COVID-19 has brought the impact of mobile app technology in education and presented teachers and students with serious challenges. But it is also a great opportunity to fundamentally modernize learning and teaching of subjects.
If you look at today’s lineup of apps, you’ll find apps for every life situation: sports, entertainment, financial transactions, and practical tips for every day, and last but not least, education. There seems to be nothing you can’t learn with a mobile app: languages, math, chemistry, a list goes on. Today you can also find apps for professional development.
Some apps also allow students to make learning more interactive and engaging than ever before: from online education that can complement lessons to a specially designed app for physics lessons.
What kind of apps are there to benefit our education today?
AR in the Educational System
Everything is new when you start university. Most students take a few weeks to adapt. The learning period in companies also plays an important role, so adaptation can contribute to the success of recruitment measures.
In addition to traditional orientation and induction activities, AR applications allow students to navigate the university using a smartphone or tablet. The app also makes it quick and easy to contact fellow students.
After installing the mobile app and logging in with their user information, the student’s location is first identified and your camera image is displayed. To make orientation easier for the student, additional information is included in the application. Such an app can display your current location and also additional information (schedules or events). This information can be linked to other devices.
Medical Students Learn Using AR Solutions
During medical research, future physicians gain a great deal of theoretical and practical experience. However, not all diseases and treatments can be covered.
To offer medical students an authentic learning environment outside the medical institutions, many companies and universities are using AR applications with patient simulators.
Students are placed in a typical medical environment, such as a patient room or practice. It is also possible to simulate environments outside of typical medical activities, such as house calls or emergency medical services.
A training room gives students a realistic experience through projections and a sound system. The training content can be delivered in a protected environment. In this way, students can be prepared for the responsible activities of their future profession.
Benefits of Education Mobile Apps
Since smartphones are with us 24/7, the ways we can use apps are dramatically increased. People can do an exercise that takes a few minutes, or they can concentrate fully on the task for hours at a time. Thanks to this flexibility, students can use a long break between classes or a short bus ride for learning.
Compared to the traditional learning process, mobile app development allow you to relocate a child into an environment that makes it as easy to understand the subject matter through a variety of educational mobile apps.
For example, different app city guides can tell about architectural objects, their history, construction, and purpose; some apps can tell us more about specific biological concepts like the structure of a cell, various diseases, plants, and introduce them in their natural habitat, etc.
Helping Students with Disabilities
Text-to-speech, voice transcription, and other AR and IoT technologies are dramatically improving learning for people with disabilities in both well-resourced and less-resourced communities.
There are a variety of apps that offer educational materials for people with autism, hearing impairment, and other disabilities.
Benefits of Learning Apps for Universities and Schools
Educational mobile apps for schools, universities, and other formal educational institutions are somewhat different from commercial-type apps. They are supposed to act as an assistant to the student and to replace the teacher at some points. Typically, they perform the following tasks:
- Allow the student to gain additional information and knowledge, including interactive interaction with the app;
- Accelerate the exchange of information and improve the interaction between the teacher and the student;
- Create an educational community where each participant contributes to its development;
- Simplify the grading system and control of knowledge, usually by testing and other methods of assessment;
- Modernize the learning process by engaging more students and making it easier for them to understand the information they receive.
Learning apps greatly increase the interaction between the student and the institution. Monitoring is simplified, the learning process becomes more interesting, easier, and accessible, and the systematization of the knowledge base allows for timely updates.
All this shows that many apps have many possibilities in education. Some of them are used as augmented reality, whether it is orientation tools, situational simulations, or explanatory extensions of experiments.
However, the use of AR and mobile apps in education must be tailored to the respective learning goals of the students and complement existing learning content in a meaningful way.
Louis Sawyer is a professional writer, editor and a web design expert. She loves writing about technology trends, web development, mobile games and business issues. Also, Louis works as a proofreader at Computools. Follow Louis on Twitter