April 12, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - Niles Technology Group realized early on that for mobile apps to reach their potential as teaching tools then real productivity must become make part of the app infrastructure. Consumption-only and memorization skills have their limits as learning methods, and, predictably, students exhaust content that does not constantly promote critical thinking. With respect to writing, Essay Writing Workstation is, without question, the only complete writing app that addresses these pedagogical and design issues. The app fluidly combines instructional content with functionality that promotes immediate application of the skills being learned while using the app. As students learn the intricacies of writing well, and they also have the tools to write within the app, i.e., instant skills application.
Educators, students and parents have noticed the efficacy of Essay Writing Workstation. Schools are volume purchasing the app for writing classes; students are buying the app for individual use; and, parents are gifting the app to their college-aged children. Last week, at the Mobile Learning Experience 2011 conference in Arizona, Essay Writing Workstation was highlighted as one of six education apps that transforms how writing is taught. "The praise from educators shows that our student testers and app designers are in synch with the educational goals that Niles Technology set for the apps," says Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "I have always said that an app in which pedagogy and functionality are integrated to work together will be successful. Essay Workstation's success demonstrates this approach to be valid.
The accolades pour in on a regular basis. Niles Technology Group apps have also been selected as a top 10 English Language Arts app (by Apple); a top 10 Study-Aid app (by Apple); and, as a must-have app for students (by Edu-in-Review). "The well-received reviews are the result of the time spent getting the apps as right as we thought they could be," explains Mr. Niles. "We are convinced many educational apps fall short because students do not want to use them consistently. If an educational app is not comfortable to use for about 30 minutes per session for multiple sessions, then it will not fulfill its goal. In this regard, to receive many reports of students using Niles Technology apps for 40 - 45 minutes at a time, tells us that we got it right."
Functionality is important, but it is only one part of an effective educational app. Pedagogically-sound content is the second half that is required. Students need to be challenged, not just to write, but to think critically about what they are writing. The step-by-step writing instructions in Niles Technology apps teach students the logical building blocks needed to develop arguments and how to best present supporting evidence. After all, every essay is an argument of one form or another. The copyrighted content can be found in no other source and has proved engaging to students.
"Niles Technology Group is now in our next growth phase. We are talking directly to schools that are currently adopting mobile learning," further explains Mr. Niles. "We expect the number of schools that employ iPods and iPads in the classroom to more than triple in the next 12 months, and we would like them to experience what apps, such as Essay Writing Workstation, can do for their writing curriculum. Outside of school, students are already using the apps, and schools would benefit in having technology that the students are already adept at using. It is simple - a school gets iPods or iPads; adds Niles Technology Group apps; hands out writing assignments; and lets the students learn and write. The apps are a true turnkey educational learning tool."
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 Niles Technology Group for more information about essay writing apps and how to set up a mobile writing lab in your school.
* 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.