Mobile devices are often described as personal. The way we use our devices is specific to the way we live. We download apps, music, and videos that appeal to our interests. We read, listen, watch and play in a way that responds to our personal desires. We consume almost everything through mobile technology, yet it somehow reflects our personality, adapting to every individual user. Education technology is revolutionizing the mobile device is by making it personalized, not just personal.

The Personal Approach

21st century education is attempting to re-introduce the personal aspect of learning. One way to establish such a connection with every student is through the use of personal devices. Mobile devices are making it possible to tailor the learning experience to appeal to a student’s interests. As the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement gains more recognition, educators are witnessing huge increases in student engagement and motivation. The influx of mobile apps for teaching and learning suggests BYOD and mobile learning are here to stay, predicted to play a key role in the future of education. But is it possible to take this personal approach a step further?

Personal vs. Personalized

Fishtree’s adaptive learning platform is making mobile technology personalized, not just personal. While one-to-one tuition has been proven as the most effective form of instruction, the challenge lies in scaling it effectively across classes, schools and districts. Through the use of personalization engines and learning analytics, Fishtree makes it possible to scale one-to-one instruction, personalizing the learning experience for every individual, on any device. This makes the mobile device personalized, fully equipped with tailored resources that reflect a learner’s needs, abilities and interests. Within the learning environment, movements like BYOD prove significantly more productive with a personalized engine like Fishtree, as students are guaranteed a one-to-one instructional platform that caters to their every need.

The personal device is reaching new heights with revolutionary platforms like Fishtree, now stocked with the power to read your personality and provide the content that speaks your language. With Fishtree on your device, you have an app that walks with you through life, learning from you, tailoring to your every movement. It’s mobile technology that revolves around you.

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About the author:


Lorna Keane is a teacher of French, English and ESL. She specializes in language teaching and has taught in second and third-level institutions in several countries. She holds a B.A in languages and cultural studies and an M.A in French literature, theory and visual culture. Follow her on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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