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5 Surprising Ways Apps are Changing How Schools Work

Today’s blog is a guest post from Neeraj Sharma. Neeraj is an avid reader and writer with an undying passion for making people aware of the latest tech with his blogs. He has written a myriad of articles related to tech, apps, games, social media, and entrepreneurship. At present, Neeraj is contributing articles on applify.co

What are your memories of school?
Mine are old classrooms, blackboards, heavy books, and boring lectures that drained out of energy. The most days that I can recall are the ones when teachers either asked us to copy everything written on the chalkboard or picked up a student at random and asked him/her to recite the whole lesson loud in front of the whole class. As a result, many students fell asleep. They woke up after either hearing the teacher’s scolding or receiving the hit of a chalk thrown at them with super speed (some teachers had such a precise aim that the chalk landed directly on the head). Poor souls! They didn’t even know how to react at that moment.

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My school days are full of such stories. Yours might also be the same. Though, the scenario of today is entirely different. Schools are no longer the scary places from where kids used to run away. Things have changed. Smart classes have replaced traditional classrooms. In place of carrying a bag full of books to school, kids now just bring a single device from which they can get access to the entire syllabus (and the world). Instead of scrolling through books, they learn interactively from apps. Not only this, when they have any query, they don’t just sit idle. Instead, they open the browser on their smartphones/device and do research. Some even use apps like Duolingo and Pocket Thesaurus to learn new skills.

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Technology and apps are certainly bringing a revolution. Ain’t it? However, it’s not just the lives of students that apps have changed. They’ve also improved the working in schools. Here’s how:

  1. Learning has become more interactive
    Most kids hated studies during our time because they lacked interaction. Who wouldn’t fall asleep when the only thing you’re expected to do is to recklessly note down what teachers say without even asking a single question in return? Even the most dedicated students will lose interest after some time. Although, similar is not the case after the arrival of mobile apps. Apps and games engage students in a healthy thought process. Hence, they understand concepts more easily and keep their attention going in the lecture. Perhaps, that’s the reason students are loving the inclusion of apps and games in their curriculum. According to a recent US survey mentioned in this blog, over 54% students said that they feel more involved in a class that uses technology and 55% want their instructors to use more education apps and games.
  2. Communication between parents and teachers has improved
    Back in the old days, the only time parents had interaction with teachers was either in parent-teacher conferences or special events. As a result, they rarely had an idea if their kid was performing well in school or if he/she was involved in any wrong activity. However, now communication apps like WhatsApp and SeeSaw have bridged this gap between parents and teachers. Communication and collaboration has never been easier. Breaking down the four walls of the classroom.
  3. Apps have made it easy to keep track of a student’s activities
    Keeping the complete record of student’s class-performance and sending it to parents was a big challenge. Schools sent academic report cards home no doubt. Still, some kids were masters in hiding them or forging parents’ signatures. Yet schools have grown a lot smarter now. Almost each of them has a dedicated app that tracks complete activities of the students and shares with parents. If they didn’t bring the homework copy, the app will send a message to parents. If they bunked school, parents will receive notifications. Even attendance and class test reports are sent on mom and dad’s phone. Nothing is hidden. While kids might think it as strictness, these apps have helped in increasing the coordination between parents and the school, ensuring that students don’t fall prey to any bad habits.
  4. Apps have saved a lot of time
    In most of the schools, students had to manually submit fee at the counter in early days. The process was time-consuming as they had to stand in queues for hours. Although, now they can pay their fee directly from the app. This saves a lot of time, which they can use for studying or learning new skills. There are so many other uses for apps to save time too.
  5. It has become possible for the school to reach every student
    Traditional school systems found it hard to connect with all students. Only a handful of students in the class received teacher’s attention. Rest went unnoticed. Mobile apps have solved this problem. Nowadays, if a student is not able to discuss their queries in class, they can approach the teacher via connection tools and ask questions. Pretty simple and straightforward. Ain’t it?

In simple words, Mobile apps are no less than a divine blessing. Many schools have benefited from them. Their management has become a lot better and students have started performing well. Also, there is discipline among them. Seeing this, I can say that there will be high demand for education apps in the future. Still, the quality of these apps is still a major concern for me. Indeed, there are education apps on Google Play and the Apple App store that are strong and social media helps share the best and worst apps for education. Here is my suggestion to all people out there who create education apps:
“If you really want students to download your app and recommend it to friends, offer them the best experience so that they can actually learn and grow. Just don’t lure them with something that promises a lot but offers only a little. For reference, you can take help from this guide.”

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Craig Kemp

Craig Kemp

I am a passionate Head of Educational Technology at a large International School in Singapore. I am a lifelong learner, dream creator and thought leader. I love to inspire others and find inspiration. Co-founder of #whatisschool, #asiaED edchats and #pubPD.

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