Why does student learning have to be personalized?
In past posts, I introduced Hello PLATO, an AI learning platform based on Whatsapp that delivers and personalizes learning for students, even those without internet at home.
The primary purpose behind personalizing learning is to improve student outcomes. Period. We’ve been waiting for technology to mature enough to personalize learning since we first started studying learning. With big data and AI, we have the tools that we need to begin.
We know that learning is a complex process. We can study it all we want (and we do). Still, it’s always going to be complex IN PRACTICE because people are individuals and those individual differences matter. Student learning is affected by prior learning, understanding, desire, talent, and more, such as their living situation. Do they have adequate food, water, shelter, clothing, and safety? Do they have responsible, involved guardianship? These variables and many more affect a child’s ability to learn.
Leveraging Big Data and AI for Learning
When you hear “lots of variables” you may understand why we need AI. Jon Reifschneider at Duke University made it clear using a simple anecdote from when he became a faculty member. He assumed it would be easier to personalize learning with a smaller class size. However, he learned that whether you have 100 students or just 1, you still can’t see inside their minds to track how they’re progressing and pinpoint when you “lose them” or they “get it.”
Let’s be clear: AI personalization in no way replaces a teacher. I would know because I was a teacher myself. What AI can do is sift through insane numbers of variables to discover patterns that teachers, students, and parents can use to personalize a student’s learning journey.
What’s more, no models created now will consider all of the variables in a students’ life, nor will such models come from one innovator or company. Instead, some will build models around physical health, some emotional and behavioral health, some academic health, some socioeconomic health. Over time these models will be synthesized to form a more holistic view of a student.
Why Access to Online Learning is Critical to Personalized Learning
Before COVID it might have been hard to argue that access to the online learning is as important as access to clean water or electricity. Now everyone gets it. Students need access to online learning at school and at home to succeed.
But it’s not just a matter of access that’s important for students; it’s also the creation of digital data. Students who generate digital records will be helping AI systems to personalize their learning experiences, giving them a distinct advantage. If a student has no access to the internet except while at school, she will generate far less digital data and will experience a less personalized learning experience.
While still in its infancy, personalization using AI will be a major hallmark of 21st Century learning. Rather than use the one-size-fits-all factory model that produced generations of factory workers, the model is finally ready to evolve. This century’s students will be recognized as individuals who may take an individual path to learn the same things…and therefore dream of new ones.
We Have a Solution Today
Rather than wait ten years for the others to solve the problem, we created Hello PLATO. An AI learning platform based on Whatsapp, Hello PLATO makes it easy for teachers to deliver online learning to students without the internet at home. They can create simple, rapid check-ins that ALL students can complete at home to build a “GPS” for each student’s learning progress.
We’re on a mission to empower teachers to make online learning accessible and personal for all kids.
Teachers – We Need Your Help!
We’re inviting teachers across America to use Hello PLATO to support their SUMMER LEARNING and LEARNING LOSS recovery programs. It’s an ideal way to reach the students who’ve missed the most.
Think it’s Cool? SPREAD THE WORD!
We’re inviting thought leaders and advocates to spread the word about what we’re doing at Hello PLATO. Please follow us on social media and share your support for our mission.