Welcome!

News Feed Item

First IBM Watson Education App for iPad Delivers Personalized Learning for K-12 Teachers and Students

Educators at Coppell Independent School District in Texas first to use new iPad app to tailor learning experiences to student's interests and aptitudes

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the first IBM MobileFirst for iOS education app. The app, IBM Watson Element for Educators, enables a new level of engagement for teachers by providing a holistic view of each student at their fingertips, including data on interests, accomplishments, academic performance, attendance, behaviors and learning activities. As a result, teachers are empowered with data-driven insights to help them address individual needs that can potentially lead to better outcomes throughout student's K-12 learning experiences.

Carla Mendoza Lopez, right, with (L-R) Mason Mulkey and Amrutha Mantha, use IBM Watson Element for Educators, the first IBM MobileFirst for iOS app for the education industry, at Coppell's Richard Lee Elementary School in Coppell, Texas, on Weds., October 19, 2016. Coppell Independent School District, one of the top ranked public school systems in Texas, is the first school district to use the app for enhanced personal interactions and learning experiences for students. (Courtesy of IBM)

Coppell Independent School District (ISD) in Texas is the first school district to use the app to provide deeper levels of personal interactions and learning experiences for its students. Coppell ISD is a top-ranked school district in Texas, serving the communities of Coppell, Valley Ranch, North Irving and the City of Dallas, with nearly 12,300 learners and over 750 teachers.

With increasing demands on educators, teachers need tools that will enable them to better identify the individual needs of all students while designing learning experiences that engage and hold the students' interest as they master the content. This is especially critical given that approximately one third of American students require remedial education when they enter college today, and current college attainment rates are not keeping pace with the country's projected workforce needs1.  A view of academic and day-to-day updates in real time can help teachers provide personalized support when students need it.

"For decades, IBM has been committed to providing the best capabilities, talent and resources to spur innovation for the system of education and learning for today's students -- our future leaders," said Harriet Green, general manager, IBM Watson Internet of Things, Commerce & Education. "IBM and Apple are launching Watson Element to help teachers gain insights into each student's skills, preferences and interests to transform personalized learning experiences that are unique to all."

IBM Watson Element provides teachers with a holistic view of each student through a fun, easy-to-use and intuitive mobile experience that is a natural extension of their work. Teachers can get to know their students beyond their academic performance, including information about personal interests and important milestones students choose to share.  For example, teachers can input notes when a student's highly anticipated soccer match is scheduled, when another has just been named president for the school's World Affairs club, and when another has recently excelled following a science project that sparked a renewed interest in chemistry. 

The unique "spotlight" feature in Watson Element provides advanced analytics that enables deeper levels of communication between teachers about their students' accomplishments and progress. For example, if a student is excelling academically, teachers can spotlight that student, praising their accomplishments across the school district. Or, if a student received a top award in the district art show, a teacher can spotlight the student so their other teachers know about it.

The app also enables teachers to take advantage and make sense of all the data from the school district that already exists today, including attendance and current academic performance.  With data-driven insights at their fingertips, teachers can spot trends across groups, allowing them to bring students together for small group instruction based on common skill levels or areas of interest.

"Working with Apple and IBM, we are developing creative solutions and designing experiences for educators to engage learners, tap into their interests and align with their learning styles in order to help meet academic needs," said Dr. Marilyn Denison, Coppell ISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.  "Using the Watson Element app, educators now have the relevant, real-time information they need in order to individualize learning and prepare students to be successful in an ever-changing world."

The app works with Watson Enlight, a powerful browser-based tool for teachers, to support data-driven insights and lesson planning. Through the integrated Natural Language Processing capabilities of IBM Watson, teachers are also provided with specific recommended learning content that is tailored to the characteristics and needs of each student.  For example, if a student is struggling with a particular algebra lesson, Watson capabilities can recommend to teachers more visual content that integrates some of the student's favorite hobbies, like basketball, which helped the student in the past.  

Teachers at Coppell previously spent hours searching and sorting through student data and classroom performance from a variety of sources including digital and paper records from the schools' information systems. Now, using Watson Element, teachers will be able to make data-driven decisions in real time and give instant feedback, on the iPad, of their observations of each student's mastery of skills. The app enables teachers to intervene if a student is stagnating or falling behind, and can share key trends around behavior to help address issues and determine what is successful in other classrooms and school activities.

Coppell teachers are excited to use Watson Element in their classrooms:

  • "Watson Element is an app that will redefine education as we know it. Educators are given an easy to use system that provides up to date information so they can get to know their learners at deeper levels and allow educators to individualize learning," said Nancy Garvey, Director of Instructional Technology, Coppell ISD.
  • "The learner is more than a number or a grade. I appreciate that, as an educator, I can add information about the child's interests, learning style or other notes, that will not only help me, but their future educators as well. This app is truly a key 'element' in making sure all learners are successful," said Samira Khan, Elementary School Teacher, Coppell ISD

IBM is a trusted partner in helping school districts manage the security and privacy of sensitive information. IBM Watson Element has the ability to bring together and makes sense of student data, including interest shared by the students, in a single, holistic view.

Apple will offer the Watson Element app as part of its broad portfolio of educational tools for schools designed to transform the teaching and learning experience.

About IBM Watson Education:
IBM Watson Education is transforming education worldwide with cognitive computing putting the learner in the forefront. The power of Watson cognitive computing can ingest volumes of information from text, audio or video and organize it in a way that becomes easily personalized to each learner's needs and aptitude. IBM Watson Education solutions are aimed at improving a student's performance and empowering educators to personalize education for every type of student from pre-kindergarten, K-12, higher education and adult and lifelong learning. For more information about IBM Watson Education, please visit: www.ibm.com/watson/education

About Coppell ISD:
Coppell ISD is a premier public school system with a statewide reputation for educational excellence. This high-performing and innovative district serves nearly 12,300 learners in the communities of Coppell, Valley Ranch, Grapevine, North Irving, and the City of Dallas (Cypress Waters) in Texas, United States. For more information on Coppell ISD, please visit http://www.coppellisd.com/

About IBM MobileFirst for iOS App:
For more information regarding IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps and services please visit www.ibm.com/mobilefirst/us/en/mobilefirst-for-ios.html or www.apple.com/business/mobile-enterprise-apps/.

Sources:

  1. United States Department of Education. "College- and Career-Ready Standards." http://www.ed.gov/k-12reforms/standards

Media Contact:
Hanna Smigala
IBM Media Relations
1-203-512-5497
[email protected]

IBM Corporation logo

Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161019/430403
Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-ibm-watson-education-app-for-ipad-delivers-personalized-learning-for-k-12-teachers-and-students-300347650.html

SOURCE IBM

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Have you ever noticed how some IT people seem to lead successful, rewarding, and satisfying lives and careers, while others struggle? IT author and speaker Don Crawley uncovered the five principles that successful IT people use to build satisfying lives and careers and he shares them in this fast-paced, thought-provoking webinar. You'll learn the importance of striking a balance with technical skills and people skills, challenge your pre-existing ideas about IT customer service, and gain new in...
Column Technologies exhibited at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, in June 2016. Established in 1998, Column Technologies is a global technology solutions provider with over 400 employees, headquartered in the United States with offices in Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Column Technologies provides “Best of Breed” technology solutions that automate the key DevOps principals and help our customers meet today’s DevOps and Dig...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ca...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
DevOps and microservices are permeating software engineering teams broadly, whether these teams are in pure software shops but happen to run a business, such Uber and Airbnb, or in companies that rely heavily on software to run more traditional business, such as financial firms or high-end manufacturers. Microservices and DevOps have created software development and therefore business speed and agility benefits, but they have also created problems; specifically, they have created software securi...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business. Though, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected with a majority of IoT projects having failed. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, Chief IoTologist at Wipro, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology portfolios and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will delve in...
In the enterprise today, connected IoT devices are everywhere – both inside and outside corporate environments. The need to identify, manage, control and secure a quickly growing web of connections and outside devices is making the already challenging task of security even more important, and onerous. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Rich Boyer, CISO and Chief Architect for Security at NTT i3, will discuss new ways of thinking and the approaches needed to address the emerging challenges of securit...
One of the hottest areas in cloud right now is DRaaS and related offerings. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Dale Levesque, Disaster Recovery Product Manager with Windstream's Cloud and Data Center Marketing team, will discuss the benefits of the cloud model, which far outweigh the traditional approach, and how enterprises need to ensure that their needs are properly being met.
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Carter, CEO of Approyo, will discuss the basic set up and solution for an SAP solution in the cloud and what it means to the viability of your company. Chris Carter is CEO of Approyo. He works with business around the globe, to assist them in their journey to the usage of Big Data in the forms of Hadoop (Cloudera and Hortonwork's) and SAP HANA. At Approyo, we support firms who are looking for knowledge to grow through current business process, where even...
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions with...