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Tablet Generation: The Rise of Blended Learning

“K-12 education is shifting from classroom-centered to student-centered learning models,” according to CompassLearning, a longtime leader in software used to augment classroom instruction. Trends in education show an increase in student-directed learning via personalizes technology.

These ‘blended learning models’ leave students in hybrid-environments, utilizing educational software as often as classroom instruction. Today, teachers still drive the learning experience, but with overcrowded classrooms forcing students into virtual schools across the nations, gaps in learning become increasingly difficult to identify and, more importantly, repair before a student is faced with standardized tests that result in grade detention and college entrance exams.

Today, parents are doing all they can to give their children the best education possible, often turning to outside educational sources to aid in preparation often denied in the traditional classroom. With rises in technological power, students are able to use varying forms of software on platforms across the board to gain an educational edge.

Current projections show that tablets will outnumber desktop computers in classrooms within the next 5 years. With the advent of iBooks Textbooks for the iPad and the endless possibilities provided by the power of both iOS and Android powered devices, it is clear that there is no turning away from technology in education. For many children, typing is more natural than writing.

With the processing power available in handheld devices, tailoring educational programs to student needs should be a top priority. You Can LearnTM believes that education is not “one size fits all,” and that learning should be both fun and personalized. The app developer offers a wide range of subjects and offers courses for all ages.

A top priority for the You Can LearnTM team is the creation of apps for K-12 students. At the start of each course, the student is given a pre-course survey, which assesses what they know and where their gaps in learning are

For instance, if a student were taking the Seven Incredible Concepts in Physical Science course, they would be asked questions about states of matter, electricity, and the laws of motion. Perhaps the student’s 7th grade teacher was very thorough in educating on electricity, but the works of Isaac Newton fell by the wayside – when this assessment was complete, the student would be presented with a detailed lesson on the states of matter, full of diagrams and links to interactive media, but given only a brief overview of conductivity and polarization.

You Can LearnTM courses are perfect for students facing finals, or for those who need a refresher at the end of a long summer. Their lighthearted-but-thorough approach allows for both education and enjoyment, and a post-course test allows for assessment of further problem areas.

With so many creative educational solutions available, no child should slip through the cracks. Hundreds of apps are on the way to tailor education to the student’s needs – and entertain them along the way.

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