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You only have to walk into a modern classroom to appreciate the expanding role that technology has in education.
Not only have smart boards replaced the blackboard of old, in many classrooms mobile technology is also being employed courtesy of the rollout of tablets and iPads in schools.
But what are these tiny devices packed with and how is the technology best utilised to improve student’s education?
Well here’s an insight into some of the best classroom apps for students that can be deployed on tablets in schools.
Keeping a classroom on track is almost akin to running a workforce, which is why a whole host of workflow management software is also making its way into education.
In the interim students are able to effectively manage their own time and their schedule.
But that’s not where the deployment of software that you’re likely to find in the workplace ends. Tools like DropBox, and Google Drive are also regularly employed in education, allowing students to create and access their work from the Cloud.
This field is absolutely massive, with a learning app suited to almost any educational occasion. So, the following apps are designed to give just a small indication of the type of software available.
We’ll kick off in the primary years in that all-important area of literacy, with a great little app known as SpellingCity which turns literacy into a game.
The app allows teachers to set spelling lists depending on what level the child is at then has a whole host of games that allow them to understand the spelling of the word along with its context. Results go back to the teacher, while the child also receives points and rewards in-app to indicate a job well done.
As we mentioned there’s an app for almost every subject area, and when it comes to coding, one that’s proving popular is Scratch. Developed by MIT, Scratch allows students to create animations, games and digital stories, giving them an introduction to coding and digital technology.
Then of course there are maths apps, so many maths apps. Among the best are options like MathBoard, which is an app that spans from primary to secondary.
It begins with simple addition and subtraction and works its way up as the student progresses.
There are also more general apps available with an education focus, including options like WolframAlpha. This nifty little app covers a wealth of subjects, and is used for fact checking, discovering new information, checking calculations and so much more. In fact, its topics span everything from mathematics, to physics, astronomy, earth sciences, life sciences, weather, geography, history, music, linguistics, sports, finance, and socioeconomics.
Meanwhile, any subject can be turned into a game with software like Kahoot. It allows teachers to turn any topic into a gameshow by preloading questions and their answers.
In the senior years, note taking begins to play a critical role in the education journey, and here too apps play a role in keeping students on track and organized.
One great option is StudyBlue. StudyBlue allows teachers to create flashcards, study guides and quizzes. Students can also create their own resources and share them with friends if they choose.
Whether it’s the iOS-based software KeyNote or Windows PowerPoint, there’s a host of readily available software designed to assist with creating presentations.
Meanwhile, a vast array of software is designed to simply improve communication between teachers, students and parents.
Among the best is CareMonkey which allows a school to gather essential information about students which the teacher can readily access.
This can include allergies, illnesses, paracetamol and medication approvals, and contact information. It can then also be used to send electronic permission slips for field trips, which the parent can digitally sign, and will also facilitate sending emails and texts in emergencies or when planned activities change.
Meanwhile, on a slightly different note, apps like Seesaw allow parents to remain in the loop when it comes to their child’s work. This app is basically student portfolio software which allows children to store and post their best work to share it with their parents.
Teachers can also use it to highlights student’s strengths and weaknesses for parent teacher meetings.
The above apps only really touch the surface of how iPads and tablets in classrooms are facilitating the learning journey for students across the globe.
Meanwhile, setting up mobile technology within a learning environment is both simple and affordable, often involving just the investment in technology and tools like tablet holders and iPad holders to create mobile or static tablet kiosks.
You can learn more about the benefits of using tablets in education here, while Bosstab provides tablet stands and iPad stands for classrooms that can easily be installed with freestanding base options for mobility or a fixed screw mount option.