April 6, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - Teachers know that getting students to focus on a writing assignment for more than twenty minutes is a monumental task. This limited attention span is usually caused by un-engaging instructional content coupled with a lack of technology and functionality to make the writing process more fluid. Essay Writing Workstation specifically addresses these shortcomings found in many other writing products.
"Niles Technology Group designed Essay Writing Workstation with the student as the centerpiece of the app. After all, it is the student that we are trying to get to write more," explains Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "Niles Technology believes that students naturally would write more if they were asked to be more personally reflexive and intellectually engaged in the overall writing process. This requires asking questions that provoke critical thinking. Essay Writing Workstation provides this needed pedagogically-based content."
Excellent content alone does not motivate students. In order to get students to spend more time on writing activities, they must also be given technology that makes writing a less-boring, less-adhoc process - students should be given technology that actively promotes writing. Essay Writing Workstation, with its multiple workspaces that naturally flow well together, gives students the mobile writing platform that they require to become better writers.
"It would be great if Niles Technology could say that it developed this app by itself and that all the ideas in the app were ours," continues Mr. Niles. "However, that is not the case. All we did was what any other company could have done. That is, we talked to students and had them tell us what they needed to get them more engaged in writing. The first response was rather revealing. Students unanimously said, 'Do not give us another word processor. We have enough of those. Formatting is the least of our problems. Give us something that has the content that teaches writing and a place to immediately apply and use that content - both the teaching and functionality should be in the same app.' So, to make a long story short, that is what Niles Technology did, and the end product is Essay Writing Workstation."
Both individual students and schools benefit from the app. Students, who already have personal mobile devices, take advantage in that the app delivers top-level writing instructions. Schools, that are moving forward with mobile learning technology, benefit by volume-purchasing an app with inherent long-term teaching value that covers grades 6 through 12. It is an app that will be used for years, not days.
The incorporation of mobile learning into today's classroom is moving into high gear, and Niles Technology Group is dedicated to providing top-of-the-line educational apps that fit into students' mobile lifestyles. Contact Michael Niles at the Niles Technology Group for more information.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 2.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Essay Writing Workstation 1.0 is $24.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Niles Technology Group was founded in 2007 to develop software for emerging technologies and is developing a series of mobile computing applications dedicated to teaching superior writing and logical thinking skills. With its experience in the technology and content required to develop full-featured products for students, Niles Technology Group is a leading iPhone app publisher, and the Achievers Writing Center and Essay Writing Wizard apps have sold successfully worldwide. The key to Niles Technology Group's success is specificity. Each app is specific to the writing task at hand. Michael A. Niles, the founder, was formerly, for eight years, the President and CEO of The Right Education, Inc. (TRE), a web-based educational technology company that developed The Learning Accelerator. He looks forward to continuing to bring top-line education products to the mobile computing marketplace. Copyright (C) 2007-2011 Niles Technology Group. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.