“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.” – Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures
The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.
PrazAs Learning Inc, the company behind Tabtor, an educational technology platform for tablet computers (currently only iPads), has raised $1 million in seed round funding from New Jersey-based SoundBoard Angel Fund, as well as Bangalore-based Aarin Capital Partners, Sand Hill Angels, BITS Spark Angels, among other individual investors. SoundBoard Angel Fund led the round. The money will be used for product development and expansion as well as to accelerate market entry into the consumer space. – Reuters
What does Tabtor do?
Tabtor is about ‘point of learning analytics’ and the “gamification” of your child’s learning experience using technology like iPads.
From their ‘about’ page:
Tabtor is a flagship educational technology platform for iPads from Prazas Learning Inc. Designed to completely transform the way the world looks at learning, the patent pending platform provides teachers and students with a highly personalized learning experience, which focuses on the learning activities that happen at the Point of Learning for each student.
Meet their Advisory Board.
All of their apps for every grade are aligned to Common Core.
Related article from Market Wired on 2nd grade math:
KENDALL PARK, NJ–(Marketwired – Sep 2, 2014) – Tabtor, a leader in iPad- and tablet-based personalized learning platforms, today announced it is publishing a resource to help prepare families for the math concepts being introduced with the Common Core State Standards. The e-book, A Parents’ Guide to 2nd Grade Math + Practice Worksheets, is available for free download at www.tabtor.com/2nd-grade-guide.
The Common Core State Standards, or CCSS, aim to establish consistent nationwide guidelines in what concepts are being taught in English and math from kindergarten through 12th grade. Adopted by 43 states and the District of Columbia, Common Core sets forth these new criteria, and states and school districts are then tasked with developing curricula that follow the standards. CCSS has been met with some confusion by parents on what their second-graders will be taught and how these guidelines differ than previous standards. This e-book helps families by:
- Providing a better understanding of Common Core
- Describing four critical areas of focus — base 10 notation, addition and subtraction, standard units of measure, and shapes — that second-graders will concentrate on during the school year
- Detailing four key topics that will be taught to second-graders
- Examining eight math practices geared toward helping students excel at the new math standards
- Including free worksheets that will give second-graders and their parents an idea of what to expect from curriculum
“The more understanding you have about the Common Core State Standards and the second-grade math curriculum, the better you’ll be at helping your child succeed in these concepts,” says Raj Valli, Founder and CEO of Tabtor. “Children need math enrichment outside of school, which is why it is important to be informed and participate in the child’s growth. This e-book and its worksheets will help you stay in the know about second-grade math curriculum and test your child’s understanding of second-grade math within the new standards.”