Elementary / Primary / Junior, High school / Secondary 2, International, Required, Technology - Written by Elbert Chu on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 15:12 - 0 Comments
SquareCrumbs Educational iPad platform Makes Field Trips Interactive
by Elbert Chu
Students have it easy these days. Remember the bittersweet joy of field trips? “Cool— We get to leave the classroom. Suck— we have scribble notes and answer questions for homework.” The homework was most often scratched out on the bumpy bus ride home.
If SquareCrumbs has its way, students will be able to use a new iPad app to get interactive study guides and instant pop quizzes to make sure they’re learning what they’re supposed to be learning— in the field. On the teacher side, instead of frantically trying to track kids and herd the wandering flock, they could potentially unleash kids to learn where they want, how they want. Springwise reports:
Updates for instructors, meanwhile, keep them informed as to students’ progress. Teachers can send feedback to students in real-time, thereby shortening the feedback loop and promoting retention of knowledge, while collaboration features help students share and build upon what they have learned.
In an interview on SGEntrepreneurs, SquareCrumbs cofounder Ruiwen Chua explains: “Essentially, we’ve taken the paper and pen worksheets students use while on excursions and field trips, and brought the entire process online and mobile, using tablet devices. So instead of scribbling their answers out in the field and waiting a week or so for the teach to discuss them, they can simply key in their answers into the app and have their teachers send them feedback immediately.”
For now, the app has just gone through some field tests in Singapore. On first glance, this sounds like it could potentially accomplish for K-12, what John Katzman has been rolling out for teachers over at USC. We say the two teams ought to get together and compare notes to see how teachers can deploy this based on what they’ve learned in their own interactive and collaborative learning environment.
SquareCrumbs is looking to bring the app stateside. CEO Adrian Tan writes:
We have piloted with a leading Singaporean experimental school (School of Science and Technology) and are now in the US looking for schools and partners to pilot and refine the platform to the needs of the American system.
The pin in the SquareCrumbs’ bubble is of course the very thing it is built on: the iPad. Schools with already thin budgets will hardly be able to deploy
$500 $629 iPads (they’ll need 3G, unless they have a mobile hotspot).
We think SquareCrumbs might want to think about joining forces with JoliCloud, which has education friendly distros and cheaper hardware available.
Do you have experience with SquareCrumbs or something similar? We’d like to hear about your experience in the comments.
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