Socrates for Libraries

Libraries are one to today’s modern learning centers. Accordingly, libraries must present a range of learning opportunities for children and adults. Here Socrates can greatly assist libraries by providing a powerful way for children to be guided through thousands of educational topics.

Socrates dynamically creates individualized learning paths that adjust based on each answer – helping children focus on where they are struggling and encouraging them to excel where they are doing well. Socrates starts each child based on their grade level but adjusts backward or forwards across grades based on their trueindividual capabilities.

Socrates uses gamification elements to encourage, reward, and engage children whilst they learn. Socrates is not only educational, it is fun for children.

Children answers questions to earn tokens and tickets which can be used to play games or purchase just-for-fun items such as virtual pets, avatar enhancements, and emojis. They have to learn more to play more – keeping them constantly engaged and wanting to do more.

Libraries can make Socrates available to all their library card holders through the Library Edition of Socrates. As part of this Library Edition, libraries will receive:

  • Access to Socrates modules for all library card holders for use at the library, or at home
  • A unique library-only URL, and a library-branded login page that allows library card numbers login access to Socrates. Here is an example of a library-only URL: http://lvccld.withsocrates.com
  • Monthly reporting of usage
  • Flyers, videos, bookmarks, and other materials to promote use of Socrates within your library
  • Access to support via chat, email, or phone
  • Access to use Socrates for tutoring programs or other in-library initiatives.

Features

Here are just a few of the features:

  • Endless questions across thousands of common core standard aligned categories
  • Not just multiple choice – Socrates content includes story problems and multi-part answers
  • Children have a powerful selection of assisters to help them as they answer questions including:
    • Doodle Pad to calculate answers
    • Learning videos to reinforce skills
    • Read-Aloud option for beginning/struggling readers and auditory learners
  • Grade-level questline challenges students to explore the 7 Wonders of the World from elementary to middle school

Equipment

Socrates works on nearly all commonly available equipment including:

Internet-connected PCs

 

iPads

 

Android Tablets

 

Chromebooks

 

Here’s what the Socrates for Libraries (Library Edition) includes:

Socrates Learning Modules

  • Math (included)
  • English Language Arts (optional)

Socrates Customized Edition

  • Customized/Branded Login Screen (included)

Socrates Training

  • Standard Installation & Modules Training (included)

Libraries have an increasing role as community education centers including for homeschooling. Socrates is a great online educational tool that helps meet these needs in a highly-effective way, and should be offered by all libraries.

Dr. Ronald R. Heezen, Ph.D.

Executive Director , Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

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