UK Educational App Specialists Launch New Curriculum Apps Subscription for Teachers

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The launch of a new subscription service, “EAS Curriculum Gateway”, allows teachers to discover certified educational apps both for classroom and student use.

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EducationalAppStore.com (EAS) is revolutionising the way educational apps are assessed by creating a standard certification process to match apps with the updated requirements of the National curriculum.

There are more than 150,000 apps in the Education category spread across the major app stores, so finding apps to match your learning objectives can be time consuming.

Mike Sharples, Professor of Educational Technology at The Open University, said: “Only an expert teacher can truly understand how effective an app can be in supporting the curriculum and offering different types of learning. The way EAS does this is through a structured set of guidelines for their teacher reviewers, who bring their personal knowledge and experience to the evaluation of each app”.

Where schools use tablets and apps, Ofsted will expect to see evidence of how the technology is used to benefit students. Teachers must be clear on the impact technology has on learning beyond increased engagement and motivation.

Justin Smith, EAS Founder, said, “For the first time, teachers will have a strong rationale if they are asked why they are using a particular app in the classroom. Having the information to hand that clearly demonstrates which curriculum objectives are met by an app helps not only with lesson planning but also demonstrates the added value that apps bring to the learning process.”

Apps are an important part of the new “blended” education and the EducationalAppStore.com provides quality assurance and a way for teachers to make informed choices.

EAS Curriculum Gateway subscription plans start at just £15 (including VAT) for a 6 month period and £24 (including VAT) for 12 months, giving access to certified apps for an individual key stage.

Primary (covering EYFS, KS1,KS2) and Secondary (KS3, KS4, KS5) plans are available from just £35 (including VAT).

Most certified apps identified are multi-platform (Android & iOS) and cover English, Maths, Science and Foundation Subjects. To find out more about the EducationalAppStore.com and how you can subscribe for a free trial to access curriculum apps, please visit http://www.educationalappstore.com/curriculum-apps.

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