Apps for Good is an education technology charity, with a mission to unlock the confidence and talent of young people to help them thrive in a tech-driven future.
They provide free online CPD to up-skill computing teachers to ensure they feel confident delivering their programmes (App Development or Internet of things. Students are then challenged to come up with any problem or issue they are passionate about within their communities and learn how to solve it by building a digital product.
Through the Apps for Good programme students learn not just vital technical skills but also the enterprise and employability skills to design, market, launch and pitch their products solving real-world problems.
Apps for Good currently have four course options:
- Design an App in a Day (5 hours)
- App Development Mini Course (10-12 hours)
- App Development Full Course (30+ hours)
- Internet of Things Course (10-12 hours)
Content can help teachers to meet computing curriculum specifications across several levels of study. Each course includes:
- Lesson plans and teacher primers
- Presentations to deliver the course
- Practical activities and worksheets/books
- Access to industry experts via Skype or Google Hangouts
- Advice on equipment and tools
- Teacher CPD
The charity also contributes to a more diverse and inclusive technology sector, focusing resources on encouraging girls and students facing barriers to their success to engage with technology. Since 2010, the App Development & IoT courses have been delivered to over 100,000 students in 1,500 schools across the UK. In 2018 there has been the addition of a "Design an App in a Day" course which is perfect for enrichment days. From the summer of 2018 Machine Learning content will become available.
In the past year the reach has been enhanced even further to encourage those who may not necessarily be interested in tech to learn more about the industry and equip them with the skills for which there is a severe shortage. Access to inspirational role models has been a crucial method for engaging students who may not have previously taken an interest in technology. This is one of the key stepping stones in breaking down the barriers some young people may have when it comes to learning about technology.
The Apps for Good educator dashboard provides the opportunity to connect with industry experts who will Skype into the classroom to give students advice on their projects. Half of the active industry experts are female as it's crucial for young girls to see women thriving in tech jobs. It's encouraging and makes girls consider that perhaps a career in tech could be relevant and exciting for them . In 2017 International Women's Day was celebrated by giving 48 female students the opportunity to speak with 7 leading women in the tech industry about their careers and how they got the opportunities they did. Members of the Apps for Good community will have access to numerous opportunities like this in 2018.
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