Mobile Learning Apps: A Pathbreaking Trend Towards Effective Digital Education
These days the use of technology is pretty inseparable from our lives. In recent times, the influence of technology on children’s education has had an immense impact. The domination is so great that students can’t imagine learning concepts without having a tab or mobile in their hands.
Many educational institutions across the world, support this digital transformation and encourage young learners to not limit their knowledge to classroom explanations, but take a step further and explore the concepts via different learning Apps. The Google Play Store and Apple App Store together boast around over a million Educational Apps approved by teachers, specially targeting children between 5 to 15 years.
The Middle East has impressively adopted to the modern way of teaching & learning by converting the regular classrooms into Smart Classrooms. Numerous International Schools across Dubai, GCC or UAE, as you would like to call it, promote App based learning which also includes allocated assignments, and auto-computation of grades digitally.
Right from kindergarten to elementary school and beyond, there are Apps available on each & every subject to upskill the student’s competence level and illustrate concepts in an unconventional manner. Kutubee is one such interactive Reading App which presents numerous intriguing stories in multiple languages to streamline the process of teaching-learning in an unconventional manner.
Through this Blog, we aim to highlight some benefits of mobile Apps to children
Most learning Apps have modules designed in a way to incorporate some ‘activity’ at the end of every lesson. They may be in the form of puzzles, fill in the blanks, or match the column, etc. These gamified exercises provide an opportunity for children to put their learning to test and strive to achieve a higher score, by attempting the same assessment over & over again. This interactive approach ensures that the student is not merely watching the educative videos, but also getting a chance to demonstrate his learnings.
The learning style and pace of each student is different. Some students do not need repetition and are brilliant enough to remember what was taught in class, while others may not be able to match up. Students may feel shy to ask questions in front of their classmates, further adding to their anxiety and ultimately losing interest in studies. Thus, schools digitalize the curriculum on Apps that allow students to login and revise the topic until the concept is clearly understood, at any time, from anywhere. Each child is allocated a different username & password to access the App and has lessons designed as per his learning capabilities.
Dynamic Study Techniques
One App, many possibilities! Due to the flexibility mobile App content can be presented in multiple formats, without any hassle. Videos, animations, and info-graphics, make learning interesting. In addition to that, there are various features that are programmable to make the Educative App more user-friendly. Some Apps have a read-aloud feature for students who find it comfortable to listen to a verse, rather than reading it. If they are stuck, or don’t understand the meaning of a word, there is an in-built mechanism to get the meaning of word instead of looking it up on Google. Some Apps allow the reader to record their voice and corrects them if the pronunciation is inappropriate. Then there are Apps that allow students to take up various ‘challenges’ and compete with peers to achieve higher score than the other through live gamified learning. This indeed inculcates the spirit of healthy competition and the student feels a sense of achievement on earning the ‘championship’ star.
Setting Goals & Trackable Progress
When tracking of progress is done on paper manually, it takes up much of the educator’s time and there are chances of error. To eliminate the negligence of human mistake, and make the process seamless, digital Apps are used for assessment, evaluation, and record keeping. Apps show up-to-date reports and analyses the child’s progress at the click of a button. Even KutuBee stores the ‘reading progress’ of children and shares the data with parents & teachers, to chalk out a correct path for the student
Flexibility in Learning
Since Apps are available 24×7 there is no particular time or schedule which students need to follow. Instead of spending hours in front on the Television, children can be encouraged to watch an interesting educative documentary on the App. In this way children are not whiling away time, but are putting it to constructive use. Mobile App based learnings are a good alternate to spending time on social networking platforms.