Smartphone Apps Raise Pupil Attainment


Primary school pupils who use educational apps on smartphones and tablets are performing better in school, research reveals.

The study, commissioned by Encyclopædia Britannica, reveals that two in five parents (40 per cent) who download educational apps say their child’s academic performance has improved as a result.

And not only are they helping to raise academic attainment, educational apps are also helping children every day, inside the classroom. The vast majority of parents who have downloaded an app (94 per cent) say they have helped their child with school work and projects, while more than half of parents with smart devices (58 per cent) actively encourage their child to download apps for exam revision, homework and learning about new topics.

The report also reveals that families with access to mobile devices are fully engaged with educational apps as learning aids, with the average smartphone-owning family downloading more than four since purchasing their device.

The report comes as two thirds of parents with smart devices (65 per cent) are calling for more educational apps to be developed, saying they encourage independent learning (63 per cent) and that children prefer to use them compared to other learning aids (46 per cent).

Ian Grant, managing director of Encyclopædia Britannica UK, said: "It's great that families are fully embracing new technologies when it comes to their children's education and that they're starting to see tangible benefits to academic attainment, both in and out of the classroom."

Sue Atkins, author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies" and parenting blogger, said: "In a busy, hectic, stress-filled world of trying to get children interested in learning and being curious about the world, we need to engage them in new ways, and what better way than to download Smartphone Apps."