American School of Doha has used Kognity before schools started closing, but was just the tool needed to continue learning when going online.
Steven LoBianco is an experienced Economics teacher at the American School of Doha in Qatar. Previously accustomed to using printed textbooks with his students, he made the switch to Kognity’s intelligent textbooks in 2017, and he hasn’t looked back since.
American School of Doha’s challenges before Kognity:
- Paper textbooks quickly became outdated, and repurchasing copies was time-consuming and expensive
- Creating exam-style questions to prep students for exams took too much time
- Difficult to keep track of students’ homework
- Spending hours grading students work
- The pressure to deliver up to date and exciting content to students
- Lack of time for higher-level discussions
- Some Economics textbooks can be overwhelming for his students.
One of the things that Steven values the most about Kognity is how it enables him to access up-to-date, relevant examples and case studies. That’s something his previous printed textbooks simply didn’t allow.
“I like the fact that Kognity keeps getting updated with newer information. The news articles, videos, examples and case studies are all recent. With the printed textbook, it was just whatever was available on the date it was printed. Having a source that is constantly updating along with the recency of the examples is great.”
Keeping track of students’ progress
Not only does Kognity allow Steven to stay on top of his teaching with great case studies and examples, the auto-correcting feature allows him to seamlessly differentiate his teaching with the click of a button as well as track each student’s progress.
“Kognity has been a good replacement and definitely an improvement over using a traditional textbook. Having a series of practice questions that I don’t then have to come up with or tell them to find online from past papers saves me a lot of time. Previously, I had students who barely did their homework, and when they did, they would turn in papers that I would spend all night grading, which I obviously don’t have time to do! I want the kids to have freedom, but I also want to keep tabs on what they’re doing. I have appreciated having the auto-correcting questions built-in. It just sends me a report on results, so I can do a quick check-up.”
For Steven, having less day-to-day administrative work has taken some of the stress out of teaching and put the fun back into it his job. Kognity ensures the course content is covered and makes way for higher-level class activities.
“Kognity allows me to spend my planning time searching for more activity-based or discussion-based activities. I don’t have to worry about delivering content or grading homework. It allows me the flexibility to do the things that are honestly more fun to do as a teacher.”
Accessibility for all
Students at American School of Doha are already noticing the benefits of having a more manageable and accessible economics textbook. Unlike many textbooks, the content on Kognity is not “overwhelming,” but just right for his students. Students learn at their own pace and in the ways, they know best. This improves metacognition in teaching students to be aware of how they think. Kognity’s interactive model puts student engagement at the forefront with both teachers and students at the wheel.
“The students find it’s clearly laid out. It’s long enough but not overwhelming. Some textbooks in their other classes can sometimes go into detail that is way beyond what is on the syllabus. Kognity doesn’t miss any content that the kids need to know, but it tries to get it done in a reasonable amount of time, so the kids feel able to complete the reading assignments without being bogged down.”