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Tuesday, January 30 • 9:15am - 10:15am
Personalized Learning: Thinking Beyond Adaptive Learning Software

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Although the concept of “personalized learning” has gained considerable traction, there is still much confusion regarding what this complex set of ideas actually means. To further muddy the waters, many educational software companies claim that their product alone can personalize instruction for all students. Fortunately, we have seen a convergence among definitions and frameworks for personalized learning that share common themes and attributes, those that go well beyond a software solution. We now also have the opportunity to learn from innovative schools across the nation that have effectively leveraged personalized learning to help reach their goals. In this session, participants will explore the rapidly emerging concept of personalized learning along with justifications for its role in transformative education. Through an examination of current research and practical examples of personalized learning in action, participants will identify key elements of personalization and how these approaches can advance learning for all students. Some ideas explored will include: dynamic learner profiles, flexible pathways and progressions, learner agency, and blended learning environments that support personalized learning. Attendees will leave this session with a firm grasp of personalized learning along with practical takeaways that they can readily implement in their educational settings.

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Tom Driscoll

Instructor, EdTechTeacher, Inc.
Tom Driscoll is an author, speaker, and educational consultant for EdTechTeacher, working with over 200 client schools in the United States and internationally. He is a former digital learning director for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island, where he led... Read More →

Tuesday January 30, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am PST
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