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Leading Education Authority Selects RunRev LiveCode for Computer Science InitiativeDeployment of LiveCode Will Support Secondary School Students in Learning and Creating Software (March 15, 2012)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND -- (Marketwire) -- 03/15/12 -- RunRev today announced at The Education Show in Birmingham, UK, a significant deal with East Lothian Council that will see LiveCode deployed across all secondary schools in the region. The new initiative represents one of the larger deployments of LiveCode in an education environment, and supports a drive by East Lothian education authority to revolutionise the way computer science is taught in secondary schools by ensuring students gain a practical insight into computer studies. The deployment will take place in stages over the course of 2012.
Nestled on the outskirts of Edinburgh, East Lothian is a high-achieving education authority. Pupils at East Lothian's secondary schools equalled or exceeded national averages for qualifications gained in 2011, according to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). With an emphasis on ensuring students acquire practical skills that can be used in a commercial environment, the authority was looking at ways to enhance its computing courses. Jack Tennent, a computer studies teacher at Knox Academy and Preston Lodge High School, discovered LiveCode and quickly realised its potential. Not only does it offer a way to develop new course materials and teaching aids but can also be used by students to create apps and learn about software development.
"The familiarity and comfort factor that young people have with mobile and computing devices means that any computer science course has to be that much more appealing and engaging if it is to be taught successfully," said Jack Tennent, computing teacher at Knox Academy and Preston Lodge High School. "Equally the course has to be relevant to the demands and expectations of the commercial world. Today software and app development are increasingly a feature in many commercial activities and understanding the art of software development is an essential skill for any secondary school student to learn."
"LiveCode's easy to understand language and cross-platform nature has the potential to demystify what has been a highly technical and complex subject. By doing away with the complexity, LiveCode allows students to learn about software development and create apps that draw on their creativity, flair, passion and imagination. For teachers, LiveCode offers more scope to create tailored teaching aids and course material quickly and easily," he added.
"The scope and size of the deal with East Lothian Council is significant for what it says about the way computer studies is viewed and taught in schools," said Kevin Miller, CEO of RunRev. "Many leading industry figures have commented on the fact that for too long computing courses have concentrated on using software tools rather than understanding how software is created and how it can be applied. East Lothian's investment in LiveCode is an investment in the future knowledge of their students to appreciate the role of software development and apply their skills in a commercial or other environment."
RunRev at The Education Show
RunRev is exhibiting at The Education Show, Hall 4 Stand E82, in Birmingham, UK, March 15-17. The Education Show is the UK's leading event in the promotion and development of all learning and teaching. LiveCode customer and Gracemount High School Computer Studies Teacher, Steven Whyte, will give a 40-minute presentation at the event, Saturday the 17th from 2:00-2:45PM, on his work with the LiveCode platform.
RunRev also announced today a new microsite for education that can be found on the company's website. The site will include a variety of resources, case studies, videos and pricing options to provide everything educators need to teach students to love programming and get started easily with LiveCode.
LiveCode Development Environment
LiveCode was uniquely designed to give software and mobile app developers the easiest way to create applications for any platform or purpose. The development environment is incredibly easy to learn and results in the fastest and easiest app creation. LiveCode pricing begins at $99 (£79) for a one-seat, personal use licence, with multiple-seat pricing options tailored for academic and commercial environments.
About RunRev Ltd.
RunRev makes the LiveCode cross-platform development environment for building sophisticated mobile, Web, desktop and server applications. The company aims to open doors with technology by empowering people to create apps through an intuitive and easy-to-learn programming language. The LiveCode English-like language and focus on instant results appeals to a wide range of users, from individuals and educators to corporate and enterprise developers. Considered a modern descendent of HyperCard, LiveCode offers a robust yet flexible path to cross-platform app creation. For more information, please visit http://www.runrev.com.
LiveCode and RunRev are trading names of Runtime Revolution Ltd. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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