I’ve got this box at home. This box is bursting at the seams with every important piece of paper my time on this Earth has collected. It has everything from medical records, to school grades, to awkward photos of family and friends. This box is essentially a thirty four year data dump collecting dust. It’s not searchable, it’s not visual and it’s not accessible. And this, is how many of us handle data in our schools. We collect it, we store it, but we do very little to empower it.
When structured and organized, data is an insanely powerful tool. It is being used to diagnose illnesses that baffle doctors. It is being used to control cars with no-one behind the wheel. And in a small number of schools, equipped with the right tools, it is being used to deliver real personalized learning.
This is the kind of real personalized learning that free online learning platform Kiddom is on a mission to put into every classroom. With a clean and thoughtful design, Kiddom defines itself as a data-informed instructional platform for teachers to curate personalized learning experiences for students. And it’s this data-informed approach that transforms your stagnant classroom data from dusty box to an insanely powerful teaching tool.
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So how is Kiddom using data to deliver real personalized learning? Simple, it’s built into every aspect of the system. From finding the relevant content for students, to aligning standards, to student intervention and reporting. There is an incredible amount of data feeding in and out of this powerful platform.
Data for content curation
One of the most painful aspects of setting up an online platform with your class is integrating content. This can involve scanning paper documents, importing and converting different file formats, manually entering grades and scores… The list goes on, effectively defeating the very purpose of using an online platform.
Kiddom knows this is a real pain point. They know this because they have gone through the process themselves; integrating their platform with the huge amounts of data from their growing list of content partners. This means that with all the integration pre-loaded on the system, this huge library of content data is suddenly searchable, visual and simple to assign to students. And it’s all accessible without leaving the Kiddom platform.
Kiddom currently has content partnerships with Khan Academy, CK-12 Foundation, IXL Learning, Commonlit, Urban Arts Partnership, CASEL and has many more to come.
Data for standardization
The sole purpose of standards (whether you are for or against them) is to provide and align learning to data. Standards are only as valuable as the methods we use to track and reflect on them. If we are not reporting and using standards correctly then there is very little point in aligning them at all.
This is where Kiddom becomes extremely powerful. As part of the content selection and assigning process, the platform has linked all standard data to their content library. This allows you to search for content aligned to your curriculum standards and assign in a click. This simple alignment process then allows for ongoing reporting and visualization by standard for all assignments and students.
With an extensive standard library already in place, Kiddom aims to support every standard out there. For every grade level, regardless of curriculum. They also provide a real-time page that updates as and when they add more standards.
The team have also collaborated with veteran teachers from around the US, putting together a free guide to implementing and adopting standards-based grading.
Data for real personalized learning
To make any significant headway, data needs to be searchable, visual and usable. But what is the point? We have all this information at our fingertips, but if data is not actionable, then it’s of very little real value.
And this is the element of Kiddom’s approach to learning that I find truly exciting. The focus on providing real data to inform real decisions. This is the data that allows a teacher to spot concerning trends in the performance of one of their students. This is the data that allows that teacher to make the data-informed decision to intervene and assign content to bring that student back on track. And this is the data that makes all of the prior data collection, curation, alignment and reporting truly worthwhile.
With access to Kiddom’s student mastery analytics the ability to make informed and sound instructional decisions based on real data is easy. There is no trawling through multiple sources, numbers, papers and stats. It is clear, it is visual and it is delightfully intuitive. And this is what real personalized learning look like!
Giving Kiddom a try
Kiddom is a completely free instructional platform for both teachers and students. This means all you need to start exploring the platform is two minutes and an email address. Visit the Kiddom starting page to give it a go.
The team behind Kiddom also run regular learning webinars to help schools and teachers get setup before the school year. You can sign up for one of their free sessions here.
And lastly, the team do free 1-on-1 demos to give educators the opportunity to learn more and get additional support on the platform. You can visit the Kiddom demo page to set up a private demo.
Feature image adapted from image courtesy of Flickr, ntr23.