Smart.FM is a website based on particular scientific learning principles and theories that introduce item reviews in a particular way, based upon algorithms that have been found to ensure the implantation of study material and mastery of subject matter into long term memory.
Smart.FM is also tightly integrated with various social networking schema's prevalent in todays online environment such as twitter, facebook, myspace, linkedin, delicious, etc. There is an active community and journals/blogs are also integrated into the site.
I've just started investigating and evaluating the study programs there (I'm currently studying the "Erudite English" program, and this flash-based program indeed appears to be an effective tool for increasing vocabulary prowess in the student.
The methods used with regards to the particular "Goal" I'm studying is presented, includes auditory (audio), visual (graphics and text), kinetic (typing the vocabulary words correctly) and other progress meters and award systems to assist in re-enforcing the learning and material presented in each lesson.
There are other programs that I've noticed which might be of particular interest for parents with children being homeschooled - like the study of "World Capitals" and several language programs.
If nothing else, it is somewhat like a "StudyIsland", in that there is a progress meter with built in advancement toward each goal (Yet in a multi-media way), and also the fact that keeping the mind excercised (especially in the summer months), makes for a sharp learner, and improving the ability for a student to retain newly acquired knowledge.
Personally, I find that this can be a great tool for augmenting some aspect of the homeschoolers educational curriculum in a fun way, and parents will find something for themselves too - which, if the kids see us on a site we've asked them to use, are more likely to embrace as well IMO.
Well I hope that helps :)
Bradley D. Thornton http://NorthTech.US
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