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Apps for Impact

Story by September 02, 2015
Montessorium is pleased to announce a partnership with Apps for Impact, a new initiative, bringing high-quality educational apps to teachers in underserved communities.  

It might come as a surprise that, in our plugged-in, technology driven society, more than 56% of teachers in low-income schools report inadequate access to technology as a “major challenge”, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

This research actually makes us think about the very first days at Montessorium. We started out with a classroom of 3 students, in a small, donated space, asking ourselves how we could bring this personalized learning experience to everyone. The answer, of course, was the iPad. Here we are, 5 years since our first app launch, joining an amazing program to help broaden the access to high-quality educational apps.

Montessorium joins a group of peer-reviewed kid’s companies, including Tinybop, Hopscotch, DragonBox, Motion Math, and DIY, to be included in the pilot program at Brooklyn Public Library. It’s exciting to think about the skills children will learn from each of these amazing educational tools! With that, we’d love to take a closer look at what each participating app brings to the table:

Tinybop – The Human Body.

When Tinybop came on the scene, with their focus on” toys for tomorrow”, everything seemed to change. Exploration, discovery, all of the traits of self-learners took center stage. In The Human Body, children can dive into the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. The heart beats, guts gurgle, lungs breathe, and eyes see.

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is teaching children the skills that most college-age students are focused on: coding and computer science. In fact, Hopscotch is excited about the fact that parents, teachers, and children alike enjoy learning from the app! While it seems simple, just making games, what users are really exploring is concepts like abstraction, variables, looping, and more, “while making stuff that you actually want to play.”

DragonBox – Algebra 5+

Algebra 5+ is perfect for giving young children a head start in mathematics and algebra. Children as early as five can easily begin to grasp the basic processes involved in solving linear equations without even realizing that they are learning. The game is intuitive, engaging and fun, allowing anyone to learn the basics of algebra at his or her own pace.

Motion Math: Educator.

Our friends at Motion Math, also fellow co.lab alumni, adhere to the idea that learning comes from overcoming challenges. When children learn to love the experience of struggling through frustration and confusion, their lives abound with discovery.

DIY

The good folks behind DIY are committed to the idea that the best way for a kid to learn, is from another kid. They’ve created a safe, online community for just that, to discover new skills, meet new friends who are geeks just like them, and be awesome.

Montessorium

We feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this amazing collective of educational app developers, and are over the moon to participate in the Apps for Impact program.

Want to learn more? Check out www.appsforimpact.co, or read the press release here.

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