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In “Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies,” Hanover Research's Managing Director Blair Milam and Content Director Heather Popielski discuss several aspects of the classroom setup, professional development, evaluation and policy and organizational considerations around the future of K-12 public education. The Next Generation classroom will contain personalized learning through teaching students as individuals, differentiation in teaching methods, varying content and solid objectives. It will contain project and inquiry-based learning through asking driving questions about real world challenges to develop voice and improve written and oral communication skills, which is exemplified currently in district-run virtual schooling. Professional Development will be focused on 3 main components—instructional shifts, use of instructional technology and assessment literacy—while evaluation needs to focus on sample measures of several components, including test scores, independence, critical-thinking, student engagement, applied skills and teacher feedback. Lastly, there are several policy and organizational considerations in that technology use policies are becoming more lenient and evaluation is becoming more heavily weighted in the use of digital portfolios.

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  • Source: “Partnership for Next Generation Learning.” Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010.

  • Source: “Partnership for Next Generation Learning.” Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010.

  • Source: Amenta, R., and Lowery, R. E. “Personalized Learning Environments.” Learning Environments Consortium International.
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  • Source: Lane, J.L. “Inquiry-based Learning.” Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence.
  • Source: “What Does an ‘Embodied Lesson’ Mean?” SMALLab Learning, November 6, 2012.
  • Next Generation Learning

    1. 1.© Copyright 2014 Hanover Research Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies
    2. 2. 2 INTRODUCTION
    3. 3. 3 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Defining Next Generation Learning Next Generation Learning Is about more than just edtech – it’s about personalization, C&CR, and student engagement. The term refers to a range of instructional practices and tools that support the goals of personalization. Personalized learning Comprehensive systems of learning supports Anytime, everywhere opportunities NEXT GENERATION LEARNING World-class knowledge and skills Performance-based learning Authentic student voices Source: CCSSO
    4. 4. 4 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Defining Next Generation Learning There are some known factors that make tools effective: A blend of computer-based and classroom learning Adaptive software that targets individual students’ weaknesses A variety of content delivery methods to keep students engaged EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGY-ENHANCED PROGRAMS Automatic feedback generation for students and teachers A software platform that allows teachers to organize data and alter the curriculum
    6. 6. 6 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Personalized Learning Personalization aims to foster greater academic competency and mastery. It incorporates both differentiation and individualization while advancing beyond them. Source: Hanover Research Report:: Innovative Middle School Programs Individualization Instruction that is paced to the learning needs of different learners. Differentiation Instruction that is tailored to the learning preferences of different learners. Personalization Instruction that is paced to learning needs, tailored to learning preferences, and tailored to the specific interests of different learners. PERSONALIZATION VARYING CONTENT AND OBJECTIVES INDIVIDUALIZATION DIFFERENTIATION
    7. 7. 7 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Works with students of various grade and achievement levels continuously over the course of their educational career. Advises and monitors a group of 20-25 students. Develops learning guides for assigned subject areas. Meets with students in small group seminars. Coaches students in small groups and in one-on- one instructional settings. Evaluates student achievement on specific subject content. Meets with parents of 20-25 students about their progress. Personalized Learning: Shifting Responsibilities for Teachers TEACHER’S ROLE IN THE TRADITIONAL CLASSROOM TEACHER’S ROLE IN PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION Teaches several new classes of 25-35 students for a semester or year, each year. Cover course content within allocated amount of time. Tests for levels of student achievement on given content. Teaches all students of various abilities simultaneously. Meet with approximately 80-100 to parents about the success or failure of their child. Keep class attendance records of 80-100 students. Source: Amenta, R., and Lowery, R. E. “Personalized Learning Environments.” Learning Environments Consortium International.
    8. 8. 8 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies • Communication Toolkits • Instructional Materials Source: Software & Information Industry Association Personalized Learning Environment: School of One The School of One is an example of a different structure that allows for greater differentiation and personalization. The illustration below describes how the classroom structure changes – teachers collaborate and students have time to work autonomously, often with ed tech materials. Though the success of the model has been somewhat mixed, education leaders seem to still be optimistic.
    9. 9. 9 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Project-Based Learning (PBL) The PBL approach, which originated in medical and engineering schools, requires students to take greater responsibility for their own learning: while the teacher establishes the goal or standard for the project, students must decide how they will reach this goal. Consequently, students must develop and refine questions throughout the learning process. Driving question Need to know In-depth inquiry Public audience Revision & reflection Voice & choice 21st century skills Significant content Source: BIE COMPONENTS OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING: Among the most attractive aspects of PBL are its efficacy in increasing student motivation and ability to foster content expertise. For these reasons, PBL is increasingly common as a method of teaching middle school mathematics, though the model can be adapted to many different subjects and to interdisciplinary contexts.
    10. 10. 10 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies “[A] research-based strategy that actively involves students in the exploration of the content, issues, and questions surrounding a curricular area or concept.” -Jill L. Lane Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) IBL, similar to project-based learning , is another way to shake up the school structure, but seems to require a lot of re-design and professional development. DEFINITION OF IBL: Source:
    11. 11. 11 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Embodied Cognition Source: SmalLab Learning “Embodiment and Cognition. The working hypothesis in our lab is that human cognition is really embodied cognition. This means that cognitive processes are deeply rooted and come from the body’s interactions with its physical environment (Wilson, 2002). Multiple research areas now support the tenet that embodiment is an underpinning of cognition.” - M.C. Johnson-Glenberg
    12. 12. 12 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies District-Run Virtual Schools KEY CONSIDERATIONS: iNACOL offers a set of standards for the development of quality online courses, covering course content, instructional design, technology, student assessment, course evaluation and management, and 21st century skills. Curriculum selection or development Course quality Professional development and effective teacher management Support services to students BEST PRACTICES: Source: Hanover Research Report - Best Practices in Innovative Programming
    13. 13. 13 EVALUATION
    14. 14. 14 Uncovering Successful Next Generation Learning Strategies Sample Measures Independence and self-confidence Test Scores Applied skills Teacher feedback Critical-thinking skills Student engagement
    15. 15. Research Without Limits Blair Milam, Managing Director K-12 Heather Popielski, Content Director Hanover Research is a global information services firm providing knowledge support to both non- profit and for-profit organizations. Within the field of education, Hanover Research works with a diverse group of 600+ educational organizations, supporting their research, planning, and funding needs through quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, surveys, benchmarking, and grant proposal development. By operating on an affordable, fixed-fee model, we help K-12 organizations overcome challenges that impede their ability to close student achievement gaps, meet workforce demands, attract external funding, and report performance outcomes. To learn more about Hanover Research’s K-12 services and our unique model, please contact 202.559.0050 or e-mail