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Two Israeli Dads Create App to Improve Their Children’s Grades

“sCoolWork” could change the face of how we process information

By: David Shear

Published: October 18th, 2012 in Business » Israel

Two Israeli Dads Create App to Improve Their Children’s Grades

A new Israeli app is helping students with their homework.

Called sCoolWork – the new application, developed in Israel by two fathers who wanted try and help their children’s grades improve, has been labeled by opinion leaders as an app with "the potential to substantially influence how people in general, and students specifically, process information."

Sometimes necessity is also the father of invention.

But Alex Dayan, a father of three boys and founder of Skills & Knowledge – the company behind sCoolWork – had the idea when he realized he was having trouble finding any one item that combines the ability to edit, with a search engine and formats like sCoolWork does.‎

At the end of July, the Israeli team took its app to New York's #140edu event headed by Jeff Pulver and Chris Lehmann, and the proactive fathers haven’t looked back since.

"I was amazed by the positive feedback we got," says Tal.

But, students looking for a system that will do the work for them will be disappointed with sCoolWork.

"It doesn't do the work for you," says Tal. "We made sure, in choosing features and designing the program, that it would be total aid."

The app "gives hope to struggling students, making the already hard work they're facing easier, and enabling them to focus on learning and developing their skills," says Dayan, 46, who also serves as the company's CEO.

That sCoolWork is made in Israel – where English is not an official language – hasn't surprised anyone. "The idea here is the technology," Tal says.

Once the English-language version hits the marketplace, they fathers plan to start work on Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Russian and Hebrew versions.

The app is expected to cost $40-$80. Those who donate $100 on Indiegogo get a lifetime subscription. "If you were bold enough to support us when there's nothing but a beta version – which is about five percent of what sCoolWork will be – and give us $100, we want you with us for life," explains Tal, exhibiting the keen vision of a successful entrepreneur.

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