Monday, November 12, 2012
Can we personalize education?
This report was a partnership with DreamBox, which is new concept of personalizing instruction using new technological advancements to tailor that instruction to each student. It aims at focusing on the learning strengths and weaknesses of individual students, their differing levels of knowledge and where they may be lacking. At the same time it would allow teachers greater insight to their students and what they are able to do on a daily basis. With technology being the focus these days, students are learning to work with computers at earlier ages than ever before. Growing up in a technologically advanced era, students of today are more suited than ever to learn through technology thatn ever before. Some of the big questions asked are if this is the right time for such a jump in technology and what are the needs of today's teachers in making this type of jump?
I was surprised after watching the video how much information can be looked at in such a short period of time. As each student begins working at the level they are at. True adaptive learning looks at what ond how they are thinking and helps guide them through the process. Within the first minute, it looks at and analyzes 800 different facts about that student and how they learn and constantly individualizes for the students needs. Over the course of an hour it looks 48,000 pieces of data every hour. The kids think it is more of a game than a teaching tool and allows for personalization for every student.
"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."
This quote is from a speak up survey about bringing digital content into the class. The overall feeling is that this type of content will increase students interests and overall education. It further goes on to talk about trying to individualized lesson plans for every student, not just our special needs. Without knowing the ins and outs my first impression is: Is that possible? Is having digital content enough? I have seen kids trying to use digital information and thought that it would help them with their overall understanding tremendously, but my feeling is that students don't seem to care much. For the few that do, I think it can be a great resource but if they lack the caring from the start, is digital content going to help? I wrote this refection before I true understood how it worked. I think that if it is done right that it could be an invaluble tool to help students, especially in math.