At one point, mobile phones were considered to be a distraction in the classroom. Today, these devices offer the best possible learning opportunities for students. The use of handheld devices triggered a wave of technology-based learning during the last five years. The introduction of apps has resulted in improved academic results. Thanks to mobile applications offered by educational institutions and edu-startups, the education category has managed to become the third most popular app category around the world.
Making the learning process easy
Creating space in the education sector and escalating to the current stature was possible for apps as they offer more control to the teachers. They can connect with distance learning students, deliver engaging lessons, and monitor their progress from time to time.
Before ten years, students from colleges and universities around the world use to submit paper essays. In this era of digital education, students upload an e-copy on apps, websites, or e-learning platforms.
Apps can make learning a captivating, engaging, and informative process. The availability of educational material in the application also allows students to learn at their own pace without worrying about schedules. It helps in encouraging learning.
May it be learning about historical facts, understanding science, or solving math equations, app users can enrich their knowledge and take quizzes after interactive sessions.
The software is easy to manage; even teachers can upload the content that can be viewed using devices with various operating systems.
Even students in developing countries like India carry a minimum number of textbooks these days. Study material is available in the form of e-books, PDF journals, audio, and video files. It can be downloaded, accessed with apps even in offline mode.
The perfect combination of gaming features and education
Two decades ago, no one would have thought that learning and gaming can go hand-in-hand. These days, lessons are presented in a game-like format. Gaming experience makes learning enjoyable, and kids can be kept engaged, even while learning math.
Compared to reading text, the visuals that a person watches can stay longer in his or her mind. Gamification makes the best use of this and other techniques for helping students in learning.
Educational games also help in keeping students socially active and disciplined. They entertain and help in sharpening skills at the same time. Platforms like DuoLingo, Ribbon Hero, ClassDojo, KnowRe, PlayBrighter are some of the examples when it comes to combining gaming with education.
Institutions can focus on distance learning
Learning from outside the traditional learning environment was never so easy before. Besides apps from schools and colleges, there are other options like FutureLearn, Alison, edX, Shaw Academy, Udemy, Khan Academy, Coursera, etc.
From learning languages, math, to computer engineering or coding, students can opt for several courses online. Study materials are available on the apps 24*7. As there is no cost of infrastructure involved, educational institutions find it easy to offer classes with lower fees than before.
There are no boundaries in education. Even lectures from Massachusetts Institute of Technology can be delivered via app to a student living in one of the remote villages in India.
Smartphone applications for parents
Studies have already proved the benefits of getting parents involved in their child’s educational activities. The motivation from parents also results in a lower dropout and reduced absenteeism. Thus, several schools and colleges have launched dedicated apps for parents.
School management apps can be designed to offer student’s attendance details, assignment performance, exam results, and study material as well. Parents can take a look at the details about pending fees, and make payment for the same via the app.
One of the most crucial features offered to parents in the app is the school bus tracking function. Educational institutions must install GPS units on buses and vans carrying students. Schools make the same location data available to parents in the school app.
The link between parents and teachers
Due to the introduction of school and college apps for parents, the guardians do not need to rely on their kids to show them teacher’s notes daily. Hybrid cloud-based apps and web portals work as links between educational institutions and parents.
Parent-teacher meeting interactions are the thing of the past because the way parents and students reach out to teachers has changed. The guardians can use apps, forums to raise questions and concerns.
Students can raise their concerns that they would have had felt embarrassed while asking in the classroom full of students.
On the other hand, teachers can revert on queries, upload educational materials for students, and review online assignments as per their convenience.
If you wish to develop a multi-purpose smartphone application that can be used by students, teachers, and parents, you should discuss your needs with engineers at MyEdu. The software firm has developed web and mobile apps for several small and large educational institutions.