TOKYO SAN DIEGO July 27, 2011 ™ Ibaraki 3G Smartphone x Digital Textbook
Meanwhile, many Japanese high school students are dissatisfied with the inflexible, uniform content of their education and often suffer from loss of motivation, though this may not be as apparent because these students continue to attend school. According to the Renaissance Academy, the desire to learn the traditional curriculum among Japanese high school students is among the lowest in the world, and an increasing number of students each year express their desire to focus on study areas that are of personal interest or a potential profession. Supporting such students is an important responsibility for a private correspondence high school like the Renaissance Academy.
The Renaissance Academy provides opportunities in specialized and vocational training for aspiring professionals and a second chance for high school absentees and dropouts. At the Renaissance Academy, the majority of students spend their day participating in professional training or studying outside of the classroom. In addition, most work part-time and lead highly mobile lives, leaving limited opportunity to study their textbooks while at home, so they benefit from the ability to access their coursework no matter the location.
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Offering smartphone-based courses is expected to help increase the rate of students completing programs while staying interested in learning. Having ubiquitous access to educational materials gives students an opportunity to study, catch up with lessons and take tests outside the hours of a typical school day. This flexibility is expected to help students maintain their motivation for learning as they work toward attaining the diploma they need to obtain steady jobs.
Renaissance Academy’s goal is to have as many students as possible receive a high school education and earn a diploma. This project marks the school’s first time offering a smartphone-based course for credit. Renaissance Academy developed an Android-based, English language learning application that is designed to facilitate the learning of sentence patterns, vocabulary and reading comprehension. The Academy plans to expand the curriculum to include science and social studies.
Takayoshi Momoi Japan
Keio University Japan
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