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5 Tech Essentials for the Personalized Classroom

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 24, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 109AB

Andrew Easton  
Looking for resources designed by teachers to facilitate personalization in any K-12 classroom? If so, attend this session. You'll leave with learner profile samples, interactive choice board templates, goal-setting forms, a Google site to support student choice projects and more.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A Google account would be helpful, but it is not essential.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Personalized learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Build the confidence and competency of educators to put the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators into practice.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn about and experience a variety of best practices with personalization through both the content and the design of the activities in each portion of the presentation.

Participants will gain access to an extensive amount of resources that will serve to support personalized practices at any level and all K-12 content areas.

The session will be committed to leading with the instructional best practices while also noting how those strategies are optimally met by utilizing the tech resources that the session promises to deliver.

Google Forms, Pear Deck, and the use of Bitlys to share Google Doc and Folders will be the primary tech driving the dissemination of information.


(5 minutes) This session will utilize Google Forms to first give attendees a bellwork pre-test on their prior knowledge regarding personalized learning. From that assessment, attendees will be able to personalize their experience in the session as the pre-test will be revisited to drive different learning opportunities within each of the 5 tech sections of the session.
(10 minutes) Attendees will receive a brief overview of the session's content before we delve into a detailed explanation of the personalized learning model that the resources discussed throughout the session will serve to complement.
*Note: Pear Deck with Google Slides will be utilized to continually engage participants throughout the session, and as each tool is presented, attendees will be encouraged to gain access to each resource and explore those pieces during the session.
(10 minutes) Essential Tech Tool #1: Creating and Utilizing Personal Learner Profiles. This portion of the session will give an overview of what info might potentially go into a PLP, but it will stress the idea that educators look at the info they choose to collect as data useful to the student in making decisions within the choices made available to them in that personalized model. Attendees will receive access to a Google Folder with examples of PLPs for all levels that have been created in a myriad of different forms (Google Slides, Google Forms, PDFs, etc.).
(7 minutes) Essential Tech Tool #2: Daily Goal and Reflection Forms. While skill specific goals drive academic progress, having students write daily SMART goals to drive productivity is another critical part of any personalized model. This portion of the session will talk about why this piece is important and then explore what expectations teachers should have with this piece. Attendees will also receive various versions of this type of document as well.
(8 minutes) Essential Tech Tool #3: Developing Interactive Choice Boards. Choice boards aren't a new idea in education, but through the use of hyperlinks Google Slides can be leveraged to create an app-like workflow that can help learners of all ages effectively and efficiently navigate a collection of differentiated assignments and/or resources. This portion of the session will showcase example boards from 2nd grade, middle school Spanish, and high school mathematics before providing attendees access to a folder that houses several choice board templates.
(7 minutes) Essential Tech Tool #4: The "I Create" Website. A common personalized practice is for educators to give learners the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and competency in "...whatever way they want." However, for the learner who does not know how to create a quality video or tell a story digitally, it then either falls on the teacher to know every tech trick to support the learn or the learner will likely revert back to a pre-existing skillset (or choose the simplest task imaginable). To avoid this issue, the I Create website (a Google Site I created) supports learners who are looking to create something for school through a collection of how-to video clips, app/website recommendations, and simple recommendations on how to improve the quality of the finished product. This portion of the session will provide attendees with this website and a chance to explore this resources and its potential use in the classroom.
(6 minutes) Essential Tech Tool #5: Tracking Student Skills and Progress. Our current work in personalized learning (that will certainly evolve over the course of this year) is in the way of supporting and encouraging learners to make data-driven decision within a personalized model. In this portion of the session, attendees will have access to several variations of data-tracking documents that the teacher creates (and could then share with students) to essentially design learner pathways.
(2 minutes) Time for Closure and the Opportunity for Q&A.

Supporting research

Influences on Personalized Practices and Model
- Dr. Jim Rickabaugh's book "Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning"
- Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey's book "Make Learning Personal"
- I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in continued collaboration with both Dr. Rickabaugh and Kathleen McClaskey on this topic.
- I created and The Westside Personalized Podcast as places to house stories from the practitioners I've had a chance to work with, learn from, and support as they implemented personalized practices into their classrooms. The teachers I chat with on the pod share through their testimonials both the value of this work to personalize education and also the importance of tech resources like the ones this session will provide in order to optimally facilitate and support learners in a personalized environment.

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Andrew Easton, Nebraska ESU Coordinating Council

Andrew Easton serves Omaha Westside Community Schools as a Personalized Learning Collaborator, a position that affords him the opportunity to support each and every K-12 educator in his district through collaboration that develops a unique personalization model specific to each teacher, grade, content area, and learner population. Andrew is passionate about sparking ideas in others across a diverse range of topics (personalization, instructional video production, flexible spaces, and gamification), and as a result, he was recognized as the 2016 PBS Lead Digital Innovator for the state of Nebraska. Andrew also hosts the Westside Personalized Podcast, available on iTunes.

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