Keys-by-TEARN mobile platform
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from TEARN i.e. teach to learn


May 7, 2010

Keys - Version 4 - the Learning Experience


Gaming brings addiction to learning. That is a good goal.

Learning Challenge

Elementary school content is simple to present. Flash cards entertain kids.

As we add high school, college, adult-level content, the challenge increases to present the quantity and complexity of information; and context of knowledge.

Our four-book series of biology related terms span:
  • elementary school learning of animals (500 terms)
  • life science studies in middle school (500+ terms)
  • understanding of anatomy and health in high school (1,000+ terms)
  • bio ap with comparative focus for college students (3,000+ terms)
The series includes over 4,000 unique terms - while the average adult learns 20,000 words over a lifetime. Over 50 chapters, 200,000 images, and unlimited levels support the bio-series. Both the quantity and complexity of terms change how information needs to be presented.

Look for more learning-series from tEarn as we expand other subjects using the same, new model. Also, give us time to update the content for existing games.

Keys Version 4 Features
  • Our games deploy simple models. Match is the classic concentration game. Slots spins. And Keys is our Pictionary with a search robot. Our goal is for learners to spend time with content, not learn complex games.
  • For the bio-series, we bring over 200,000 relevant photos and links via search bots to aid learning.
  • The Flow-Selector activates the list of target words, phrases, and facts. Touch or swipe to activate. Also, touch or swipe to hide the list.
  • For long lists, touch to expand or hide sections of the cheat sheet.
  • Touch to select terms.
  • For the match and slots games, the flow-selector selects new terms to learn.
  • For the keys game, the flow-selector is an alternative to typing for guessing an answer - necessary with complex terms.
  • These changes simplify the model for the innovative keys game, hiding the 'cheats sheet' off-screen.
  • Use the chapter selector to select different chapters.
Version 4 Improves Learning

The grouping of related terms on the cheat sheet shows the context of terms within systems. This expands learning methods over an alphabetical list - which is suitable and still used in Version 4 for simple lists.

For example, using the Mammals game, elementary students learn that:
  • Coyote, dingo, dog, fox, jackal, and wolf are related as canines with sharp teeth.
  • Kangaroo, koala, wallaby, and the common opossum are related as marsupials that bear their young in pouches.
  • Ferret, hedgehog, and shrew are not rodents even though they look like the same class as the beaver, chinchilla, chipmunk, gerbil, groundhhog, and mouse.
For advanced subjects, glossaries often define new terms using terms that we don't know. We call this the recursive problem.
How do learners comprehend the concepts when unknown terms define more unknown terms?
Terms in context helps learners to comprehend complex knowledge through grouping.

Identifying patterns and putting knowledge into buckets are a few of the advanced concepts for learning and innovation - identified through my AI days at MIT.

ROI for Learning

A recent report suggests that the average student learns only 5 to 10 words over a six-week period at public schools. This is a huge problem.

Our goal is to achieve that reading comprehension - every day.

Is this doable?

Let us know.

Version 4 Support

There is no FAQ for Keys, no bugs, no complexity - just learning fun!. Over 100,000 users have downloaded one of our apps. But, Apple, Motorola, and Palm insists on having a support page ;-) So this page will have to suffice.

Here's a link to access one v4 game.

Do note that if viewed over the web, please use Safari or Chrome to best simulate the mobile user experience. Firefox and Explorer use delivers a very different experience - and is not supported.

  • Animals Collection: at Android Marketplace | iPhone App Store | Palm Catalog


  • Life Sciences Collection: at Android Marketplace | iPhone App Store | Palm Catalog


  • Biology Collection: at Android Marketplace | iPhone App Store | Palm Catalog


  • Bio AP Collection: at Android Marketplace | iPhone App Store | Palm Catalog


  • For email support or to just to send a compliment, click here or the Contact link in the footer.

    2 comments:

    Quantum Units Continuing Education said...

    Your android links are not working?

    Editor said...

    Android links work only from an Android phone ;-)

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