The digital technology has made things simpler in our world and that’s the real purpose of the technology. Mobile devices have evolved over the time and students just love them. There are several mobile apps that help students learn different languages and skills. But do you know mobile apps are also changing the way students are learning in classrooms? Here are some of the examples how mobile apps can be leveraged by educators.
Students can hugely benefit from recorded lectures. What if your teacher can record lectures and let the students have them through mobile apps. This would allow students to catch up on missed lectures or also use them as revision tools for assessments and exams. Having a recorded lecture also means they can visit the day’s lecture before going to sleep or on their way home.
It is a known fact that it is almost impossible to catch every important point in the lecture while it is being delivered in the classroom. If the student has disability, it would be impossible to listen to the teacher, process information and make notes at the same time. Despite this fact, students are accountable for all information delivered in the lecture.
A recorded lecture allows the student to view and hear the lecture as many times as he/she wants. With pre-recorded lectures available via mobile apps, students will have the opportunity to view and listen to the lecture in entirety at their convenience. This means mobile apps come across a tool that will help them foster accountability that is crucial to higher education and life
Also, a recent study has shown a large number of students entering higher education lack the ability required to be active learners. The mobile apps can provide the students with the opportunity to get easy access to information presented in the classroom thereby bridging the gap between active learning and college preparedness.
One of the biggest uses of a smartphone is social networking. This aspect can be tapped for its benefits and leveraged by teachers in the classroom. Around 70% students feel their education should be as simple as following social media feeds. So why not use tags to lectures and ensure the conversation and the learning continue even after the bell rings.
Collaborative learning through mobile devices helps a student in understanding information. They can pose questions to their teachers, post status updates regarding day’s lecture, assignments or homework. Students or teachers can engage or reply to students facing difficulties with any topic. All these interactions and updates can be used by the teacher to improve next day’s lesson plan and adjust the curriculum as per students learning needs.
Mobile devices take the collaborative learning to next level using the advanced tools. For example, students can use the device features like voice recorders, camera, word processor, and interactive drawing tools to improve documentation of learning and feedback. They can share each element with others and allow meaningful interaction that enhances the depth of learning.
Push Notifications to communicate
Distractions are common in digital age and students are not averse to it. Forgetting to do homework is common in students and smart notifications can go a long way to remind students towards their academic duties. According to a research, 86% of students showed improvement in Math when they completed additional practice at night. Thus it is clear reminders can prove useful in helping students achieve their immediate academic goals. In fact app developers confirm that push notifications are one of the best ways to get students engage with an education based app.
Also, a research points out around 13% of students in public schools have some kind of learning disability. According to Public law 504 and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act); these students are entitled to receive Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that is tailored to their learning needs. The FAPE recommendation lists additional time and reminders critical to the learning needs of children with disabilities. This means Federal teachers have the responsibility to reminding children with disabilities about their assignments. Currently, there is no better tool that mobile app for such purpose. Teachers can easily reach their students and their parents through mobile devices and the communication between them has a clear trail leaving no room for miscommunication or misunderstandings.
A mobile app not only reminds students to do their assignments but also make the in-class experience more engaging for students as more students complete their work and are prepared to participate in discussions in the classroom.
Learning is not confined to classroom alone. Mobile devices can play a big role in learning by sharing information about important events and school-related news and other information. For examples, students can know about any changes in the event schedule or sports games or the device can show real-time location of the school buses or school authorities can also share the daily lunch menu with students in real time through a mobile app. Not to forget weather delays information can also be shared easily with parents and students. Sending information about weather and delays not only simplifies the life of school officials but also increase the safety of students.
The safety of students in school has become a major concern as there have been around 1.3 million incidents reported of school violence. These include hate crimes, drug possession, and weapons possession. If there is a dangerous situation on the school campus, school authorities can quickly alert students via their mobile devices and keep them away from the hazardous area. Also, it will be easier for students to record suspicious behavior on the school campus and they won’t face difficulty in explaining what they saw.
The beauty of mobile devices it allows touching and manipulation of the content. Secondary students comprise around 50% kinesthetic learners. While using mobile devices it is common to zoom on a specific image, fast forward or rewind through video, it is nothing but interacting with the content.
Interactive lessons give students active role in learning and they have a sense of ownership that leads to students taking pride in their work and also make them feel more responsible towards their grades. Also, people tend to learn better by doing rather than reading or listening. With interactive lessons, student’s participation increases. The more the students work, the fewer teachers have to.
Different Learning Styles
Not all students can learn at a fast pace. Every student has different learning style and a different learning pace. Mobile apps used in classroom learning allow students to learn at their pace. Having a mobile app for learning ensures they have an alternative mode of learning available at their fingertips that delivers knowledge at the pace they can easily grasp.
Data for analysis
As you engage more students through mobile apps and digital platforms, the more data you will collect. A well designed mobile app can also be integrated with monitoring options that will help teachers analyze student’s progress. Primarily this data can be used to gauge the learning difficulties faced by the student and modify the instructions and customize the learning for better outcome.
The mobile app can also serve as a tool to showcase data to the administrators who conduct teacher’s evaluations. The data collected by the mobile app can easily prove the student has grown academically under your tutelage. Big Data is currently used by large mobile app development companies to quickly identify subjects that are hard to grasp and students that are struggling with lessons. Ask any professional mobile app development company and they will agree that this helps them to make better lessons.
According to a research, teachers spend around 50% of the time in managing classrooms and less time in teaching. Modern mobile apps used in classroom learning seek to improve classroom management. Many mobile apps support classroom management and reduce wasted time. These apps allow teachers to merit or demerit students on their behavior and also track their score. This also allows teachers to correct any negative behavior pattern in students that is a road block to classroom learning.
Mobile devices have become an integral part of our lives. The use of the mobile device is ubiquitous among school and college students. Instead of looking at the mobile device as a distraction, teachers and educational organizations need to look towards them as education tools of the digital age. Using the tools that are part of students world teachers can make students more comfortable in a class that will also help them open up and interact. If we care about reaching today’s students, we have to reach them on their terms and platforms that is part of their lives.
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