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April 12, 2017

WishMeLuck sponsors students in Malta to use iSmart

A sponsorship agreement has been signed by iSmart and WishMeLuck (www.wishmeluck.com), where the online-raffle company will be giving part of its proceedings to sponsor a classroom in Malta to use iSmart for 1 year as part of their corporate social responsibility from the lottery “Smart ForTwo” that they are currently running and will be drawn on the 15th June.

iSmart is a total inclusive solution aimed at students who have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), Language Processing Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit and ADHD. iSmart is an assistive tool that can be used at home or at school. Although it is aimed at students with learning difficulties, all students can benefit from most of the features.

iSmart makes reading easier with text adaptation, special fonts and a reading ruler. Speech-to-text helps to write quicker and check spelling. Mind Mapping provides support whilst studying. iSmart includes reporting, internal communications, a repository for sharing materials and many more features. More information on iSmart can be found at www.getismart.com.

Raphael Kalogeropoulos, Chief Executive Officer of Wish Me Luck, said in a statement: “We are happy to announce our collaboration with iSmart and ready to help in any way we can to increase awareness. Wish Me Luck is committed to its objective of being amongst the top companies in the gaming industry by offering a real chance to players. Our players just got another reason to play with us. It’s not only that you get a chance to win a New Smart ForTwo but also help students who have been diagnosed with a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia. Together we can make a difference.”

An expression of interest is being launched at https://getismart.com/sponsorme, for Maltese schools (and teachers) that would like to use iSmart in one of their classrooms for FREE, thanks to WishMeLuck.com. Different sponsorships are available for grabs, so hurry up and let us know why you think your classroom could benefit from using iSmart.

This initiative is part of the “Sponsor a School” Campaign that iSmart launched a few weeks ago which is open to all companies wanting to help students with learning difficulties. If you also want to sponsor a class or a school, contact us today on [email protected] or visit www.getismart.com/sponsor.

WishMeLuck, Ltd is the first online Raffle tickets company. Founded in 2016 by SS. Silver Holding a private company registered in Cyprus. Wish Me Luck has a license to operate by the Maltese Authorities MGA. The True Random Number Generator (RNG) is certified by iTech labs and complies with the rules and regulations of the MGA in Malta.

Disclaimer: The chosen individuals/class/school will have access to iSmart for 1 whole year according to the sponsorship available. Students and schools are to provide their students with tablet devices in order to use iSmart.

March 13, 2017

iSmart – Now Available in Italian and Polish

We are proud to announce that the iSmart app and portal are now also available in Italian and Polish.

Users can change the language from the “Personalise” button in the settings section of the app (top right corner icon). From the portal, simply go to the “Languages” menu from the top and choose the language that you want to use.

These translations are the hard work of our agents in Italy and Poland – Giuseppe and Urszula, and we have been testing them out together with them. We now want to invite you all to sign up for the free trial to try them out and let us know what you think. In case you find something that you want to suggest to us, please email us on [email protected] or visit http://support.getismart.com

January 10, 2017

The road to launching iSmart

This is an important month for us, and as we are now all back from holidays filled with new year resolutions, we wanted to let you all know the plan for the big bang.

We are at the moment finalising the first 2 versions of iSmart Home and iSmart School. These are going to be able to be purchased online as from end of January, for the moment in English only on the different app stores.

In the meantime we have started translations in the first 2 languages – Polish and Italian, since we are also going to be signing up our first agents in these first 2 countries.

The actual formal launch will happen in London on the 25th January during the BETT trade fair for educational technology. We would like to invite everyone to visit our stand G82 and see a demo of our freshly launched iSmart.

Don’t forget to pre-register today if you want to be one of the first to learn about exciting special offers whilst getting our app.

December 13, 2016

Teaching Dyslexic Children

Teaching is a profession but even more a vocation. All over the world teachers try to motivate children to learn every single day, but it’s not an easy job! Given the high prevalence of learning difficulties, they are facing big odds when it comes to ensuring that the knowledge gained is entrenched deeply, and not just quickly until the day after their exam.

Dyslexic students offer even more of a challenge since they learn in a completely different way, and are more confused if given huge amounts of texts. The following are some tips that can help teachers of dyslexic students:

  • Create more visual materials – A picture says a thousand words and dyslexic students are normally very aesthetic and artistic children who enjoy colours, images and other visual learning aids.
  • Include music and sound – Hearing a particular sound might trigger a memory for a child, and therefore using sound cues is an innovative way how to help students remember.
  • Build mindmaps – At the end of each topic draw a mind map with the most important concepts as a summary and give this out to students to help them memorise facts and figures.
  • Gamification can help – Making learning more entertaining could be a way to remove the stress for students with dyslexia that are already fearful and could be coming to school reluctantly
  • Allow tablets in the classroom – Technology is less intimidating to dyslexic students than books and with its help one can teach a variety of subjects from languages to sciences with ready made online materials. We suggest looking at large online repositories like www.oercommons.org or www.openeducationeuropa.eu
  • Use iSmart app – This app includes all of the above suggestions and even allows for great interaction with parents, teaching assistants and the psychologist in charge of the student. See all our features on getismart.com/the-features