What is Velocity?
Velocity® is the next generation in adaptive learning. Velocity incorporates the most advanced computer science to facilitate individual learning outcomes by breaking down the entire learning process to a new level of granularity. Velocity then optimizes student learning by continually monitoring understanding and instantly adjusting based on student performance.
Students in grades K-5 gain proficiency in critical English Language Arts skills faster and with more 1:1 student-teacher interaction. Teachers get actionable data and resources for better engagement and improved learning.
A Solution for Teachers
Velocity serves as an extension of the teacher’s presence in the classroom providing them with actionable data and resources to support and impact learning.
Extends the teacher presence for more effective 1:1 instruction when and how students need it most
Instructional time is not spent assessing real time performance tracking informs teachers while students work
Provides teachers with student grouping recommendations and specific teacher-led lessons
Other "Adaptive" Platforms
Optimizes the actions not only on student responses but also on what happens in the classroom
Respond based on the interaction between the student and the computer in captured moments
Makes existing content 10- to 100-fold larger and curates the content to optimize learning
Shuffle content based on a student's right or wrong answer
Optimizes mastery based on engagement, persistence, and metacognition
Make adjustments in content delivered based only on proficiency of what the content can measure
Suggests specific interactions between the student and teacher and uses the feedback from the teacher to continue to optimize student outcomes
Include banks of lessons, which can be used
The lessons are explicit. It’s not just practice – it’s what every one of my students need and I struggle to provide.
—Teacher from Seatack Elementary
Virginia Beach City Public Schools, VA Beach, VA
A Solution for Students
Velocity accelerates student learning to reach grade proficiency.
Provides instruction in the discreet skills student needs to reach grade level
Provides mental models, hints, scaffolds, and tailored instruction to support students how they learn best
Encourages students to take responsibility for accelerating their own learning
Collects assessment data as students learn
The Learning Engine
Next Generation Adaptive Learning
Velocity Does More Than Adapt
Velocity uses the latest advancements in computer science to continuously and seamlessly optimize learning for every student.
These technical advancements facilitate learning outcomes that are personal, and effective in today’s classrooms. It does so by breaking down the learning process to a new level of granularity.
Velocity continually monitors each student’s understanding, instantly adjusting the processes needed to learn based on individual student performance.
Velocity adapt before the student enters the problem at the step level of the problem and the engine itself changes based on the student data. As more students work in Velocity the engine changes and adapts.
In order to develop this fundamentally different adaptive engine from the ground up, Voyager Sopris Learning joined forces with Enlearn, a Seattle-based nonprofit. This exclusive partnership pairs Enlearn’s deep computer science expertise and research-based recommendation engine with Voyager Sopris Learning’s unsurpassed understanding of curriculum development and effective learning pedagogy.
I like that Velocity adapts to you instead of just giving you things you aren’t good at.
—Student from Uplift Summit Academy,
Instruction and Standards
Velocity is aligned to state standards, but it doesn’t stop there. Velocity’s curriculum was developed by unpacking the standards to make sure that every skill that makes up a standard is taught completely and contextually, and that students have ample opportunities for purposeful practice.
Every skill that makes up a standard is taught completely and contextually.
Covering the CCSS and other state standards, Velocity has divided the ELA content into four strands:
Comprehension, Word Study, Language, and Foundational Skills
There are way too many kids out there in the world that are wonderfully plastic and adaptive and brilliant, and they don't even know it. And it is our responsibility and opportunity to open the doors for them.
Founder and Chief Scientist, Enlearn, Seattle, WA
Reports and Data
The data and information that Velocity provides teachers is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
As you have come to expect from Voyager Sopris Learning, we have data, but with Velocity we are using more of it, and in different configurations, than ever before. Virtually every single bit of data, right down to the very last click, is used to inform the next best configuration of content for each student. We are not using just an individual’s own data to make such a decision; we are using the relevant information from every other student to deliver the most strategically personalized differentiation possible.
Velocity is intended to help kids get on grade level no matter where their starting point may be. So that means that some kids may need up to 6x more content than others, and not just any content but highly curated content that is specific in the way their pacing requires—or the way they build knowledge requires.
Founder and Chief Scientist, Enlearn, Seattle, WA
Meet the Advisors
- John Woodward
- Beatrice Moore Luchin
- Linda Forbringer
- Michael Milone
- David Chard
- María Elena Argüelles
- Nancy Boyles
- Richard Lena