Want to improve your exam results? There’s an app for that!
Did you know what an “app” was before December 2009?
Unlikely, because the Apple iPad only launched a month later in January 2010. It’s been 7 years since that iconic piece of tech candy hit the shelves, and our lives have never been the same since.
From personal budgeting to tracking the number of calories you consume each day, you’re bound to find an app for almost anything you can think of. There are useful apps (the kind I like), and addictive gaming apps (the kind my 13 year old son loves). But what we’re really interested in is helping our children achieve excellent exam results, right?
According to data from Google, there are currently over 200,000 educational apps available in the Android App Store. The Apple App Store comes in lower at over 100,000 educational apps. These are approximate figures, but one thing is for sure – with over 300,000 educational apps to choose from, which is best suited for your child?
Questions that South African parents should ask when thinking about downloading a free or paid app are:
- Is the content of the app based on the South African school curriculum?
- Is the app customised for South African children? For example, I wouldn’t want my child to get into the habit of spelling “colour” the American way, “color”.
- Does the app use loads of data?
- How much time will my child need to spend in the app to see any kind of improvement in results?
Fortunately for South African parents, there is an educational app available that checks all the right boxes. Launched in 2014 and quickly becoming one of the most talked about learning tools, WorksheetCloud (see pricing and sign up info here) is a South African designed and developed app that helps children in primary and high school prepare for tests and exams through online and printable worksheets.
The company behind WorksheetCloud, Learning Lab Apps, doesn’t reveal the number of subscribers using the app. However WorksheetCloud as a brand has over 100,000 followers on Facebook and has a partnership with MySchool to give all MySchool cardholders a discount on WorksheetCloud membership. The app also won the Western Cape Premier’s Entrepreneurship Award as “the best emerging business in the Western Cape”.
And parents are raving. The app has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by customers who describe WorksheetCloud as one of the best ways to prepare your child for school exams.
The premise of the app is simple: your child works through CAPS-based online worksheets that are automatically marked by the app, and your child receives instant feedback in the form of hints, tips and explanations to help them learn. For more traditional learners, the app also gives the option of printing out each worksheet with a marking memorandum to complete on paper.
WorksheetCloud covers subjects like maths, science, history, geography, and languages. All subjects are covered in both English and Afrikaans. The app works on any internet enabled device (think computer desktop, tablet and smartphone) and can be accessed via your web browser without needing to download anything.
Parents can pay for a WorksheetCloud membership on a monthly or annual basis, with the annual option giving you up to 3 months free. Pricing starts at R60 per learner per month with access to all available subjects, with a once-off sign up fee of R120.
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