Here at Pearson Publishing we are proud to say that our education resources provide a valuable addition to home education and can fit into both structured and flexible approaches. We recently spoke to some home educators using nimbl to discuss how the nimbl mobile learning resources aid their education provision and help children learn. Their feedback was extremely positive.
Home educators said that nimbl mobile learning resources slotted well into their teaching routines. One home educator, who has a fixed routine of Maths and English lessons in the morning followed by a more flexible approach in the afternoon, said that the resources provided an interesting alternative to physical workbooks when used in the set lessons. Another found it particularly useful for her flexible teaching style, with the offline tablet access meaning her children can learn on the go – in the car or outside on a sunny day. A third found that its ease of use and ability to track what resources the children had used meant nimbl worked well for when the children worked on their own with minimal support.
The ability to select as many or few publications as they like means home educators can use nimbl for the certain areas of learning they choose; they don’t have to use every publication if they don’t want. Equally the availability of titles from all age ranges enable flexible learning tailored to children’s interests – there is no restriction by age! Home learners said they were pleased that they were able to explore titles beyond the expected material for their age.
The self-marking quizzes and ability to see progress graphs means parents can let children get on with learning by themselves but still see the progress they’ve made, and is particularly useful if parents find some subjects harder to mark and assess than others.
nimbl is a good way to support organic learning. nimbl’s bitesized chunks and chapters allow learners to dip in and out of subjects as they please, and let them learn what they are curious about. The resources are also full of extra activities – for example our upcoming history publication Ancient Greece suggests making your own oil lamp! The resources provide educational support for children’s activities, giving them more information about the films they watch, books they read or trips they’ve been on.
Children love using technology for learning because it is different and fun – they can complete interactive activities and quizzes, try and beat their scores, listen to audio lessons or stories, and write answers in the app itself.
"The resources are colourful, clear and easy to get the hang of." (Home educator)