GOAL #2: Supplying the School with Effective Teaching Materials.
The Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program is the cornerstone of the Adopt-a-School Initiative. It is a technological breakthrough in the way educational concepts are taught to children. And, as such, we believe that the Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program is the answer to global education problems because it gives every child an opportunity to learn, no matter what their economic circumstances. The program has the power to provide every child an education because it is self-administered, it is self-contained, it can be used on an individual basis, and it can be used anywhere (i.e. battery operated).
The Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program is designed to introduce the basic building blocks of reading, math, and writing skills—and to learn more about the world they live in. The Program provides a child with bite-sized pieces of new information in every lesson so they are able to master each new concept and achieve success on their own. A teacher is not required to be present as the Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program asks the questions and gives the correct answer from alternative answers. When the child gives the right answer, they are immediately rewarded with a moment of celebration. Since the SRP is battery operated, the Program can be used anywhere. Further, because the program is self-administered, a child can move through the program at his or her own pace. The Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program will satisfy every child’s natural thirst for knowledge with learning tools that are fun, easy-to-use and effective.
GOAL #3: Providing the school with teachers to monitor the Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program
An effective reading and math program has many components that need to be carefully and systematically taught. All educational programs used in school systems today require trained teachers at some level to instruct and administrate the curriculum. However, the Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program doesn’t require highly trained teachers because of the technology that is used. The program features a “talking pen” that takes on the role of a private tutor that teaches and coaches the child to educational success. The Smart Tutor Reading Pen gives children the support they need to reinforce the reading and math skills that are being taught in the curriculum—but in a way that makes reading and solving math problems exciting, fun, and rewarding.
The Smart Tutor Reading Pen is a vital part of the Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program. This “pen” technology takes the form of a marker-sized stylus that contains an electronic chip that is programmed with hundreds of words and sound effects. The pen integrates a proprietary auditory-optical scanning (text-to-speech) technology. In its simplest form, the Smart Tutor Reader Pen is a handheld stylus that scans printed words on a Smart Cardz and instantly pronounces the words. When the child touches the stylus on a word, image or question on the Smart Cardz, children will hear the question being read, select an answer and hear whether the answer is correct or incorrect. As a result, with every touch of the pen, the questions and answers will come to life. The stylus is perfectly sized for small hands and is easy to carry around. It is no bigger than a marker pen and can fit in a child’s pocket or a back pack.
Since the Smart Kidz Reading & Math Program is self-administered and self-contained, there is no need for a highly trained teacher to instruct or teach the concepts. All that is needed is for a teacher to monitor usage of the program and be a caretaker of the learning kits.
GOAL #4: Involving the community in support of the educational programs and maintenance of the school building.
We believe that the best way to insure that every child has the opportunity to receive an education is to invest in the communities in which they live. The Adopt-a-School Initiative works best by supporting those who already have a vested interest in the future of their children. By partnering with local community leaders and families in a DCD, we can build an educational infrastructure that will lead to lasting change.
Our involvement is to facilitate the planning process and leave it to community leaders to make final decisions and implement the plan. Once the plan is in place, a school can be constructed and community leaders can maintain the school and manage the educational programs.