Helping Our Clients Help Others What we love about our list of clients is the variety and adventure each project presents. We help clients in every industry imaginable solve incredibly complex problems through custom development strategies. We’re super proud of that work and of the clients we’ve helped. Today, we’re going to shine a light on Count Play Explore™, a web application developed solely to help parents, educators, and childcare providers incorporate more math into ‘reading time’ through instructional online videos. What is Count Play Explore™? Count Play Explore™ is a mobile-responsive web application that gives parents, caregivers, and teachers an online resource to watch videos of popular children’s books being read aloud. Embedded in each video is attention to the mathematics found within each story. The app is an online platform for families and community members to view supplementary educational ideas and support those working with children in preschool through third grade. Created by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, this online resource supports existing curricula by producing reading videos that equip parents/teachers or caregivers with relevant questions, prompts to engage in inquisitive discourse, and subtle moments where math or counting can be emphasized. Not meant to replace traditional teaching or reading methods, this app is a supplementary resource and innovative guide for parents and teachers alike—combining reading comprehension and math with an underlying message that math is all around us, even in literature. The Problem It’s no secret that students learn best and make better sense of what they’re learning when they can make connections with previous learning experiences in life that were significant. Sometimes the most meaningful understanding of math comes when it’s a part of other things or subjects in which students hold interest—or, larger concepts that are understood on a macro level. That said, the question becomes how do educators make math more meaningful and is there a way to intentionally bring math into other subjects via cross-curricular integration? Integrating math into other subjects isn’t merely including the concepts of adding and subtracting. Math is measuring, sorting, building, noticing patterns, making comparisons, and describing the environment, as well as counting and knowing the names of shapes. There are many ways to incorporate math learning into everyday moments—which is exactly what Count Play Explore™ does with this application. This app is more relevant than ever, as remote learning and online/video learning have become a huge part of children’s lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Solution Bitwise Technology Consulting worked closely with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools to develop a dynamic, mobile-responsive, web-based application where parents, community members, educators, and caregivers can watch videos of popular children’s books being read aloud, while incorporating attention to mathematics with every story. Users can visit the site to explore video playlists of popular books that include intentional prompts and timed pauses to encourage parents/teachers or caregivers to ask more questions, engage in discussion, and point out moments where mathematical principles or basic counting can be highlighted. This new app is an online platform tailored to families and community members, equipping them with supplementary educational ideas to add to their existing remote-teaching curricula, provide instruction support for parents/families, and aid in easing the burden of increased online teaching due to quarantine guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Readily accessible via any online browser, users can access the website from most mobile devices, as well; Count Play Explore™ is a mobile-responsive application that scales to most smart devices, including phones or tablets with internet capabilities. Overall Impact of Count Play Explore™ This application enables parents, caregivers and educators to become an integral part of their child’s supplementary literacy and math learning. Many educators feel that mathematical competency isn’t held in as high regard as reading comprehension. If an adult feels they’re terrible at basic math, it’s often laughed off, whereas if someone cannot read, they feel an outward embarrassment. The stigma around illiteracy is heavy and taken seriously, whereas there is truly no stigma around lack of mathematical comprehension as adults. Through this app, the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools shines a light on the importance of math in our lives and how introducing mathematical concepts to our children at an early age can plant the seeds that math is all around us every day—and we should acknowledge it with a positive spin, just as we do reading comprehension. This app is blazing that path for parents, caretakers, community members, and educators. To use Count Play Explore™, simply go to www.countplayexplore.org. The app is free to the public; no registration is required to watch these impactful reading videos with children. Do You Have An Idea That Could Change Lives? If you have an idea that could change lives in your industry or help solve continual pain points, look no further. At Bitwise Technology Consulting, we develop custom business applications that change the lives of clients and the customers they serve. It’s never been easier to revolutionize your business through technology. Schedule a chat through this link. This blog post was written by Celeste A. Barron, Content Development Manager for Bitwise Industries. You can find her eating a salad but wishing for pizza rolls.