Personalized Learning & PBL Category 5

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Personalized Learning and Project Based Learning articles

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Category 5: Individual/group projects complemented by multiple teaching and learning approaches.

Abram, S. (2012). The new learning imperative: Social sharing and collaborationInternet@Schools19(4), 17-19.

The article offers information on social sharing and collaboration of information. It states that it is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals. It mentions that learning management systems and personal learning networks have such great potential that the opportunities are largely un-exploited, but several platforms are evolving to consider supporting seamlessly the multiple languages, learning styles and disabilities.

Brennan, D. D. (2015). Creating a climate achievementEducational Leadership72(5), 56-59.

The article covers efforts to improve academic achievement at the Robert P. Hernandez Middle School, a Title I school in Round Rock, Texas, by focusing on teacher collaboration as well as social-emotional learning. The author discusses her role as school principal and the process of setting learning goals, creating new assessments, and intervening early on failing students. Particular attention is also given to student-teacher relationships and discipline policies.

Mosley, C., & Flatt, B. (2014). Wall-to-wall career academiesTechniques: Connecting Education & Careers89(6), 34.

The article focuses on the steps taken by officials from Nashville, Tennessee to enhance career and technical education academies. Topics discussed include petition filed by principals from high schools in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) on the district to apply for federal small learning community (SLC) grant from the U.S. Department of Education, early college credit options through dual enrollment, dual credit offered by academies and views of student Mohamad Obaid on the same.

Phillips, V., & Popović, Z. (2012). More than child's play: Games have potential learning and assessment toolsPhi Delta Kappan94(2), 26-30.

The article discusses the use of electronic educational games to assess student achievement, focusing on the ways that electronic games can, according to the authors, increase student motivation and mastery of curricula. The authors discuss the use of digital games and computerized assessment in the classroom to offer real-time feedback and differentiated instruction to address differences in student learning rates. Topics include the benefits of computer-assisted learning in relation to students' conceptual understanding, the impact of digital games on students' learning of social skills, as well as the book "Everything Bad Is Good for You," by Steven Johnson.

Rosefsky Saavedra, A., & Opfer, V. D. (2012). Learning 21st-century skills requires 21st-century teachingPhi Delta Kappan94(2), 8.

The article discusses the higher-order thinking skills which the authors believe students ought to be learning in the 21st century. The authors offer nine steps to increase students' learning outcomes regarding various thinking skills such as critical thinking, student collaboration, and effective communication. Topics include the use of educational technology, the practice of making curriculum contextually relevant to students' lives, as well as the encouragement of learning transfer in which students can transfer their skills and knowledge to different environments.