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January 29, 2018

How can we continue to pay it forward?

It’s funny how all the world seems to be connected, right? This applies also for iSmart and Jacob’s Brew.

Jacob’s Brew is all about Paying It Forward and hoping to make the world a better place, while iSmart aims to ensure that all schools are inclusive and students with learning difficulties can keep up with the demanding scholastic needs.

iSmart just gave away 5 FREE licenses to 5 special students. These licenses have been donated by Family Ostafiehyk; Emmanuela and Paul and daughter Francesca. They will keeping paying for iSmart till these students reach university level. The family is currently living in Lincoln, UK but they have resided in Marsascala for some years, with one of their sons owning the same premises that has now been turned into Jacob’s Brew. So you see the connection now, right?

Jacob and Sarah have been meeting different people from all walks of life, and we have trusted them to finding us 5 special students that deserve to have iSmart while at school.

Here are some photos from our meeting with the parents and students. A demonstration was given and they all left the coffee shop hopeful and with a tummy full of tea and cake!

We still have some free iSmart accounts for grabs. If you think you deserve to get iSmart for free, or would like to nominate a class, visit: https://getismart.com/sponsor/

If you want to try iSmart yourself for free, we are offering a 15 days trial for the Home version and 60 days trial for the class version (www.getismart.com/sign-up). Join our growing iSmart community by downloading our app from Google Play or Apple App Store.

iSmart … Read. Learn. Achieve.

June 20, 2017

What if all the students…?

What if all the students in the world are given equal and inclusive education to achieve their full potential?

Check out the smarter way to learn by using iSmart – it’s an app that combines educational materials with visually compelling mindmaps. Students can logically link concepts to help them develop a clear and in-depth understanding of the subjects.

With the aid of text-to-speech and speech-to-text features, everyone can read and write faster than they used to. iSmart is specifically designed for users with learning difficulties like dyslexia and dyscalculia, and users are given an opportunity to benefit from these new approaches.

Teachers and parents can allocate homework and materials to students, whilst viewing their progress. Schools can upload eBooks, notes and communicate with both students and their families.

Don’t miss out on this new way of learning. Try iSmart now for free!

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 5, 2016

That blank look after school

jackI’m a mother … like many of you I have a teenage son who is my whole world, however it’s been several years now that he comes home from school with that blank look which is a mixture of frustration and alienation. I have other colleagues with me at work who all have similar stories, and it seems that kids are all ‘lost’ somewhere along the line throughout their school life.

What’s really happening here? Are we failing at teaching and parenting, or are kids needing new ways to keep them engaged and motivated? Have we given our children too much, so when they go to school they are finding too little?

I’m not sure of the answer, but as a technologist I set about creating different projects to test out different theories using ICT and technology tools, in the hope that these would somehow “wake” kids up. I also try to spend time teaching educators and teachers how to use new tools like robots, games, tablets and more.

The project that gave me the best results to date was “iSmart” and this one focused on children with dyslexia, that maybe feel even more lost than others both at school and when they come back home. We set about building an app that can be used by teachers, parents and the students themselves within the classroom and also at home after school.

We tested in 3 countries – Turkey, Sweden and the Czech Republic and had varying degrees of success, however it was all so positive that I now want to take iSmart to market. It means redesigning it from the ground up, adding even more functions, translating it in multiple languages and making sure that it works for all children with different learning difficulties.

However I’m not a millionaire-ess, so I don’t afford to give this the big bang it requires, although I am committed to see this through no matter what. This is why we’ve now launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo and I’m also actively looking for investors.

So help me remove that blank look after school. Support iSmart by crowdfunding here or contact me on email [email protected].