June 7, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - Middle School Writing, an educational app by Niles Technology Group, does something that teachers and schools want students to do more of - the app gets students to think. While the goal of the app is to teach essay writing, Niles Technology Group specifically designed the content to emphasize that a student can only write about what he or she is thinking. In order to communicate well, mastering the critical thinking aspect of writing is an essential skill that students need to learn.
All parents and teachers know that bad habits are easy to acquire and hard to break and that good habits seem equally difficult to learn. Especially, when it comes to academics, the other pressures associated with school make learning, at times, a rather tough task. "To get students to learn well and to internalize good learning habits, teachers, schools and parents need to be where the students are, both operationally and academically," explains Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "Operationally, students, today, are all about mobile, so if we want students to listen to educators, the content must be on a mobile platform and easy to understand. In addition, the apps should include functionality that allow work to be actually done on the device. Niles Technology applies these principles to its Middle School Writing app (and to its other apps as well), and the result has been nothing short of ground-breaking. Niles Technology apps are definitely game-changers when it comes to teaching and learning writing."
The teaching of writing is a monumental undertaking and simply learning sentence structure and composition, more often than not, leaves students lacking in the development of tight logical arguments and persuasive writing abilities. Middle School Writing introduces nascent writers to the steps required to develop a well-written essay. And, at Niles Technology, we define a well-written essay as one that expresses vivid ideas and positions and that has the potential, based on its arguments, to influence others. Most students are surprised to learn that they have to do a good bit of work before they write the first sentence, and this is where Middle School Writing, and all of Niles Technology apps, excel; that is, in teaching the thinking, research and pre-writing steps that are imperatives to good writing.
"Whenever I talk to students, it is amazing that when they hear that they are going to have a tutorial in essay writing, they come prepared to start at paragraph one and their introduction," further explains Mr. Niles. "After going through the beginning two or three steps of a Middle School Writing essay tutorial, they quickly realize that writing comes last - they learn that critical thinking, goal-directed research and logical organization are first. Once students learn this, it is like a light bulb turns on, and you can see the gears turning in their heads. It is quite enjoyable to see young writers realize that writing the essay is the end product, not the process itself."
Mobile devices have finally come into their own on the education front, and Niles Technology is leading the way in creating apps that deliver both pedagogically-based content and functionality, which together drive learning and productivity. While having the content, where the students are, is important, it is equally important to use their time wisely and to give them the functionality to immediately apply and use that content - this is why all Niles Technology apps come with a built-in writing platform; the apps are timely, convenient and efficient, all at the same time. Middle School Writing is such an app.
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)
* 2.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Middle School Writing 1.1 is $16.99 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.