News bulletin: 22 May 2015
A new app developed specially for Victorian parents will provide a window into their child’s learning.
SchoolMate provides parents with an overview of what their child is learning at school, and suggests ways for parents to get involved in their child’s education.
SchoolMate is the first Australian app that connects the curriculum to a child's development.
- Show parents what their children are learning in school in each subject in every year from Prep to Year 10 according to the Victorian AusVELS curriculum;
- Provide advice to parents about what they can do at home to help their child learn;
- Provide ideas for books and apps which parents can download, borrow or buy which are related to their child’s school work.
Developed by the Department, SchoolMate works on iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets and is available for free download in the App Store and Google Play.
SchoolMate was developed after research by the Department found that parents wanted to know more about what their children were learning at school and what they could do at home to help.
Victorian teaching subject associations including the History Teachers Association of Victoria and the Maths Teachers Association of Victoria provided information for SchoolMate, as did teachers and principals from schools across the state.
The Raising Children’s Network, Parents Victoria and the Victorian Mother of the Year Samantha Jackel tested the app pre-release and contributed to its development.
The Department also worked closely with the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority.
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