Compass Learning Odyssey [tm] for home use
SCORE Learning Centers
SCORE!(tm) Review -
SCORE! Learning Centers for Math and Reading - The advantage program brings children into the SCORE Centers where, under supervision,
the children engage in a computer-based learning program.
The primary software used:
- Success-Maker from Pearson
- HeadSprout's Phonics Programs
Pricing. Comparison of :
SCORE Learning Centers Advantage Program - ......
Kuman Learning Centers- $125/month per subject. Typically, in Kumon Jr, there are two subjects so figure
$250 for all the flash cards, work books, weekly 20 minute session, and loaned
Hooked On Phonics - $40 non refundable shipping and handling. $299 for the complete reading program
(refundable within 60 days). $299 for the math program (refundable within 60 days)
Private Tutor - Figure $45 / hour
Time4Learning - $19.95 / month, reading and math complete programs
Sylvan or Esylvan - Coming soon....
Education MegaTrends & Computers
There are two apparently contradictory trends dominating the dynamics in public education in the last half decade.
One one hand, schools are recognizing that children have different learning issues. The number of children being recognized as "exceptional learners" is steadily
increasing. Nationwide, 38% of the children in public school are categorized as
exceptional learners and the schools need to provide them with Individualized
In contrast, there is the trend towards rigid standardization. The NCLB (No Child Left Behind) mandate to rigidly define standards of performance.
The increasing impact of high-stakes standardized testing to measure student's
and school's is rapidly focusing everyone on the baseline testable benchmarks.
These trends appear contradictory but they are not.
NCLB insists that all children must learn the same basic materials. But how they learn is now being recognized as not a simple one-size-fits-all formula.
So, how to reconcile the need to have individualized instruction while driving towards high standards
of performance. Obviously, everyone would like more individualized instruction
from the teacher and smaller class sizes. However, this is not likely since budgets
are limited and the focus in more on investing into holding onto the best teachers
and extending education to the PreK year.
I believe that it's technology which will come to our rescue.
The computer for education is uniquely powerful as a private and supportive way for children to practice their lessons and further
their learning. Many children, especially those wrestling with learning skills
different from mainstream ones, become very self-conscious about their intelligence
and learning ability. A large number of these children expend a lot of time and
energy hiding their needs from their peers, teachers, and even parents. It is often
necessary for them to need to spend longer periods of time understanding instructions
or explanations, to need more time to think about and to work on exercises, or
to need more practice time to master basic skills, or to have material presented
to them verbally and visually.
One example of a new advanced online educational teaching games that can fulfil these needs. Take a look.
Coming Soon - Reviews of: