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Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models Posted on Apr 11

Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

Given the potential of technology to enhance learning and teaching, many districts in Massachusetts are working towards ensuring that every student has access to a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, or netbook. Districts generally have two options: (1) a one to one model   …Continue Reading Planning and implementation considerations for BYOD and 1:1 technology models

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

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

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

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

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September Posted on Aug 18

Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

North Reading Public Schools in North Reading, MA will host a #GoOpen Regional Summit on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Amazon Offices in Cambridge, MA. Attendance at the one-day summit is free. The #GoOpen Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for classroom teachers, school   …Continue Reading Save the date! #GoOpen Regional Summit @ Amazon in September

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future Posted on Aug 3

S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future

It was tough saying goodbye to the 2016 graduating senior members of S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology). I am so grateful for all their contributions to the Algonquin student tech support team. They were instrumental in helping to make the program a huge success   …Continue Reading S.W.A.T. (Students Working to Advance Technology) reflects on this past year to help plan for the future