The time has come when schools should start focusing on adding mobile apps to their regular education practices. No doubt education app development is turning out to be the key trend in a lot of learning, instruction and training operations. Now an increasing number of K-12 students own mobile devices and as reported by Pearson Education, 72 percent of elementary students and 66 percent of middle school students have expressed to use mobile devices and pertaining elearning apps in their classrooms.
A survey conducted by Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET), 30 percent of general education had received training via applications. 87% of participants in the survey responded that they wished to receive some kind of training via mobile apps.
But introducing a school to an elearning app isn’t as easy as it looks. A practically useful education app development requires you to set a perfect implementation plan. Here are 3 key steps to do that –
Make out about the type of app you need or want to use
You should not start your education app development in dark. Make a perfect plan for the part of education you want to digitize. The requirements of both teachers and students have to be properly weighed so that no one feel overwhelmed while using an app. Look at the things that bother students or teachers a lot and then how these can be simplified via applications.
In general, there are a variety of problems faced by students and teachers which can now be simplified via mobile apps:
- Schools need messaging apps for parent-teacher and teacher-student communications.
- Some schools want a tool that can help them in creating quiz for their students.
- Many schools need classroom organization via mobile app based management tool.
- Almost all schools need apps to inform parents for the given homework as well as upcoming events.
This is why there is no need of bringing in the whole school and education system to mobile apps. Choose a part of practice which requires to be brought in to a mobile apps.
Test and Implement a quality solution – find it or get it built
Once a school decides on types of apps it needs, it will have two ways to do this. The first is to use a ready-made solution which is provided as SaaS by other companies. The second is to get own app built.
Often time ready-made solutions are created with keeping an ideal solution or problem in mind and it is not necessary that it would apply to all scenarios.
Once the app is available either via ready-made solution or via getting it developed, one most important thing to be done by school before making available to student is: Test it.
Make sure the app is practically useful for students
The third key step while implementing mobility in classrooms is that you should make sure that the chosen technology is supporting the teaching practices, making them practically simple and productive.
An education or elearning app must not be an additional burden which a school has taken on as part of fashion or trend or to stay in competition. The solution should definitely simplify learning and make practices prolific.