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Extended use of existing, remarkable resources

Extend the use of the remarkable distance learning tools available online @ edready.org and the NROC educational portal.

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Developed over 10 years with funding from the Gates Foundation "EdReady.org" is an AI-driven learning platform that has already demonstrated remarkable efficacy for accelerating the college preparedness process in Mathematics and English.  

The system generates individualized curriculums based on participants testing in a given subject and continues to do so throughout the course of study.  Since the process of learning and knowledge shortfalls are unique to each individual there has never been a "standard learning format" that works.  EdReady constantly evaluates each student's learning process and needs and provides course curriculum to best meet each.  A comparative statistical analysis of the EdReady process has demonstrated a significant reduction in the time required for gaining college entrance math proficiency reducing the average time from 14 months to 4-5 months(!).

With such remarkable results from an existing platform, its extension to greater subject and skill level diversity is the ideal solution for the massively increased need for distance learning facilitation.  Each trained online facilitator could assist 10-30 students with the platform so the existing teacher population could be utilized to proliferate the ubiquitous use of EdReady and the improved learning efficacy would greatly improve the distance learning process for students of all ages.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I believe that this is an opportunity to re-evaluate the actual efficacy of all current teaching models. Metrics should be developed to track subject proficiency per hour of study so that educational resources can be used to the greatest good. Learning is a completely individual process so attempting to apply universal curriculums to student populations grouped by age, or any other arbitrary measure other than aptitude in each subject has been at best inefficient and too often alienating to large portions of the student population. We can use this opportunity to shift our antiquated learning models toward greatly improved methods. Also, if subject proficiency can be gained with fewer study hours due to process efficiency improvements than more time can be allocated to boosting vital, creativity-based interactions that have been eliminated from most public school curriculums.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a mechanical engineer by trade but all of my early public schooling experiences left me thinking that I was unable to do math well enough to ever work in science or engineering.  Fortunately, I stumbled upon an instructor at a junior college who was able to explain math in a way that my unique mind could finally understand.  I went on to get nearly straight "A's" through calculus, physics, chemistry, and differential equations and was able to secure my degree from a reputable state university, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  


My experience made it painfully clear how inadequate our education process, especially in the initial grades, remain.  Let's use this opportunity to do better.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

Currently reside in Bend, Oregon. We live in a small, intentional community where our children can safely play and learn together. We are very fortunate.

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Thanks for sharing Ian!
This technology seems like an amazing way to increase efficiency in our education system and to make sure that each student gets more personalized attention. I'm wondering if you have any thoughts about how this could be shared with students who don't have access to the necessary technology to run this program. Is there any way the use of such software could be made equitable?

David

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