Revolutionize Education with Buzz Personalized Learning
The Buzz Personalized Learning solution, built on the Agilix eXtensible Learning Infrastructure (xLi), provides a personalized learning environment for all subjects and all students. With Buzz, students are able to learn at their own pace with a more flexible curriculum in line with their specific needs, elevating engagement levels and ultimately boosting comprehension and success. Teachers guide students through the learning process and can provide individual, group, and whole class instruction and intervention quickly and effectively.
Buzz provides the integrated technology platform to manage five key components of a personalized learning model:
Students are grouped by readiness, not age.
Students choose learning pathways and master concepts at their own pace.
Students self-assess their interest, understanding and effort.
Students are responsible for their own learning and for supporting the learning of their peers.
Students are monitored on productivity as well as progress.
How Buzz Allows Students to be Grouped by Readiness
A personalized learning model typically requires that students be grouped by their readiness, not by age. Students may be assessed at different levels in different subject areas, so a student may be a level 5 in math and a level 3 in reading.
Buzz organizes curriculum into learning levels as opposed to by grade, allowing for more accurate delivery of appropriate content. The foundation for allowing students and teachers to find and select content based on granular specification requires a robust digital content repository that supports a rich collection of open sourced, licensed and teacher-created resources. Learning objects are parsed in bite-size chunks that allow for the delivery of individualized curriculum paths across multiple learning levels, subjects, styles of learning and standards. Curriculum maps are linked to learning assets which are aligned to local, state and common core standards and ensure adherence to performance measures.
How Buzz Allows Students to Choose Path and Pace
Clearly students learn best when they have some control over how they learn and how fast they learn. The problem, of course, is that in a conventional teacher-led classroom, it is impossible to work with dozens of students, all of whom may be on different learning paths.
Buzz allows students to be empowered to choose a learning path that suits them. Whether they learn best by an exploratory model driven by reasons for learning or by following a prescriptive course outline, they will find that Buzz meets them at their point of preference. Once they’ve chosen a path, they can largely set the pace at which they learn new material.
However, to advance to the next unit, students must demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge in a teacher-graded activity as well as by completing a common assessment. Buzz allows for multiple methods for students to show mastery in a given area. Activities for assessing learning might mean completing an assignment online, creating a diorama, writing an essay, or participating in a project.
How Buzz Uses Self-Assessment as a Powerful Tool
Learning is as much a function of the learner as it is the curriculum. A student who is interested is more likely to learn than one who is not, and who better to gauge interest than the students themselves?
With Buzz, students self-report on their comprehension, effort and interest level on a daily basis, and teachers can pinpoint students who may be having difficulties on their radar screen to respond quickly by editing or authoring new content for specific students, redirecting them to other materials or types of content, and even sending explanations or encouraging notes.
How Buzz Encourages Peer Support for Learning
Individualized instruction can run the risk of isolating learners into their own little worlds. Cognitive understanding is strengthened by explaining concepts to others, and being a part of a learning community is important in an education environment.
With Buzz, students know that they are not alone. Their peers are there to help – literally. Buzz allows students who have exhibited mastery in a given unit to be identified as available to mentor other students who may need additional peer coaching. Students not only benefit academically, they develop life skills in helping others and ensuring the success of a community.
How Buzz Helps Monitor Both Progress and Productivity
Productivity is a measure of how many learning targets a student is mastering in a particular subject per week. It is a rough indication of the trajectory of the student – either advancing or falling behind.
Buzz allows teachers to know where students are on their learning progression. Teachers have a radar report that allows them to track students’ progress and pace across the learning targets in each unit. Clicking on a student in the radar report allows teachers to deep dive into the student’s learning path, content choices, progress, and community wall. A selector tool allows teachers to easily group students and send notes or assign resources or activities.