Special Report

K-12 Seeks Custom Fit

Schools Test Individual Digital Learning
March 17, 2011
  • School & District Management Researchers Evaluate Tech.-Oriented, Personalized Learning
    Determining what approaches work best when using digital tools to customize education is proving to be challenging.
    Michelle R. Davis, March 14, 2011
    4 min read
    Edmunds Middle School teacher Jim Monahan uses an interactive whiteboard to help a student solve a math problem while other students work at their own pace on other assignments.
    Edmunds Middle School teacher Jim Monahan uses an interactive whiteboard to help a student solve a math problem while other students work at their own pace on other assignments.
    Rajan Chawla for Education Week
    Classroom Technology Navigating the Path to Personalized Education
    A Vermont initiative to improve learning in middle schools is working through the challenges of using the latest digital tools and different teaching approaches.
    Kevin Bushweller, March 14, 2011
    12 min read
    Special Education Spec-Ed Tech Seen as Potentially Beneficial for All Students
    Assistive technologies for students with disabilities are highly customized and could be used to personalize learning for students without disabilities, experts say.
    Katie Ash, March 14, 2011
    5 min read
    Teaching Schools Use Digital Tools to Customize Education
    Educators are turning to technology and different teaching and learning approaches to provide more personalized learning experiences for students.
    Michelle R. Davis, March 14, 2011
    4 min read
    Special Education Universities Run E-Schools for K-12 Gifted Students
    The online schools are essentially serving as a research base for evaluating the effectiveness of personalized virtual learning for high achievers.
    Katie Ash, March 14, 2011
    6 min read
    Accountability Vt. Initiative Seeks to Balance Innovation, Accountability
    University of Vermont researchers are following a cohort of I-LEAP students to assess the impact that technology-rich, customized learning has on high school completion.
    Kevin Bushweller, March 14, 2011
    3 min read
    Ivette Garcia, 15, center, is in an online credit-recovery course for Algebra 1 at John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles. "We have to use computers," she says. "It makes us think more."
    Ivette Garcia, 15, center, is in an online credit-recovery course for Algebra 1 at John C. Fremont High School in Los Angeles. "We have to use computers," she says. "It makes us think more."
    Melissa Golden for Education Week
    Teaching Ed. Customization Lessons Learned from Online Credit Recovery
    Credit recovery is one of the areas of fastest growth for virtual learning, and course designers must be especially creative when developing the curricula.
    Michelle R. Davis, March 14, 2011
    5 min read
    Teaching Tailoring Testing with Digital Tools
    Educators and researchers are exploring how to embed assessments into digital curricula to better understand the needs of individual students.
    Katie Ash, March 14, 2011
    8 min read
    Teaching Profession Teachers & Technology
    This year, the Technology Counts data section shines the spotlight on teachers' use of technology.
    March 14, 2011
    1 min read
    Rice University created CSI: Web Adventures to introduce middle schoolers to forensic science through cases based on the popular TV-show franchise about crime-scene investigations.
    Rice University created CSI: Web Adventures to introduce middle schoolers to forensic science through cases based on the popular TV-show franchise about crime-scene investigations.
    Courtesy of Rice University
    Classroom Technology Digital Gaming Goes Academic
    Experts say technology and research have evolved to the point where educators can actually have a sense of the impact of games on individual learners.
    Katie Ash, March 14, 2011
    7 min read
    Student Well-Being Students Seek the Right Digital Fit
    Technology is pushing the boundaries of personalized learning by helping students customize their own classroom experiences.
    Michelle R. Davis & Katie Ash, March 14, 2011
    5 min read
    Law & Courts State, Local Policies Seen to Slow Personalized Learning
    Digital advancements are forcing policymakers to rethink policies addressing student use of mobile devices, online textbooks, and social networking sites for learning.
    Ian Quillen, March 14, 2011
    6 min read
    Catherine Mitchell teaches an Advanced Placement English class at the East Bronx Academy for the Future, in New York City. The school is part of the city schools' Innovation Zone initiative, which is trying different teaching and learning methods to see what works best.
    Catherine Mitchell teaches an Advanced Placement English class at the East Bronx Academy for the Future, in New York City. The school is part of the city schools' Innovation Zone initiative, which is trying different teaching and learning methods to see what works best.
    Emile Wamsteker for Education Week
    Teaching NYC Innovation Zone Tests Customized Digital Learning
    The iZone is trying new and different ways of educating students and managing schools, with a heavy emphasis on customized digital learning.
    Ian Quillen, March 14, 2011
    11 min read
    Teaching NYC’s School of One Customizes Math Learning
    The program uses 5,000 online lessons from 50 content providers and an algorithm that turns those lessons into individualized 'playlists' on students' netbooks.
    Ian Quillen, March 14, 2011
    6 min read
    Mayo Elementary teacher George Tudor uses Reasoning Mind, which is based on a Russian math curriculum, to work with his 2nd graders.
    Mayo Elementary teacher George Tudor uses Reasoning Mind, which is based on a Russian math curriculum, to work with his 2nd graders.
    Melissa Golden for Education Week
    Teaching Web-Based Russian Math Curriculum Shows Positive Results
    Students using the program are showing improvements in both their proficiency and their attitudes toward math.
    Nora Fleming, March 14, 2011
    11 min read