WizitUp Primary: A game-changer in educational apps for kids:

If you want to build up a solid foundation for your kids who are in Primary school, or you’re just looking to get your kids excited about learning – through technology, you’ve found an app that delivers on that so beautifully.

WizitUp Primary is a fun and educational application that is developed to educate as well as entertain children in the early stage of their educational life. WizitUp Primary isn’t only excellent for kids but also a wonderful tool for parents that see the need to support their kids learning activities at home.

This educational app includes:

  • Educational Cartoons:
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  • 2D Simulations
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A WizitUp 2D simulation, explaining self-pollination
  • Games
  • Textbooks
  • Test

The WizitUp Primary app contains over 5,000 really well-curated topic and subject based practice questions to test knowledge, after playing games and watching cartoons.

  • Drawing Pad

This is a drawing tool where you can create nice draws. This let kids use their own imaginations and natural curiosity to bring the subjects to life whether it’s designing a treehouse, draw an animal and much more.

 

The content of the Wizitup Primary App was developed using the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) curriculum covering Basic 1 to 6. This is to ensure that what every child is learning is totally in line with what they are being taught in their school.

The Cartoons and 2D Simulations are designed in such a way that the kids are having fun and learning at the same time. The games are also designed in line with what has been taught in the Cartoons and 2D simulation such that when a child is playing a game, He/She is actually practicing what he has been taught and most times doing an assignment in the process. The games are done in a progressive level stage mode for learning advancement.

Screenshot from a WizitUp Primary game: Animals and their Young, an exciting learning game for kids to understand Animals and their young.
Screenshot from a WizitUp Primary game: Factors and Multiples

Textbooks are developed for every class using the NERDC curriculum. Test are done to test the child’s performance on every subject. The WizitUp Primary also has a drawing pad for kids to express their creativity.

WizitUp Primary is an all in one package that enhances the educational development of your child.

Your child’s education doesn’t have to stop after school or Christmas break. These games, cartoons, animations, simulations and practice questions from the WizitUp Primary will keep your youngster’s mind active outside the classroom.

Download the WizitUp Primary mobile app on your Android mobile phones or tablets, on Playstore.

8 digital skills our kids need to be taught

The social and economic impact of technology is widespread and accelerating. The speed and volume of information have increased exponentially. Experts are predicting that 90% of the entire population will be connected to the internet within 10 years.

With the internet of things, the digital and physical worlds will soon be merged. These changes herald exciting possibilities. But they also create uncertainty. And our kids are at the centre of this dynamic change.

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Children are using digital technologies and media at increasingly younger ages and for longer periods of time. They spend an average of seven hours a day in front of screens?—?from televisions and computers, to mobile phones and various digital devices. This is more than the time children spend with their parents or in school. As such, it can have a significant impact on their health and well-being. What digital content they consume, who they meet online and how much time they spend onscreen?—?all these factors will greatly influence children’s overall development.

The digital world is a vast expanse of learning and entertainment. But it is in this digital world that kids are also exposed to many risks, such as cyberbullying, technology addiction, obscene and violent content, radicalization, scams and data theft. The problem lies in the fast and ever evolving nature of the digital world, where proper internet governance and policies for child protection are slow to catch up, rendering them ineffective.

Moreover, there is the digital age gap. The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand the risks and threats that children could face online. As a result, adults may feel unable to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies. Likewise, this gap gives rise to different perspectives of what is considered acceptable behaviour.

So how can we, as parents, educators and leaders, prepare our children for the digital age? Without a doubt, it is critical for us to equip them with digital intelligence.

Digital intelligence or “DQ” is the set of social, emotional and cognitive abilities that enable individuals to face the challenges and adapt to the demands of digital life. These abilities can broadly be broken down into eight interconnected areas:

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Digital identity: The ability to create and manage one’s online identity and reputation. This includes an awareness of one’s online persona and management of the short-term and long-term impact of one’s online presence.

Digital use: The ability to use digital devices and media, including the mastery of control in order to achieve a healthy balance between life online and offline.

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Digital safety: The ability to manage risks online (e.g. cyberbullying, grooming, radicalization) as well as problematic content (e.g. violence and obscenity), and to avoid and limit these risks.

Digital security: The ability to detect cyber threats (e.g. hacking, scams, malware), to understand best practices and to use suitable security tools for data protection.

Digital emotional intelligence: The ability to be empathetic and build good relationships with others online.

Digital communication: The ability to communicate and collaborate with others using digital technologies and media.

Digital literacy: The ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share and create content as well as competency in computational thinking.

Digital rights: The ability to understand and uphold personal and legal rights, including the rights to privacy, intellectual property, freedom of speech and protection from hate speech.

Above all, the acquisition of these abilities should be rooted in desirable human values such as respect, empathy and prudence. These values facilitate the wise and responsible use of technology?—?an attribute which will mark the future leaders of tomorrow. Indeed, cultivating digital intelligence grounded in human values is essential for our kids to become masters of technology instead of being mastered by it.

The article above first appeared on World Economic Forum, written by Yuhyun Park.


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Why now is the time to upgrade your Corporate LMS or set up a new one.

The pace of technological developments in recent times has had a major impact on companies of different sizes across different industries, all over the world – even in Nigeria.

From fast-moving consumer goods companies to retail and service based firms, businesses are constantly required to upgrade their processes so as to remain competitive. This requires continual knowledge and skill upgrade in the workforce as well.

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Cloud-based corporate learning management systems (LMS) provide organizations with a modern and cost-effective way to train and upgrade their employee skill sets and because of that, major technology firms are building learning management systems that can fulfill the training and development needs of modern day corporations.

Wizitup Corporate LMS is one of the most feature-rich and versatile cloud-based learning management systems for small and medium sized companies. Apart from being very easy to use, it is also efficient for all forms of training and development for your business or organization.

Wizitup Corporate LMS is a modern learning management system with an attractive, as well as interface that is easy to use, empowered with all the necessary features required for corporate trainers to use in administering content to their trainees. It is perfect for delivering courses to individuals or groups of students and also administering assessments and tests as well.

Wizitup Corporate LMS is scalable and flexible for companies and trainers regardless of their industry. Selecting the right corporate LMS is critical for every business.


 

Learn more about Wizitup Corporate LMS to find out how to set you up online

Modern educators should be more skillful than before otherwise their teaching methods won’t be effective.

The world changes at a high speed, every year – so educators need to keep up with the fast pace. Teachers give the new generation skills and knowledge required for present day life, therefore they need to obtain those skills and knowledge, otherwise their teaching methods won’t be effective.

Today, kids are excessively savvy and learn new technologies quick. Therefore, educators must be on the same page with their students, know their needs and interests. Modern educators should be more skillful than before.

Students nowadays are more clued about technology than their parents and teachers, and use it on a regular basis. A large part of young people’s lifestyle is engrossed in technological developments and so it makes sense to use the reality of these students as part of teaching and learning.

Educators should know how to use digital technology and should integrate digital technology to make students ready for living in real life.

Modern educators should know how to use apps and devices to better interact with the students. A good teacher can increase effectiveness of the teaching process by using new technologies and understanding students’ way of thinking.

It’s good if a teacher knows how to mobile apps and devices like tablets and even teach their classes with resources that will excite them in the classroom.

 

Teachers should develop communication skills. Technology helps to achieve better results in a teacher-student understanding.


 

Wizitup has a special In-Classroom Solution for Teachers to access digital resources, including Songs and Rhymes, Animations, Simulations, Illustrations, e-Books and Lesson Plans with which to teach the students in their current digital reality, in their classrooms. For enquiries, contact [email protected]

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Why understanding these four types of mistakes can help our learning

We can deepen our own and our students’ understanding of mistakes, which are not all created equal, and are not always desirable. After all, our ability to manage and learn from mistakes is not fixed. We can improve it.

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Here are two popular quotes about mistakes.

“A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing” – George Bernard Shaw

“It is well to cultivate a friendly feeling towards error, to treat it as a companion inseparable from our lives, as something having a purpose which it truly has.” – Maria Montessori

These constructive quotes communicate that mistakes are desirable, which is a positive message and part of what we want students to learn. An appreciation of mistakes helps us overcome our fear of making them, enabling us to take risks. But we also want students to understand what kinds of mistakes are most useful and how to most learn from them.

Types of mistakes

The stretch mistakes

Stretch mistakes happen when we’re working to expand our current abilities. We’re not trying to make these mistakes in that we’re not trying to do something incorrectly, but instead, we’re trying to do something that is beyond what we already can do without help, so we’re bound to make some errors.

Stretch mistakes are positive. If we never made stretch mistakes, it would mean that we never truly challenged ourselves to learn new knowledge or skills.

We want to make stretch mistakes! We want to do so not by trying to do things incorrectly, but by trying to do things that are challenging. When we make stretch mistakes we want to reflect, identify what we can learn, and then adjust our approach to practice, until we master the new level of ability. Then we want to identify a new area of challenge and continue stretching ourselves.

The aha-moment mistakes

Another positive type of mistake, but one that is harder to strive or plan for, is the aha-moment mistake. This happens when we achieve what we intend to do, but then realize that it was a mistake to do so because of some knowledge we lacked which is now becoming apparent. There are lots of examples of this, such as:

  • When we lack the content knowledge: e.g. not finding water, we try to extinguish a fire with alcohol, which we didn’t realize is flammable.
  • When we find there is more nuance than we realized: e.g. in our painting, we color a sun near the horizon as yellow, and later notice that the sun does not always look yellow.
  • When we make incorrect assumptions: e.g. we try to help someone else, thinking that help is always welcome, but we find out that the person did not want help at that moment.
  • When we misremember: e.g. we call a friend for their birthday on the right date, but the wrong month.

We can gain more aha moments from mistakes by being reflective. We can ask ourselves What was unexpected? Why did that result occur? What went well and what didn’t? Is there anything I could try differently next time? We can also ask people around us for information we may not be aware of, or for ideas for improvement.

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The sloppy mistakes

Sloppy mistakes happen when we’re doing something we already know how to do, but we do it incorrectly because we lose concentration. We all make sloppy mistakes occasionally because we’re human. However, when we make too many of these mistakes, especially on a task that we intend to focus on at the time, it signals an opportunity to enhance our focus, processes, environment, or habits.

Sometimes sloppy mistakes can be turned into aha moments. If we make a mistake because we’re not focused on the task at hand, or we’re too tired, or something distracted us, upon reflection we can gain aha-moments on how to improve, such as realizing we’re better at certain tasks after a good night’s sleep, or that if we silence our gadgets or close our doors we can focus better.

The high-stakes mistakes

Sometimes we don’t want to make a mistake because it would be catastrophic. For example, in potentially dangerous situations we want to be safe. A big mistake from the person in charge of security in a nuclear power plant could lead to a nuclear disaster. We don’t want a school bus driver to take a risk going too fast making a turn, or a student in that bus to blindfold the bus driver. In those cases, we want to put processes in place to minimize high-stakes mistakes. We also want to be clear with students about why we don’t want the risk-taking behavior and experimentation in these situations, and how they’re different from learning-oriented tasks.

In a high-stakes event, if we don’t achieve our goal of a high test score or winning the championship, let’s reflect on the progress we’ve made through time, on the approaches that have and haven’t helped us grow, and on what we can do to grow more effectively. Then let’s go back to spending most of our time practicing, challenging ourselves, and seeking stretch mistakes and learning from those mistakes. On the other hand, if we achieve our target score or win a championship, that’s great. Let’s celebrate the achievement and how much progress we’ve made. Then let’s ask ourselves the same questions. Let’s go back to spending most of our time practicing, challenging ourselves, and growing our abilities.

We’re all fortunate to be able to enjoy growth and learning throughout life, no matter what our current level of ability is. Nobody can ever take that source of fulfillment away from us.

Let’s be clear

Mistakes are not all created equal, and they are not always desirable. In addition, learning from mistakes is not all automatic. In order to learn from them the most we need to reflect on our errors and extract lessons from them.

If we’re more precise in our own understanding of mistakes and in our communication with students, it will increase their understanding, buy-in, and efficacy as learners.

This article was first published in the Mindset Works newsletter, written by Eduardo Briceño.


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How edtech makes learning more accessible

The traditional academic world is transforming, with advances in technology and changing student expectations opening doors to new ways of learning and engaging with course materials.

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If students nowadays are used to consuming books and television programmes through mobile devices and apps then surely it makes sense for them to interact with their academic content in the same way? Not only does it give them instant access whenever and wherever they may be, but it offers them the flexibility to learn in the way that is personal to them.

Mobile learning apps and devices such as tablets are being trialled at universities across the country, allowing students to access key course textbooks and information anytime, anywhere. The rise of edtech means that students no longer need to carry around heavy books to lectures and instead can now make notes and highlight important sections of text all directly from their tablet.

Edtech can increase accessibility, engagement and interactivity, however at present only a handful of pioneering universities have really embraced it. As we welcome the next generation of digital learners it makes sense for educators to meet the changing needs of these students whether they’re on campus or on the other side of the world.

Improving access to learning

When used properly, an education technology platform that hosts and enables access to learning materials can increase the potential for the free-flow of information by helping to facilitate independent learning. This not only enhances a student’s learning experience, but can also encourage participatory behaviour and collaboration.

Essentially, students are encouraged to be less passive and more engaged and proactive in their learning process. For instance, students are empowered to source their own reading materials and demonstrate their own independent thinking as a result of wider reading. The platform and tools can then provide real efficiencies and productivity in how they can seamlessly move through all their content, take notes, book mark and create citations to use parts of the content in their own papers and dissertations.

The way in which learning materials are shared can also help to encourage interaction, as breaking up content into smaller chunks of information can allow a deeper understanding of the course content and enable focus on specific ‘learning objects’. Mixing up more traditional lectures with more peer-to-peer learning can also help to build relationships and break down the barriers of communication between lecturers and students.

Global accessibility

The introduction of digital textbooks and learning platforms is swiftly gaining momentum globally. Not only for students based on university campuses, but also for those who study distance learning courses and work remotely.

Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria, has become the first university in West Africa to adopt a university-wide digital learning platform and e-textbook scheme to help improve course results and give students equal learning opportunities. More Universities in Nigeria are coming up too to adopt digital learning.

The future of accessibility

In order to ensure future generations are as well-equipped as possible, educational institutions need to continue adapting and accepting the introduction of new technologies. Engaging with students in an innovative way so they can easily understand and digest information is key to encouraging active participation and independent learning. This in turn, provides a much more rewarding environment for both students and teachers.

The academic market for learning is rapidly evolving towards a digital future and students expect to be immersed in an enriching, collaborative and most importantly, more accessible environment.

This article first appeared on Edtechnology.co.uk

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Have fun learning French on Wizitup, amuse-toi bien!

Online learning has made immense progress in the past several years and has become a very good alternative to more traditional forms of learning.

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There are hundreds of ways to learn French for free on the web, but it’s often presented in an inconsistent way that’s harder to read and understand.

Our platform has thousands of educational videos in various subjects and these are accessible 24/7 online, all following the Nigerian School Curriculum (Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council – NERDC), so you can learn with well designed lesson contents, planned and executed with you in mind on Wizitup

Experience the best of online learning for all levels of education from the biggest eLearning platform in Nigeria on Wizitup.

With Wizitup, you can get access to study materials on different subjects and make yourself more knowledgeable and resourceful, all for free.

Wizitup’s learn-on-the go helps students practice and prepare for various Nigerian exams, aside from learning at your pace.

You can also engage in self-paced learning online with Wizitup. Our platform has thousands of educational videos in various subjects and these are accessible 24/7 online.

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Fresh on Wizitup blog: Tips to study smart

For this week, we have new tips for you to be able to study smarter, courtesy home new.

Tips to study smart

  1. Use a daily planner and create some time daily for studying and homework.
  2. Review your class notes daily and fill in missing details.
  3. Set goals.
  4. Study for 35-45 minutes and then take a break, no more than 10 minutes.
  5. Try studying in different place
  6. Do more with the material.
  7. After tests, compare your notes with what was included in the exam.
  8. Try different study methods to find the one that works best for you.
  9. Use Wizitup to study.

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Wizitup is an e-learning solution that changes the way you think about education, from something boring to a whole lot of fun.

This week, learn how to study Chemistry with Wizitup.

With our Chemistry study resources and a step by step guide to understanding Chemistry, you can get the easy way to learn Chemistry online.

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Learning online with Wizitup is not restricted to Chemistry, you can also watch JAMB past question video solutions, watch NECO past question video solutions, and learn core secondary school subjects – science, arts and commercial

With Wizitup, you can get access to study materials on different subjects and make yourself more knowledgeable and resourceful, all for free.

Wizitup’s learn-on-the go helps students practice and prepare for various Nigerian exams, aside from learning at your pace.

Here are some tips for studying Chemistry, as seen on Goconqr:

#1: Read The Material Before Going To Class
#2: Understanding Rather Than Memorising
#3: Use Flashcards for Chemical symbols, Chemical formulas
#4: Take Notes
#5: Practice Daily

You can also engage in self-paced learning online with Wizitup. Our platform has thousands of educational videos in various subjects and these are accessible 24/7 online, all following the Nigerian School Curriculum (Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council – NERDC).

Follow our step by step guide to understanding Chemistry. Start learning.

Don’t forget to have a look at our previous blog post on study resources on Biology.

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JAMB result now officially acceptable for three academic years

The Nigerian Senate, yesterday, passed the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Amendment Bill.

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The Nigerian Senate passing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Amendment Bill. Copr. http://thewillnigeria.com/

With the entry of the bill, JAMB results will now be legitimate for 3 academic years, as against one academic year.

The results of students in the annual Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, will now be valid for more than one year.

From henceforth, JAMB will also stop re-assigning candidates to schools they never applied to, as they’ve been directed by the senate to stop that particular policy.