The classroom environment has changed dramatically in the last few years.
Dog-eared workbooks and paper registers are being replaced as teachers and students alike embrace smart phones and tablets, with some schools providing devices for use in the classroom, while others embrace a “bring your own device” philosophy.
The growth of mobile devices and mobile apps in the classroom is good news for teachers and students, encouraging a more interactive and responsive learning environment and helping teachers to deliver lessons more effectively.
What are some of the ways in which mobile apps can improve the learning process for teachers and students?
Mobile Apps Allow Teachers to Deliver More Engaging Classes
One of the advantages of using mobile apps in the classroom is the ability to create more engaging materials for students, delivering lessons in a way that encourages involvement and discussion.
Mobile apps mean that teachers can deliver multimedia such as video, images and slideshows direct to students’ mobile devices.
Apps also make it easier to involve students by using chat apps for group discussions, both in the classroom and out of it, and delivering interactive quizzes that students can answer in real time.
As well as making the materials more interesting and encouraging student involvement rather than passive learning, delivering materials via apps makes it easier to make them available anywhere, any time. This is a real boon for students who have missed a lesson or who want to brush up on what they’ve been learning.
Mobile Apps Make it Easier to Track Student Progress
Mobile apps are revolutionizing the way teachers keep track of their class and their students’ progress.
By using mobile apps, teachers can access a wealth of information on each student such as statistics on grades and performance.
Grade tracking and reports are not only useful for teachers, but can be sent to parents or to the students themselves to show them how they are doing and help isolate areas where they need more support.
Mobile apps bring a real time element to student assessment, with teachers able to see at once how students are doing in quizzes administered via apps and add instant notes during assessments and group activities instead of relying on memory.
Using apps this way gives teachers the chance to respond to student’s needs in real time until waiting until a later grading session to see who is getting it and who needs extra support.
Teachers can also compile portfolios for each student, which is great for tracking and also offers students a visual record of how their school year is going, encouraging improvement.
Mobile Apps Make Online Learning More Straightforward
As “Who Teaches Distance Learning Classes?” points out, a vital part of distance and online learning is being able to access materials and submit assessments online.
Mobile apps make this process a cinch, allowing teachers to upload materials for students, and making it easy for students to upload assessments, which their teachers can then grade using one of the many available grading apps.
Mobile apps work well for courses that are entirely distance learning based, but also have practical applications for physical classes.
Teachers can supplement in-person teaching with back up materials delivered via mobile apps and students can do some of their learning and assessment outside of the classroom environment, encouraging flexibility for students and teachers alike.
When it comes to delivering a better education, mobile apps can make a big difference, creating a more flexible, interactive and enjoyable learning environment for students while giving teachers’ instant and useful feedback.
About the Author: Tristan Anwyn is an author who writes on subjects as diverse as Cloud computing, mobile apps, marketing and education.