Buzz is the teaching and learning platform that Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority (EAA) is using to support their Student-Centered Learning model (SCL). It has a lot of functionality, and I’m guessing I only saw about 50% of it – but from what I can tell, its one part student information and three parts content management. There are still some functions that EAA uses PowerSchool for and there are a bunch of interoperability issues that inhibit it from being all it can be. Nonetheless, Buzz is very impressive. Very.
Organized Around Instructional Cycle: Buzz organizes learning into four phases, Learn, Practice, Apply, and Assess. Each day, students check their emails in Buzz and it directs them to where they left off in their learning.
Choice and Co-Design: In the first three phases, students have choices. EAA has embedded co-design into the system. Learn directs students to options for new instruction. It may be a video, working with their teacher, reading text online or a chapter in a textbook. Practice usually directs students to units in an adaptive software program such as Compass, ALEKS, Imagine Learning, or content from Net Trekker. (more…)