My name is Chris Bayne and I am a former head teacher of two primary schools in the UK and the founder of Primary Apps.
I have always harboured a strong fascination with technology and wanted to offer children something different that benefited their learning.
Here's a little background information to gain an insight into why I created Primary Apps and my vision for the future.
There has been a lot of interest since I launched Primary Apps three years ago; from teachers, children and their parents across the world. I have found that my apps are as popular on the other side of the Atlantic as they are here in Britain. As well as America and the UK, I have had a great response from countries including South Africa – where Grid Guru has been number two in the education download chart – and similarly in Australia.
With the mobile revolution, I started talking to developers about how my ideas could be made accessible to everybody, not just the children in my school. I have done a range of apps so far, all aimed at making learning fun, creative and challenging. You think you have a good idea but until you've actually put it out there, you just don't know how popular it will prove. There's always a sense of anticipation while you wait for the app to go live, and a sense of relief when lots of people start downloading it. You never know whether it will be the odd one or thousands. Fortunately, it has been the latter.
I believe technology aids learning. Children love the characters that we've created. It sparks their imagination and also helps their learning become more enjoyable. I have enjoyed my teaching career but have been itching to give this project a go. With support from my wife Jules, I have decided to take the plunge and so far, it's paying off.