Remote learning app usage up 91% as school restarts

Anne Freier | September 24, 2020

App Business

As classrooms remain shut, schools have adapted quickly to virtual classes and remote learning apps.

In the six weeks following the restart of US schools in August, leading remote learning app usage spiked 91% compared to Q1 levels.

That’s according to an analysis by SensorTower, which analyzed download data of Google ClassroomRemindClassDojoFlipgrid, and Canvas Student

Weekly active users were 49% higher in September than during August which shows that remote learning is becoming a significant trend for many institutions.

Overall, weekly active usership was 86% higher compared to 2018.

However, app downloads dropped in August compared to spring levels.

During Q2, the top five apps reached 15.6 million installs compared to 13.5 million in the six weeks since August.

This could be due to schools opting for alternatives but it’s also likely that students have already installed these apps and are now using them more actively.

Remote learning app installs spiked in March to 3.6 million installs and once again in July to 139%.

Google Classroom saw the majority of installs at 8.2 million followed by Canvas Students at 3.1 million.

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