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Exploring technology that “learns the learner as the learner learns”

Last week, DreamBox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson headlined a session at the annual GeekWire Summit in Seattle. Now in its seventh year, the conference is billed as “one of the premier technology events in the country, exploring what’s next in the innovation economy and discussing big technological trends that will shape society.”

This year, the summit attracted more than 800 attendees from around the globe including top innovators, entrepreneurs, business executives, and tech leaders. In Wednesday’s fireside chat, moderated by David Samuelson of GreaterGood, Jessie talked about how new technologies like machine learning are transforming education.

What do we mean by machine learning? One great (and slightly geeky) example is the way DreamBox analyzes student performance and surfaces alternative ways to learn.

As you may know, the platform collects more than 48,000 data points during every hour of use, tracking each student interaction and evaluating their problem-solving strategies. DreamBox then adjusts the lesson and the level of difficulty, scaffolding, sequencing, number of hints, and pacing in real-time to adapt to the learner.

This is what Jesse refers to as technology that “Learns the learner as the learner learns.” It’s a neat little tongue-twister, and a really good way to understand what we really mean when we talk about “adaptive learning.”

To find out more about what Jessie had to say about the role artificial intelligence and newer technologies may play in classrooms of the future, check out GeekWire’s post, “What Amazon and Netflix can teach us about learning, according to DreamBox Learning CEO.”

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