How can app technology help improve learning?
We are continually striving to improve the sphere of education – from the information available to the accessibility and dissemination of that information – with the hopes that each new crop of students and each generation will have a better and more valuable learning experience than those before them.
There are some subjects that are arguably more difficult to teach than others, and there are some that are flat out boring. But effective teaching involves the students actually receiving and retaining the information they're given, which is essentially impossible if they're not fully engaged in their learning experience. Whether they're learning in a classroom setting or self-directing their learning, engagement is essential in staying interested and continuing to pursue their learning experience.
App technology can do wonders for elevating the engagement level, especially if the lesson is otherwise boring or tedious. By presenting information in a different and untraditional format, students are automatically drawn in with interest. They aren't just reading things from a mundane textbook, and regurgitating them on an exam. Through app technology, students are able to have a more interactive learning experience, helping them to retain more information, simply because they're more interested in the way it's being presented.
Lessons may also be supplemented using app technology, in order to present the information in a different way. Each student understands things differently, so by offering a variety of learning opportunities, the overall success of each student is more likely.
And, by presenting information through apps, educators are able to engage with students on their level. Most students are familiar with and understand app technology, so they are already comfortable with receiving information in this format.
Some individuals understand and retain what they're learning, but because of the traditional classroom structure, their learning progress is held back by their apprehension to participate and speak up in front of their peers. Regardless of their introvertedness, students can each have an active role in their learning experience and participate fully through the use of app technology.
App technology has also made information more accessible – both in terms of the ease at which you're able to find information, and in terms of financial aspects. Information can endlessly be loaded and updated in an app, in ways that books are simply not able to do. If new information becomes available, it can easily be changed in an app – a feat that would take a total edit and reprint to correct in a book. App technology also allows more students who aren't as financially endowed to get their hands on the same information as everyone else. Because apps generally have minimal costs involved, they remove the financial barriers that books and even tuition can post.
There's no need for printed books, no need for expensive equipment and there may not even be a need to enroll in and attend an actual educational institution. When students are able to access endless information through app technology, they can learn any time and anywhere, regardless if there's a school nearby or a course offered in what they're learning.
In the continual pursuit of better ways of teaching and learning, app technology has increasingly become an invaluable asset. Teachers are able to present information in new ways, helping get their lesson across in an engaging and interesting way. And, students are able to access learning on an entirely new and different level. Any improvements in the way that individuals are able to learn moves the entire realm of education towards a more accessible and inclusive experience, breaking down boundaries of location, finances, timidity and more, and app technology is leading the way in creating that improved experience.