Deeloh Technologies and SkillFitness Announce Partnership to Launch a Mobile Language Learning and Assessment App

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (April 5, 2016)  Deeloh Technologies and SkillFitness today announced the formation of a partnership to introduce the Extempore App, a product that promises to fundamentally change the way students practice and learn foreign languages using their smartphones and tablets.

With seventeen million students enrolled in foreign language classes at the high school and post-secondary level in the US alone, and heavy use of smartphones and personal or school-provided tablets, Extempore meets the unique needs of this generation of learners, said Susana Perez-Castillejo, Ph.D., co-founder of Deeloh Technologies.

Deeloh Technologies created a strategic partnership with SkillFitness to develop the Extempore product.  SkillFitness offers a mobile, video-role play platform often used in service training and leadership development programs. “SkillFitness was created to disrupt old ways of doing corporate training,” Bill Young, president and co-founder of SkillFitness, said.  “We are excited about Extempore disrupting – in a good way – language education and opening up a new way of learning languages to new generations of students.”

Extempore (“The Speaking Practice App”) allows world languages instructors and speech therapists to create speaking practice activities for their students without having to schedule 1:1 time.  Students practice the language assignment and capture a video “selfie” or an audio recording of their efforts using their device’s camera and microphone.  The students’ recordings are then shared with their teacher, who can watch, coach and grade their progress.

“By assigning speaking practice for my students to do on their own, I dramatically increase the amount of speaking my students do.  I can then provide them with the feedback and evaluation they need without taking class time or scheduling individual appointments” said Phil Thornberry, Ph.D. a high-school Spanish instructor and Extempore user at Seven Hills School, in Cincinnati, OH.

“Extempore allows instructors to teach these students in the way they want to learn– and wanting to learn and practice is the key to language learning,” Perez-Castillejo said. “These students turn to mobile devices in nearly every area of their lives. Why not integrate that into their language classes?”

By configuring the Extempore parameters, teachers ensure that answers are spontaneous: students don’t have time to write the answer down and read it back, like they do with available systems today, Perez-Castillejo added.

 

About Deeloh Technologies:  Deeloh Technologies was founded in 2015 by a team of foreign language teachers and technologists who saw gaps in their teaching practice that could be filled with technology solutions.  Extempore is the first in a number of products that will make life in the world language classroom easier and more efficient for teachers and students alike. Learn more at www.extemporeapp.com.

About SkillFitness:  Founded in 2013 by Minneapolis inventors and entrepreneurs Bill Young and Wilson Garland, SkillFitness seeks to harness mobile technology to create new learning and communications solutions to improve team learning, performance and engagement.  The SkillFitness® platform is designed help people learn the way they want to learn – and learn best: through video role play, through social learning, and on their mobile devices. Learn more at www.skillfitness.com.

 

Contact:

 At Extempore:

Susana Perez-Castillejo, Ph.D.

susana.perez@extemporeapp.com

(612) 750-8958

 

At SkillFitness:

Dave Gilbert

dgilbert@skillfitness.com

(612) 315-3159

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SkillFitness Named Top App at National Sports Forum

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (February 23, 2016) SkillFitness LLC announced today that SkillFitness, a mobile app designed to improve team performance through video role play and social learning, won the National Sports Forum’s Wild About Apps competition.

The 2016 National Sports Forum (NSF) attracted attendees from more than 900 sales, marketing, management and sports education professionals from major league, minor league, and university programs. The “Wild About Apps” competition was designed to highlight unique applications and platforms that enhance fan interaction, optimize stadium operations, increase game-day sales, and generate new revenue streams.

“Winning this competition highlights the important role SkillFitness plays in helping sales teams drive revenue by focusing on sales skill development and sharing best practices,” said Bill Young, president of SkillFitness.

SkillFitness transforms any Apple or Android tablet or smartphone into a social learning platform, Young said.  Participants review short videos focused on specific skills, practice and record a video “selfie”, and then share the self-video with peers and their manager for evaluation and feedback.  Participants are awarded points, badges and other virtual trophies for their efforts – encouraging a healthy sense of competition, Young added.

"Our main goal in launching the NSF Tech Tank at the 2016 National Sports Forum was to bring another layer of innovation to the conference and provide our attendees with an inside view for emerging technologies that are impacting sports organizations and our industry,” said Stephen Corsaro, NSF vice president of business development and coordinator of the Tech Tank competition. “SkillFitness was a huge success to the program showcasing their social learning platform that they're successfully implementing with Major League Soccer and others. Great organizations understand that learning is a nonstop process and essential to success and SkillFitness provides a unique technology and approach to continuously build and grow internally." 

SkillFitness currently is used by Major League Soccer to train new sales professionals at their Blaine, MN National Sales Center; by the University of South Florida to teach sales skills to MBA students in their sports management program; and by dozens of other clients for sales skill, leadership development and other coaching applications.

About SkillFitness: Founded in 2013 by Minneapolis inventors and entrepreneurs Bill Young and Wilson Garland, SkillFitness seeks to harness mobile technology to create new learning and communications solutions to improve team performance and engagement.  The mobile-centric, sales enablement platform is designed help people learn the way they want to learn – and learn best: through video role play, through social learning, and on their mobile devices.

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SkillFitness Expands Award-Winning Training and Engagement Platform to Android

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SkillFitness Expands Award-Winning Training and Engagement Platform to Android

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 20, 2015) – SkillFitness, LLC today announced its mobile development, coaching, and team engagement platform is now available on Google PlayTM for devices using the AndroidTM operating system. The app is currently available on iTunes® for iPad® and iPhone®. Adding the Android operating system to the SkillFitnessTM solution nearly doubles the total available market of smartphones; a recent report from Kantar World Panel indicates Android holds a 47.7% market share and iOS holds 47.6%.

Bill Young, President and co-founder of SkillFitness, LLC says, Expanding the availability of the SkillFitness platform to Android operating systems allows companies with a bring your own device policy to leverage our app with their content  it will no longer matter which product or operating system a team member has in their possession. Companies which want to improve their staffs leadership, communication, sales, or other skills can focus more on content and engagement, and less on the device requirements.

Adds Peder Jacobsen, Vice President of Learning at BI Worldwide (a strategic business partner of the company), Its imperative that our clients employees can access the SkillFitness solution on whichever mobile device they prefer. They can now practice skills to build competencies and the convenience is outstanding.” 

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SkillFitness Earns Recognition as Finalist in TSIA’s 2015 Service Revolutions Competition

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SkillFitness Earns Recognition as Finalist in TSIA’s 2015 Service Revolutions Competition

SkillFitness recognized a 2nd time in six months for its inventive learning, practice, and communication platform.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (June 11, 2015) – SkillFitness, LLC was named a finalist for the coveted Vision Award at the 2015 Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) Service Revolutions competition. The winners were announced last month at the Technology Services World (TSW) 2015 Best Practices conference in Santa Clara, California.

Bill Young, President and co-founder of SkillFitness said, “It was a rewarding experience to demonstrate the SkillFitness platform to this live audience of passionate practitioners. By being named a Vision Award finalist, and a MobCon award-winner last December, we’re substantiating that SkillFitness stands apart from any other communication and practical learning application.”

“The prestigious TSIA Vision Awards recognize cutting-edge tech services organizations with proven innovations that continue to raise the industry bar higher,” said J.B. Wood, president and CEO of TSIA. “SkillFitness is not only an industry pioneer in its market space, but it continually demonstrates a compelling approach to driving technology services forward. With ‘Driving Adoption and Outcomes’ being this year’s TSW conference theme, we are proud to recognize SkillFitness for their accomplishments.

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