Space Board digital workbooks Grant Template provided by NeoLithix, LLC
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Project Definition: ABC ISD proposes to use iPads to create small-group tutoring and direct instructional work-centers in the Afterschool program for students from PreK to 6th Grade that will engage three learning modalities: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. One set of digital learning content that will be used with the iPads will be Space Boards digital workbooks.
The learning activities for children PreK to 6th grade in After-School programs must seamlessly connect to their core-day learning content in order to have the greatest positive academic impact. However, providing afterschool instruction in the same manner in which it is presented during the core-day will leave students feeling frustrated and uninterested. Afterschool programs must create an exciting and engaging environment that connects to school day curriculum in a new way and yet still allows students to practice the skills, master the concepts and increase proficiency in core content areas.
In order to master learning content in After-School environments, children need tutorials that allow for self-paced practice and facilitate guilt-free repetition. Being able to repeat the exercises “guiltlessly” and work at their own pace, allows students the time and the opportunity to master skills and content. The content should make it quick and easy for the students to self-assess their own work and work independently, yet still be applicable to direct instruction environments. Based on the ever-growing experience base and best-practices of educators in this country and around the world, we would like to implement the use of the iPad as a learning device that can provide unique and rich learning experiences for these age groups, particularly when coupled with Space Boards digital workbooks.
One of the most unique features of the Space Board digital workbooks is that the students write their answers on the iPad using a digital stylus. Teachers and parents have innately and intuitively known for eons that children learn most effectively hand-writing and hand-drawing the material to be learned and mastered. Passively clicking on a mouse or tapping on a screen does not result in the same cognitive acquisition, retention and recall as doing so by hand with a pen-like stylus in-hand. Medical science and neurology now back that up empirically. Writing by hand, makes kids smarter.
Space Board digital workbooks include Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Life Skills and Social Skills, from PreK to 6th. Developed by classroom teachers, each digital workbook focuses on a single learning objective. New workbooks are being developed and added to the Space Boards library each month. The workbooks follow an easy to use methodology for the presentation of the material, comprised of five different page types: Teaching, Practice, Question, Answer and Game pages. Each Question page is followed immediately by its corresponding Answer page, with the answers displayed right next to the student’s hand-written answers, so the student can quickly self-assess his work and repeat the exercise if he or she desires to master the content.
PreK and Kinder level workbooks focus on skill sets, such as visual-motor integration, directionality, writing alpha characters and numerals, recognizing and drawing geometric shapes, alpha-word association, word families and rhyming. PreK and Kinder workbooks are available in Spanish and French (all the workbooks from PreK to 6th grade with the obvious exception of Language Arts are being translated into Spanish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese… other languages will be added over time). A new Special Edition series enlarges and simplifies the content of the PreK and Kindergarten, more in keeping with Special Needs requirements.
Space Board digital workbooks will provide our program with unique and engaging learning materials that will our students to interact with our iPads, not just “observe and consume” entertaining media passively. Students will be actively engaging in serious workbook exercises, writing by hand, checking their own work, writing, drawing, coloring, repeating exercises “guiltlessly” and all at their own pace. This process will help train their brains as well as their minds to master the facts, figures, dates, places, shapes and concepts they need to know, in order to succeed in school and in life.