In the previous post we’ve talked about the pros and cons of using technology in education at home. Today I would like to elaborate a bit on a more specific aspect of technology – educational apps at school.
The current generation feels very secure in the digital world, so using technological tools like apps at school does not frighten them as much as it tends to frighten teachers. According to the research conducted by BESA three-quarters of all respondents suggest that pupils have at least some interest in educational apps, while over 40% say there is a lot of interest in tablets, with almost no teacher suggesting there is no pupil interest. Even though implementing technology in education is challenging for both students and teachers, both the groups can benefit from using it as it creates entirely new opportunities.
As I have mentioned the younger generation, sometimes called digital natives, feels more comfortable in technological environment. In case of teachers this process may take a little longer, but the advantages are definitely worth the efforts.
How can educational apps empower teachers?
Many teachers decide to implement educational apps in their classrooms as they realize it can make their class more engaging and interesting for the students. How? Thanks to variety of apps teachers are able to use them for almost every subject: Maths, foreign languages, Science etc., as they provide different methods of presenting the information: quizzes, videos, educational games and many more. However, it is important to look for quality apps and set the objectives before implementing educational apps in the classroom, so that the time spent with apps at school will be organized and will bring desired results.
Apart from that, some apps have been designed exclusively to help teachers in their lesson plans: you will find apps that help organize and plan the lesson, enable the teacher to send notifications to parents, check the attendance or monitor students’ progress.
Even though teachers are aware of advantages of implementing apps at school, they also notice certain constraints.
4 main barriers to adoption of tablet in classroom according to the teachers are:
installing and paying for apps
management and security
training and support – the usage of apps reqires training both for the teachers and students
How can students benefit from educational apps?
First of all educational apps allow for personalized studying. For example, apps with an option of making interactive video lessons give an opportunity for the student to learn at their own pace and replay the lesson as many times as needed.
Additionally, thanks to the updated content students can use the latest methods and information as well as strengthen learning through interactive online tools, processing the information much faster as a result. Students who use educational apps can also collaborate with other students comparing the results, which can strengthen their communication skills.
Again, like in case of learning at home with devices, distractions are a significant threat of using apps at school. Instead of focusing on the material, students may download music, browse social networking sites, watch videos etc.
With the usage of good quality apps and proper organization students and teachers can benefit and achieve great results. One of the sites where teachers can find student- and teacher-friendly apps and recommendations is Teachers with apps – a site dedicated to the topic of educational apps.
Thanks for reading and see you next week!
Magdalena| Appetite For Education
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