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4 Apps That Empower Adult Learners

4 Apps That Empower Learners

In the always evolving digital age, technology is becoming more incorporated into everything, including in education. Educational apps are popping up from basic education and literacy to workplace readiness and more.   

ProLiteracy recently entered the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition to help programs get proven effective educational apps into the hands of their learners. The apps are fun and easy to use, and cover topics including basic literacy, math, and English language learning. Participants had the opportunity to join a Community and use the top four Adult Literacy XPRIZE apps—for free. All programs needed to do was to introduce the apps to their learners and help them get started. It was a very exciting opportunity and we were happy to help programs impact thousands of learners throughout the competition.

The Four Apps

Learning Upgrade

Learning Upgrade

Learning Upgrade® is a fun and engaging digital solution to help adult learners accelerate growth in literacy and math skills to succeed in classes, earn a diploma, get a better job, or enter college. Learners can access over 900 English and math CCRS-aligned lessons on their smartphones or tablets, anytime and anywhere. Engaging lessons feature songs, videos, games, and reward certificates. Additionally, instructors can track student progress in real time with detailed web-based reports.

Features include:

  • Engaging lessons filled with songs, videos, and games that move adults step-by-step from the fundamentals to advanced comprehension
  • Ability for adults to earn certificates as they progress through 300 sequenced lessons
  • English, reading, math, and HSE test prep

Learners will be able to:

  • Engage in lessons on phonics, decoding, vocabulary, grammar, writing, listening, math, and more.
  • Build literacy skills through engaging songs, videos, games, and rewards.
  • Practice problems accompanied by immediate intervention and remediation with multimedia supports.
  • Repeat lessons until they master them, earning a gold certificate when they become proficient in each standard’s benchmarks.
  • Rapidly advance to NRS, CASAS, TABE levels.
  • Qualify for HSE and CTE programs.
  • Prepare to pass the GED® and HiSET® tests

Access the app:

  • Available from Google Play and Apple App Store.

Enrolling Learners with Tracking? If you belong to a program and would like to track the progress of your learners who are using Learning Upgrade for the XPRIZE Communities Competition, please fill out the request form.

Amrita Learning

Amrita Learning

Amrita Learning, created by AmritaCREATE, is a personalized learning app with engaging, culturally appropriate e-content linked to life skills. The content is structured into two locales: ESL (English as a Second Language) and NS (Native Speaker).

Upon entering the app, the learner is assigned to one of the locales depending on their native language. Within each locale, small learning units are sequenced to build on previously learned skills. Specific skills used for decoding words, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension are emphasized. The materials in the two locales are designed very differently, but both stress the use of engaging material to reduce the high dropout rate that has plagued adult learning programs.

Features include:

  • Personalized learning app with engaging, culturally appropriate e-content linked to life skills
  • Lessons that start with learning letter sounds and advance to multi-page stories and articles, with vocabulary support in English and Spanish

Learners will be able to:

  • Establish alphabet sounds and word-building skills through short, engaging videos.
  • Use a reading curriculum that features a series of stories interwoven with factual life skills passages.
  • Build skills with games, activities, and music within reading passages.
  • Practice using the Reading Library that includes fun and interesting stories and articles. The library has two special sections that include self-empowerment articles and read-with-your-child stories.

Access the app:

CODEX

Codex: Lost Words of Atlantis

Codex: Lost Words of Atlantis, developed by People ForWords, provides a new approach to learning, combining university developed and tested teaching methods with game development expertise. The app focuses on how adults learn to read and respects their sensibilities and character, while still making a game suitable for all ages.

Features include:

  • A mobile adventure game that helps low-literate adults improve their English reading skills
  • An archeological adventure storyline—the initial gameplay revolves around crafting phonemes, onset-rime patterns, and sight words to “decode” a mysterious language from a lost civilization
  • Ability to play in English or Spanish

Learners will be able to:

  • Transform their literacy skills with engaging, puzzle-solving gameplay. Learn to recognize letters, build words, and read and write sentences by deciphering the ancient language of Atlantis.
  • Play fun, timed mini-games that test learners’ reading skills in everyday situations, from figuring out a bus schedule to paying the correct amount of cash when you go shopping.
  • Play in English or Spanish with instructions delivered accordingly.
  • Visit real locations in Egypt and Australia, the first two regions in a planned five-region journey around the world.
  • Seek out hidden ancient relics and energize the mysterious crystals that power Atlantis. As they learn more, learners can dig deeper into the history of the once great civilization.

Access the app:

Cell-Ed

Cell-Ed

Cell-Ed provides the opportunity for users to learn the skills they want anywhere, anytime. With just the touch of a button, they can listen to the voices of Cell-Ed instructors. By sending a text message, they can learn and communicate with a personal instructor who can help them when they need that extra support. Complete the course and earn a certificate.

Features include:

  • A text messaging app that runs on feature phones and smartphones (smartphone app only for this competition).
  • Designed for adult English language learners and basic literacy learners.

Learners will be able to:

  • Learn through stand-alone and blended learning options.
  • Build skills through a personalized approach based on his or her abilities and goals with coaches available to help.

Access the app:

 


 





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