There’s a new wave of apps helping kids learn while they tap away. From helping them organise their revision schedule, practicing their arithmetic or learning one of the most difficult subjects to teach, apps are becoming an increasingly popular way for students to learn and for teachers to teach.
They come in all forms, the best of which have hidden gaming functions and quirky characters to entice and 'trick' the user into learning while they’re seemingly having fun.
The New York Times recently noted that education is “ripe for disruption” and a full-scale technology embrace seems imminent for a sector that has often resisted.
Here are some of the best youth-focused educational apps out there that are influencing the next generation of school leavers.
1 Exam Pal
Exam Pal is the perfect app to schedule and plan hectic revision schedules. Aimed at both students and parents, it can be used for checking timetables, recording homework, tracking and preparing for exams or storing results to give incentive to revise harder and do better.
SwipeSpeare puts the words of classic Shakespeare plays into plain and simple English with a swipe of a finger. It also has engaging features such as a searchable Shakespeare Dictionary, a biography, study guides and lesson plans.
This grammar app has firstly a cool name but also fun pictures and functions to engage young people into learning one of the most important tools they’ll carry through with them their whole lives. Although it has been created for American students taking their SATs, UK students will equally benefit from the grammar lessons in the Secondary School years prior to GCSE.
This on-the-go language learning app and is completely free to Hello-Hello subscribers and features more then 1,000 vocabulary words with exercises to practice reading, writing, and speaking in 13 languages including Portuguese, Hungarian, Chinese, Russian and Hindi.
The TED Books app is designed to engage and provoke debate on a variety of future thinking topics instigated at the official, infamous Ted Conferences. The app uploads a summarised written, embedded audio and video version of the talks that are subtitled in a variety of languages. This one is brilliant for use in the classroom to kick-start a discussion or debate.
This app is for parents, teachers and even librarians to access more information about top rated books in a simple, fun way. Users tag a book as “I want this” or “I’ve read this” to add it to their list, which can then be emailed out to a tutor or parent to show and track progress.
This anatomy app contains nine layers of musculoskeletal, neurovascular, and internal organ visual content and over 70,000 words of learning material delivered in an engaging, youth-friendly manner.
Perfect for organisation, Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use improving productivity. The app enables the user to take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders that are then searchable, whether at home, at work, or at school.
Moving onto Geography, the EarthViewer app offers users the chance to scroll through Earth’s history over the last 4.5 billion years answering the questions, “What did Earth’s continents and oceans look like 250 million years ago,” and “Can we say anything about Earth’s climate as far back as our planet’s origin?”
Edmodo improves relationships between teacher and student by keeping them connected. Using iOS devices, the app enables users to share documents, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom.