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EDU 807 Spring 2018 - Week 6 - Education Technology: Revolutionizing Personalized Learning & Student Assessment Group 1

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:09PM) : First Question from Moderator more

What are private companies doing to encourage innovation in the education area, and what are you finding works best, in terms of personalizing learning and assessing students?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 6:35PM) : Private industry is designing curriculum and scaling interventions at the national level. That is, private industry offers scaling and educational technology through sponsorship and through intervention. [Edited] more

For example, if digital gaming is working well at a local high school. Industry would scale digital gaming through intervention at multiple high schools.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 2:59PM) : Encouraging more

It is encouraging to watch the efforts of the “village” when it comes to education.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 2:41PM) : Comcast helping out more

Comcast is giving inexpensive Internet access to families in need.

I do not know to what extent this happened in the past or is happening now, but I commend Comcast for their generosity. It would be expensive and difficult to decide who qualifies, and to keep account of those people.

Having the Internet opens opportunities for students with computers. Learning can progress faster and deeper.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 11:17AM) : Internet for $9.99 [Edited] more

The interesting part about this is that typically, families need internet access to sign-up for free internet access (oh the irony!). We have opened up our front office computer for families to come in and sign up. I’d love to have stations set up at a curriculum night, or other school-wide event, for families to access this opportunity. However, what we’ve found is that many of those families who would benefit from this service often don’t attend after school activities because the parents are working. There has to be a way to make it more equitable.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/07/comcast-expands-10-low-income-internet-plan/

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Susan Byers (Jun 10 2018 7:41PM) : Some creativity needed more

At this point, it would take some creativity to make this equitable. Perhaps the schools can make it so—free device, free Internet access, and the study hall time to do the homework.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 11:12AM) : Local, community-based companies more

Several private local companies provide our students with space in their buildings to come and access wi-fi. This was a partnership set up between the local businesses and the school district. In addition, several private companies have become involved in some of our problem-based learning initiatives by offering authentic feedback on students’ ideas, some even offering rewards (albeit ice cream, but nonetheless).

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Susan Byers (Jun 10 2018 7:42PM) : Love it! That's the creativity I was mentioning!
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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:16PM) : Pause and summarize... more

… how would you describe Mr. Hughes’ description of “personalized learning?”

What are the values and assumptions embedded in his description of personalized learning?

Think about Coiro’s argument… in this case, is “personalized” learning the same as or different from “personal” learning?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 6:19PM) : Personalized learning is learning in an asynchronous and virtual environment. The curriculum is designed for personalized learning, and a learner learns at their own pace. A learner is not bounded to traditional learning or classroom setting. [Edited] more

The values embedded are that a learner can spend more time on subjects that are abstruse, and less time on the easier subjects. The learner learns at a personalized and standardized pace.

Personalized learning is different than personal learning. That is, personalized learning is based on a designed curriculum. The designed curriculum is based on national and agreed to educational technology standards. Personal learning, on the other hand, is based on individual and self designed learning.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:05PM) : We are thinking very much alike. Good to know.
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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:04PM) : Personalized learning in a classroom more

Personalized learning in a classroom is in addition to the group activities and momentum that a teacher establishes. Even as students are working to learn within a class, there are aspects of that student’s learning that need to be personalized for that student to have success with the whole-class assignments.

Personal learning is not classroom learning (though it can happen there). When people find topics of interest, they can use available tools (library, Internet, experts, etc.) to gain knowledge of the topic. Their drive is intrinsic, as is their reward.

The values embedded in personalized learning include an inherent support for each student individually, and a freedom from strict curriculum expectations to allow for some differences in process and even product.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 11:55AM) : Personalized Learning vs. Personal Learning [Edited] more

Hughes sums up his description of personalized learning with the statement, “No two students are experiencing the same thing…” I would add the phrase “at the same time.” Students may not be moving through the curriculum together, but they are all moving through the same curriculum. Providing interventions (deficit-based or for enrichment) is one way they are providing a layer of personalized learning, but what about the majority of the students who don’t “need” interventions or enrichment? Is their learning personalized? Isn’t this just differentiation?

I believe there has to be a layer of interest-driven learning in order for learning to truly be personalized. The description provided by Hughes still implies that students take a test to demonstrate mastery. In “personal” learning students determine how they will demonstrate mastery.

There are blurry lines that exists between personalized learning, personal learning, differentiation and individualized education. How do we clearly define those lines?

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:23PM) : Second Question from Moderator more

What is the Department of Education doing to expand the adoption of technology and education, and how can the Federal Government encourage new models of personalized learning and student assessment?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 6:45PM) : The Department of Education (DoE) has a national strategy of what educational technology needs to look like in the 21st Century. [Edited] more

That is, the DoE is pushing digitization in the K12 curriculum. DoE is experimenting with giving each student a laptop for learning and student achievement at the national level. DoE is sharing knowledge and dialogue about 21st Century educational technology at the national level. Moreover, DoE is pushing open education on “what works” in educational technology at the national level.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:07PM) : The government and the national strategy for educational technology more

The government is supporting research efforts, granting money for that research and also for tech implementation projects, requiring schools to report of results of that tech integration, and supporting private/public partnerships.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 12:18PM) : Department of Education more

The Department of Education recognizes that what we’re doing in education is not working. The DoE is looking at state-level policies versus national-level policies and reconsidering how programs are implemented. They are encouraging the creation and use of Open Education Resources (OER) in an effort to address equity; also equitable access and opportunities to learn for all students. Finally, the DoE is using research on “what works” to determine next steps.

There are countries who are “doing” education well. There was no mention of studying those countries’ educational systems. My question is…why aren’t we looking at high-performing countries and studying their education systems?

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:34PM) : Third Question from Moderator more

What do you see as the opportunities for scalability, and then also, what are the risks and
barriers to scaling up innovative local projects?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 6:53PM) : I see a large scale of educational technology in the 21st Century. I envision every K12 student having their own computers. [Edited] more

The risk could be that we breed a group of introverts. That is, if students interact with computers all day as opposed to interacting with peers, then we could have K12 social interaction issues in the future. Thus, I argue that a hybrid approach works best in academia, in my opinion. That is, a combination of computers and teacher instruction.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:11PM) : The risk in real life more

John, I agree that there is a risk that we are breeding a group of introverts. I do see, however, in one setting (my daughter’s 10th grade class) that it is not the computers that are creating the introversion; it is the “social” apps on the smart phones. Irony noted.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 12:31PM) : Agreed more

John, I also agree with you about a “hybrid approach” to teaching and learning.

I currently teach in a district where every student has been provided with a device (K-2 receive iPads, 3-8 receive MacBook Air computers). The devices follow them throughout their career with us. Even though we have provided the devices, I still see equity as being a barrier. Some students take their devices home and some do not (this is a parent choice, but if the device gets damaged, there is a cost). This leaves teachers not willing to try changing the face of homework (to more engaging activities) because not all students will be able to participate. Some students who have multiple devices in their homes already are more familiar with use, others are not. Just providing a device is not enough to relinquish the barrier of equitable opportunity for learning. I’m not sure what the answer is and I fear that equity will always remain a large barrier.

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:32PM) : Pause and summarize... more

… Ms. Weiss describes a number of initiatives that the DoE is engaged in to help lessen the effects of the digital divide. here, unpack the words that she uses and share your thinking on what she means by: access, equity, innovation, partnerships, or other key terms you heard in her description.

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 8:13PM) : I think she is talking about effective leadership, teaching and assessment among the government, academia, and industry. That is, leadership setting the vision for educational technology. Teachers putting that vision into practice. more

Through assessment, understanding the learning progression. She unpacks and describes the importance of open education, higher education, professional learning, and research and innovation in K12 learning.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:17PM) : Two main things more

Two main ideas that stood out to me in this section were the international connectivity between classrooms in the USA and China, and the adult learning partner concept. Both ideas reflect the best in constructivist teaching theories and would support various high-quality instructional objectives in any classroom. Both are real possibilities for innovation in classrooms.

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:39PM) : Pause and summarize... more

Given Mr. Popovic’s contention that we could look at “education as a data-driven science” and that games hold the potential for a “self-adaptive way of
game discovering,” what ideas and assumptions are evident in his description?

What does this approach assume about teachers and teaching? About students and learning?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 8:22PM) : Digital game based learning is a futuristic and self adaptive way of learning. If we could discover ways to use digital game based learning in the classroom, then we are on our way to a data driven society. [Edited] more

It is evident that we are on a pathway to digital game based learning. He wants to pull the resources together so that teachers can teach digital game based learning and that students can learn from digital game based learning. His overall approach is discovering a pathway to enhance a teaching-learning environment using a data driven science such as digital game based learning.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:21PM) : It is hard to see the future of game-based learning in classrooms. more

Because combining the terms game and education appear contrary to each other, it is hard to see the future of game-based learning in classrooms. Are the resources sufficiently developed to move curricula in that direction? Have data shown significant improvements in academics from using game-based instruction? Are the barriers in teachers’ minds able to be overcome? (My colleague is NOT convinced, but I do not believe she is currently reading research articles.) We did some in EDU 800.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 12:48PM) : Education as a "data-driven science" more

I believe education has been moving toward a data-driven approach. However, the question lies in the type of data being used. We use assessment data to drive instruction. We have this issue in education of “teaching to the test” because teachers are evaluated on their “data.” There is value in data, but I agree with George Couros (2018) who tweeted, "I think that “data-driven” says something immensely different than “Data-informed” (https://twitter.com/gcouros).

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:40PM) : Fourth Question from Moderator more

what are the key elements of a digital learning environment that fosters personalized learning?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 8:30PM) : The key elements are critical thinking skills and communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 12:50PM) : Adding on... more

I agree and would add:
problem-solving, collaboration, engagement, simulated experiences, hypothesizing, creativity and solution-focused.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:24PM) : I did not find this information from the video. more

Digital learning environments make available more information, more connectivity, more diversity, deeper thinking, creativity, synthesis, and visualization.

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:43PM) : Pause and summarize... more

Given Ms. Zolt’s ideas on “personalized learning and
assessment” what are her core values and assumptions? How does her perspective align with/differ from the other speakers, especially Hughes and Popovic?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 9:24PM) : Her core values and assumptions are that you need to think critically and communicate both orally and in writing in a collaborative environment. She aligns these skills with educational technology and learning assessments. [Edited] more

Her assessments aligns with the other members of the panel. That is the other members of the panel spoke to assessment as personalized learning. Hughes and Popovic, for instance, spoke on the lines of pathways to learning assessments instead of core values.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:26PM) : Writing is key. more

Yes, John, her assessments aligned with other members of the panel, but towards the end she said (with a hint of apology) that WRITING is still the key—after all else has been discussed. For myself, I would modify her statement to include reading, too. Reading and writing solve many ills.

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Corinne McCabe (Jun 10 2018 1:04PM) : Read closely, think critically & communicate effectively more

Zolt’s description of assessments as, “low pressure, high yield,” is a bit different than Hughes idea of mastery. Zolt explained that the authentic task of writing about reading presents students with an opportunity to demonstrate multiple skills within the single task of writing letters.

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:45PM) : Question to all the panelists from the moderator... more

What are the policy barriers that you currently see, either at the state or the Federal level? And then, what are the policy recommendations that you think would help enable some of the innovations that’s we’re talking about?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 9:33PM) : I think that the federal government needs to do more in terms of funding educational technology on the national level. Too much reliance of funding educational technology is at the state level. [Edited] more

I think giving all students a computer is a good start. I think that exploration and intervention in digital game based learning at the K12 level would open the door to educational technology as a learning tool.

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Susan Byers (Jun 07 2018 3:31PM) : Schools are behind and educators are resistant to innovation. more

The comment was made that the national culture is very innovative, but that schools are not, that schools are behind and educators are resistant to innovation.

Is this true? All of it? I think it is overgeneralized.

If it is true, WHY are schools behind and WHY are educators resistant?
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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:47PM) : Pause and summarize... more

… one last time…

Based on the policy ideas each panelist shared — and the language that they used to describe those policies (24/7, personalized, etc), what is your current thinking about assessment and educational technology?

Who do you agree with the most? The least? Why?

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Mr. John Golden (Jun 03 2018 8:37PM) : Assessment is understanding how we learn using innovative and creative technologies. Educational technology, that is, a national vision or plan using enabled technology for learning. more

I agree that learning can take place using technology that is integrated with pedagogy instruction and content knowledge, for the most part.

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Troy Hicks (Jan 30 2017 1:52PM) : Q/A from audience more

At this point, I encourage you to keep listening, but you do not have to write any additional responses to the video… unless, of course, one or more of the questions strike you as particularly relevant and interesting.

There is one particularly interesting comment from Ms. Weiss about technology use in Finland, which will likely be of interest to those of you who are K-12 educators.

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