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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TCEA 2018 Recap: Not All EdTech is Created Equal

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Believe it or not, the last of the “Big Four” winter conferences has come to an end. After FETC, BETT, and ATIA, you’d think we’d be out of acronyms and would have learned all there is to know about edtech and assistive technology. But, it’s not true! TCEA, the Texas Computer Education Association Conference and Exposition, was an incredible conference that gave us even more insight into the latest edtech trends and best practices.

Though it’s challenging to come up with one common theme that spanned across all sessions and panel discussions, there was one takeaway that stuck with us: not all edtech is created equal.

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FETC 2018 Recap: EdTech is Leading the Way to Diversity, Creativity and Collaboration

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Last week, a group of Texthelpers flew down to sunny Florida to attend the Future of Education Technology Conference, or FETC. Similar to previous years, there were hundreds of insightful and educational sessions that focused on a wide range of topics revolving around education technology. Though we couldn’t attend all of them, we’d like to share our major takeaways from our time at the conference.

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