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TV’s Johnny Ball challenges tech companies to work harder on apps for the classroom

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  • ITPROPortal, Johnny Ball at BETT apps could revolutionise teaching 

BETT, 30th January 2013, Education Technology Evangelist and TV presenter Johnny Ball called on the UK’s technology and TV companies to take a more active part in the development and adoption of apps for the classroom, to help grab the attention of pupils in subjects such as maths and science.

Speaking from the Stone Computers stand at the BETT educational expo in London today, Mr Ball advocated a ‘short, sharp’ approach, suggesting that apps which help teachers cover curricular essentials in 1-3 minute bursts of learning should be a development priority.

Johnny Ball commented, “Now that communications technology is so rooted in education, its essential that we use it to our best advantage. When I wrote my TV programmes, every maths or science topic I included was presented in items around 1-3 minutes long. Today everybody’s going mad about apps, and they can be designed and presented for teachers in the same accessible, easy way.

“I’m asking that developers, hardware providers to schools and educational software makers focus on producing short, concise apps which cover every aspect of maths and science. Their popularity would be governed by the number of hits teachers gave them.

“We really could empower every teacher in the country to be a better teacher,” he concluded.

Johnny Ball is appearing at the Stone Computers stand, c70, at BETT, supporting the Hackathon Central #stonehack2013 a three-day education app hackathon. See www.stoneatbett.net for more details

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