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Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Five Types of Digital Content Data You Can Use in Personalized Learning Pathways

Personalized Learning  |  Curriculum Strategy & Adoption

Data-driven decision making is a foundation of personalized learning. From the grouping of students, to strategic assignment of content, to keeping track of each student’s personalized learning paths, data is essential for making every decision along the way.

When it comes to data and decision-making, digital content providers offer an array of reports. The number of reports can be overwhelming and how to use them can be confusing. Below are five of the most common types of content provider data and how to use them to drive your personalized learning classroom. Tweet: Here are 5 of the most common types of content provider data & how 2 use them 2 drive Ur #plearning classroom. http://ctt.ec/Ft4Te+ #edchat

1. Current Activity Report


  • Description: Whether adaptive engines assign students with personalized lessons or they have the freedom to explore online content at their own pace, activity reports provide a snapshot of what students are working on at any given time.

  • How to Use it to Make Decisions: Plan small group instruction around groups of students working on similar skills at the same time.

  • Sample Featured Report: DreamBox, Progress By Standard- Progress markers show which skills students are working through at any time.


2. Diagnostic Report

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  • Description: Your students’ initial strengths and weaknesses can be used as measuring sticks for success throughout the year. Diagnostic reports provide detailed measurements of a student's skills and skill gaps when they first embark.

  • How to Use it to Make Decisions: Use diagnostic data to set benchmark goals for each student throughout the year. Check in with students at each benchmark to review progress toward these goals.

  • Sample  Featured Repor: i-Ready Reading, Student Profile Overview - Student are given initial placement levels across six ELA domains. Progress in each domain is tracked throughout the year.

3. Growth/Progress Report


  • Description: In conjunction with diagnostic reports, growth or progress reports allow a teacher to quantify mastery along a learning path. Tracking growth is critical for celebrating successes and identifying obstacles along a student’s pathway in a personalized learning classroom.

  • How to Use it to Make Decisions: Use progress data to see if students are on track to meet benchmark goals. As students climb ahead or fall behind, adjust goals or provide students with remedial support.

  • Sample Featured Report: Lexia, Student Progress Report - Individual progress is tracked as students complete activities aligned with set grade-level aligned skill-sets.


4. Areas of Difficulty Report


  • Description: For teachers wanting to know what specific mistakes their students are making, Areas of Difficulty reports identify specific skills a group of students is struggling with.

  • How to Use it to Make Decisions: Provide additional assignments or instruction for students with skills identified in Areas of Difficulty reports.

  • Sample Featured Report: TenMarks, Assignment Reports - TenMarks reports the Top 3 Common Mistakes made by students within set assignments.


5. Usage Report


  • Description: Teachers (or leaders!) concerned with how students spend their time on digital content can utilize usage data reports to see the number of minutes students spend on various activities.

  • How to Use it to Make Decisions: Strategically group students that require frequent check-ins or monitoring while on digital content.

  • Sample Featured Report: MyON, Student Activity Report - Summary reveals the amount of time spent reading and number of books completed for any set of dates.


As your students embark on their personalized learning pathways, take time to get to know the types of reports your digital content providers offer Tweet: Take time to get to know the types of reports your digital content providers offer http://ctt.ec/gbZ9p+ @edelements #edtech #plearning. As you become comfortable accessing and interpreting available reports, find ways to use these different types of data to set goals, provide targeted intervention, and group students by abilities and instructional needs.


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About Daniel Johnson - Guest Author

Daniel Johnson is a former Associate Partner at Education Elements and works with district and school teams to develop responsive, stakeholder-driven practices that improve student outcomes. In his seven years at Education Elements, Daniel has led projects in mid- to large-sized school districts across six states, and worked with state-level departments of education to lead instructional initiatives across Georgia and Kansas. He specializes in instructional readiness, strategic planning, and teacher recruitment. Daniel is a former science teacher, having taught in school systems in Mississippi and Brooklyn, NY. During his time in Mississippi, Daniel served on the school’s leadership team working with state consultants on school improvement efforts. In New York, Daniel worked for the charter network, Achievement First, working with a team of science teachers to build the network’s inquiry-based science curriculum. He holds a B.A. degree in Political Science, a B.S. degree in Journalism, and a Master's degree in Teaching. Daniel is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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