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. It 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
Real-time performance tracking informs teachers while students work, therefore, instructional time is never interrupted for unnecessary assessments
Provides teachers with student grouping recommendations and specific teacher-led lessons
Other "Adaptive" Platforms
Optimizes the content and instruction students receive by adjusting the complexity, scaffolds, and feedback to provide students with the support they need for success
Respond based on the interaction between the student and the computer in captured moments
Using content broken into granular components, Velocity pinpoints the skills students need, and provides deep remediation or acceleration exactly when it's needed
Shuffle content based on a student's right or wrong answer
Adjusts individual learning opportunities in real-time based on student's engagement, persistence, and use of supports
Make adjustments in content delivered, based only on proficiency of what the content can measure
Provides insights to the teacher regarding suggested interactions to support individual students, grouping recommendations, and specific teacher-led lessons
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.
—Laura Boothe, 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. It uses the latest advancements in computer science to continuously and seamlessly optimize learning for every student.
With the power of machine learning and content broken into it’s smallest components, Velocity’s technical advancements facilitate learning outcomes that are personal and effective in today’s classrooms.
Velocity continually monitors each student’s understanding, instantly adjusting the processes needed to learn based on individual student performance.
Velocity adapts 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.
Covering the CCSS and other state standards, Velocity has divided the ELA content into four strands:
2 Word Study
4 Foundational Skills
Every skill that makes up a standard is taught completely and contextually.
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.
Velocity continues the mission of Voyager Sopris Learning to provide students with a learning experience that garners success and the data to prove it. As students work in Velocity, every bit of data is used to influence the next best configuration of content. This machine learning ensures that every student benefits from the most strategically, personalized, differentiation possible. Teachers can view data to understand each student’s learning path, the degree Velocity optimized the instruction for each problem, and the level of difficulty of the passages students are reading.
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
ISTE 2016 Best of Show Winner
Tech & Learning’s prestigious awards program honors great products selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2016 conference in Denver.
The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use and creative use of technology.
They chose Velocity as one of the products they felt would have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show for 2016.
Meet the Advisors
- John Woodward
- Beatrice Moore Luchin
- Linda Forbringer
- Michael Milone
- David Chard
- María Elena Argüelles
- Nancy Boyles
- Richard Lena