Learning Potential, an app for busy parents who want to be more involved in their children’s education, is topping iTunes’ charts with more than 63,000 downloads just two weeks after its launch.
The free app is part of a $5 million project by the Australian government to increase parent engagement in children’s education. The app makes it easier for parents to learn how they can be involved in the little time they have between work and other obligations.
“The app makes it easier to be part of your children’s learning and will help parents get the most out of the time they spend with their children, at any age,” Minister Christopher Pyne said.
The app offers 142 articles and 11 videos on how parents can become more involved. Parents can customize the app by student age to get personalized educational game recommendations, tips and other advice for all of their children.
For young children, the app features articles on how parents can make reading fun even if there’s no book handy. For primary school students, the app recommends games parents and children can play during a car ride or while they’re out grocery shopping.
The app offers high school students tips and advice on how to build confidence and manage homework efficiently.
Pyne says that the app recommends inspiring ways that child carers, parents and grandparents can engage actively in their children’s education from cradle to college:
“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.”
“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.”
Raising Children psychologist Warren Cann says getting parents involved in education is critical and extends far beyond volunteering at a child’s school:
“What we are talking about is something that goes beyond participation. It’s not just helping out at the tuckshop, it’s about genuinely engaging in their children’s learning,” he said.
He emphasizes that it is important for all to understand just how significant parents’ role is in education.
Penny Dakin of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth says parental involvement might not be a cure-all, but that it can improve academic performance.
The app is compatible with Apple devices using iOS 7 and above and Android devices using Android Jelly Bean 4.3 and above. Parents can favorite and share their useful articles, tips and activities with others.