Adaptive content: potential to change the curve

Adaptive content will be a game changer—the first real chance to change the learning productivity curve. By ‘adaptive content’ I mean:

· Engaging: 2 & 3D animation, video, source documents

· Personalized: a ‘play list’ targeted at learning level, by interest and modality

· Networked: running on a social learning platform with several relevant groups (e.g., project team, peer tutor, class, mentors)

A couple examples:

· TechCrunch reports that Rosetta has added a little LiveMocha to it’s services with interactive chat. Wade Academy wraps Rosetta competitor TellMeMore in a social learning platform. (we’ll see schools adopt both for language acquisition next year.)

· Pearson Canada has licensed DreamBox, an adaptive K-2 math game and Pearson US has a JV with TabulaDigita, a multiplayer math game.

More to come!

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Rees Midgley

I'd like to suggest the above serious video game. It has received rave reviews from middle school kids and teachers and shown marked improvement in understanding during a pilot controlled evaluation. In January a substantial upgrade will undergo a nationwide controlled evaluation. Funded by the NIH, it embraces principles proven by educational research (feedback learning, cooperative learning, critical thinking ...) and, to our knowledge is unique in its approach. We're looking for ways to recruit schools for the evaluation.

Rees Midgley

Sorry, by above game, I was referring to the entered website which did not appear in the blog. It is: Pay special attention to the Results tab at the top.

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