HP collaborates with Singapore Asia Publishers and onSponge to introduce new education print apps that allow direct access to assessment and test content
SINGAPORE, May 29, 2013 — HP today announces its collaboration with leading education publisher Singapore Asia Publishers Pte Ltd (SAP) and one of Singapore’s proprietary Primary Math programme brand owners, onSponge, to deliver high-quality education content directly to students and busy parents through print apps on HP web-connected printers.
The education print apps offer a free service that allow home-users to directly print education content on demand or schedule for HP delivery at a specific day and time of the week.
“Parents and students often spend a lot of time in finding relevant and important content to address their learning needs,” said Serena Yong, general manager, HP Printing and Personal Systems, Singapore. “The new education print apps that HP is introducing with SAP and onSponge leverage HP’s leadership in tapping the cloud to deliver innovative printing solutions that allow families to easily and directly access a wide range of content for learning and development.”
According to Kelvin Yoo, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Asia Publishers, “SAP is always on the lookout for fresh and innovative learning tools that can enhance a student’s learning experience. Working with HP will allow us to help primary school students access readily compact, foundational and relevant learning materials directly from HP web-connected printers.”
“onSponge adopts a skills-based approach that students need for problem-solving and critical thinking, foundations for a well-rounded education. We are therefore thrilled to be able to provide our math learning resource to a wider student audience with HP innovative printing technology. The print apps are prepared for users looking for resources to enhance problem-solving skills pitched at introductory to mid-level standard. This collaboration with HP enables us to deliver an appropriate amount of questions weekly to reinforce the learning from school but test the conceptual understanding students to achieve better results. It is about nurturing the ability to question, reason and apply, not adding to students’ work load,” said Chris Rogers, Co-Founder & Director, onSponge.
Complement In-Class Learning
SAP is a leading publishing group specializing in academic materials such as supplementary workbooks, guidebooks, textbooks, reference books, dictionaries and other educational materials.
The SAP education print app offers content which has been handpicked from SAP’s own best-selling primary school assessment books, delivered on a daily and weekly basis. Focusing on understanding key concepts through commonly tested questions in examinations, students and parents have direct access to bite-sized practice materials, all aligned to the latest curriculum taught in Singapore’s classrooms, that focus on understanding key concepts through commonly tested questions in examinations.
To make for a balanced use of time, the SAP Education Print App offers up to four pages of assessments per subject daily from Mondays through Thursdays. These bite-sized practice materials, which are more ‘ingestible’ compared to heavy chunks of information and exercises, encourage good study habits and positive learning by pacing children’s learning through daily practice. Each assessment paper comes complete with full answers, which enables students to self-access themselves after each practice or have their parents explain the answers and solutions to them. Parents can plan for scheduled delivery of these assessments on their printers each day, or opt to receive them on a weekly basis every Friday. Closer to examinations, parents can also choose to print mock exam papers for practice purposes.
Beyond Assessment: Problem-Solving and Conceptual Learning
onSponge Learning Print App will provide more Singaporean students with access to the brand’s highly sought-after +hinkingMath™ resource, exclusively put together in the weekly printables format by the curriculum design & development team in onSponge. The weekly print apps serve to provide parents and educators an additional avenue to access structured resources relevant to children from Primary 3 to Primary 6 whose repertoire of practice problem sums should ideally hone their solving skills with core techniques and the development of reasoning abilities.
Promoting the development of cognitive skills and conceptual understanding in learning, students and parents will be able to access the step-by-step solutions of all problem sums on onSponge’s website and also post questions for online help while doing these sums. The flagship brand of onSponge, +hinkingMath has helped many students overcome their challenge in Math problem sums and the quality passes (A/A*) of their students for the PSLE result at onSponge certified learning centres is at 80 to 85% – this despite their students’ intake of entry score that range from 30 to 80 marks. Currently, more than 140 primary schools in Singapore have worked with onSponge for the use of their resource as supplementary materials to enhance the students’ performance.
The SAP print app is now available for download free of charge for owners of HP Web-connected printers. The onSponge print app will be available later this year.
The print apps are available on HP’s web-connected printers including HP Officejet Premium 6700 e-All-in-One and HP Photosmart 5520, 6520, 7520 e-All-in-One printers.
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