‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’
The art of learning has witnessed quite a change, from chalk and duster, today; it’s an educational app accessed through a device and stylus. Educational apps have become the best source to acquire knowledge. Schools and colleges are accepting this new method of teaching quite gracefully.
The benefits are huge, students can learn new things, anytime, anywhere; teachers, on the other hand, can reach their students real-time from any corner of the world.
In few words, educational apps are shaping the future of learning.
It’s not just accessibility, but students using apps for learning will develop curiosity and improve their critical thinking skills.
Today, there are hundreds of apps developed for the purpose of education. And people are able to build their knowledge at less cost and in a better way.
Education App Development: Challenges & Opportunities
Educational institutions are fast adapting to digitization, one thing they are successful in impressing the audience, but of course, they are also successfully providing quality education to their students.
Developing a comprehensive education app is difficult. Developers, who are on to the job, have a lot of factors to consider. Features that should not be missed, the age of students who would operate (complexity comes into the picture), modernity, efficiency, everything comes into the picture.
Advantages, you found many, but are you not curious about what makes a good education app? And what developers have to take care of if he is building one?
Intuitive, the UI and UX should be intuitive. The design/layout of the application should be simple, while the interface must be easily manageable. Developers should not forget that the applications are being designed for students. Their users should feel comfortable using the app without any inconvenience. The point here is the application should be student-friendly.
Since the application is being developed for the described purpose, certain features/elements should be present.
- USER PROFILE
The application should give students a provision to create their own personal profile. Creating one, students should not feel intricate; they should easily have access to their personal information while using the application.
- SOCIAL NETWORK INTEGRATION
An application/website without social media integration is no purpose. With social media buttons, students can easily register for the app and share ideas with their friends.
- FEEDBACK SYSTEM
Whether your student is taking a test on blackboard or software application, feedback is important. Students feel motivated with a simple acknowledgment; they will have proactive participation when they feel their actions are being monitored.
- PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
It‘s essential to have push notification feature, it reminds users to engage with the application on a regular basis. They are similar to mobile alerts, and the user need not be using the device or application at that time.
- SEARCH SYSTEM
Search bar/search system is very crucial because it reduces the effort put by users to access some definite information.
- SCHEDULING SYSTEM
A successful student always takes a systematic approach towards learning. If the application you are developing, gives students a logical approach towards learning, they will do it more efficiently.
The strategy makes learning a fun activity. Gamification makes students more curious and retains their attention for a longer time. Work while you play, we have heard this many a times, right? Gamification is one of the ingenious ways to do that.
Hope we are clear about the features/elements significant for an educational app; now let’s see different categories of educational apps that are in most demand.
Classification of Educational Apps
- Educational Mobile Apps for Kids
Young minds learn faster, 2 to 7 years old; it is the age where children develop their cognitive skills. They will be more active and demand a proactive approach from your side. Most of the educational apps developed for kids are integrated with gamification, as they make learning fun and engaging for the young minds.
- Language Learning Apps
How would it be if you are able to learn a new language anytime, anywhere? Today, there are good numbers of language learning apps; actually, they are more in trend. Duolingo, a freemium language learning app has 200 million registered users.
The app has 69 different languages to offer across 23 languages and people are finding it more convenient to learn a new language without having to join an expensive institution.
Rosetta Stone, Lingvist, Babbel, Memrise, and Hello-Hello are some to add to the list. And these apps are definitely taking language learning to the next level.
- Learning Apps for Disabled
I know it’s not a good way to put this up, but applications as such are specially developed to support the special education system.
It’s a specific challenge if you have to guide a child with special needs. Every student will have different needs, learning patterns, talents, so having an application will help you customize your curriculum for your students.
Montessori numbers, Learn with Rufus, actually there are many more designed specifically for learners with special needs.
Developing apps for such can be challenging as you have to precisely understand the patterns and emotions of such students.
- Test Prep Apps
Exams create anxiety in students; one of the best ways to help them is to prep them through regular tests so they feel more comfortable and confident when they are taking one.
Be it SAT, GED, AP, or basic arithmetic/vocabulary, you have test prep apps for everything. Students utilizing these apps are confidently tackling exams without fear or disorientation.
- Remote Tuition Platforms
Students from remote areas are finding it possible to get tutored by highly qualified teachers because we have something like remote tuition platforms.
The advantages of remote tuition platforms can be quite easily summarized.
- The students will have the learning experience as similar to a one-on-one session.
- No geographical limitations, students have access to highly-qualified professionals from any corner of the world.
- Online tutoring is comparatively cheaper than a regular one-on-one session.
- Learning Apps for Adults
Lifelong learning at your fingertips within your pocket.
TED, Science360, Sky Map are some of the best educational apps for adults. It’s not just students but as a parent or teacher, an individual can become more knowledgeable and educate themselves with no limitations.
People can turn their smart gadgets into an ultimate learning tool, whether you wish to listen to inspirational videos or explore online courses from world’s best universities the options are limitless.