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1 in 5 Irish schools use Adaptive Learning tool Build Up

The edtech helps to level the playing field, say founders

Posted by Hannah Vickers | September 09, 2017 | Product news

158 schools across Ireland are now using Adaptive Learning, reveals Adaptemy, the technology partner to Folens adaptive learning solution, Build Up.

The Adaptemy Learning Effectiveness Report shows that students used Build Up, an online learning tool for the Junior Certificate and Transition Year maths courses, to complete almost one million (993,327) maths exercises in the 2016 school year. The adaptive learning tool was predominantly used in class once a week and three times a week for homework.

“Technology is already omnipresent in today’s students’ lives, and by bringing technology into the classroom we are helping develop their skills for the future,” says Andrew Miller, CEO at Folens. 

“The 2016 Learning Effectiveness Report clearly demonstrates the positive impact that educational technology is having on students’ learning experiences. As a leading educational publisher, we are continuously looking for new and innovative ways to support teachers and students. I believe we’ve achieved that with Build Up,” he adds.

Learning and improving

Adaptemy works with educational publishers to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to the classroom. The 2016 figures illustrate the power of Build Up, with students improving on average by 12.4% with each lesson revision. This 4.1% jump on the previous year (8.3%) not only demonstrates how adaptive learning is helping students perform better, it also reveals that Build Up is constantly learning and improving how it delivers course work to its users.

Our technology is not designed to replace, but to support the teacher and their students, both in- and outside the classroom. As the technology behind Build Up continues to improve, I expect we’ll see even greater improvements in learning effectiveness - Conor Flynn, COO at Adaptemy

Conor Flynn, COO at Adaptemy, states, “The adoption levels for adaptive and personalised learning in Irish schools is hugely promising. Our technology is not designed to replace, but to support the teacher and their students, both in- and outside the classroom. As the technology behind Build Up continues to improve, I expect we’ll see even greater improvements in learning effectiveness.”

Levelling the playing field

Reflecting the personalised nature of adaptive learning, where students learn at their own pace, the Report reveals that the difference in improvement between fee-paying and non-fee-paying schools is negligible. 

Conor O’Sullivan, CEO at Adaptemy comments; “It is often argued that students at non-fee-paying schools are at a significant disadvantage to their fee-paying peers. Bigger classrooms, of varying aptitudes, place a significant strain on teachers, meaning those who are struggling can get left behind, and those who are ahead may become bored and disruptive. 

“The Learning Effectiveness Report shows our adaptive and personalised learning solution levels the playing field. By challenging each student at a pace that’s appropriate to them, they remain engaged and only move on to more complex modules when they’re ready. Moreover, teachers can see in real time, where their students are having difficulty, allowing them to dedicate time to those that need it most, thus making even the largest class more manageable.” 

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