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Make Learning Personal: The What, Who, WOW, Where, and Why

by Barbara Bray and Kathleen McClaskey Corwin Press
Pub Date:
10/2014
ISBN:
9781483352978
Format:
Pbk 288 pages
Price:
AU$75.00 NZ$80.00
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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Many books claim to be about learning - few live up to the claim: this is one of the few. It addresses the key focus for changing classrooms: the culture and language. With many important and useful clarifications and distinctions, it helps the move from today’s dominant depersonalized classrooms toward greater learner motivation, engagement and achievement. It is packed with a rich range of examples from the US and elsewhere, and a great model of the journey of change, including teachers’ stories.

• Authored by two well known experts in personalized learning
• Clearly explains what personalized learning is and how it differs from differentiated instruction and individual instruction
• Covers the three stages of personalized learning implementation
• Filled with activities, models, and examples; backed by research
• Book supports webinar and online courses created by authors

PrefaceIntroductionForeword1. What is Personalized Learning?2. Who Are Your Learners?3. Wow! Teacher and Learner Roles Are Changing4. Where Is Personalized Learning Happening?5. Why Personalize Learning?6. Your Turn to Personalize LearningConclusionReferencesAppendix

'Many books claim to be about learning - few live up to the claim: this is one of the few. It addresses the key focus for changing classrooms: the culture and language.With many important and useful clarifications and distinctions, it helps the move from today and rsquo;s dominant depersonalized classrooms toward greater learner motivation, engagement and achievement.It is packed with a rich range of examples from US and elsewhere, and a great model of the journey of change, including teachers and rsquo; stories.The authors have considerable expertise in this territory; this book deserves to become a considerable resource for improving classrooms.' Chris Watkins, Reader in Education
Barbara Bray is Creative Learning Officer and Co-Founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, Founder/Owner of My eCoach (my-ecoach.com), posts on Rethinking Learning (barbarabray.net) and writes a regular column on professional development for OnCUE (Computer Using Educators). She is a Gold Disc Winner (1998) and Platinum Disc Winner (2009) from CUE for her contributions to educational technology for the advancement of teaching and learning and Micro Awardee for the Make Me a Million $ Competition in 2010. Barbara is a teacher, writer, instructional designer and creative learning strategist who connects people and ideas. As an educational technologist and professional developer, she has worked with schools, districts, individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations around the world to facilitate change, design new learning environments, and build online communities for teachers to connect and share teaching practice through action research. She builds coaching programs where teachers can become facilitators, advisors, and partners in learning. Barbara facilitates visioning sessions, assists with writing strategic plans, and researches and writes about personalizing learning so learners follow their passions to discover their purpose. Barbara lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her best friend and husband, Tom, who she has been married to for 44 years. She is very grateful for her sisters, Sandy Ritz, Terry Leach, and Janet Ritz and her two creative children, Sara Zimmerman and Andrew Bray who are passionate about what they do and how they live, and an amazing granddaughter, Cali aall who inspire her to follow her purpose to make learning personal for all learners. Kathleen McClaskey has been on mission the last three decades to level the playing field for all learners. She has been a teacher, administrator, professional developer, innovative leader, visionary, and futurist who believes that everyone on the planet is a learner. As an educational technologist for over 30 years, graduate instructor and an Universal Design for Learning consultant, she has worked worldwide in training thousands of teachers in using tools to instruct all learners in the classroom. In the last decade, Kathleen directed and designed the professional development in multiple technology-based projects in math, science, literacy and autism to build 21st Century classrooms and sustainable learner-centered environments. She is passionate in empowering learners with tools, skills and learning strategies so that they can become self-directed learners who can realize their hopes and dreams and have choices in the post secondary. Kathleen is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Personalize Learning, LLC, founder/owner of EdTech Associates, Inc. and the Advocacy Chairperson for the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education, an affiliate of ISTE. In 2012, she was awarded the ISTE 2012 Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award. In 2010 she was a Finalist for the Make Me a Million $ Competition. Kathleen lives in New Hampshire with her husband Jim who she has been married to for 41 years. She has two wonderful sons, Joshua and Seth and two adorable grandsons, Austyn and Benny who all continue to serve as her daily inspiration to personalize learning for every learner.