How I Use It
This product was mentioned on a list as being a good tool for the new remote teaching scenario we all find ourselves in. It was easy to set up a class. The students start with a pre-assessment, which allows the program to identify the students' strengths and weaknesses. It take into account SEL factors like how social the students are, confidence level, participation level, etc. The students are then assigned a "learner profile." Some of the profiles I didn't necessarily agree with (I know the students best), but realized it was because the students didn't understand some of the wording of the questions. I was able to easily change their profiles based on my knowledge of them, which is a nice feature.
You can choose to differentiate and break your students into groups based on their learner profiles, or not. Just as easy as it was to change learner profiles, you can also easily change groups, or switch your students between groups. Whether your students have 1:1 technology or no technology at all, Tailor-ED will recommended activities for all of your groups, and they are all free resources. The resources are broken into categories: Individual, Tech, Group, and Teacher. Obviously with remote learning, "group" work would be hard to implement, so you can deselect those activities.
All activities are easy to share via Google Classroom or QR Code, or you can print out instructions/packets and deliver to students. There is also an exit ticket to give students at the end of a lesson and I like the data that you collect from those.
I really like how other factors are considered in the learner profiles, and not just how well students perform on a particular math skill. The pre-assessment and exit tickets are built-in features that are great formative assessment tools, and you can customize the exit ticket to pick questions you like better than others. Tailor-ED is not designed to "teach" a lesson, but it does provide excellent practice opportunities.
Tailor-ED provides a lot of great resources, but some that are recommended are not necessarily my favorite, and that's a matter of personal preference. I found I really have to look at a resource first to decide whether or not I like it, determine if the directions are clear enough for my students, etc. But the nice thing is that you are able to swap it out for a different resource, or even better, you can upload your own resources! I am uploading math instruction videos that I've created, and am also uploading links to other district resources to which we subscribe. Overall, I like the flexibility that this platform provides.