October 11, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - Niles Technology Group is revolutionizing the way students develop writing skills. For two years running, Niles mobile apps have sold, in the iTunes App Store, to critical acclaim. Whether it is glowing reviews from students and teachers, or accolades from Apple, the apps have shown to be standout in teaching the fundamentals of writing well. Schools also volume purchase the apps to raise the writing standards of their curricula. Niles apps are No. 1 in essay writing instructions.
Writing is not easy to do, nor is it easy to learn. The main reason students struggle to write is that they often focus on the wrong elements. For example, most students erroneously think the beginning of their paper is the introductory paragraph; however, the start of a paper is actually the outline. Niles Technology Group developed a series of mobile writing apps to address the major weaknesses that students exhibit with writing. Based on sound critical thinking pedagogy, the apps teach students to think critically before they write; to develop arguments supported by pertinent research; and, to not be afraid to express their ideas. An important aspect of writing well is having the confidence to speak your mind.
"A serious issue that our company discovered early on was that students were very timid about stating their ideas. This makes it virtually impossible to write anything with clarity," explains Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "Niles Technology set out to find where the problem(s) lay, and our findings were eye-opening. Basically, over 90% of the students had no formal training in argument development, critical thinking, reflexive thinking, or even in what is the purpose of an outline. Niles apps specifically address these weak points and give students the foundation to express their thoughts in a structured, logical way."
All writing is different; no two essays or papers are the same. Also, all writing is personal; no two people express anything the same either. Therefore, it is important for students to learn that it is OK and healthy to be different, as long as one's positions are well-reasoned and supported by research or consistent personal beliefs and opinions. The apps also teach what are personal opinion, fact, propaganda and theory because the research found that most students cannot explain or identify the differences in these terms. The end result is many students write the wrong type of essay for a particular assignment prompt. Niles apps effectively solve these writing issues.
"Several teachers have asked how Niles Technology came to structure its content the way it did because they have never come across such consistently written writing instructions before," continues Mr. Niles. "My answer always seems to surprise them when I say that all we do is write the content to directly address the needs of students; in our experience, too many student textbooks sound like one PhD talking to another PhD or are so dumbed-downed as to be useless. Niles Technology never loses focus that our market is students, not already accomplished writers. With that understanding, the content structure and requirements were rather easy to develop. Simply put, Niles apps are written expressly for students."
Schools and teachers have discovered the efficacy of Niles Technology apps. Each month the volume purchase of the apps increase, which indicates that the use of mobile apps in schools is becoming more commonplace. Parents have also caught on because Essay Workstation is the No. 1 gifted app in the Niles inventory. For the lower grades, Middle School Writing has become a solid No. 2 bestseller, with both parents and schools purchasing the app. The Niles app catalog can be seen in the App Store by simply entering "Niles" in the iTunes search.
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.
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.