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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
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