Learning Potential an innovative free app for parents, and is the core focus of the Government’s Parent Engagement information campaign announced in the 2015-16 Budget.
The app is available for Android (version 4.3 and above) and Apple devices (iOS version 7 and above).
The Learning Potential app has short articles and videos that offer tips and inspiring ideas for parents to become more involved in their child’s learning.
Researchers around the world agree that when parents are involved in their children’s learning, it can have very positive impacts on education outcomes.
The app is designed to make it easy to be part of a child’s learning, and help parents get the most out of the time spent with their child. It will help parents build their children’s confidence, from the high chair, to high school.
The app includes 11 short videos and 142 articles, developed in consultation with Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Content is grouped for children aged zero to five, in primary school and in high school.
For example, for very young children, there are tips on simple ways to make reading fun, even if you don’t have a book. If your child is in primary school, there are educational games you can play when you are in the car or doing the grocery shopping. For parents with children in high school, there are tips on getting through homework and building their confidence at school.
You can personalise the app if you chose, by adding your child’s name, age and photo and up to six children can be added. No personal data is collected, so the information you enter stays on your device and there are no in-app purchases, or incentives for using the app.
Once your child’s age has been entered, you will receive useful tips and ideas relevant to their age group. Articles can be marked as ‘favourite’ and saved to come back to later. Articles can be shared, through Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also set a reminder to help you put the tips into practice.
For example, if you’re going on a driving holiday, you can set a reminder to play some educational car games.
The app will be available for downloading from the App Store and Google Play.
The Learning Potential website (learningpotential.gov.au) also contains all of the content from the app to make sure that content is available to people who do not own a smart device, and all content is in an accessible format.
Both the app and the website are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to support Australian parents who want to be more involved in their children’s learning.