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self-directed learning

5 Hypotheses About Learning That Suggest Self-Directed Learning

June 28, 2013

By  Terry Heick, : Five Hypotheses About Learning That Suggest Self-Directed Learning In our continuing reading and research on learning–whether we’re looking at project-based learning, problem-based learning, blended learning, or any number of other approaches–we often bump into the idea of self-directed learning. This is not a coincidence, we believe, as even Dewey promoted the… Read More ›

student-centered learning

(Infographic) Putting Students at The Center

from We know that each student is unique, but what about each student’s brain? This new Students at the Center infographic from Christina Hinton and JFF(Jobs For the Future) draws on the research from Mind, Brain, and Education to depict the brain science behind student-centered approaches to learning. Check out more resources about Putting Students at the… Read More ›


Self-Directed Learning Well Explained and 27 Actions has a series of posts about self-directed learning by Terry Heick and the staff, well worth a read! “Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate… Read More ›

The Basics of Education Data Mining and Learning Analytics

Educators may not always be able to provide each student with the one-on-one time needed for personalized learning. Data mining and analytics make it easier for educators to address the needs of students with varied academic capabilities. We’ve covered the status of Adaptive Learning – Challenges and Developments. College Stats explains the basics of educational data mining… Read More ›

The Shift From Cohorts to Competency [Infographic]

“The Shift From Cohorts to Competency” is the fourth DLN Smart Series white paper released in collaboration with Getting Smart. This paper outlines how schools and districts can ensure every student gains the necessary skills to graduate college and career ready by shifting to competency-based education. (View the infographic below) Also check out another policy paper… Read More ›

adaptive learning

Adaptive Learning – The Challenges and Developments

Learning analytic is one of emerging technologies that will impact higher education in the next 2-3 years from the Horizon report for higher education just released this week. It refers to pulling data from a variety of data generated as learners interact with the learning contents and environments to give a picture of learners’ profile…. Read More ›

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Originally posted on TED Blog:
In the information age we have access to more data and knowledge than at any previous point in human history. But more accessible data doesn’t necessarily mean more processable data — tax returns, court cases and newspaper archives may be available to the public, but they are often hard to…

students own their learning

Culture Shift: When the Learner Owns the Learning

by Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey, from Alliance for Excellent Education’s report on Culture Shift provides facts that point to learner-centered instruction and the use of technology to “guide students toward greater ownership of their learning.” “It is not about instruction or technology. It is about the learner owning and driving their learning.” Barbara Bray / Kathleen McClaskey The… Read More ›

brain-based learning

Making, Playing, Learning and Working Memory

Working memory measures potential to learn, and can be crucial in supporting classroom achievement, says Tracy Packiam Alloway. She researches working memory at the University of North Florida and has developed the world’s first standardised working memory tests for educators. Her latest book is an edited collection, Working Memory: The Connected Intelligence, published by Psychology Press…. Read More ›

CK-12 Braingenie

Brain-based Learning and Higher Ed

by Justin Marquis Ph.D., As a graduate of a doctoral program with a heavy emphasis on learning science, I have long believed that we will eventually understand the inner workings of the human brain to such a degree that we will be able to quantify the effects of every interaction and learning experience. This… Read More ›

Manage Your Own Online Learning ePortfolio for Free

In the age of lifelong learning, we think this tool is really cool for our learning journey! We copy the most important things you need to know about it from . Built on award-winning Mahara software, gives you access to your own, free e-portfolio. You have the freedom to create your own portfolio away from… Read More ›

The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door? People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire. Read… Read More ›

purchase accessible learning material

Complementary Supports for the Achievement of All Students

Dr. Joy Zabala is a pioneer in special education and assistive technology. She is currently the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM Center) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education. The AIM Center provides knowledge development, technical assistance and leadership to… Read More ›

learning English

Teacher Tips and Tricks for Learning English Efficiently

To learn a language efficiently you can apply various methods. You can learn and develop language skills in a way that is most suitable for you. The following article will provide you with a list to keep in mind when learning English through learner autonomy. Learn how to use a dictionary: apart from using a dictionary… Read More ›

Educational Psychology: 20 Things Educators Need to Know About How Students Learn

What makes a teacher successful?Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge into another person is what makes an excellent instructor stand out. What good is it if a teacher has all the facts, but cannot communicate them in a way that others can comprehend?… Read More ›

What Type of Learner Are You?

What type of learner are you? This infographic from reveals that 27.8% of people are predominantly kinaesthetic learners.  This makes up the biggest proportion of learners.  The next highest proportion learn best through reading / writing, followed by aural and visual. It explains how people can learn things by physically doing them rather than reading or… Read More ›

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Thanks to many start-ups, more instruction is now being simultaneously delivered–by a live teacher, via web-based curricula, and in the form of students teaching one another, among other forms–within the walls of traditional classrooms. Take a look at these innovations helping to reshape our education nowadays. Be prepared for a paradigm shift. (Note : Department of… Read More ›

3 Discoveries from A Gamified AP Biology Class

Paul Andersen has been teaching science in Montana for the last eighteen years.  He’s been posting a regular series of YouTube videos on all things science and education in general for the past year: including physics, biology,  anatomy, earth science, chemistry, they have become very popular. His science videos have been viewed millions of times by students… Read More ›

Personal Learning Environments and Psychological Ownership

Excellent points from researching have been revealed by Prof. Dr. Ilona Buchem, this is a noteworthy presentation about personalized learning environments for every educators . This study was conducted on students in higher education level. Ownership and control emerged as core concepts in the analysis of over 100 publications on personal learning environment based on… Read More ›

Stages of Personalized Learning Environments

Personalized Learning is a journey to meet every personal learning style and needs. Digital learning should be personalized learning. We found this elaboration on stages toward truly personal learning path is a helpful model. More information can be found on the linked website.

personalized learning

Connecting Dots for A Personalized Learning Journey

This Project Tomorrow “Speak Up 2011″ report focuses on how K-12 students and parents in the U.S. are “connecting the dots”  through digital learning. The goal in this year’s Speak Up National Report on the 2011 findings from K-­12 students and parents is to provide new insights on how schools can take advantage of the opportunities… Read More ›

digital textbook, etextbook

Ten Elements of the Post-Textbook World

This is a guest post –  “Welcome to the Post Textbook World: Ten Elements”  – from  Tom Vander Ark. It was originally published on Getting Smart, where he wrote about his deep investigation on this topic. ***** A friend asked about Jay Mathew’s post on textbooks. I thought the rear view mirror critique of a process to pick… Read More ›

visualization, visual learner

ICT for Visual Learners – Tools, Resources and LMS

Visual learners are those whose prefered learning style (in a learning situation) is what they see. These learner like seeing teachers body language and facial expressions, pictures, illustrations, diagrams, posters, cartoons, collages, slide shows, TV Shows, videos, flowcharts, coloring books, graphs, charts, maps, flash cards, underlining and highlighting. So these forms are more effective for them to catch… Read More ›

blended learning, digital learning, personalized learning, virtual school

Blended Learning in Different Models That Work

Our education is shifting from century-old, industrial-age factory model to personalized learning through technologies. Blended learning has been widely recognized as a promising approach to facilitate a learning-on-demand model. This infographic displays the ideas around it along with 6 programs representing each of the blended learning models. undefined


The Edupunks’ Guide to a DIY Credential

“Edupunk,” a recently debated term, according to Ms. Kamenetz, means someone “who doesn’t fit the traditional college mold because of their interests or circumstances but who are interested in learning and furthering their educations.” The Edupunks’ Guide is “a comprehensive guide to learning online and charting a personalized path to an affordable credential using the latest innovative tools and… Read More ›

instaGrok, search engine

A Research Engine for Differentiated Learning

There are a lot of search engines out there, I know, we’ve also mentioned some options about Surfing Internet and Learning Safely. But if you look into InstaGrok, you will learn how much different search could be done today. We should call it a research engine (instead of search engine) that adds value to search results. These are main features… Read More ›

inquiry hub

The School Becomes An Inquiry Hub

The Obama administration is asking every U.S. school to accelerate the transition to digital textbooks with the goal: an e-textbook in every student’s hand by 2017. FCC had provided Digital Textbook Playbook offering information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device… Read More ›

personalized learning

Better Individual Learning Path – The Finnish Way We Should Know

Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning is the post organizing key findings and resources about leveraging digital learning to fulfill personalized learning. In this post there are more valuable insights, analysis and experience sharing about learner-centered learning. (Don’t forget to check out more resources curated by Kathleen McClaskey : Personalized Learning.) Quote from Paul Lorette,… Read More ›

visualization, UDL, UDI

Resources about Universal Design

In Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning, we pointed to Universal Design for Learning as it is indeed a vital piece of digital learning in 21st century. While in the K12 space it is often referred to as Universal Design for Learning, it is more commonly known as Universal Design of Instruction, UDI; several sections of the educational sector have implemented… Read More ›

Science, physics, education

Great Reflections from a Physics Teacher

As the beginning of the school year gets underway I ask myself this question: “What learning environment will I provide so that my students can’t wait ‘til the next class?” — from Dolores Gende , a Physics teacher and Director of Instructional Technology at Dallas, Texas. Her reflections inspired us about the real meanings of science education. From her… Read More ›

reflection in learning

Students Reflect on Their Own Learning

We are always talking about the ideal education should be a learner-centered setting. Learners can be in charge of their learning with options to different paths and paces. Learners will participate in the designing of their learning processes. So the first thing of all is that they have their voices heard. More and more teachers… Read More ›

universal design learning, UDL, personalized learning

Digital Learning should be Personalized Learning

“Learning is most effective when it’s personalised; it means something to the learner. That happens when people feel they are participants and investors in their own learning, shaping what and how they learn, and able to articulate its value to them.” — Leadbeater, Charles, “What’s next? 21 Ideas for 21st Century Learning” The teacher’s role… Read More ›

What Should We Keep in Minds about Differentiation ?

In this age of educational technologies playing a more important role in classrooms, we speak about personlized learning and differentiation. But we barely heard of how to give students a comfortable and safe environment to explore learning instead of being marked “smart”, “average” or “dumb”. Until we found Matthew’s blog which reminds all of us a… Read More ›

Building a Learning Network for Students

As Pew Research Center just published its report on new kinds of learners emerging from ubiquitous mobile connectivity on EDUCAUSE2011 recently. Now learners are self directed, less top down, more reliant on feedback and response, more inclined to collaboration, more open to cross discipline insights, more oriented towards people being their own idividual nodes of… Read More ›

symbolic BCDS, technology integration

Effective Technology Integration Demonstrated

Robin Neal teaches English at Beaver Country Day School, a progressive, independent school in the Boston area. He has also taught in public and international schools and has experience at all levels from grades 6-12. He is particularly interested in technology in the classroom and how it can be used to create more dynamic, authentic… Read More ›

rethinking schools

Rethinking Schools as Life is an Open-book Test

Today schools run a great risk of becoming irrelevant to students. Since the learning in schools is getting out of date for learners to handle challenges in the real world. To address this issuse, this is a guest blog post from Peter Pappas, licensed under CC-BY. ***** What Happens in Schools When Life Has become an… Read More ›

digital learning

Putting Students in Charge of their Learning

I read the article “How do I put students in charge of thinking in my classroom?” by Peter Pappas (under Creative Common License CC-BY-SA), and I felt that I wanted to share it. ***** I spent the month of February in Oregon giving a series of workshops across the state.  But I didn’t do all… Read More ›

Print on Demand, digital publishing

Using Print on Demand to Publish Your Own Books

Print on demand is a service getting very mature because of digital publishing revolution, it is also an excellent tool for education. This guest blog post from Peter Pappas will tell you some examples. ***** Using Print on Demand to Publish Your Own Books New print technologies make it very easy to publish your own… Read More ›

self publishing

So Why Aren’t Your Students Self-publishing Their Own Books?

This topic is from the old blog post of our guest blogger Peter Pappas, but we still think it’s very worthful to share it again. This is a meaningful thread following the thought of our previous blog post “It’s a Digital World, Why not Digital Textbook ?” : “Let’s not make students “sit and get” when it comes… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).