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November 10, 2015 3:34 pm

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Apps for Good: Creating Apps in the Classroom

Apps for Good offer an open-source technology education movement that partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver courses to young people aged 10-18. The aim of Apps for Good is to transform the way technology is taught in schools and, by doing so, build a new global generation of problem solvers and makers: students who can create, launch and market new products that change the world. Free to all non-fee paying schools across the UK Apps for Good provide course content, training and connections to experts in order to enable teachers to bring the course alive in the classroom.

During the course students work in teams to find real issues they care about and learn how to build a mobile, web or social app to solve them, going through all the key aspects a professional entrepreneur would face. The course teaches coding and the fundamentals of the digital world alongside developing other essential skills such as problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork. There are four tiers within the course to suit all abilities in coding and with experts on hand in person and via videoconference to give teachers support and ensure the relevance to the computing industry is portrayed to the students the course replicates real life experiences and understanding. At the end of the academic year the Apps for Good Awards enables the top student app teams from across the UK to compete to have their app launched commercially!

If this is something your school is interested in learning more about you can join as an Education Partner here or you can contact Apps for Good for more information. On Wednesday 11th November Apps for Good Roadshow will be at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Buckinghamshire where there will be more information about the offering of Apps for Good. If you are interested in attending you can register here.

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This why the work we are doing as part of the DfE platform provisioning programme is so important - bbc.co.uk/news/education…

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