AGILIX ANNOUNCES BUZZ, FIRST COMPETENCE-BASED PERSONALIZED LEARNING TOOL, IS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE THROUGH GOOGLE WEB STORE AND CHROMEBOOKS
OREM, UT, December 6, 2012 —- Agilix today introduced Agilix Buzz, the first competence-based, personalized learning application that is both scalable and fiscally viable. Buzz is immediately available on Google Chromebook laptop computers and through the Google Chrome Web Store. Other partnerships and availability channels will be announced in coming weeks.
Buzz is a creation of Agilix, built by the company’s ideaworks professional services division — in partnership with the School Improvement Network, Compass Learning, and other partners. It grew out of a need in the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan for a radically new, student-centered personalized approach to learning.
Unlike other early personalized learning pilots that serve a few students in a few schools, Buzz provides a model that is both scalable and sustainable for all students in all schools.
“Current learning systems simply do not manage a personalized learning model where each student moves at his/her own pace, makes choices about learning materials, shares opinions about interest and effort, and participates in a learning community.,” said Dr. Mark Luetzelschwab, SVP Product at Agilix. “We designed Buzz from the ground up to handle these modern-day classroom requirements for student-centered, personalized learning.”
BUZZ’ PERSONALIZED LEARNING MODEL
In designing and creating Buzz, Agilix worked with the EAA of Michigan and with School Improvement Network to achieve a set of goals never before accomplished in educational technology. Students using Buzz in the classroom:
- are grouped by readiness, not age
- choose learning pathways and master concepts at their own pace
- self-assess their interest, understanding and effort
- are responsible for their own learning and to support the learning of their peers
- are monitored on productivity as well as progress
Teachers guide students through this learning process and provide individual, group, and whole-class instruction and intervention as necessary.
WHY BUZZ WAS DEVELOPED
In 2011, Chancellor John “Doc” Covington and Dr. Mary Esselman were given the opportunity to change education as we know it. Starting with 15 of the lowest performing schools in Detroit serving more than 10,000 students – with plans to extend to 100 schools serving 100,000 students across Michigan – they needed to change the system that had failed these students for years. Incremental improvement was not an option – a complete shift was necessary to maximize the potential of each and every student in those 100 schools.
The pilot program in the first 15 schools in Detroit is approaching its halfway point. This is what Dr. John Covington, Chancellor of the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA) of Michigan, has to say about the program so far.
“Imagine the possibilities that exist for students to excel when we meet them where they are rather than provide each student with the same thing. Technology makes what was previously impossible, possible, as each child works from an individualized learning path which he/she helps create. Think choice, access, opportunity and equity.”
THE FUTURE OF BUZZ
Agilix is working with its partners and plans to announce additional partnerships to deploy Buzz in other school districts throughout the nation in coming months.
School Districts interested in being considered for the next round of adoptions should contact Duane Call, VP Strategic Partnerships at Agilix. (Duane.Call@Agilix.com; 801.932.1221).
Agilix is a privately held Utah corporation headquartered in Orem, UT. It offers a range of software and technology-based solutions and services to content providers such as educational publishers, independent software vendors (ISVs) and systems integrators offering products to educational customers. Its products include xLi, Buzz, BrainHoney, and CourseChoice.
On October 9, 2012, Dr. Mark Luetzelschwab presented Buzz – a new model for personalized learning at scale – at the White House Executive Office Building as part of Datapalooza. Other presenters included Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer.