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According to neuroscience and the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) theory, there is no one right way to learn. Fortunately, numerous tech tools offers a variety of ways for all students to engage, receive information and express their learning.
Using tools that collect data on student progress allow educators to differentiate instruction and quickly see which students have mastered the lesson and which need more practice.
Student agency is one of the most powerful aspects of learning that can be aided by technology, but getting there, and setting the stage for the consistent, effective use of technology, requires a pedagogical shift.
Personalized learning may seem like a pie-in-the-sky dream in many schools, but it’s already happening more than you think — and often behind the teacher’s back.
Today’s technology makes personalized learning an attainable goal. Here are five things to consider as you make the transition from a traditional classroom to a personalized learning environment.
Why not try one new thing this year to get students learning with technology. Check out this back-to-school guide for ideas, tips and resources on personalized learning, digital citizenship and gamification.
During his stint at the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology, Richard Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country.
Teen filmmaker calls for more individuality in schools to allow students to find their passion.
Food trucks are fun, mobile, simple, specialized and experiential. Why can't schools be more like them?
Creating active, flexible learning spaces is often associated with modern designs and stylish furniture. But changing the mindsets of teachers and students is the most crucial element of flexible learning environments.
New ISTE CEO Richard Culatta says he believes "thoughtful impatience" is necessary to accelerate the process of getting the right solutions to the right educators and learners much faster.
Create student-centered environments that address distinct student needs, interests and aspirations.
Blended learning enrichment courses have helped us personalize learning for our youngest students.
Personalized learning done right is critical to helping students develop the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond.
There are lots of ways to redesign your learning environment without breaking the budget. The key to remember is that students learn better when they move around or stand up and are actively engaged.
Students are often limited by the oversimplified, presupposed narrative of academic success. When learning is personalized with ed tech, students write their own stories.
It's often difficult to engage introverted students in class discussions. Using Google Docs and Chromebooks educators can connect with students who feel more comfortable sharing their views and opinions in writing.
Strategic planning is vital when addressing the needs and challenges that districts, schools and community stakeholders face every day in diverse learning environments.
As the technology coordinator at the Foote School in New Haven, Connecticut, Julianne B. Ross-Kleinmann pursues her passion, which is instructional technology in the service of learning and teaching. And she does it by creating a well-rounded environment.
Staff at Surrey Schools in British Columbia, Canada, transformed their district by moving to a learning-by-design approach that focused on student-centered learning, professional learning communities and digital assessments.
CS First is a free web-based program that exposes students to computer science through video tutorials and modules that students participate in as after-school, in-school and summer programs.
ISTE 2015 keynote speaker Jack Gallagher talks about why we must stop disregarding our students’ strengths and differences in pursuit of a one-size-fits-all education.
When Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann talked to social studies teachers who had flipped their classrooms, they discovered that instructional videos may be the least important thing about flipped learning.
Celebrate flipped learning, the education strategy that Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams developed to deepen learning and make classrooms more student-centered.
Unschooling is unique approach to learning that’s challenging the way we think about education. And for many students, it’s the only way to learn.
ISTE 2015 keynote speaker Soledad O’Brien describes how Google Expeditions can help disadvantaged students get firsthand experience with potential careers.
Students definitely benefit in school and in life when they have the opportunity to develop their strength of character. And schools can help support their character building in many — but not all — ways.
Learn from — or steal — these 5 tech-infused, standards-aligned lessons from ISTE’s Project ReimaginED.
Flip your science class and create more time for hands-on labs, guided inquiry, guided practice and online simulations.
Your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in your classroom.
Assistive technology helps educators serve students with disabilities and close the performance gap. The goal is to look at how technology can minimize disability.
Digital Learning Day offers an opportunity to highlight great teaching and showcase innovative teachers, leaders and programs using digital age techniques to improve learning and teaching.
What does it mean on a day-to-day basis when teachers work with students to develop personalized learning experiences?
Innovation shouldn’t look like a tablet or a laptop. It should look like a learning environment where students — with teachers at their side — choose their learning targets and aim to hit them.
Jack Hostager and Ian Coons started the Iowa Student Learning Institute to revolutionize the state’s approach to education using the power of student voice.
The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative can help you tame your unwieldy internet searches and zero in on the right educational resources for every student.
The conceptual age is upon us. How does your classroom need to change? This infographic presents the basics of new blended learning models that will enable you to rethink school and prepare students for the world they’re about to enter.
Personalized learning allows students to take responsibility for gaining and sharing knowledge. But understanding the concept and actually implementing it are two different things.
The results-only learning environment engages students by letting them choose the digital tools they will use to create their own assignments and learning.
Technology has brought personalized learning within every educator's reach. Here are five resources to help you make the leap.
Project-based learning, 1:1 technology and professional learning communities transformed a Maryland middle school and improved learning.
We need to give our students the opportunity to shatter the rules, become their own teachers and captains of their own ship.
Transforming a traditional classroom into a personalized learning environment takes a process. Personalized learning experts Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey tell you how you can set it in motion.
Propel Braddock Hills High School is integrating elements of design thinking, student-centered learning, passion-based learning and community involvement to create an environment that engages, supports and prepares students for the digital age.
The Digital Learning Center – designed to create “world class thinkers” – offers integrated thematic units in a student-centered classroom that allows for deep levels of differentiation.
A districtwide iPad implementation allows educators and teacher to embrace flipped learning and incorporate a project-based approach across all grades and subject areas.
Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.
Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying information before posting it on social media.
Twitter chats for educators offer free professional learning on your favorite topics and the chance to connect with peers around the world. Here are some that were recommended by the ISTE community.
The Burlington High School Help Desk in Massachusetts is one of the first and most successful student-run genius bars in the nation. Facilitator Jenn Scheffer gives her step-by-step guide for starting a student tech team in your school.