August 17, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Temiskaming Shores, Canada - Interactive Elementary today announced plans to add two additional modules to Middle School Math, its flagship educational application for Apple's iPad. Ontario teacher Dave Brown, who doubles as the company's president, explains the app is already being utilized in 21st century classrooms throughout the world.
"We are very excited about Middle School Math and the forthcoming updates, but we are even more excited about the incredible response we have received from teachers and parents since our initial release. We are thrilled to offer these new activities as part of a free update to the base application."
The app, which emphasizes game-playing and skill development for children aged 11-14, debuted on Apple's' App Store in June with five base modules. Included in the initial bundle were activities based on basic algebra, data management, and coordinate geometry.
Brown says he and his development team strived to create a product that not only followed from curriculum standards but also served to liberate teachers from tedious tasks like preparing and marking drill work.
"North American schools have entered into a major period of transition. Technology is being infused everywhere you look. Of course, tablets are beginning to play a prominent role in this movement. What we offer is just one piece of the broader puzzle. We aim to build resources that effectively replace the worksheet while providing students with immediate feedback on their understandings."
The company's latest offerings, a geometry tool in which students stretch a virtual elastic over pegs to form shapes as well as a game that challenges students to sort numbers according to their factors, aim to broaden the user experience for students by further capitalizing on the device's capabilities.
"All the evidence suggests that children learn best when they can solidify their understandings through the use of concrete materials," says Brown. "But we've done one better. We are creating modules that utilize virtual manipulatives. In actuality, we have integrated technology into hands-on learning. We believe we are definitely blazing new trails here. These are new inroads to student engagement. As this product becomes more comprehensive, it is really our early adopters who win out." The company expects to continue updating the product through the 2011-12 school year.
Interactive Elementary has also begun development on Junior Math, a version of the application aimed at a slightly younger audience. The company is also expected to unveil an updated version of My Editing Buddy, its school-friendly word processor, in September.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 16.5 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Middle School Math 1.0 is currently offered at the discount price of $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. The updated version of Middle School Math will arrive in time for the back-to-school season later this month.
Launched in 2010, Interactive Elementary develops educational applications for the Apple iPad. Its products fulfill the need for engaging, cutting-edge software in today's iPad-equipped classrooms and homes. The creative team behind Interactive Elementary strives to build applications that enhance the learning experiences of children around the world, empowering them by providing hands-on, technology-driven resources. Copyright (C) 2011 Interactive Elementary. 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.