A growing number of schools have embraced "personal learning environments" -- an approach identified as a key "ed-tech trend to watch" by the New Media Consortium's 2012 K-12 Horizon report. Though an exact description of the teaching method has not been established, it is thought of as the use of technology tools to visualize and organize the information with which students are presented. Some say PLEs will help prepare students for the type of higher-order thinking required under the Common Core State Standards.

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