More apps for education, say parents

Parents are calling on schools to invest more in educational apps, as it’s predicted they will soon become the most important way for primary-aged children to learn in the classroom.

The majority of parents who own a smartphone or tablet (59%) say they would like their child’s school to invest more in educational apps to help with their child’s education, while almost half (48%) predict that mobile software will replace text books within the next five years.

The research from Encyclopaedia Britannica also reveals that many parents predict educational apps will rapidly usurp other traditional learning methods in the classroom, such as study guides, CDs and other educational software, as they are more engaging, do more to encourage independent learning and are more interactive.

Despite this, many parents think schools should do doing more to embrace mobile learning. More than half (55%) say schools should use educational apps to help their pupils with school and homework, with nearly a fifth (18%) saying they agreed strongly that schools should encourage their pupils to use the technology.

Previous research from Britannica has already demonstrated the power of educational apps in schools, with two in five parents (40%) who download educational apps saying their child’s academic performance has improved as a result.

Ian Grant, Managing Director of Britannica, said, “With so many parents and children already using educational apps, it’s vital that schools embrace this new technology and really explore its potential.

“The days when pupils were expected to carry around a bag full of heavy textbooks for homework are long gone, as technology has evolved. Educational apps provide a wonderful opportunity for schools to engage with their pupils and really demonstrate the educational power and value of this new technology.”

Britannica has some incentive for promoting these results because it has its own collection of educational apps. Find out more at http://www.britannica.co.uk.

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