Our research-based reading pedagogy revolves around phonics. Each child learns letters and sounds before he or she learns how to blend letters to make syllables and then words. Throughout this process, children have access to read aloud books, which will entice them to learn how to read and help them develop the skills they will need to acquire fluency and comprehension competencies.
Our own applications, and the ones we could potentially host on an education platform, will use an “Authoring Tool” approach. The implication is that a community, an NGO or a ministry of education can easily adapt our applications to their own language, and reading scope and sequence. Our education software will allow anybody to easily create an application with built-in programming features, without knowing how to program. We will provide an abundance of graphics, interaction options, and other tools necessary for successful educational software.
From a learner centered to a classroom tool:
Our application will seamlessly unlock the different units of scope and sequence according to the user’s progress and acquired knowledge. This active learning approach will enable the child to progress at his or her own pace, and be challenged with new competency to acquire only when previously studied skills are consolidated in their brain.
However, even if our goal is to build a self-learning tool, we also believe that there is a major need to support teachers in the classroom. Most teachers in low income countries receive very little training and, with the help of a projector, they could implement lessons and practice more efficiently.
Education Apps For All provides a lot of tools to help a community develop its own version of the application:
- A library of images stored on Art4Apps
- A tool to analyze the letter frequency for a language and develop the most appropriate scope and sequence.
- A user-friendly database to upload digital assets and problem sets
- An app simulator to test the problem sets online before building the app
In order to demonstrate how a community can create our application without programming skills, we are partnering with a middle school in Niger that will develop the reading and math application in Zarma.