Canon van Nederland app
The Canon van Nederland app is a BSL development created with the “canonvannederland.nl” foundation and pedagogical consultancy firm Mediant. We’ve designed the app for use by children of all ages, using content from the Canon of the Netherlands, which describes the story of how events and people have shaped the country using 50 carefully chosen subjects. Each subject depicts one of the key historical figures, objects, or events that have contributed to the Netherlands. The Canon is essential when teaching history within Dutch primary and secondary education.
Using the app (formerly known as “Entoen Nu”), children learn about the history of the Netherlands interactively, and it’s one of the first apps that fully meets core educational objectives. We designed the app for use by children in groups 5 through 8. By entering the age of the users, the app will filter the contents accordingly.
Firstly, children scroll through a timeline containing many historical events and figures. They can then choose individual topics like ‘Anne Frank’ or ‘Slavery’. Once they choose a subject, a new window opens. This contains a more detailed description, along with an image or video. The app expands on these basic details by offering more pictures and illustrations, online videos, links to relevant books, museum exhibitions, and more! Also, some subjects contain illustrations with hidden information. By clicking within these pictures, users can interactively discover more details.
In the full version of the app, we’ve assigned several small projects or tasks to each of the chosen subjects. So using a simple “wheel of fortune”, users can spin the wheel and receive assignments, some of which are for individuals, some for small groups, or even the whole class. Moreover, they can spin the wheel up to three times to select an assignment and group size in which to work.
Intelligent app management
We manage the contents of the Entoen app using a web-based CMS. Furthermore, the contents are automatically updated from the main entoen.nu website. So any changes are immediately visible to app users. In other words, there is no need to release an app update for each change. The Entoen Nu app was first launched in late 2013. We have since released regular updates between 2014 and 2016. Followed by version 1.4.0 in November 2017.
The Canon van Nederland app is an excellent example of what we do best. Building apps for iOS and Android that access online databases. In this case, we maintain the Canon contents on our servers, and any changes are pushed to app users instantly. We develop native apps using Swift, Java and React Native, so if you are looking for an app to publish your data, or to access your databases, get in touch.