Optimized Learning That Goes Beyond Adaptive

Optimized Learning That Goes Beyond Adaptive

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Create Conditions that Inspire Brilliance: Optimizing Adaptive Learning

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Approximately 10 million U.S. children have trouble learning to read; of these, 10 to 15 percent eventually drop out of high school—and only 2 percent complete a four-year college degree. When students struggle, it’s often because a misconception is blocking their progress.

If teachers had time to work with each child for hours individually, they’d learn what is holding these students back. But that’s just not possible in a typical classroom.

We know all kids can learn. We just need to understand how they learn best. That’s where adaptive learning can help.

Adaptive programs adjust to how students are performing in real time, anticipating and then delivering the specific types of learning content students need to progress.

Most adaptive literacy programs follow a predefined scope and sequence when teaching students to read, much like a textbook. In other words, they send students down one of several predetermined paths. But what if students need a different approach altogether?

Velocity®, from Voyager Sopris Learning, goes beyond adaptive. It optimizes learning by providing the best and most effective instruction for each individual student. It provides students with exactly what they need, exactly when they need it. Velocity continually monitors students’ understanding in real time, analyzing dozens of discrete thought processes behind each skill and using this information to coach students in areas where they’re struggling.

Velocity's sophisticated adaptive learning engine dives deep into a student’s thought process to uncover any misconceptions that might be standing in the way of learning. The program then aims to fix those misunderstandings before continuing with a lesson.

Suppose a student is working on reading comprehension. He or she might be given a short reading passage and asked to highlight the topic sentence. If the student gets this wrong, the program tries to figure out why by offering follow-up activities than can hone in on the exact nature of the problem. Once it has confirmed the source of the problem, Velocity delivers instruction to target that area of weakness and alerts the teacher when their expert intervention is needed most.

By adjusting organically to support a child wherever he or she needs assistance, rather than following a predefined scope and sequence, the program functions as an extension of the teacher’s presence in the classroom.

In effect, Velocity serves as a highly intelligent tutor that responds dynamically to each child’s learning needs, no matter how complex these might be—providing truly individualized instruction for every learner.

Velocity is the ONLY K-5 ELA solution that assists teachers in providing true 1:1 instruction. Your 60-day free trial starts here: http://go.voyagersopris.com/tech-learning/velocity-trial