Elementary / Primary / Junior, High school / Secondary 2, International, Required, Technology - Written by on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 15:12 - 0 Comments

SquareCrumbs Educational iPad platform Makes Field Trips Interactive

photo: courtesy SquareCrumbs

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.


Sign up for updates at SquareCrumbs.

via Educational iPad platform offers interactive field trip tasks and feedback | Springwise.

Leave a Reply


Campus Buzz

We welcome Tips & Pitches

What you need to know weekly:
The WiredAcademic newsletter.

* = required field

Latest WA Original Features

  • Twitter feed loading

Paul Glader, Managing Editor

Eleni Glader, Policy Editor

Elbert Chu, Innovation Editor

Ravi Kumar, Reporter & Social Media Editor

Derek Reed, Reporter

Brock Buesing, Contributor

error : cannot receive stock quote information

Cost of Education, Domestic, Education Quality, Ethics, For-Profit, Regulatory, Required, Students, University & College - Mar 11, 2012 21:17 - 0 Comments

Heard: Senators On Warpath Against For-Profit College Military Push

More In For-Profit

Blended Learning, Domestic, Elementary / Primary / Junior, Flipped Classrooms, High school / Secondary 2, International, Open Source Education, Required, School teachers, Startups, Students, Technology - Mar 12, 2012 19:04 - 0 Comments

Big Weekend For Sal Khan; Appears On 60 Minutes & Launches Free iPad App

More In Technology

Domestic, Education Quality, For-Profit, Friend, Fraud, or Fishy, Required, University & College - Feb 10, 2012 16:36 - 0 Comments

Heard: NYC Warns Against For-Profit Adult Education Scams

More In Friend, Fraud, or Fishy