Enabling interactive digital learning environments

Brightcenter

For years, PC/Desktops have been present in the classroom providing digital learning environments for children and students . These learning environments help teachers by providing interactive learning aids where children and students can independently work and learn. In primary schools, classrooms are equipped with only a few PCs in order to allow children to learn how to use a computer.

Many of these PCs include special software written specifically for kids, where they can learn to practice basic mathematics, writing, language, etc. Most of the time these PCs are not even connected to the internet. With their natural fit for interactive applications, tablets are making their way into the classrooms. There are already many interactive educational tablet applications in the app stores, and many are successful in selling their educative, fun, and learning applications to consumers. Although many of these applications can also be used in the classroom set-up for combining enjoyment and knowledge, they all have common challenges;

  1. Multi-user: Because of the personal nature of a tablet, apps often don’t allow for multi-user login, and therefore cannot support more than any one pupil doing the exercises at a time. In many teaching organisations tablets are shared between the children, either by having a couple per classroom or boxes of 30 tablets going around the school.
  2. Learning Analytic: Keeping track of individual pupil’s progress is a must have for teachers. Most educational applications track progress within the application, but this does not fulfil the teacher’s need to have a good overview of the students’ individual progress.

Meet Brightcenter!

Trifork has developed a solution to tackle the above challenges, under a new label; Brightcenter. Brightcenter connects with educational applications that enable students to access these individually, and track progress within these applications. It enables teachers to analyze the results of students and help them on an individual basis to achieve their goals. The main features of Brightcenter are:

  1. Enabling multi-user classroom situations for educational applications
  2. Tracking progress and results per application
  3. Managing groups and students

Learning record store with TinCanAPI

Brightcenter stores the individual results using the TinCanAPI, an open standard for learning analytics. We have implemented a so called “Learning Record Store (LRS)”, storing data of educative applications per individual student. With this data we represent a solid control panel for the teacher to analyse the progress of individual students and groups. The future of Brightcenter lies in the ability to provide a central hub for enabling both classroom and individual needs with educative applications. With students having easy access to tablets at home, school work can be taken home with them and progress and results can still be tracked via Brightcenter.

Educative tablet applications working together with Brightcenter

iconWith our latest educative iPad application, Learn to write with Tracy, we encountered the same challenge when thinking about applying this application within a classroom situation. We have released a special version of this application, designed specifically for Brightcenter. When registered with Brightcenter, the students can either log in or select their name from a list within the application and continue with the exercises from where they left off in their last session. Learn to write with Tracy – Brightcenter is available in the iTunes App Store, and since Brightcenter is currently in beta phase, access to Brightcenter is free of charge.

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Website: Brightcenter

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