Today, almost everyone has a smartphone, which helps make apps incredibly easy to access as well as making people’s lives easier and better. Literally, there are millions of apps you can take advantage of these days. Thanks to mobile app developers in the UAE and around the world, there are apps for banking, health and fitness, travel, social networks, games, calendars, news, and even for education.
Apps and Education
Educational apps have plenty of benefits over textbook learning, making them popular tools among institutions – from kindergarten to postgraduate levels. Both formal and informal training can involve the use of mobile apps to offer supplemental training or bite-sized training.
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For formal training, mobile apps can be used in the form of short learning nuggets, which can become an essential part of the learning path. As a supplement to formal training, these apps can be used for assessments before and after formal training. Moreover, they can help showcase examples, situations, and videos to reinforce learning. Interactive learning provisions give students the hands-on tools that can help with comprehension and retention.
Uses and Impact of Educational Apps
Mobile applications are responsible for changing the quality of education both inside and outside the classroom.
In the classroom, there are several educational apps that can solve various problems, including class participation. For example, the Smart Guitar function of GarageBand for iPad can help low-learning students to fully participate with the rest of their music class.
Google Apps for Education is another useful innovation for learners and educators. Works or projects done in Google Apps are accessible anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. It also encourages collaborative working since multiple students can work on a single document simultaneously, adding comments and writing a piece.
Students often worry about what they were not able to note down during and after a lecture. Soundnote can help fill in the gaps in the students’ notes. This is a note-taking app that records the audio of the lecture while the learner is jotting important details down. By tapping on a word within the notes, the student can be taken to that part of the audio.
The real excitement, though, is still ahead. Mobile app development companies in the UAE and around the world won’t stop developing more useful innovations in order to help learners and educators.
In the Future
There are some mobile apps that don’t just promise to boost class participation but can also become the digital framework for academic curriculums in the future. Take iTunes U, for instance – it offers teachers an easy and convenient way of designing and distributing complete courses that feature video, books, audio and other content. Outside learners can even have access to the same information for free by using this app.
Furthermore, with cloud-based technology, students can have access to all their school assignments just by logging in to specific mobile apps, thereby crafting the framework for paperless homework. Mobile apps signify a possible breakthrough on how kids can learn. As such, they need to be integrated into education on a systemic level so students can learn proficiently in the Information Age.
How Mobile Apps Can Enhance Learning
1. Mobile Apps Can Help Educators Connect With Their Students.
One teacher may work with 20 to 50 students in a typical classroom. In training sessions, that number can go as high as 500. Mobile apps can be integrated with communication features to let students get the assistance they need to fully comprehend the subject matter. Aside from increasing the chances of educational success, this will also allow students to enjoy the learning the process.
Furthermore, educational apps ensure that students will receive all the important study materials even if they are absent from classes. Class-centric learning is now taking a backseat, and learners get to enjoy a fun, interactive learning experience.
2. An Increase In Informational Provision To Students.
By enabling features like search functions, apps can offer more material and information than a textbook. For instance, you can grant your app access to a cloud database filled with additional guidance material and resources.
3. Apps Make The Learning Experience Social.
By connecting social platforms like Twitter and Facebook to the apps, these learning applications can be used to share their newfound knowledge with other people, get help with a specific question, and explore more insights into the material. Learning experiences can be enriched through the addition of diverse perspectives and viewpoints, which can then supplement a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
4. Apps Appeal To Millennials.
People usually spend 30 hours per month on mobile apps – this number shoots up to 90 for millennials. Obviously, they love mobile apps. So if you are looking at shaping engaging learning experiences for millennials, mobile apps can be of great help.
With the power of mobile apps, the traditional way of schooling is about to change. The educational system must recognize and adapt to these changes. Keep in mind that mobile learning can effectively complement study areas like lecture scenarios and virtual classes.
Guest Author: Ayham Gorani Director, Alpha-Apps FZ LLC. Fueled by the firm belief that the Arab World has great potential and great content, Ayham founded AlphaApps in 2011 in Abu Dhabi. His goal is to bring the Arabic apps industry and content forward to an international and competitive level. He is also a start-up mentor at Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, helping entrepreneurs launch successful app projects and investing in app companies in the region.