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“Leveraging Intelligent Adaptive Learning to Personalize Education”

Report CoverIn this special white paper based upon the Speak Up 2011 national findings, Project Tomorrow has partnered with DreamBox Learning to explore a new concept in the use of technology to personalize learning—Intelligent Adaptive Learning™. DreamBox Adaptive Learning gets to the heart of personalizing instruction by leveraging technological advancements to provide a systematic way for students to master skills and knowledge levels at a pace that is especially tailored to their strengths and weaknesses, and for teachers to have unprecedented visibility into data on student achievement to inform their daily practice. Key research questions discussed for this analysis include:

  • Why is this the right time for greater interest in intelligent adaptive learning?
  • What is the value proposition for adaptive learning?
  • Are teachers ready for this? What do they need to be able to leverage these new tools effectively in the classroom?

Key Findings:

  • 28% of administrators are calling for an “individualized education plan” for every student, not just special needs students.
  • Two-thirds of principals (67 percent) noted that the use of digital content in the classroom increases student engagement in school and learning, and 45 percent see digital content as a new pathway for personalized instruction for each student.
  • In 2007, only one in ten teachers was using some type of digital games within instruction; in 2011, a quarter of teachers (24 percent) identified online and software games as part of their instructional toolkit.
  • Parents want technology solutions that provide individualized instruction — 57 percent of parents see online learning as a way for their child to work at his/her own pace.
  • District administrators rank intelligent adaptive learning #1 for improving student achievement.
  • 59% of principals would like incoming teachers to arrive with experience in adaptive learning tools. According to 43 percent of school site administrators the critical obstacle to realizing the benefits of digital content to personalize instruction is “teachers are not trained”.

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