Personalized learning—with a twist

The Canadian ed-tech startup Learning Bird hopes to personalize learning using a “differentiated learning algorithm” that determines how each child learns best and then delivers appropriate resources from a crowdsourced portal of learning materials.

What’s more, teachers whose contributed materials are rated the highest by students can earn a share of the company’s revenue.

At the heart of Learning Bird’s service is a system of online lessons from multiple perspectives, which means that on any given topic there are several different lessons—created by different teachers—that take different approaches to teaching the topic.

If students get stuck, they can look for materials that better meet their learning style. “Sometimes all they need is a different perspective or approach to the topic in order to get it,” the company explains on its website.

The system is driven by a technology that “learns” how each child learns best, so it can suggest similar resources to that student in the future, said Michael Campbell, head of sales and marketing for Learning Bird.

The service launched this spring with content in math, science, and the humanities. The majority of content so far targets grades 6-12, but Learning Bird will be adding more content for elementary students, Campbell said.

To ensure the content is high quality, contributors must be teachers who are certified in the relevant subject area. The service costs about $12 per student, per year, for schools—and it’s also available to families for $20 per month or $145 per year.

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