in the Connected Educator Month Kick-Off Panel and in the theme curators' blog have been around what we have come to consider Customized Learning, or learning that is empowered by data. Last week in the 21st Century Learning Lab, three Indiana school districts came together to share their work in that area. If you missed the webinar, you can view the archive once it is posted here. If you're not already following INeLearn on Pinterest, you may want to go ahead and do that now. It's very likely you will soon see a Personalized/Customized Learning board making an appearance soon! 

In the meantime, the INeLearn Pinterest Boards we opted to highlight under this theme are instructional practices that allow learners to assume some control over their learning process.

Genius Time | 20% Time: Our first pick is one that definitively personalizes learning. With just a few pins to its name, this board is a result of an interest that developed in one of our #INeLearn Twitter Chats. If you're curious about what this might look like in a middle school, we encourage you to visit the S.O.L.E. (Self Organizing Learning) Class visit http://heysole.weebly.com/

Gamification: If you have never lost yourself in a game or experienced the all consuming drive to level up, it's hard to understand the power of gamifying instruction. While this collection is small, it's packed full of good information.

Blended Learning: Like Personalized Learning, there are many variations of what it means when we talk about Blended Learning. This board looks at how combining traditional face to face settings with digital learning can result in personalized instruction.

Flipped Learning: This flip of instructional time surged in popularity after educators Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams started sharing the story of how they restructured their classwork and homework practices. The phenomenon of Flipped Learning illustrates how hungry educators are for innovation.

For decades, educators have developed creative ways to engage their learners, yet often those stories were relegated to journals or simply never shared. Today, there are no silos preventing collaboration. There are no juries selecting whose story will be published. This is the power of being a Connected Educator in 2013. It's hard to believe this is the final week of CEM.  While the days have dwindled away, the excitement continues to build. We would love to hear how you celebrated this month and what practices you will carry through the remainder of the school year! Thank you for joining us on Pinnovation.

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