October 07, 2015

What Are The Top EdTech Tools For Personalized Learning?

What Are The Top EdTech Tools For Personalized Learning?

Personalized learning is an ambitious concept that engages students of different backgrounds, interests, and ability levels to champion their educational success. Without educational technology ranging from digital content to adaptive learning software it would be difficult and extremely resource-intensive to implement. We have been conducting a survey to learn the best practices of schools around the world as they implement personalized learning programs.

One of the areas that the survey probes is technology for personalized learning. Results are still coming in, but we took an early peek at the data to help those planning to get started or even in the early stages of their personal learning implementations.

Please share your thoughts and experiences of personalized learning by taking our short survey. You’ll automatically be entered in a raffle to win an iPad mini. Whether or not you have direct experience with personalized learning, your responses are important to us. Answer the survey now.

At the core of personalized learning are a range of digital content and the personal devices that display and interact with it. The content comes in the form of digital textbooks, video lectures, performances, and recorded experiments or field trips. Personal devices include e-readers, tablets, notebooks, and personal computers. The popular versions of these devices are Kindles, iPads, Chromebooks (which continue taking education by storm), Macs, and PCs.

Network infrastructure is critical to fluidly connect all these devices without interruption. A well-functioning network provides all students access to the materials and enables educators to monitor and understand student behavior. According to our early survey returns, more than 99% feel that reliable Wi-Fi is important to their success with personalized learning and over 91% feel the same way about network analytics.

We asked about the personalized learning tools that are currently in use or planned for use, and these are the results that have come back so far:

Learning Management SystemsPersonalized Learning Platforms and Content Sources
Buzz/ AglixAcellus Academy
CamtasiaAchieve 3000 Blendspace
CanvasActivate Learning
Classroom 4 OneAdobe Creative Cloud
Compass LearningChalkable
EdgenuityClass Dojo
ElectudeEdmodo
HaikuEducation Elements
Houghton Mifflin HarcourtEduclimber
ItslearningEduguide
Lumen LearningEpiphany Learning
Microsoft 365Istation
MoodleKnewton
New ClassroomsKhan Academy
North Carolina DPI Online Modules (Blackboard)Seesaw
PEAK Personalized Learning PlatformMicrosoft OneNote Classroom
Safari MontageMobymax
Schoology
Swayam Learning
Thinking Maps

Some great resources for finding the latest personalized learning tools include: Open Educational Resources, Google Apps for Education, iPad apps, and ITunes University. Learning Management Systems (LMS) help keep track of all the personalized moving parts and one new platform that got attention within our survey base is itslearning. In general, LMS platforms offer openness, customizability, flexibility of pedagogy, and support securely and reliably. A good LMS makes it easier for students to collaborate and share resources, so that course management is easier for educators.

New adaptive learning and competency-based education platforms have emerged specifically for personalized learning. One of these, Knewton, “uses adaptive learning technology to identify each student’s particular strengths and weaknesses.” Educators log in to Knewton to create adaptive lessons that fit their students’ needs. Another adaptive learning vendor, Education Elements, offers Highlight, a cloud-based personalized learning platform (PLP) that tracks student progress across multiple content providers.

Game software also has a role in personalized learning. Minecraft is an example that balances subject matter with gameplay. Bartle Test of Gamer Psychology lets teachers see how students think, react, and therefore, learn.

We’ll be publishing all the results of our Personalized Learning Survey shortly. If you haven’t yet taken our short survey, please be sure to do so. Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of a new iPad!

This blog was written by Bob Nilsson with help from Christen Palange.

About The Contributor:
Bob NilssonDirector of Vertical Solutions Marketing

Bob Nilsson is the director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads the Extreme Networks strategy and programs for vertical markets including Healthcare, Higher Education, K-12 Education, Federal Government, and Hospitality. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at Digital Equipment and HP. Bob holds an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School.

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