New app sees school make awards shortlist

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A SCHOOL has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Langstone Junior School has been shortlisted for the Ed Tech Award category at the TES School Awards.

The school’s entry comes after its network manager Jamie Hibbard developed an educational app for Android called eduDroid.

It was first developed to bring mobile technology into the classrooms at the junior school.

Working with the teachers, the app has grown in popularity in the last two years.

It now includes more than 20 modules to help children learn with mobile technology.

The app has become so successful that it has now been used in several schools across the UK, USA and Kenya.

The app has also been made available for parents to download from Google Play and Amazon, so that children’s learning can continue at home.

Mr Hibbard said: ‘I started this project as an addition to working at Langstone, working late into the evenings and most weekends.

‘I’m pleased that my app is helping so many children and that the school and eduDroid has been shortlisted by TES.

‘I am not in it to make lots of money and I charge schools very little to use the app. I get lots of enjoyment from seeing children learning.’

Lisa Dunning is the headteacher at Langstone Junior School.

She said: ‘It is a fantastic achievement to have been shortlisted for this award.

‘Jamie has worked hard to introduce the tablet computers into Langstone Junior School and it is great to have apps that were specifically written to meet the needs of our pupils.’

The awards in London on July 4 are to be hosted by local actor and comedian Hugh Dennis.