Using Adaptive Technology to Create Personalized Learning Plans

October 18, 2018

Hi there! I’m just touching base with you to let you know about the events we’re going to be at very soon. From 20th-23rd October, myself, Derek Devine, will be at the AISA Educators Conference, and my colleague, Gavin McLean, will be at the NESA Leadership Conference between 18th-21st October. (We’re also going to be at GESS Turkey between 25th-27th October on stand D-01 and the Education Experts Conference between 30th-31st October.)

We’re looking forward to meeting all the delegates at the AISA Educators Conference and the NESA Leaderaship Conference and to demonstrate our suite of integrated curriculum and assessment solutions, especially as to how they can support teachers in helping their students find success in their educational journeys.

Personalized Learning Workshop

Furthermore, whilst at the AISA Educators Conference, NESA Leadership Conference and the Education Experts Conference, Gavin or I will be hosting an informative workshop to cover how technology and data can be used to deliver truly personalized learning.

To give you insight into the workshop, I wanted to discuss personalized learning plans today, and what they could include, as well as how you can use adaptive technology to aid them.

Personalized Learning Plan

Firstly, to really personalize learning in the classroom, we need to create plans. I’ve broken these down into six steps in my workshop – these points may not seem revolutionary but together, they’re a powerful force, and each one centers around the individual student.

Let’s spend some time going through the first four steps to create the optimal personalized learning plan.

1. Define Your Starting Point

Number one is to begin at your starting point and define it. We must understand where we’re going by looking at assessment results as the blueprint of your curriculum design. Also, the correct assessment needs to be in place to set benchmarks, which can be done through adaptive technology that yields reliable, fair results and gives you smart data that doesn’t require an interpreter.

2. Set Goals

Let’s move onto setting goals. When setting goals, we must remember that this isn’t necessarily easy for students. We should be setting goals with our students whilst asking them what their strengths and abilities are, what areas they would like to improve in, etc. Students need to set their own goals to achieve and understand how they’re going to get there to succeed.

3. Map Learning Modalities & Interests

Next, knowing our students’ preferences will help us when we’re developing learning plans. Whether we have visual or auditory learners, understanding these means we can tailor plans to students’ needs. Plus, by using adaptive technology such as Exact Path, you can design a program tailored specifically to a student’s needs.

4. Teach Students to Track & Focus

Then we must teach students to track their progress. You should find the right tracking tools for your students that give you what you need. For instance, adaptive technology such as Exact Path allows students to see their own progress easily and master any misconceptions. Ultimately though, students should be able to read all data and verbalize it.

The last two steps center around benchmarking and growth points, as well as relationship building. If you want to hear more about these points and the last two too, come and listen to the workshops. Let’s also discuss personalized learning together and how we can optimize it for student success. Looking forward to seeing you there!

If you’re not attending these events and want to find out more about the points in this presentation, I’m more than happy to send the full webinar recording from the events – just email me at

You can find out more about the NESA Leadership ConferenceAISA Educators ConferenceGESS Turkey and the Education Experts Conference on their websites.

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Derek Devine

International Business Development Manager

More About Derek Devine

Derek Devine

International Business Development Manager

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I have many years' experience working with educators to improve their understanding of assessment data while ensuring data has a direct impact on teaching and learning. I have run workshops across Africa, Middle East and Asia and regularly act as a facilitator, speaker and trainer during international school conferences such as COBIS, IPSEF, AISA and LAHC.

Why Education?

My wife is a teacher in the UK so I’ve seen first-hand how fulfilling it is to work in the education industry. I’m passionate about all learners having the opportunity to reach their true potential.

Why Edmentum International? 

I have the opportunity to work with a dedicated team who are completely focused on partnering with educators to use technology to ensure that students across the globe gain access to education.

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