What is Velocity?
Velocity® is a cutting-edge K–5 digital solution for ELA.
Functioning as an extension of the teacher’s presence in the classroom, Velocity continuously monitors each student’s understanding of countless subtle learning concepts, instantly adjusting lessons to make them more effective for each individual student, and providing actionable insights to the teacher throughout the process.
Velocity is adaptive, but its underpinnings and the learning outcomes that it facilitates cannot be compared to any other tool that has come before it.
A Solution for Teachers
While the teacher manages and addresses many student needs in the classroom, Velocity focuses those efforts, supports them, and assists the teacher. Velocity provides teachers with dynamic information to address the needs of individual students, without requiring teachers to stop what they are doing and analyze additional data themselves.
continuous student monitoring
perfectly timed hints
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
Unlike any other “adaptive” solution available today, Velocity adapts at the thought-process level, allowing it to address each skill competency as a continuum rather than a binary.
Velocity adapts throughout the student’s work, providing scaffolded support and perfectly timed hints continuously and seamlessly, rather than adapting after a correct or incorrect response is given.
Velocity adapts according to the whole person, including their level of engagement and meta-cognitive skills.
The Learning Engine
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.
Velocity’s student instruction is delivered primarily online, but also includes and supports teacher-led instruction. Across all instruction-delivery mediums, Velocity is built on the understanding that the best way to achieve student success is to encourage students’ self-understanding of the cognitive processes that underlie their own learning. Velocity helps students learn to approach new learning, monitor their understanding, and ultimately apply their thinking.
Covering all of the strands of ELA – Foundational Skills, Word Study, Grammar, and Comprehension – Velocity teaches students to think about what they are reading, create meaning from text, and develop an understanding of the language we use to read and write.
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