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Conference Day Workshop

Go Slow to Go Fast: The Architecture of a Personalised Learning Experience
Ronen Cohen - Technology Integration | International School of Tanganyika
Jill Canillas Daley - PYP Librarian | American International School of Lusaka

Go Slow to Go Fast: The Architecture of a Personalised Learning Experience

Innovative Practice Sessions

About the workshop

In this session, we will discuss different elements instructional designers need to take into consideration when designing a personalised learning experience. We will then explain how these elements fit within Genius Hour and Pathways Course settings. Participants will discuss and brainstorm ways to implement these ideas into their unique contexts.

Participants will:

  • Understand different elements of personalised learning experiences
  • Deep dive into the Genius Hour concept
  • Be familiar with an implemented example of a personalised learning course
  • Begin to think of ideas and/or create a plan for their own personalised learning experiences

Key questions to be explored include:

  • What is personalised learning?
  • How does PL fit within our current teaching and learning environments (Enhanced PYP, Remote Learning, Design Thinking, Research, Visual Thinking, etc.)
  • What are the benefits of personalising learning?
  • What are examples of PLEs?
  • What are some of the different elements/components and roles within PLEs?

About the facilitators

Ronen Cohen

A native of Jerusalem, Israel, Ronen begun his education journey in 1999 as a kindergarten teacher in Taipei, Taiwan. Following this incredible opportunity to travel the world, learn about people and cultures, and spend time with kids, he realised that this is his life’s calling!

Since then Ronen has earned a BA in Elementary Education, a Talented and Gifted Certificate, and a MA degree in Educational Technology. He has been teaching in international schools in Thailand, Ghana, India, Ethiopia, and now in Tanzania.

Ronen’s most profound personal and professional growth took place while working at the International Community School in Addis Ababa. While serving as a Research and Development team member, he was immersed in researching instructional methods that align with the future of education. As a result of that long journey, and particularly learning about personalised learning and the systems that need to be put in place to ensure program success, a new course in Elementary School was created called, “Design, Creativity, Innovation”. Ronen is currently working to support his colleagues at IST through bringing in innovative instructional methodologies and technologies.

Jill Canillas Daley

Jill has been in public education for over 30 years. The last four years have been spent on the International scene as a PYP Librarian at the American International School of Lusaka. She was a recipient of the 2016 New Hampshire School Librarian Award due to her work with Genius Hour.  She has been part of the AISA Blended Learning group, and is working on her ISTE certification. She considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys connecting and collaborating with others.

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