Creating Student Ownership During Read to Self Time: Student Success using Flipgrid and NewsELA

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This year, Grade 3 students at Hugh Cole Elementary School used NewsELA and FlipGrid to strengthen their reading during read to self. The goal was to help me ensure that students are indeed using independent reading time for the purpose it is meant for, and it also helps me see where students are at with their reading skills and goals at various levels.

Exploring Learner Profiles: Resources, Examples, and Questions to Consider

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By Tom Driscoll, BWRSD Digital Learning Director As next-generation assessments and instructional data can help educators gain a deeper understanding of students, the sheer amount of information available can prove challenging.  As discussed in a prior post, educational technologies can amplify the impact of proven formative assessment strategies. But in doing so, educators must often … Continue reading Exploring Learner Profiles: Resources, Examples, and Questions to Consider

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

By Tom Driscoll (@Mr_Driscoll) A foundational piece of any learner-centered approach involves gaining a deeper understanding of our students. We know that learner variability exists, and research suggests it is growing in classrooms across the nation. It is therefore essential to personalize instruction based upon learner differences if we are going to ensure that all … Continue reading 6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students

Learner Variability:  The Why of Personalized Learning

BY TOM DRISCOLL (@Mr_Driscoll – Digital Learning Director @BWRSD) Over the past few years, in several different roles, I have researched and experimented with various frameworks and approaches to Personalized Learning.  Despite the vast amount of resources out there that describe what personalized learning is and how to implement it, it is often difficult to find quality research … Continue reading Learner Variability:  The Why of Personalized Learning

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion

BY TOM DRISCOLL (@Mr_Driscoll - Digital Learning Director @BWRSD) Although Personalized Learning has gained considerable traction in education, there is still much confusion and, at times, heated debate regarding what this set of ideas actually means and looks like in practice.  Fortunately, there has been a relative convergence of key concepts and essential components of … Continue reading Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion

Personalizing Instruction in the K Classroom

By Kelly Servant (@servantk1) Using Seesaw in the classroom has helped students, their families and myself to easily look at students' growth over time.  Students are able to choose work that they are proud of (wow work) to put into their portfolio. As the year progresses, the students and their families are able see how … Continue reading Personalizing Instruction in the K Classroom

Digital Literacy & Citizenship: Hugh Cole School Project

By Susan Castigliego (@SusanCast7) During the winter, I facilitated a school wide project that integrates technology with our core curriculum. I took this on as an initiative to build our community at Hugh Cole and it is something I did for the students to help with digital literacy and digital citizenship. This is how it … Continue reading Digital Literacy & Citizenship: Hugh Cole School Project

5th Grade Math Enrichment… Not Just Paper Based Skill and Drill

By Hilary Pietz The “I Wonder” In the first few months of school, most educators evaluate the needs of their learners.  I tend to focus on needs of my learners and how to make growth. In the past, I have had a heavy focus on the students who are struggling with expected skills in 5th … Continue reading 5th Grade Math Enrichment… Not Just Paper Based Skill and Drill