November 29, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - The low scores on standardized writing tests have prompted a serious review of writing in Middle School. Middle School Writing 1.0, by Niles Technology, has taken the lead in changing how students learn writing. Focusing on the critical thinking aspects of writing, this unique mobile app, for the iPad and iPhone, teaches students that preparation, research and outlining are the hallmarks of excellent writing. These essential writing skills serve students well through high school and college.
Niles Technology Group, an education company dedicated to the skill and art of writing, has created an app that starts students off on the correct track to be become good high school and college writers. Starting with a critical thinking foundation, the app teaches students that it is impossible to write what one does not think. While seemingly sounding obvious, many students begin writing thinking that if the words do not come to them immediately then there is a problem. Middle School Writing 1.0 teaches patience in developing ideas; how to properly construct arguments; and, how to confidently and influentially present ideas.
"In Middle School, writing is downright scary and is often more intimidating than public speaking," explains Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "And, unfortunately, most students never recover to become confident writers. Middle School Writing 1.0 changes this dynamic in favor of the student. Using a proprietary step-by-step writing process, the app guides students into the world of organized, critically-structured writing. Once students understand that writing is not an ad hoc process, but a personally designed one then they open up and are more creative. In summary, Middle School Writing 1.0 successfully creates reflexive, thoughtful writers."
The reviews for the app speak for themselves:
"I bought Middle School Writing about a month ago [for my son] and liked it very much. I found the writing steps very explicit and useful." College Writing Professor, California (via email)
"This app is obviously for two types of students: smart ones and ones that you want to be smart. My kid used it naturally within about 5 minutes..." (iTunes Review)
"Parents and schools, if you want your children "thinking" writing, this app is a great place to start. It teaches the right lessons." (iTunes Review)
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.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 2.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Middle School Writing 1.0 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.