Leveraging Intelligent Adaptive Learning to Personalize Education

In 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™. With intelligent adaptive learning, every action that a student makes while working in a specially designed instructional technology software program is captured, including right and wrong answers, length of time in making decisions and the student’s individual decision-making strategies. The program typically analyzes about 48,000 pieces of information on a single student in a single hour to continuously adjust the student’s learning path. By synthesizing such finegrained data, the program is able to continuously place students appropriately in lessons with the “just right” amount of difficulty, scaffolding, sequencing and hints, tailored especially to that student’s unique needs. The result is literally millions of individualized learning paths that ensure a high degree of personalized instruction for students as well as a wealth of assessment data that teachers can use to better tailor classroom instruction to their students. While personalized learning as an important educational concept is not new, the ability to harness technological advancements as demonstrated with intelligent adaptive learning is a significant breakthrough concept for the classroom.

The benefits of personalized learning and adaptive learninb

  • The right time for greater interest in intelligent adaptive learning
  • Tech-enabled principals value technology as key to personalizing learning for each student
  • Technology is a win-win for teachers—increasing their effectiveness and student engagement
  • Parents endorse educational tools that personalize student learning
  • Stakeholders’ support provides the right time for new interest in intelligent adaptive learning
  • The value proposition for intelligent adaptive learning
  • District and school site administrators agree: “just right” level of instruction is the #1 benefit of intelligent adaptive learning
  • Shared vision for the ultimate school includes intelligent adaptive learning
  • Parents see adaptive learning as a solution for classes that are too big and impersonal for their child
  • Teachers are tapping into games to increase student engagement and personalize learning
  • Familiarity with adaptive learning is a key requirement for the next generation of teachers
  • Time to rethink professional development to meet teachers’ needs and personalize pace and content
  • Intelligent adaptive learning: the catalyst for more personalized learning

About Speak Up 2011

Speak Up is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, the nation’s leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. Each year, the Speak Up National Research Project polls K–12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. This survey represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voices on digital learning. Since fall 2003, over 2.6 million K–12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. K–12 educators, higher education faculty, business leaders and policy leaders report that they regularly use the Speak Up data to inform federal, state and local education programs.