How to choose appropriate learning apps

There are a number of apps in digital stores for every age group that claims to be the best. The overwhelming number of digital tools available today is what makes it even more confusing for teachers to decide which one is better and can be trusted. The essence of learning should not fade in the glitter of technology.

With students, there needs to be clarity on what we need to focus on. Here are a few tips that will help you choose the right digital tool for young learners.

Age-appropriate apps

As these apps affect children’s social, emotional and physical development, it is important to check their age appropriateness and learning potential. While some apps have detailed information about these factors, some do not. In such cases, it is important to check reviews of these apps by fellow teachers and parents. Reading the privacy policy and terms of service of digital apps or games can also alert you to major concerns at times.

As for its learning potential, analyse the apps for the subjects and skills they cover. An app could aid math while another might promote music. Besides subjects, you should also check if they cover any key skills such as reasoning, creativity, communication, collaboration or others.

Monotonous tools will not aid this, so make sure the app has features that focus on skill development and enhance IQ.

Genuine content is key

Knowledge enhancement happens when there is raw content and an authentic learning process. While choosing an app, keep in mind that it should be able to bridge the gap between school learning and everyday life. The more it relates to everyday life, the more students will be able to connect to it.

It should be fun

The fun factor is an important element while choosing a learning app. Kids should be able to accomplish tasks without even realising that they are learning. Not only will this make it easier for them to understand concepts but also help them connect effortlessly.

User interface

Learning apps need to be selected keeping the age of the students in mind. It should not be too complex. Too many features can make it difficult for students to handle. Choose easy-to-go and knowledge-gaining apps that will be able to serve them in an optimal manner.

No distractions

The app should not divert the student to use it for some other purpose. The app should have necessary features to prevent misuse. It should have a proper authentication feature to prevent malfunctions and stop students going to another app.

Co-learning is critical

Children are said to learn best when information is presented to them socially. Hence, it is important to look for tools that emphasise on co-use. This way they will also engage with others as they learn. 

With millions of apps available for download at the click of a mouse, it is much more than a few searches when it comes to choosing the right digital tools for our students. It is important to evaluate these apps in a consistent and scientific manner so that we can make wise choices for students.

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