Infantium and Smartick: Two Spanish Startups that may change Education

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Without the integration of technology, the classroom of the future is inconceivable and more and more schools and educational programs choose tablets as a complement to traditional text books (in some cases they even completely take their place). Is this another trend we will observe throughout the next few months? Most likely we are going to see more specific applications that help facilitate and reinforce learning like the ones below:

Infantium: The Smart Tutor

Infantium and Smartick: Two Spanish Startups that may change Education

Image | Infantium

Karen Márquez and her Infantium are constantly receiving awards. Not only were they granted the second prize at the startup competition of 4YFN at the last Mobile World Congress, they also received the “Young Innovator under 35″ award from MIT Technology Review at the end of 2013.

As its founders explain, Infantium is a smart tutor aimed at children from 0 to 7 years that, using big data, artificial intelligence and other advanced algorithms, personalizes the content it gives to each student. In addition to that, it is a learning platform, which collects the results of all its students and then acts accordingly.

“Our dream? To use the possibilities provided by technology in order to exploit children’s individual skills, to increase their cognitive development to the maximum at an early age and to create a learning method that adapts to the needs, strengths and weaknesses of each child in a personalized and individual way”, they claim in their company blog. Still, they have no intention of replacing teachers or parents, they simply want to provide them with a tool that helps them teach small children.

Smartick: Maths can be fun

Also of Spanish origin are Javier Arroyo and Daniel González de Vega, two entrepreneurs, who in 2009 launched Smartick, a system for learning maths, which works like a game. This tool also adapts to the child using it, while charging a moderate monthly fee (between 19 and 39 Euros).

In each session Smartick shows the most adequate exercises to each student according to their level, the time they needed for earlier exercises and it even takes into account at which exercises the student made the most mistakes in the past. It is also a great tool for parents, who can always access to the progress made by their children.

The best about it? Everything can be done using a tablet computer and its creators claim that only 15 minutes a day are necessary to develop the student’s skills “to their maximum potential”. Once they are finished with their daily exercises, children can access a game section where they train other basic cognitive skills.

Infantium and Smartick: Two Spanish Startups that may change Education

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But is this application truly effective? At ElConfidencial figures were published that leave no doubts about it. After three public schools used the system during a year, the grade point average of theirs students increased considerably: 39.8% for students in second grade and 27.5% in the case of students in sixth grade. Currently the service is being used by more than 10,000 students.

Technology at the service of Personalized Learning

What do both apps have in common, apart from their Spanish origin and the fact that they are aimed at the education sector? They rely on technology as a medium to offer a personalized learning experience to students, which adapts to their needs. And they both use tablets as basic tools, which makes it possible to use them anytime anywhere.

mSchools is a pioneering global initiative designed to encourage Catalonia's high school students to work in the classroom with mobile technology through the creation and use of mobile solutions. Backed by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, with collaboration by the Regional Government of Catalonia, the City of Barcelona, and GSMA, mSchools is intended to improve students' academic performance and reduce dropout rates. The programme features complete curricular development related to mobile technology and its applications in the social and economic spheres.

Mobile World Capital presents a global vision that effectively integrates mobile technologies into the fabric of the industries transforming our lives. Committed to expanding the mobile experience throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain with strong support of the public and private sector.

Mobile World Capital is leading mobile transformation through commitments in Competence Centres, local Industry Development, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation programmes.

MWCapital offers an open platform and exhibition showroom where citizens can understand and experience how mobile is enhancing our lives: The Mobile World Centre, located in the heart of Barcelona on Plaza Catalunya.

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