Personalized Learning Platforms

This matrix highlights personalized learning platforms vetted by the RI Personalized Learning Initiative.  School leaders can use this matrix to get an initial understanding of tools’ capabilities and requirements, before diving deeper into one or more platforms by scheduling a demo.

All personalized learning platforms shared in this matrix have a core set of features that allow for schools to implement the elements of personalized learning we describe in this white paper (View Whitepaper).  Specifically, all tools include:

  • Administrator control over user privacy and permissions
  • Learner profiles that include key student information
  • Access to learning activities that are aligned to standards and are meant to be used to introduce material or practice it.
  • Ability to combine learning objects into playlists to be assigned to and completed by students  
  • Ability to administer formative assessments for students to demonstrate mastery over learning objectives
  • Student view of activity progress and mastery
  • Educator view of mastery data and course progress for reflection, regrouping, and further instructional next steps
  • Administrator view of mastery data and course progress across school building(s)
  • Teacher and student initiated messaging
  • Internal gradebooks for mastery-based grading and ability to push student data and grades to external student information systems

The information on cost and supports included below are guaranteed for schools onboarding to a given product by Fall 2017. We welcome additional nominations for tools to include on this matrix. Nominate a tool here.

Cortex (by InnovateEDU) Buzz (by Agilix) Personalized Learning Platform (by Summit)
Grade Levels K-12 K-12 5-12
Subjects supported Any subjects Any subjects Any subjects
Video Demo Cortex Overview Buzz Overview Personalized Learning at Summit
Content and learning resources available
  • Create custom courses, playlists
  • Import external learning activities or resources
  • Built-in content library with  resources from 15+ content providers.
  • Built-in playlist library with Common Core aligned playlists (schools must share playlists to gain access to other schools’ playlists). All playlists are modifiable.
  • 20-30 playlists available for each subject, grades K-5; 100+ playlists available for each subject, grades 6-12.
  • Create custom courses, playlists
  • Import external learning activities or resources
  • Built-in content library with resources from 30+ content providers and teacher-created learning resources from the R.I. network.
  • Align playlists and learning activities to standards (no built-in playlists)
  • Base curriculum includes Common Core-aligned full-year courses for 5-12 Math, Science, History, ELA.  All courses and are modifiable and teacher created.
  • Create custom courses, playlists, and projects, or combine learning resources from existing courses.
  • Built-in resource library with remediation and stretch activities that can be added to playlists.
Assessment and grading capabilities
  • Assessment tool for creating formative/summative assessments.  
  • 3rd party assessment providers can integrate with Cortex via openAPI or CSV files
  • Some vendors (like Illuminate and Khan) already automatically integrate with Cortex.
  • Assessment tool for creating formative/summative assessments, including multi-outcome scoring
  • 3rd party assessment providers can integrate with Buzz via openAPI or CSV files.  
  • Questions can be imported via QTI, ExamView, or Responsive formats.
  • Additional question banks available for licensing
  • Formative and summative assessments included for base curriculum courses, aligned to Summit’s grading guidelines. More here.  
  • Base curriculum assessments include cognitive skill assessment
  • Assessment tool for creating formative/summative assessments.  
Other differentiating features
  • Full product details here.
  • Students can self-assign learning activities
  • Students can self-assess their personal understanding, interest, and effort in a course or activity.
  • Projects include ability for peer review and group submission
  • Ability to assign, message, or reward students individually, or as a group for remediation or acceleration.
  • Design and issue badges
  • Observer view (can be used for parents, counselors, or others).
  • Full product details here.
  • Student goal setting
  • Student reflection
  • College goal setting tools Parent view of real-time mastery and progress
  • Teachers can view student progress and activities across all courses
  • Full product details here.
Onboarding and training provided
  • 3 hour one-on-one administrator orientation.  Before orientation, school leaders must complete this survey.
  • 8 hours of InnovatedEDU-led PD for teachers in the first semester, generally over two days before the start of the semester.  Training days may be combined with other schools.
  • 1 day teacher training provided to schools using Buzz in the first semester.  Training days may be combined with other schools.  Additional school-specific training can be provided for $1750/day.
  • Teacher guides, videos, weekly webcasts, PD courses, and discussions available online.
The Summit Basecamp program provides free ongoing training and support for accepted schools, including:.  

  • 2 week training for teachers and 3 week training for school leaders at the beginning of the school year
  • A Summit staff member as Regional Mentor for ongoing support and coaching
  • Weekly implementation coach services from RIMA.
  • The platform includes self-directed tutorials, guides, videos and access to the help desk

Teachers piloting the PLP individually receive free support including:

  • One day training
  • Community of practice with monthly gatherings.
Teacher Collaboration Opportunities
  • Sharing resources across platform
  • Online community that includes training materials and discussion threads
  • Invitation to participate in collaborations and conferences with InnovateEDU.
  • Sharing resources with other R.I. users across platform
  • Online community forum for teachers that includes discussion threads
  • Online community forum including collaboration threads, online chats and Facebook Communities for grade level and content specific support
  • Regional convenings 3 times a year for New England schools in the Summit Basecamp program.
School/district commitments for product use
  • Sign a data use policy acknowledging FERPA compliance
  • Allow developers to visit the school for up to 6 hours per year for feedback from all users
  • Implement recommended firewall settings for the product
  • Sign a license agreement to be part of the pilot.  
  • Sign a data use policy acknowledging FERPA compliance
  • Assemble a Basecamp team of at least one school administrator and a full Grade Level Team.
  • Assess students based on the Summit Cognitive Skills Rubric and administer NWEA MAP three times per year.
  • Implement required instructional structures including competency based assessment, mentoring check ins, Summit’s grading policy, and core curriculum
School tech requirements
  • Access to web browser, Chrome preferred
  • High speed internet connection required
  • All students need Google for Education accounts  
  • Access to web browser, Chrome preferred
  • High speed internet connection required
  • Manually enter students or use Clever to synch student information.
  • Access to web browser, Chrome required
  • 1:1 device with keyboard
  • All students need Google for Education accounts  
  • Clever use required to sync student information
  • High speed internet connection required
Tech support and updates
  • Bi-weekly updates
  • School chooses when to enable new features.
  • Tech support available 24/7 via online contact. Every school has a dedicated contact on the tech team.
  • Weekly updates.
  • All features are automatically enabled for all users.
  • Tech support provided via email
  • Daily updates
  • Tech support provided via submission of support tickets
Platform Cost Year 1-3: Free for RI schools Year 4 +: $28/student Year 1: Free for RI schools Year 2: $4/student ($3250 min) Year 3 +: $6/student ($3250 min) Free for RI schools accepted to Basecamp cohort program. Free for individual teacher use.
Timeline and next steps Training dates will be added soon.
Interested schools should sign up for a demo here.
Teacher training will be available November 7th and 8th. Interested schools should contact thomas.collette@agilix.com. New schools may apply for the Basecamp program for the 17-18 school year. Schools interested in the Basecamp program should: Individual teachers can begin using the platform at any time. Individual teachers interested should:
  • Sign up for access to the free platform HERE
  • Contact ribasecamp@gmail.com to indicate interest and to join upcoming training.