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"Personalized" vs. "Personal" Learning - 2 views

  • The tasks have been personalized for kids, not created by them.
    • jnewmanfd
       
      At this point in the article, I have many thoughts floating around. One major thought comes to mind. Can we ever fully personalize our classrooms? I get the points given here, but as a functioning society don't we have to conform a little bit? As parents, I think we do this to our children more than most of us would like to admit and certainly our schools follow suit. Also this first line here, isn't this what state standards do? Provide some sort of standardized leaning? Or is it simply saying that kids should be able to design how they will progress through a certain standard? A student chooses his or her own path to the end. However, if is a standard of no interest to me and you make me do it anyway is that truly personal learning? I'm starting to feel like flip flopping politician.
  • folly of believing that everything can and should be reduced to numbers.[7
    • jnewmanfd
       
      This seems to go against our current reality in my school. We're told that everything has to be data driven or evidence based. On the surface that makes sense, but my issue has always been that we are dealing with people not things. We work in a system filled with a multitude of variables and I would agree that there is a folly in believing that everything can be reduced to numbers. The more I read this article, the more I am thinking that we might be looking at turning the traditional school upside down on it's head.
  • Our kids (and we ourselves) are suddenly walking around with access to the sum of human knowledge in our pockets and connections to literally millions of potential teachers. It’s a dramatic shift that requires new literacies to navigate all that access and, importantly, new dispositions to take advantage of it for learning.
    • jnewmanfd
       
      Yes, our kids today are walking around with infinite knowledge at their finger tips. Yes, they don't know how to use it and when they are provided the opportunity, they don't seem to use it. I'm not saying that they can't or won't. I'm saying that from my experiences, they are trained not to do so. So many students do not realize their own potential for learning. They want to wait for the teacher to tell them what to do, what the correct answer is, or how to go about a particular task. Maybe we trained them too well. I 500% agree that we need to teach this skill. I also know that I have struggled to do this myself. If asked, I would have say, no I don't how to teach these new literacy skills. It's talked about, but I haven't seen any real professional development on the subject. If you know of any, please share.
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  • Personalization is often used in the ed-tech community to describe a student moving through a prescribed set of activities at his own pace. The only choice a student gets is what box to check on the screen and how quickly to move through the exercises.
    • jnewmanfd
       
      Yikes and ouch. Time for some personal reflection. I would say that I have done exactly this. I'm also fairly sure that personalized learning is what I would have called it. Letting students move at their own pace and not be anchored down by others in the classroom. I agree with most of this article. In fact it sounds like an utopia classroom. Students working on problems in their own way, connecting their own dots, learning new skills so they self progress along their chosen path.... At the end of reading though, I'm right back to my roadblock. How do I even begin to manage this or set it up in the first place? Thinking from the science view, we use a lot of materials and supplies, having to have these items available gives me enough anxiety alone.
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Blended Learning Tools & Flipped Classroom; Science Lesson Links - 0 views

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      I've been looking for sources for how the next generation science standards fit with online learning when I found this. I agree that the standard model of flipping the classroom won't work, but it appears that a blended flip model could work. Also I love the variety of tools presented.
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Online Learning | Iowa Department of Education - 0 views

  • All courses are taught by Iowa licensed and appropriately endorsed teachers.
    • jnewmanfd
       
      So you have to be endorsed, but still not sure if you have to online endorsed to teach online classes
  • Online FlowchartOnline Frequently Asked Questions
    • jnewmanfd
       
      I like this basic flowchart on how the structure of online learning in our state is setup and the FAQ section provided some good points on how to go about preparing to teach online
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ol101-f2019: Iowa Online Course Standards - 5 views

  • An instructor's communication plan is provided, including the instructor's availability, instructor response-time policy, and the methods for students to communicate with the instructor (iN 1.8)
    • jnewmanfd
       
      Setting "office hours" would be a good idea. Otherwise I would feel like I always have to be on. Also, it helps prevent students from feeling ignored if they know up front when you will respond.
  • ach unit includes an overview that describes the objectives of the lesson, as well as introduce the upcoming content, activities, assignments, and assessments of the unit. (iN 2.2, ROI 5.d)
    • jnewmanfd
       
      At first I didn't think one was as important. After having students enter my moodle course in a blended environment, I realized it was needed to help guide them on their learning paths and have now added them.
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ol101-f2019: Iowa Online Teaching Standards - 10 views

  • Demonstrates effective instructional strategies and techniques, appropriate for online education, that align with course objectives and assessment
    • jnewmanfd
       
      There are so many tools out there. I find this one a bit confusing. Deciding what tools are best for what what assignment or task, at this point is a guessing game for me. Somethings, I think I've been right and others I realized that I wasn't. I wonder if there is resource out there that offers a guideline for what tools fit what practice or task.
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      I wonder if this could possibly help students work better in groups. So many times group works falls apart because middle school students get distracted and run out of time. Would online collaboration help with this?
  • Provides opportunities that enable student self-assessment and pre-assessment within courses (SREB K, Varvel VI.I, ITS 5.d)
    • jnewmanfd
       
      Still working on how to best do this one. It makes so much sense and yet I find it tough to manage in an online environment. I've recently found Edulastic. An online test creator that has question bank of questions created by hundreds of teachers on many topics. I'm experimenting with using it as a way to help students pre test and check where they are at in their understanding.
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