What We’re Watching: Personalized Learning Event at Harvard

On Thursday, May 5 at 5:30, the Harvard Graduate School of Education will host an event about a new online personalized learning platform that is being made available to schools for free. The platform has been developed by teachers from Summit Public Schools with help from Facebook engineers.

Mike Sego, Director of Engineering at Facebook, and Diane Tavenner, Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools will speak at the event, which is called “Engineering Personalized Learning: The Story of Summit Schools and Facebook.” As discussants there will be a principal, teacher, and student who have been using the platform.

The event will be livestreamed here.

A recent article in EdSurge describes the partnership between Summit and Facebook and explains how 19 other schools and districts have been invited to try out the personalized learning platform through a program dubbed “Basecamp.”

Michael Horn wrote about advances by school networks like Summit and Altschool in “Moving Edtech Forward” in the Winter 2016 issue of EdNext.

Earlier, he and Heather Staker wrote about how Summit is “Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students.”

Diane Tavenner was profiled by Joanne Jacobs for Education Next in 2013, before Summit began working with Facebook.

An article by Joanne Jacobs in the new issue of Education Next looks at another approach to personalized learning in ‘High School of the Future.”

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