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Technology-enabled Personalized Learning Summit Report

Personalized learning is a comprehensive educational approach that puts students at the center and engages students when, where, and how to best meet their unique needs and interests. Summit participants recognize the central human element of teaching and learning and view technology as a teaching force multiplier and a learning accelerator that can enable more efficient and effective use of learning time. Last year, over 100 education leaders attended the Technology-Enabled Personalized Learning (TEPL) Summit hosted by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University in collaboration with Digital Promise, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), and …

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April Market Showers Bring UDL Flowers

One of the panel presentations and discussions at the May 2015 Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Education Industry Summit, focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). During the panel, some recent, noteworthy mentions of UDL in the marketplace were shared. Like UDL “market showers” released in April 2015, they caused May to become the perfect time to share the beauty of their blooms, brightening the opportunities for all learners. The First Shower An article by Kim Greene titled “The Growing Case for UDL”, featured in the Spring 2015 edition of Scholastic Administrator. What I particularly liked about this article …

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This Week We Celebrate Teachers….

Showing appreciation to a teacher (yours, your child’s, your colleagues’) doesn’t have to mean that you create a holiday, bring food or provide gifts.  Sometimes it is as simple as writing a short note letting her/him know you acknowledge all that he/she does.  It’s kind of cool to see the look on a teacher’s face when he/she hears from a past or present student about how he/she has made an impact—for some it is a shy smile of humility and for some there is a response that looks like the face of a kid on Christmas morning. So, even if …

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Site of the Day

Graduation Wisdom: Amy Poehler

05-25-15

Welcome to graduation season! Graduation Wisdom is a place dedicated to sharing graduation speeches in the formats of video, audio, full text, and text excerpts. Visit Graduation Wisdom if you are looking for examples of effective speeches, or visit this site for inspiration. Graduation addresses from famous people and high honors students from across the world are included here.On this particular site, Amy Poehler addressed Harvard University in May of 2011. View source:http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/0095-poehler.htm  

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Professional Learning

Eating Your Own Cooking – Online Professional Development in Blended Learning Design

Much of my graduate degree was earned via online learning, in one of the first cohorts to earn a degree in educational technology and instructional design via blended learning. Having experienced learning through a methodology that I now use to deliver learning has been an incredible benefit to me, but how important is it that teachers learn utilizing these kinds of methods? Think about it this way…have you ever tried to convince a child to eat his/her vegetables? We can talk about how good they are for us and how good they taste, but if we don’t eat those vegetables …

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icurio Newsletters

icurio 2.0 May Newsletter – Find: Learning Resource Types to Target Specific Learning Opportunities

icurio’s resources are tagged and contextualized by a team of highly qualified educators with extensive experience around digital learning and educational content. Every resource found in icurio goes through a 127-point certification process that includes resource contextualization by using Learning Resource Type (LRT) tags. LRTs help users target their results for the intent or essence of a resource, describing its primary intent. Targeting a Set of Resources Search for “Angles”: Results for Learning Resource Types  Any time you use the Find feature in icurio, you will receive a set of resources relative to the keyword(s) you have used in the search …

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netTrekker Newsletters

May 2015: Summer Fun – Learning in the Sun!

As the days grow warmer and the sun shines longer, schools often wind down their learning plans. But we all know that learning never stops. Kids may not be in the formal classroom setting, but their learning opportunities continue. So, instead of treating summer break like a break from learning, we can embrace opportunities that present themselves. There are plenty of ways to get creative about summer learning. Here are some ideas to help warm up to new learning during the summer months. Summer Learning Tips for Parents: general tips for parents, highlighting the importance of keeping kids intellectually stimulated …

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