ABA English is a digital academy specializing in teaching English via desktop & mobile devices. The learning experience is designed to include the human factor throughout the digital process. By combining a humanized course curriculum, real tutors, technological advances and AI, they are contributing to extending education beyond the classroom walls. Many adults are now learning English online in a truly effective way. While a machine can emulate the abilities of human teachers, it will never replace them: rather, it’s the emerging hybrid of human and machine training, not either alone, that may transform education. ABA English aim to prove this.
Math Shelf – Early Math Mastery
Low-income preschoolers begin Kindergarten one year behind their middle and high-income peers in mathematics, and these achievement differences grow to 2.5 years by the end of fifth grade. Early math interventions can eliminate the school entry math achievement gap, however, fewer than 1 in 4 US children who attend public preschools receive high-quality math instruction. Public preschools spend less instructional time on math compared to private preschools, and children participate in fewer math activities than students in private preschools. Moreover, qualitative studies have documented that teachers in low-income preschools use little mathematics language, and survey data demonstrate preK teachers don’t feel prepared to teach math. Cost effective and scalable early mathematics interventions for low-income preschoolers are needed to improve their math outcomes and future academic achievement. We created Math Shelf, a tablet early math program with the goal to eliminate the school entry math achievement gap. Math Shelf uses tablets to integrate the mathematics instructional materials and sequence created by Maria Montessori, developmental mathematics theory, and mathematics content from evidenced-based early interventions. Math Shelf is both adaptive and scalable. Using algorithms, Math Shelf adapts the math materials and sequence to individual student’s achievement levels. This adaptability optimizes both learning and engagement, because children play math games that are neither to easy nor too hard. Math Shelf is scalable and affordable. It runs on $49 Amazon Fire tablets, and is cloud-based, thus enabling play in school and home environments. Finally, Math Shelf solves for the problem of mathematics NOT being consistently taught in low-income preschools, because it provides an easy to implement tool for preschool teachers to provide children with opportunities to learn early mathematics skills.
Digital Passport The Mind Lab
The New Zealand Minister of Education announced the intention to adopt ‘digital technologies’ as a new priority area in education, adding to literacy and numeracy. The announcement in May 2017 required teachers from K1- K10 to comprehend a new curriculum area that was unfamiliar and technical. The two priority focus areas were identified as ‘Computational Thinking’ and ‘Designing & Developing Digital Outcomes’. Through our long-term relationship with teachers across the country, it was identified that teachers felt a high level of anxiety about truly understanding the curriculum and how to bring it to life in classrooms teaching students aged 5 – 15 years. The Mind Lab identified the need for a non-intimidating, comprehensive resource that could be undertaken in their own time, that could be self-paced and linked to year levels education outcomes and the new curriculum. An online, video-based platform was determined to be the most accessible and useful resource. It was also decided that the resource would need to be free for teachers to remove any financial barrier from accessing new knowledge and key information. The solution developed is a video-based online platform, that is designed to be highly accessible (non-tech language), entertaining, informative and relevant. The solution is broken into four curriculum levels and focus areas linked to year levels. Each area of focus is supported by examples, lesson plans, suggested resources and downloadable content. The resource is made free to all New Zealand teachers through a personalized school code. Parents and other interested people can access the platform for a small fee of $39.95NZD. The ability to provide the $300,000 resource to teachers at no charge was funded by the two shareholders in The Mind Lab and the generous support of a local philanthropic trust – NEXT Foundation.