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Apps for Good – Where young people learn to create apps that change their world [Video]

Apps for Good is an acclaimed education movement where young people in schools learn to create apps that can change their world. Apps for Good has grown significantly and now has more than 100 schools delivering courses to 5,000 students aged 11 to 18.

Vision

Apps for Good aims to:

  • Ignite a passion for technology and social enterprise in young people in the UK
  • Encourage young people to use technology to tackle problems for social good
  • Increase the entrepreneurial skills and confidence of young people
  • Bridge the gap between young people and the business networks and knowledge that can help them
  • Build a connected world of young people, business volunteers and educators, inspiring each other to solve problems and succeed through the wonders of mobile technology

During the Apps for Good course, students go through a kind of entrepreneurial process whereby they identify what is wrong with their world before designing a way of fixing it with a mobile app. We combine a broad range of areas in the course, giving young people a foundation in entrepreneurship, community involvement, problem-solving and team work, as well as design and some technical skills. Learn more about the course

Apps for Good develops talented and employable young people in an industry with plenty of room for creativity, prosperity and employment.

 What makes us different

  • We do not set agendas or themes but use radical bottom-up innovation processes to allow young people to come up with the issues they worry about in their lives and in their communities
  • The Apps for Good approach goes beyond simple, basic training, and no journey through Apps for Good is the same for any individual. Student ownership of both issue and solution is what makes a lasting difference
  • The course style and structure follows a peer-to-peer, problem-centred learning model inspired by the work of the influential Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. This learning model is at the heart of all CDI programmes across the network.

via http://appsforgood.org/

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This entry was posted on March 2, 2013 by in Apps, Children, Ethics & Policy, VIDEO and tagged , , .
Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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