Using applications on Smart Devices in the classroom are becoming a much more common site in today’s classroom. It can even be argued that they are playing a much more prominent role in educating young learners and will surely become more important as future generations of students move towards more technology in the classroom.
Let’s take a look over just a few ways that apps in the classroom are helping to benefit students, teachers, and even administrators.
Apps can serve numerous different purposes in a class, but a standout feature that apps can provide is classroom management integration. Apps that allow for more classroom management flexibility are very popular amongst teachers who are looking for ways to best optimize their and their students scheduling. Being able to sync student class enrollment, provide easy to find class scheduling, or subject scheduling across different platforms can be an invaluable tool for making classes run smooth.
Connectivity between and the synchronization of classroom smart devices, including things like Interactive Flat Panels, tablets, and visualizers, also can benefit the administration’s ability to work better. Using a hub point connection administrators are even able to update all the classroom devices from one location or to make announcements easily and vibrantly.
Further, being able to synchronize learning assignments and grades directly to students through apps provides the opportunity to better make sure that projects are completed and that feedback is provided in a timelier manner. This can create a more fluid project-based learning environment where students can use assignment tracking to build early project management skills and improve their scheduling abilities.
Another important part of apps in the classroom is their ability to bring about more connections and collaboration. Teachers can easily sync together all of a classrooms devices to provide for an interactive lesson experience. This level of connectivity allows students and teachers to instantly explore new subjects and communicate their ideas.
This flexibility not only allows for new teaching tools to be tried in the classroom, but can help to drive more 1-on-1 teacher to student interactions. 1-on-1 teacher interaction helps young learners to grow at their own pace and provides the teacher with more knowledge about their students’ interests and their progress.
Lastly, we can expect to see even more growth in the use of apps for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM) subjects. STEM has been growing in popularity over the past decade as more and more districts and schools realize that developing these subjects early in students can play an important role in their future success.
STEM apps come in many different forms in order to provide numerous openings for students looking to have access to these sometimes difficult to provide courses. STEM apps give access to huge amounts of learning material that can be accessed with just a few clicks. This ease of use brings students the opportunity to learn and it provides teachers with the relevant material needed to properly instruct these new, growing, and sometimes difficult subjects.
Apps really are changing how we learn. Using apps as part of your classroom's learning plans can help you manage classes, connect more with students, and get access to material that might not otherwise be available to you or your students.
It is also important to remember that remote and flipped learning requires a unique set of tools and training to implement effectively.