Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Personalized Learning; What's Happening Out There

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Personalized Learning; What's Happening Out There:

Personalized Learning; What's Happening Out There


I've written about "personalized learning" before and I will continue as this becomes an ever-growing story.  There is absolutely every reason to consider new and better ways to use technology to increase academic outcomes and hopefully that drills down to each and every student's learning style.  But there are many factors to consider like:

costs.  I just read a tweet from WA State Teacher of the Year, Nate Bowling from Tacoma, who asked for fully-funded schools so that student computers aren't "more than a decade old."  Technology is moving a lot faster than school budgets.  All the great technology in the world is only as good as the computer and wifi at your child's school.  You then have to ask what the ROI is for all that investment in technology.

developmental appropriateness.  I get mighty nervous over the amount of time students are spending with screens, both in and out of class.  While schools cannot control what happens outside of class, they do need to consider that many students already are using screen devices for many hours in the day.  

who benefits?  As I said, the ROI to schools must be there.  It certainly is going to 
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Personalized Learning; What's Happening Out There:


Huge Win in Supreme Court for Special Education
From NPR: School districts must provide students with disabilities the chance to make meaningful, "appropriately ambitious" progress, the Supreme Court said today in an 8-0 ruling. The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States. "It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplacosts. I just read a tweet from WA State Teacher of the


What the Plan is for Your Child's Education?
Here's an event you might consider attending: Parents Across America Presents Alison McDowell " Future Ready Schools: How Silicon Valley is Reshaping Our Schools" Saturday, March 25th from 10:30 am to noon at the Lake City library 

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