Friday, November 13, 2009

Serious Games For Supplemental Education Via Mobile

Serious Games challenging us to play a better education

Via: Wonder-SpaceSupplemental Educational Services (SES) Via Mobile Devices

Wonder-Space provides educational content via mobile devices. Its primary target market is the Supplemental Educational Services niche, as a federal contractor providing free tutoring to low income students in underperforming schools, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Wonder-Space was founded in 2002 by Emmie Chang and Josefa Marquez, two graduates from Rice University’s Electrical Engineering Program. With the aspiration to teach engineering principles in a fun, engaging environment, they created Wonder-Space Computer Camps.

Since its founding in 2002, Wonder-Space has strived to provide students with a "space" to "wonder" about the world around them - an educational environment that encourages free thinking and a passion for learning.

Wonder-Space Computer and Technology Camp

Wonder-Space SES

As part of the commitment to help kids reach their greatest academic potential, Wonder-Space offers free tutoring to eligible Middle School and High School students.

Its revolutionary program gives all students the ability to access tutoring services 24/7 via mobile phone, or meet 1 on 1 with a tutor. Students are able to access both their tutor and Lesson Line through their mobile phone, making tutoring services easily available to students.

Lesson Line consists of interactive audio lessons students listen to as they follow along in a workbook. Once students have completed with their program, they get to keep the phone through the end of the summer!

Wonder-Space currently delivers an interactive audio-math program on basic cell phones to about 800+ students in Texas.

About SES

Under No Child Left Behind, Title I schools that have been placed on the state's "in need of improvement" list for two or more years are eligible to receive free supplemental educational services.

The term "supplemental educational services" refers to extra help in academic subjects, such as reading, language arts and mathematics, provided free-of-charge to certain students and outside the regular school day—before or after school, on weekends or in the summer.

Each school district has a list of state-approved providers offering supplemental educational services in the area. Many providers will offer hands-on tutoring by trained instructors. Others may offer computer-based instruction that children can access through a computer in a school or community center.