With the use of technology, struggling students that have available resources can learn at the same levels of their classmates that are “higher learners.” For example, Burr Ridge textbook company, McGraw Hill, has created a technology division entitled “LearnSmart.” LearnSmart is an adaptive web-based learning platform that is available via PC, smartphone and tablet. During school or at home, students can use this platform that uses algorithmic technology as it will constantly evaluate their skillset and knowledge. As students respond to questions, the program provides a customized learning path designed to help them identify the areas where they need to improve most. Using this technology at home has proven that grade school and high school students are better prepared for class the next morning.
Since programs like LearnSmart are slowly becoming introduced into the school system, below are two fantastic apps for your tablet or smartphone that can increase a students learning potential:
Native Numbers by Native Brain: This game is perfect when it comes to providing a deeper understanding of number concepts and imperative math vocabulary, which is needed to build a strong foundation for all mathematics learning.
Futaba Classroom Games for Kids by INKids: This concept is for the iPad and engages multiple players in fast paced games for the classroom or home. These games, which vary in content, can be set to a specific skill or set to randomly display a mix. You can easily add your own content and create your own game based on any theme you choose.
The single most important way that tablets and smartphones are impacting education is by engaging students. Technology has always been interesting and that’s one reason schools began investing in computers in the 70s and 80s. Portable devices bring that engagement to a personal level to the students. They offer different ways to learn that meet their skill level of education and the chance to explore concepts that interest or challenge them in far more depth than the best textbook could.
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