4 Key Conditions for Student Success
Implementing What We Know About the Science of Learning
In order to make the time students spend in the classroom as effective as possible, it’s important for educators and curriculum developers to have a comprehensive understanding of how learning happens. We’ve been working towards this understanding for a long time, and we’ve discovered so much about the science of learning. But the knowledge alone wasn’t enough. As a teaching and learning community, we had to find a way to effectively implement and make use of the findings from learning science research, and to make research-driven strategies scalable. Finally, advanced and innovative digital learning solutions allow us to fully integrate learning science in every classroom, and make an impact for every student.
It’s important to consider how other elements of a student’s learning environment will interact with and support the science of learning. Recently, our Senior Vice President, Sean Ryan was featured in an “EdTech Point of View” edition of eSchool News. In the piece, Ryan outlines the four key conditions of student success, by taking into account how students learn, what tools best implement the science of learning, and the teaching professionals that empower their learning process. Here’s a quick overview of the four conditions:
The Science of Learning
Ryan cites the Ebbinghaus “Forgetting” Curve as one of the most important and useful insights into how students learn. The forgetting curve illustrates the amount of information students retain or lose over time, and helps teachers and curriculum developers identify the right time to deliver information. According to Ryan, that’s what it’s all about — presenting the right information at the right time.
Until the invention of digital learning solutions like adaptive technology, presenting the right information at the right time wasn’t exactly scalable. Adaptive technology can analyze a student’s learning pathway and identify what the student needs to learn and when they need to learn it. Ryan points out that programs that use adaptive technology and artificial intelligence to pinpoint what a student knows and doesn’t know — then develop a personalized learning pathway for that student — are taking the Forgetting Curve into account in a way that was never possible before.
The Classroom Instructor
Ryan emphasizes that digital solutions are not meant to replace the classroom teacher, but rather to support them and make them even more effective in their attempts to empower students. The assessment, instruction, and reporting features of a digital solution will provide teachers with invaluable insight into a student’s individual progress and needs. Ryan also emphasizes that the right digital solution will make the science of learning more accessible for educators, not become a burden to their teaching.
If your district is looking to incorporate the science of learning into instruction, or to introduce a digital learning solution, effective leadership will be absolutely key. Ryan emphasizes that in his experience, districts who have the most success with adaptive technology are those who ensure that teachers are supported in implementation efforts, district leaders are very aware and in touch with the needs of their learning community, and the community as a whole is goal-oriented. Educational leaders need to be connected with students, teachers, tools, and partners.
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