Top 6 Takeaways from EdWeek’s Pathways to Personalized Learning Summit

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This week we have another guest blog post from Andrea Ferrero the co-founder of Pockets Change.

Personalized learning starts when we focus on making learning personal. It’s about igniting student’s passion for learning and empowering students with tools and strategies to reach their individual goals.

As a newer model of learning, there are still a lot of questions surrounding implementation. The virtual Pathways to Personalized Learning Summit, hosted by EdWeek and sponsored by Texthelp, brought educators, administrators, and edtech teams together to look at these big questions and chart pathways forward.

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Ease First Day Jitters: Kick Off the Year with Learning Profiles

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This week we have another guest blog post from Andrea Ferrero the co-founder of Pockets Change.

Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” It’s a strong statement from one of my education heroes, Rita Pierson. She understood deeply what many of us do, that relationship building is crucial for powerful learning to happen. As we head back to school, our kids are navigating new routines, new subjects, and new friendships. We can ease back to school blues and first day jitters with ice-breakers and get to know you games, but these activities also present a unique opportunity to begin building learning profiles with our students.

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7 Ways to Introduce UDL into your Classroom

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While UDL is a common phrase in many schools today, it can be difficult to practically implement in the classroom. To help with this, I’ve put together a list of 7 ideas to make introducing Universal Design for Learning into the classroom just a bit easier.

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Help your students personalize their own learning with tips from CoolCatTeacher!

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Teachers cannot personalize learning on their own. Though it is their role to provide opportunities for personalized learning, the students should be the ones to decide how they work best and what tools meet their needs. In doing this, they are taking ownership of their learning, which can increase engagement and improve comprehension.

We partnered with Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher, to highlight several ways that students can have choice and voice in their education by personalizing their own learning.

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Hit the beach with these tech tools for back to school!

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This week we have another guest blog post from Andrea Ferrero the co-founder of Pockets Change.

Summer is in full swing! Finding space for reflection and professional growth can seem like one more task to squeeze into busy, warm days before heading back to school. That’s where tech can help, offering bite-sized personal PD for you to explore at your leisure.  Whether you’re traveling or staying in to recharge, tech tools offer an easy way to find new ideas and connect to vibrant communities. Check out some new ways to inspire playful and creative professional exploration!

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Instructional Technology Starts with Instruction for Teachers

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“My students are so tech savvy.” I hear so many teachers make this statement. It is true; many students were born as digital natives having no fear of breaking the Internet. My usual reply is, “Yes, many of our students are tech savvy, but most do not know how best to use the technology to help themselves learn.” Heads nod.

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