Cumbria Schools invited to try out the latest DfE approved handwriting App

Aug 6, 2020

Cumbria, 2nd March 2020:

Schools in Cumbria are invited to try one of the latest DfE approved apps, Kaligo, at the IMET exhibition next week, 13th and 14th March 2020.  The IMET exhibition brings together teachers from across Cumbria and is an ideal opportunity for teachers who were unable to travel to London for BETT to see the latest EdTech solutions available.  This year the event is being held in two locations, Barrow in Furness on Tuesday March 13th, and Penrith on Wednesday 14th.

Kaligo was one of just six apps nationwide approved to by the DfE following a competition to find the best quality educational apps for young children.  A panel of experts has approved six expert-approved smartphone and tablet apps to help parents support their children with reading, writing and speaking.

Kaligo, is a handwriting app which combines years of neuroscientific research with the latest AI technology.  Children use a stylus and tablet to trace letters through colourful and intuitive screens, which most children are already familiar with.  This makes the task of handwriting more exciting, Kaligo then stores the data so parents can easily monitor their child’s progress. 

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

“The first few years of a child’s life are crucial in equipping them with the skills needed for the classroom, and we are working with families to make it easier to weave early learning into daily activities.

“We know that the majority of families are using technology in fun and visual ways to support their child’s early education, but it can be difficult for busy parents to work out what content is best.

“This list of expert-approved apps helps them make confident decisions that benefit their child’s language and literacy skills.”

This new development is set to revolutionise how younger children learn the fundamentals of handwriting and they receive immediate feedback and correction so handwriting improves quickly.

Talking about the apps, the Department for Education’s Independent Expert Panel said that Kaligo is “A really good app to support a child’s handwriting development!”

Faisal Hamid, Director at Kaligo explains: “The research from the DfE last month today shows that over half of parents surveyed (52%) played pretend games together or took turns in fun activities with their child every day.  It’s wonderful for the Kaligo team that our app has been recognised by the DfE.  Many users are already witnessing the great improvement in handwriting, as well as the joy and fun Kaligo brings to the children.  We look forward to showing teachers across Cumbria the benefits Kaligo can bring to children across the county.”

Kaligo will be at both events, in Barrow in Furness on Tuesday March 13th, and Penrith on Wednesday 14th.

For more information on Kaligo visit www.kaligo-apps.com

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Background Information for editors:

The 6 apps published on the Hungry Little Minds website include:

  • Kaligo (For children aged 3 -5): The first digital handwriting exercise book using a stylus and tablet, built using AI and co-created with teachers, occupational therapists and neuroscientists.
  • Lingumi (For children aged 2 -5): Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on.
  • Phonics Hero (For school-aged children): Over 900 fun, varied and motivating games to take a child step by step through the critical 44 phonetic sounds of the English language.
  • Teach Your Monster to Read (For school-aged children): Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books, designed in collaboration with leading academics.
  • Navigo Game (For school – aged children): Focuses on developing skills that underpin reading, including phonics, letters and sounds, designed by UCL Institute of Education. 
  • Fonetti (For school-aged children): The world’s first ‘Listening Bookshop’ interacting with children by giving visual cues in real-time as they read aloud and highlighting where the most support is needed.

Press contact for more information contact Claire on 07870 808 166.

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