EAS Certification: Determining what makes a good educational app
There are over 100,000 educational apps available in the stores. A lot of them overlap and are in similar subjects therefore, it is important to be able to identify what makes a good educational app.
We created the EAS Certification in order to benchmark the apps against a set of pedagogical criteria and academic research.
The 10 main things to look for in the best educational apps:
- A strong association with learning outcomes (whether curriculum or non-curriculum based).
- Interactivity with the learner via correction and feedback on any questions that are set.
- An ease of use of the app so that the learner does not need any guidance and teach one’s self if necessary.
- A variety of levels in the app so that learners can progress and different levels of learning within the same age-group can be taken into account.
- The ability to collaborate on work with others and co-create.
- The impetus to motivate learners to go beyond the apps and find more information on the subject at hand.
- The impetus to engage learners and hold their attention to fulfil learning objectives.
- Clear pricing, no in-app purchases and privacy controls.
- Good quality, design and sound features.
- Content without errors in subject matter and/or spelling.
This list is by no means exhaustive but it the minimum that is expected so that learners world-wide may have the opportunity to harness the potential of mobile learning.
How we look for the best apps:
- Developers submit their apps for review.
- Our community of teachers review and rate the app using our pedagogical EAS Certification
- The EAS Certification produces a final score out of five stars.
- Only apps that receive a score of 5 achieve EAS Recommended status.
- You are safe in the knowledge that the apps further educational attainment.