Ian Skeels said, ‘schools and parents want a service that will allow them to choose the software and content they needed, when they needed it, where they needed it.
Oxford (PRWEB UK) 24 April 2013
Schools could reduce the amount of money they spend on costly software by using an ingenious new rental system. The Point2School service from Point2Educate provides primary and secondary schools with a choice of hundreds of curriculum software titles on a rental basis, offering value for money, flexibility and ease of management.
There is also available a large collection of free ‘open source’ software titles too. And not only that this rental service can also be used at home – saving parents who want to help with their childrens’ school work thousands of pounds too.
Point2Educate is the brainchild of Ian Skeels, who has worked in education software for almost 20 years. He worked for schools technology giant RM and witnessed the coming of age of computing in the classroom and how it has become central to teaching and learning.
Commenting on his initial idea, Ian Skeels said, ‘ It seemed to me that what schools and parents wanted was a service that would allow them to choose the software and content they needed, when they needed it, where they needed it, and at a price that made it a teaching decision rather than a budgetary one.’
For example a school might be teaching Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette and for a four week period in a two year GCSE course want to use some software that brings the play to life and adds an interactive dimension to the learning. Traditionally schools would have to buy the software outright – with the high costs that software usually entails. But with Point2Educate teachers and parents can rent the software at up to 90% the cost of the original price as they are only buying (renting) the software for when they need it.
Point2Educate’s services, Point2School and Point2Parent, offer a mix of rental software, subscription services and free and open source content, all accessed through the Point2Player portal.
The list of titles is very impressive and includes some of the strongest brands in school software, like Microsoft, 2Simple, BBC, Ginn and Heinneman. For example. 2Simple’s 2CreateAStory costs £299 for an outright site licence but for a four-month rental it costs just £37.50. Add just £18.50 for a community licence and children can use it freely at home with their parents over the rental period.
The normal price for a site licence for Rising Stars’ Excellence in Scientific Enquiry - Year 6 is £50 but a four-month rental is just £6 while an addition £3.30 for a community licence allows it to be used at home by all pupils too.
As schools and parents look for the best ways to optimise their budgets and support students learning at home and school Point2School may just change the way we think about and buy learning software.