October 4, 2011 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Charlottesville, Virginia - Schools have been searching for new ways to improve student writing skills, and, with mobile technology and interactive software, students are now actively engaged in learning writing and critical thinking. Niles Technology Group's line of essay writing apps are perfect examples of how schools are getting students to write more, to write better and to communicate with strong arguments. Designed for the iPad and iPhone, Niles apps are changing the way students' write.
"The untold story about the recent reports of the lowest reading scores ever on the SAT is that the scores for the writing section are even lower. Students may be dropping in reading skills, but in writing, they are not even on map," explains Michael A. Niles, president of Niles Technology Group. "Schools are clearly tasked with a lot to do and have to take choices on what is possible. Writing, unfortunately, has taken a hit in terms of curriculum emphasis. Yet, writing is the one skill that colleges and employers mention as most lacking. Niles Technology apps, such as Middle School Writing 1.0 and Essay Workstation 2.0, take the pressure off of schools and teaches the appropriate writing genres, all at one affordable price."
Students, today, live on their mobile devices, and it is imperative that schools interact with students where they intellectually "live and breathe." Making students use antiquated materials and computers forces them to abandon what they are most comfortable with for a more mundane, less capable, less challenging academic environment. The results are reduced attention span and lower information retention. Niles Technology apps changes this unproductive dynamic and gives students, teachers and schools the potential to excel in written communication.
"In the development phase of the apps, it was obvious that a new type of writing instruction was needed. Students indicated that they struggled, not with sentences, but with deciding on what and how to write," continues Mr. Niles. "Interestingly enough, providing examples of how and what to write only led to mimicry, and students still complained they were lost about how to develop their own ideas. With this information in hand, Niles Technology created proprietary, step-by-step writing guidelines that have proved effective with both students and teachers. With the apps, students are no longer lost and become active thinkers throughout the entire writing process. Additionally, schools benefit by raising the writing skills of their students."
Examples of what users say about the apps are:
"This app seems to be amazing. So many different types. Ohio State isn't getting easier, so this is coming in handy." By Andydew (iTunes Review) about Essay Writing Workstation
"Hands down the best writing help I have seen. The app answers every question it seems and is more like an encyclopedia than a handbook. I have spent more $$$ in bookstores and never got this much. Expensive app but worth every penny." By J. Parks (iTunes Review) about Essay Czar eTextbook
"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." By F. L., College Writing Professor, California (via email) about Middle School Writing
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.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 2.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Middle School Writing 1.0 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.