CHICAGO, Feb. 19, 2015 – Nearly two-thirds of U.S. and Canadian K-12 school districts are executing digital content plans aimed at helping students succeed in and out of the classroom, according to a recent survey conducted by cloud-based differentiated learning application Learning Bird.
The survey results reveal 65 percent of school districts are transitioning to digital learning environments that align digital content with curricula while also providing teachers with professional development opportunities.
Details of the survey (illustrated in the accompanying infographic) indicate that the digital content purchased by districts is empowering educators to provide differentiated instruction tailored to individual students while simultaneously saving districts time and money by replacing, supplementing, or enriching traditional classroom resources, such as textbooks.
"Ensuring that digital content is available when and where students need it is the key to improving academic outcomes," said Henry Ryan, CEO, Learning Bird. "The one-size-fits-all education model is rapidly being replaced by the transition to digital learning environments tailored to individual student needs."
While the survey concludes that nearly two-thirds of schools encourage their own teachers to create digital content so students are exposed to multiple perspectives and specialized content, a handful of districts are extending the virtual classroom even farther by actively seeking out digital content created by educators outside their districts.
"Providing a student in need of individual attention in one district with resources from the best and brightest teachers in other districts is a logical next step in the digital transition," Ryan said. "The classroom of the future recognizes no borders and must be able to instantly connect innovative teachers with students who need them most. Every student has the right to instruction that suits them best."
Learning Bird crowd-sources teacher-generated digital lessons aligned with local curricula to deliver on-demand content tailored to individual student needs.
About Learning Bird
Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird's new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that "a-ha" moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird's algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.