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Agnitus Ignites Children’s Learning
As part of the technological infusion in the Milpitas Unified School District – the Child Development Centers are excited to be populating our classrooms with iPad minis—and Agnitus is firing up our kids to play to learn! If you haven’t seen or heard of Agnitus – Games for Learning, read on to find out how this multi-faceted learning application is changing the way we look at games, skill development and assessment within the preschool setting.
Agnitus is a relatively new company that originally designed age appropriate touch screen games for use in the home. They have recently adapted their software to be used in a classroom setting and we are pleased to be serving as one of the local guinea pigs! This year we have been acquiring iPad minis at a rapid rate and have been busily integrating them into our 21st century preschool curriculum.
Each day during our “transition time”, groups of children cycle through the classroom that is piloting the Agnitus early learning software on the iPad minis. This regular iPad routine permits the children to learn and practice both iPad touch screen mechanics and age appropriate skills in math and language. Furthermore, Agnitus is a 'smart' progression-based technology which adapts based upon the responses of the students—keeping the games fresh and relevant for each child.
Another wonderful component of the Agnitus platform is the assessment analytics. Teachers can access skill data by child and by classroom. We are currently learning how to combine this assessment data with that gathered by our traditional assessment method of observation. Plus—Agnitus is learning from us! They are studying our children and the classroom use of the application to inform their game and program upgrades. A win-win!
Want to try Agnitus – Games for Learning at home or in your classroom? They have a free download on iTunes – check out these features and try it today!
★ 16 curriculum based educational games for 2-5 years old
★ 13 academic skills based on the Common Core State Standards
★ Parental and classroom report cards for individual skills
Growing and Learning in Preschool
Why does preschool matter? And what does a quality preschool look like? Watch this 6 minute video from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and find out!
Other Great Resources
Are you looking for some website resources to support your child? Click here to access a list of great sites which address a number of topics of parenting and child development.
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013