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Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School Posted on Feb 26

Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Creating an engaging classroom environment for middle school students can be challenging. Developmentally, middle school students are at a unique age- one where they often crave the power to make decisions for themselves, yet still need scaffolding and direct instruction in order to make these   …Continue Reading Seeing a combination of personalized learning components at Wilson Middle School

Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School Posted on Feb 26

Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School

When I picture a high school, I think of long hallways, rows and rows of lockers, fluorescent overhead lights, bells and announcements signaling when it’s time to quickly pack your bag and shuffle out into the throng of teenagers caught up in a river of   …Continue Reading Four elements of personalized learning visible at Natick High School

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!

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state Posted on Jan 27

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

One year ago EducationSuperHighway launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Executive Office of Education, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology (MassIT). Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state   …Continue Reading Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

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

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