With the face of the classroom changing, tech giants and innovators are not only introducing new products to the market, but are also educating teachers about new ways of thinking and learning. Remember that technology is not to replace the teacher, however when integrated successfully, teachers can use technology to help students acquire a deeper sense of knowledge and understanding for students at all levels. Known as adaptive technology, these learning tools improve student engagement, grades, and retention, thereby enabling students to be more successful in school and beyond the classroom.
- Adaptive technology gives teachers a clearer picture of where students are in the learning process
In the traditional classroom, teachers were typically able to gauge understanding with tests and assessments. Adaptive technology platforms are powered with robust and smart artificial intelligence. Therefore, teachers no longer have to work individually with students to assess which skills each student needs help with because they’ll have on-demand, real time data aggregating information which teachers can peruse at any time.
- The data provided in adaptive learning tools assists teachers with ongoing assessments, without relying on tests to measure understanding
Adaptive learning technology tracks what and how every student is doing so teachers can stay abreast with each student’s progress. For example, if one student is excelling, the teacher knows right away this particularly student needs no intervention. But if another student is struggling with a particular lesson or concept, the teacher can intervene right away, providing the help proactively rather than reactively.
- Adaptive learning technologies offer more personalized instruction to students and richer data to educators
Teachers today face many challenges: large classes, varying student needs, lack of preparation time, etc. With real time data provided in adaptive technology, teachers can see actionable information about the performance of individual students or the whole class. These learning analytics helps teachers target interventions, foster more productive relationships with students and better guide a whole class toward learning goal. By monitoring student progress, teachers have the ability to instantly evaluate the level of understanding and mastery for an entire class or an individual student at any given time.
- New engaging, interactive technology prepares students for the rapidly changing world
This engaging digital content can teach and evaluate a student’s understanding of not only traditional course material but also important twenty-first century skills like critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and creativity. Educational games, for example, require participants to hone collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills as they tackle progressively more complex challenges. These skills have direct application in today’s information-based economy. Industries continue to change rapidly and workers need to be ready to learn on the job and solve unexpected challenges.
- Adaptive Technology offers personalized learning solutions for students that are unique to each student’s individual needs
Adaptive learning technology can help recognize the challenge students are having and can provide additional resources and activities to help them work through it on their own, which is useful when the teacher is not available to provide help. This technology also addresses gaps in knowledge, solidifies understanding and lets the student know when to move on toward the next concept. Every student takes his or her own path through course material at his or her own pace.
- Students get real time response to their work
Dynamically generated reports document progress and areas for additional reinforcement, offering students real-time feedback on what they’ve learned. For example, if a student is struggling with a specific concept, adaptive technology will provide ongoing assessments and practice so the student gets a clearer idea of when to move on to the next idea. The technology will also help the student who is excelling so they do not become disengaged or bored.
- Decreases the chances of students falling behind and giving up
Many traditional learning models are based on exams/unit tests and, in some cases, provincial tests are used to measure student understanding at the end of a unit, semester or year. Typically by this time in the course, if the student is struggling, is it often too late to help these students. It is these types of students who are attracted to adaptive technology because any hurdles that arise are immediately addressed and the technology provides them all the extra help they need.
- Help teachers adapt lessons, catered towards the needs of students
Adaptive technology can follow a student’s progress as they work and recognize which concepts they’ve mastered and in which areas they need further instruction. With the assessments that are built in to most learning platforms, this can provide teachers with the granular information they need to target interventions, foster better relationships with their students and better guide the class towards better outcomes.
- Makes interactions between teacher and students more productive
When students are struggling and do not have time to attend extra help sessions, allocating time where students need help the most is important to make the best use of limited time. Adaptive learning provides teachers with the insight to steer students in the direction to help them be successful.