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Brown Elementary School provides a peek into personalizing learning at the elementary level Posted on Feb 26

Brown Elementary School provides a peek into personalizing learning at the elementary level

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech Consortium (MAPLE) Learning Tour of Brown Elementary School provided an exciting peek into what’s possible for personalizing learning at the elementary level. Our group was welcomed by Principal Kirk Downing and Third Grade master teacher and early adopter Jed Stefanowicz. The   …Continue Reading Brown Elementary School provides a peek into personalizing learning at the elementary level

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th! Posted on Feb 7

MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program - Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

I was online last night with the MassCUE Professional Development Committee when I was asked by a committee member to help him explain, using clear bullet points, for his district and school leaders why they should apply for cohort 2 of the Leadership in Blended   …Continue Reading MassCUE Leadership in Blended & Digital Learning Program – Massachusetts School Leaders, apply by February 17th!

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle Posted on Jan 13

Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

This blog post was originally published in EdSurge News on January 3, 2016 and is posted here with the permission of EdSurge. Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner   …Continue Reading Finding ‘Personalized Learning’ and Other Edtech Buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget Posted on Nov 22

Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

EducationSuperHighway recently released the full version of Compare & Connect K-12, which enables users to more easily view and compare bandwidth and broadband pricing information for their own and other school districts across Massachusetts. Compare & Connect K-12 is a free online tool that empowers   …Continue Reading Compare & Connect K-12: Learn how to get more bandwidth for your budget

Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency Posted on Nov 10

Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency

A hallmark of personalized learning is individual learning plans and pathways. The first step in guiding every student on a pathway that maximizes their success in demonstrating proficiency over competencies is knowing every student well. A key lens through which we learn about our students   …Continue Reading Personalized Learning and Cultural Competency

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families Posted on Oct 26

Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

One of my freshmen stopped me while I was passing out papers one morning. “Ms. Lander,” he said — half accusing, half amused — “You texted my father?!” “I did indeed,” I admitted. And then, curious, I asked, “What did he say?” “He asked me   …Continue Reading Pocket Connector: How Texting Helps One High School Teacher Break Barriers and Forge New Bonds with Families

The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning Posted on Oct 7

The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning

The Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network considers blended learning a key component to engaging learners within its personalized learning framework. Many confuse the terms blended learning with personalized learning. Blended learning is an instructional model that integrates digital and online media content into teacher instructional practice.   …Continue Reading The Fundamental Shift to Blended Learning

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit Posted on Oct 4

Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

On Friday, September 23, administrators, teachers, and curriculum specialists from around the New England region met at Amazon’s offices in Cambridge for the #GoOpen regional summit hosted by the North Reading Public Schools. For district leaders and educators interested in open educational resources (OER) and how these   …Continue Reading Highlights from the #GoOpen regional summit

Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers Posted on Sep 21

Hack New England High Schools (pronounced "hack-ness") - a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers

We are in the midst of a golden age of technological innovation.  It is becoming easier and easier for anyone to learn to code and build creative new products in record time.  Events called hackathons are the embodiment of this hands-on spirit, and nowadays they   …Continue Reading Hack New England High Schools (pronounced “hack-ness”) – a new hackathon run by high-schoolers for high-schoolers

SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms Posted on Aug 25

SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms

In a small classroom at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, students in Ms. Elsbeth Todd’s class were responsible for creating designs for a new post-and-beam State Forest Center. The students used SketchUp Pro to create models and simulations of their designs. SketchUp Pro is a   …Continue Reading SketchUp Pro: Using Technology to Build Creative Classrooms