The following five essential elements were identified as being central to personalize learning. These elements provided the framework for the MNW Board's discussion. The bullets under the elements below are summary points of the discussion.
1) Flexible, Anytime/Everywhere Learning
● you don’t need to be in the building to learn (or access curriculum)
● learn at their own pace
● don’t have to be with peers
● focus on student interests
● kids need to be engaged and accountable for their own learning
● Kids coming and going to see instructors
● might be referred to as the open campus model.
● It could mean a more automated system
● more access to experts (Kahn University)
● is there a base or core knowledge that all students need to have?
● teachers become facilitators of the learning
● Teacher is facilitator
● Students may not always go to the teacher for information
● Students have advisors
● Perhaps not one teacher per group of students, but a team of teachers with differentiated roles.
● Teacher would not necessarily have to be in building
● We don’t want virtual learning without collaborative projects
● What is the role of project-based collaboration in virtual learning?
● If teachers trust student inquiry--children will discover great things.
● Classrooms become nation-wide/ world-wide and students collaborate online
● When technology increases, the authentic learning opportunities grow
● Long range planning needed
● Gives individual students more opportunities to learn, their method of learning
● Students would have more control of the pace of their learning
● Time should become the variable, not the learning(mastery)
● The only place this happens now is in the alternative program
● Quarters, semester, trimesters wouldn’t work in this type of learning
● How does this impact funding?
● Reauthorization of NCLB will be based on the growth model (Jeff H.)
● Does this system lend itself to year around school?
● As soon as a student masters a topic, s/he moves on.
The meeting was live streamed, collaborative Google notes were taken and shared, and several teachers and anonymous viewers joined in via the u-stream and Google Doc.
The discussion will continue at the April Education Board Meeting.