Like almost any educational institution, Stirling Primary School in East London, South Africa faces common challenges in accessing technology. Unfortunately, there aren’t a multitude of effective yet affordable technological tools available to organizations with limited budgets and resources. But as Stirling’s website declares, “the school is blessed with a highly motivated, caring team of teachers who go beyond the call of duty to provide the optimum levels of learning.” So when Grade 7 teacher Wesley Renton saw an opportunity to innovate upon some outdated processes, he jumped at the chance.
Education technology is an extremely hot topic right now and mobile apps are the perfect solution for teachers hoping to enhance their classroom experience. There are several ways mobile apps can not only help teachers, but also students and their parents. With mobile devices becoming the norm in school settings, apps are the the perfect enhancement to any curriculum. Here are five ways you can use them to engage your students.
Paul Carpenter is a Technology Integrationist for the Anglo-American School of Moscow (AASM) in Russia whose job is to help administrators, teachers, and students use technology purposefully and effectively. His other tasks include collecting and analyzing data for the HR and Curriculum departments.
A special education teacher at Keller School District in Dallas Texas, Chris Service has always dreamed of building a mobile app for his classroom data collection needs. Special education students have individualized goals and objectives that are tracked through the use of Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Throughout the year, special education teachers monitor progress on these goals and objectives and report the progress to parents and the IEP team. The data is comprehensive, dense, and imperative toward helping students meet their educational goals. As one might imagine, it's difficult to interact with the information in any meaningful way merely on paper.
Mobile learning has become a powerful avenue to enable students to approach academia on their time, and through the technology they use most. There are convenient mobile tools both teachers and students alike can utilize to help them tackle the school year and simplify efforts in achieving their goals.
Many of our users are educators and students who have built great apps to accomplish just that. From attendance tracking to assignment management, the apps are helping these educational innovators spend less time with administration tasks and more time with students and/or on their academic obligations.
We want to highlight a few of our favorites apps users have made to simplify their work in education. Below that, we've included several sample apps we built here at AppSheet for some common student and teacher scenarios. Check out the user stories below, and feel free to copy and customize our samples!