A new innovative government app, designed to encourage greater parental involvement with children’s learning, is now topping the educational charts in iTunes and Google Play.
Learning Potential was launched just two weeks ago by the Minister of Education and Training, Christopher Pyne, and has had more than 63,000 downloads.
“The Learning Potential app offers inspiring ways for parents, grandparents and carers to become more involved in their children’s learning, from the high chair to high school,” Pyne said.
“Learning Potential is a simple, quick and informative way for parents to tap into and share tips, ideas and advice with respect to their children’s education.
“And with more than 63,000 downloads of the app within the first two weeks, clearly it is resonating with Australian parents.”
The free mobile app was released as part of a $5 million commitment by the Australian government to drive up school results by engaging parents and communities with a relevant, up-to-date curriculum.
The app is customisable by age and features 142 articles and 11 videos on developing parent engagement with children’s learning, from childcare through to high school.
“For example, if you have very young children, there are tips on simple ways to make reading fun, even if you don’t have a book handy,” Pyne said adding, “for kids in primary school, there are educational games to play in the car or when you are doing the grocery shopping.”
“For parents with children in high school, there are tips on getting through homework and building their confidence at school. There is great advice on three questions that every parent should be asking teachers at parent teacher meetings,” he said.
“We want students to have a quality education with access to the best teachers, an up-to-date and relevant curriculum, and we want to empower parents, teachers, principals, and the school community to make the most of their child’s early learning and school years.”