April 27, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - Niles Technology Group, the leading developer of essay writing apps in the iTunes App Store, announces the release of its latest app, Middle School Writing. Designed specifically to address the needs of beginning writers, Middle School Writing guides students in learning the fundamental thought processes and structure required to become a good writer. The app includes essay writing staples such as book report, biography and the five-paragraph essay.
Essay writing is, by far, the most difficult skill to learn as a student. It takes students time to realize that writing is more than words and sentences; writing is really about the communication of ideas and the presentation of arguments. Learning what constitutes an argument and what is acceptable evidence does not come easily or automatically. Structured, consistent practice is required, as well as the development of critical thinking skills.
"The main issue that students find difficult to comprehend, at first, is the fact that they are not writing for themselves, but for a specific audience. Middle School Writing ensures that students learn this important first step in writing," explains Michael A. Niles, president of the Niles Technology Group. "Teachers and schools have also taken to our Essay Workstation platform, but several have said it is a little on the "big" side for their middle schools. In short, they are concerned that beginning writers, in grades 6 - 8, would be overwhelmed. With over 40 types of essays in the main Essay Workstation, we realized that the teachers have a valid point. The acceleration of the use of iPads and iPods in middle schools is all the more reason to develop an essay app geared to younger students."
Essays are not very mysterious once a student learns that there is a method to writing them. Middle School Writing delivers a detailed introduction to developing well-reasoned, well-structured essays. With comprehensive overviews and step-by-step instructions on how to write seven different types of essays, the app slowly introduces students to the intricacies of essay writing. The goal of Middle School Writing is to ease students into the writing process by teaching them how to "think" writing. The instructional content focuses on learning pre-writing skills, establishing research skills and developing logical arguments; all which are the cornerstones of good writing skills.
"The volume purchasing of Niles Technology apps by schools has really taken off, and we are accommodating schools that want to leverage the educational opportunities afforded by the iPad and iPod," further explains Mr. Niles. "The growth of mobile devices in middle schools, as teaching tools, means that the demand for high-end educational apps is rapidly increasing. Schools have seen the limits of basic flashcards apps and are looking for more comprehensive apps that deliver both content and advanced functionality; schools want apps where content meets productivity. Niles Technology is actively talking to schools, assessing their needs and is in the process of expanding the iPad and iPod essay app lines to accommodate writing curricula at varying grade levels. For example, for high school juniors and seniors, we have a College Prep writing app that will soon be in the App Store."
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)
* 2.0 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.