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June 20, 2017

What if all the students…?

What if all the students in the world are given equal and inclusive education to achieve their full potential?

Check out the smarter way to learn by using iSmart – it’s an app that combines educational materials with visually compelling mindmaps. Students can logically link concepts to help them develop a clear and in-depth understanding of the subjects.

With the aid of text-to-speech and speech-to-text features, everyone can read and write faster than they used to. iSmart is specifically designed for users with learning difficulties like dyslexia and dyscalculia, and users are given an opportunity to benefit from these new approaches.

Teachers and parents can allocate homework and materials to students, whilst viewing their progress. Schools can upload eBooks, notes and communicate with both students and their families.

Don’t miss out on this new way of learning. Try iSmart now for free!

April 12, 2017

WishMeLuck sponsors students in Malta to use iSmart

A sponsorship agreement has been signed by iSmart and WishMeLuck (www.wishmeluck.com), where the online-raffle company will be giving part of its proceedings to sponsor a classroom in Malta to use iSmart for 1 year as part of their corporate social responsibility from the lottery “Smart ForTwo” that they are currently running and will be drawn on the 15th June.

iSmart is a total inclusive solution aimed at students who have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Language Processing Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit and ADHD. iSmart is an assistive tool that can be used at home or at school. Although it is aimed at students with learning difficulties, all students can benefit from most of the features.

iSmart makes reading easier with text adaptation, special fonts and a reading ruler. Speech-to-text helps to write quicker and check spelling. Mind Mapping provides support whilst studying. iSmart includes reporting, internal communications, a repository for sharing materials and many more features. More information on iSmart can be found at www.getismart.com.

Raphael Kalogeropoulos, Chief Executive Officer of Wish Me Luck, said in a statement: “We are happy to announce our collaboration with iSmart and ready to help in any way we can to increase awareness. Wish Me Luck is committed to its objective of being amongst the top companies in the gaming industry by offering a real chance to players. Our players just got another reason to play with us. It’s not only that you get a chance to win a New Smart ForTwo but also help students who have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia. Together we can make a difference.”

An expression of interest is being launched at https://getismart.com/sponsorme, for Maltese schools (and teachers) that would like to use iSmart in one of their classrooms for FREE, thanks to WishMeLuck.com. Different sponsorships are available for grabs, so hurry up and let us know why you think your classroom could benefit from using iSmart.

This initiative is part of the “Sponsor a School” Campaign that iSmart launched a few weeks ago which is open to all companies wanting to help students with learning difficulties. If you also want to sponsor a class or a school, contact us today on finance@getismart.com or visit www.getismart.com/sponsor.

WishMeLuck, Ltd is the first online Raffle tickets company. Founded in 2016 by SS. Silver Holding a private company registered in Cyprus. Wish Me Luck has a license to operate by the Maltese Authorities MGA. The True Random Number Generator (RNG) is certified by iTech labs and complies with the rules and regulations of the MGA in Malta.

Disclaimer: The chosen individuals/class/school will have access to iSmart for 1 whole year according to the sponsorship available. Students and schools are to provide their students with tablet devices in order to use iSmart.

March 13, 2017

iSmart – Now Available in Italian and Polish

We are proud to announce that the iSmart app and portal are now also available in Italian and Polish.

Users can change the language from the “Personalise” button in the settings section of the app (top right corner icon). From the portal, simply go to the “Languages” menu from the top and choose the language that you want to use.

These translations are the hard work of our agents in Italy and Poland – Giuseppe and Urszula, and we have been testing them out together with them. We now want to invite you all to sign up for the free trial to try them out and let us know what you think. In case you find something that you want to suggest to us, please email us on support@getismart.com or visit http://support.getismart.com

March 2, 2017

iSmart accepted by the Social Stock Exchange

The Social Stock Exchange (www.socialstockexchange.com) – society’s market for impact investing – has today announced that iSmart (www.getismart.com) has been approved as a member following the ratification of its impact report by the independent Admissions Panel.

iSmart is an inclusive educational platform to support students of all ages with learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, autism, ADHD, mild cognitive disability). Our products integrate with tablets and mobiles to bring together schools, teachers, parents, psychologists and students. iSmart comes in 3 versions; iSmart Home, Class and School.

iSmart is developed in Malta by a dynamic team that has worked in educational technology for several years. The startup is currently growing, and being accepted as a member by the Social Stock Exchange, firmly positions iSmart as a social enterprise that has a positive impact on society. The company is currently raising finance in order to continue adding more functionalities to its products.

One can find many apps for students with learning difficulties, however most of them are fragmented and cannot be used in an inclusive setting. With iSmart the teacher/ learning support teacher can turn on and off features needed by the student. Features include; text-to-speech, speech-to-text, letter and number colouring, text adaptation, reading ruler and mind mapping.

Users can try out the app on Android devices (iOS and Windows versions are coming out soon) by signing up for a FREE account on www.getismart.com/sign-up. iSmart Home comes with a 14-day trial while iSmart Class comes with a 60-day trial. iSmart School will be launched later on this year.

About the Social Stock Exchange

The Social Stock Exchange provides access to the world’s first regulated exchange dedicated to businesses and investors seeking to achieve a positive social and environmental impact through their activities. The aim of the exchange is to help these businesses connect with investors and unlock capital at scale. All issuer member companies must meet a rigorous set of criteria before joining, including the publication of an Impact Report.

The Social Stock Exchange has an agreement with NEX Exchange (formerly ISDX) to operate the Social Stock Exchange branded market segment for impact businesses. The Social Stock Exchange Ltd (FRN: 625231) is an appointed representative of Kession Capital Limited (FRN: 582160) which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in the UK. NEX is a Recognised Investment Exchange operating a regulated market and a growth market and provides a secondary market trading facility. NEX is supervised by the FCA.

January 28, 2017

Our BETT side story!

Phew! We’re done! 4 great days of non-stop networking and demos at the BETT Show 2017 in London, UK. We are tired, but happy as we have properly launched our iSmart Home and iSmart Class products towards hundreds and thousands of schools that came to visit.

We got there one day early to set up the stand on Tuesday and it was quite challenging as we had been given the wrong dimensions for the stand and therefore we found we had way too much furniture!! Aaargh!! However, a bit of creativity always helps, and we managed somehow.

Wednesday was the first day of launch and all our team was eager to go. Teachers, heads of schools, psychologists and edtech professionals were curious to see what iSmart was all about. At a point we were doing 3 concurrent demonstrations to different groups, and we got stellar feedback and ideas.

Thursday and Friday were very busy days, and we also had our Italian agent Giuseppe who came over to give us a hand on the stand. All the time we were giving out traditional Maltese sweets to passers by, and everyone was happily munching away and trying out iSmart.

Our reading rulers giveaways were also a great attention grabber, as many people had never used one, and when they saw that we had also implemented one on the app, they wanted to hug us!

Saturday was our last day – a shorter one – but it gave us time to also look around the other exhibitors and start making alliances with companies from other countries that want also to represent iSmart, so watch this space! 🙂

Here are some photos from this wonderful experience!

January 17, 2017

Italy and Poland first to help children with learning difficulties thanks to iSmart

Interest in the new learning app that is being developed by a Maltese company has continued to shoot up over the last month with the signing up of the first two agents in Italy and Poland that will localise and distribute iSmart.
giuseppe copyItaly is being headed by Giuseppe Labita Consulenza & Formazione Srl from Palermo, Sicily (italia@getismart.com) that has already started the translation and localization of the tool. Mr Labita is confident that within Italy such a learning aid will revolutionise how students study, and he is aiming to also work together with pedagogical experts and the Italian Dyslexia Association to reach as many students as possible.

Urszula Cioleszynska photoPoland will be in the hands of Urszula Ciołeszyńska from Opole, Southern Poland (polska@getismart.com). Urszula has already started promotion of the tool with local schools and psychologists since she believes that the educational establishments have lots to gain by using iSmart. She is also planning a launch event later on this year for when iSmart will be ready in the Polish language.

Ms Angele Giuliano, CEO of iSmart, said that these first two agents are only the start of spreading iSmart to all European countries and beyond. Later on this month, the company will be attending the largest UK educational fair – BETT in London where they will be launching the Home and Class versions of the tool.

ABOUT iSmart

iSmart is an assistive software tool with different functions to help children with learning difficulties. These include text-to-speech and speech-to-text, mind mapping, letter colouring, special text formatting and many others. iSmart exists in several versions for use in home, classes and schools. Parents have a free 14 day trial for the Home version and educators have 60 days free for the School version to test the system out. For more information contact annalise@getismart.com.

January 10, 2017

The road to launching iSmart

This is an important month for us, and as we are now all back from holidays filled with new year resolutions, we wanted to let you all know the plan for the big bang.

We are at the moment finalising the first 2 versions of iSmart Home and iSmart School. These are going to be able to be purchased online as from end of January, for the moment in English only on the different app stores.

In the meantime we have started translations in the first 2 languages – Polish and Italian, since we are also going to be signing up our first agents in these first 2 countries.

The actual formal launch will happen in London on the 25th January during the BETT trade fair for educational technology. We would like to invite everyone to visit our stand G82 and see a demo of our freshly launched iSmart.

Don’t forget to pre-register today if you want to be one of the first to learn about exciting special offers whilst getting our app.

December 13, 2016

Teaching Dyslexic Children

Teaching is a profession but even more a vocation. All over the world teachers try to motivate children to learn every single day, but it’s not an easy job! Given the high prevalence of learning difficulties, they are facing big odds when it comes to ensuring that the knowledge gained is entrenched deeply, and not just quickly until the day after their exam.

Dyslexic students offer even more of a challenge since they learn in a completely different way, and are more confused if given huge amounts of texts. The following are some tips that can help teachers of dyslexic students:

  • Create more visual materials – A picture says a thousand words and dyslexic students are normally very aesthetic and artistic children who enjoy colours, images and other visual learning aids.
  • Include music and sound – Hearing a particular sound might trigger a memory for a child, and therefore using sound cues is an innovative way how to help students remember.
  • Build mindmaps – At the end of each topic draw a mind map with the most important concepts as a summary and give this out to students to help them memorise facts and figures.
  • Gamification can help – Making learning more entertaining could be a way to remove the stress for students with dyslexia that are already fearful and could be coming to school reluctantly
  • Allow tablets in the classroom – Technology is less intimidating to dyslexic students than books and with its help one can teach a variety of subjects from languages to sciences with ready made online materials. We suggest looking at large online repositories like www.oercommons.org or www.openeducationeuropa.eu
  • Use iSmart app – This app includes all of the above suggestions and even allows for great interaction with parents, teaching assistants and the psychologist in charge of the student. See all our features on getismart.com/the-features
December 5, 2016

That blank look after school

jackI’m a mother … like many of you I have a teenage son who is my whole world, however it’s been several years now that he comes home from school with that blank look which is a mixture of frustration and alienation. I have other colleagues with me at work who all have similar stories, and it seems that kids are all ‘lost’ somewhere along the line throughout their school life.

What’s really happening here? Are we failing at teaching and parenting, or are kids needing new ways to keep them engaged and motivated? Have we given our children too much, so when they go to school they are finding too little?

I’m not sure of the answer, but as a technologist I set about creating different projects to test out different theories using ICT and technology tools, in the hope that these would somehow “wake” kids up. I also try to spend time teaching educators and teachers how to use new tools like robots, games, tablets and more.

The project that gave me the best results to date was “iSmart” and this one focused on children with dyslexia, that maybe feel even more lost than others both at school and when they come back home. We set about building an app that can be used by teachers, parents and the students themselves within the classroom and also at home after school.

We tested in 3 countries – Turkey, Sweden and the Czech Republic and had varying degrees of success, however it was all so positive that I now want to take iSmart to market. It means redesigning it from the ground up, adding even more functions, translating it in multiple languages and making sure that it works for all children with different learning difficulties.

However I’m not a millionaire-ess, so I don’t afford to give this the big bang it requires, although I am committed to see this through no matter what. This is why we’ve now launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and I’m also actively looking for investors.

So help me remove that blank look after school. Support iSmart by crowdfunding here or contact me on email angele@getismart.com.

November 30, 2016

Launching Crowdfunding Campaign

Why?

If you have read our story you will easy figure out that since we are now at the second round of development and we are going to market, the expenses are on the rise..however we also want to make sure that we share this great product with all of you out there.

What can you get in return?

For those of you who would like to give us their support, can do so by visiting the Indiegogo campaign. As a token of appreciation, we will be doubling your subscription….and a lovely gift will be on it’s way too.

Follow Updates?

From time to time, we will be jotting down updates about the campaign – which you can follow from here.

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