Driving Forward a Digital Educational Policy: EAS Partners with Tablets for Schools.

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New UK EdTech start-up, Educational App Store  (EAS) partners with Tablets for Schools to become its official Content Partner for a conclusive study in how tablets and mobile apps will be used to enhance the learning outcomes of children in schools. 

Despite the ubiquity of technology in the business world, there is still no clear role for the usage of technology in education and it is still often perceived as a novel idea for schools. Tablets offer a faster, easier, cost-effective and more manageable way to give every child access to the Internet and the best educational content that is available. However, the lack of uptake in schools is due to a lack of research in the learning outcomes that this technology can provide. Now, UK industry is attempting to solve this social problem and make sure that children in schools are given the opportunities they deserve in the form of the Tablets for Schools.

Key players from the UK tech industry have partnered up in order to form Tablets for Schools which is a not-for-profit campaign led by Carphone Warehouse and Dixons. The initiative aims to inspire schools to adopt tablet technology, to provide best practice advice and to demonstrate the benefits that tablets can make to learning and teaching.

Schools around the country will be testing a range of different devices and content so that academics from the Universities of Cambridge, Loughborough and Sussex may identify key findings for best practice of tablet implementation into schools, mobile learning and with it, to increase the life-chances of pupils in UK society.

The steering group of Tablets for Schools has named The Educational App Store which is a new start-up hosting the best educational apps in the market,  as its official content partner in order to provide advice and content about what makes good educational. The findings, which will be presented in September 2013, will affect UK Education Policy initiatives as technology becomes a key feature in Key Stage 2 classrooms.

This initiative fits in very well with the DofES’ own premise that the benefits of mobile learning include “enabling pupils to challenge their preconceptions, helping them to develop better reasoning strategies, developing confidence in their ability to communicate their knowledge to others, helping them to achieve more autonomy in their learning and helping them to related their learning in a wider context”.

As part of the understanding of how best to use tablets and mobile apps in education, the Educational App Store is also providing a series of features based on their own experiences in working with schools and developers who create educational content, in order advise schools, parents and teachers on how best to evaluate mobile apps: http://www.tabletsforschools.co.uk/?page_id=746

As a result, the Educational App Store hopes that its own experience working with mobile developers mixed with solid academic research, will drive forward the education technology revolution that is much needed in the UK. 

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