How apps are revolutionizing education
With the kids back in school, you might be thinking that at last they are setting aside their tablets, laptops, and consoles and having some time away from the technology while they get back to learning. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Technology is as large a part of education as it is every other part of 21st-century life. These days, there are all sorts of technological aids to learning.
Technology in schools has also become far more affordable over recent years. Thanks to major advances in the area of cloud storage, schools are typically equipped with simple Chromebooks that have minimal internal storage and run using a cloud based operating system. Cheap to buy, fast to operate and simple to replace, they are a dream come true for the education system. With the equipment in place, let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of apps in education.
The use of apps provides a better opportunity for kids to get involved and really engage with what they are doing – even the shy ones. Suddenly, the learning process becomes active instead of passive.
Mobile apps are available 24/7. There is no need to be bound by timetables and schedules. This factor is a particular bonus for mature students, who can fit their learning around other commitments, but is also an important factor for the youngsters when it comes to homework.
With many apps, teachers and parents can keep close track of how the student is progressing with his or her studies, giving the opportunity to step in when someone is struggling or turn up the wick if they are progressing faster than usual.
App based education promotes the concept of systematic learning, whereby students go through a process of presentation, application, and feedback. Traditionally, this method was predominantly used in the context of adult education, but it is increasingly being seen across all age groups as a sound methodology for helping students to actively apply what they learn.
Traditional learning methods use vast amounts of paper, requiring the destruction of millions of trees. A learning app just needs a simple download, leading to a more healthy and green environment for future generations.
Education for the new millennium
Already, more than 20 million students are using apps every day, and usage has doubled over the past two years. With three-quarters of American teachers routinely using handheld mobile devices to access digital content, it is safe to say that app based learning is not the future, it is very much the present especially for language learning.
— by Jane Sandwood, writer and contributor at Mondly