Back in the day, education is all about reading physical books, magazines, newspapers, and any other reading material. However, that is not the case anymore. In the present, education has evolved with the use of mobile applications that can help further teach our children in more effective ways. For instance, there are some apps that offer way more interactivity and colors for preschoolers than just simple coloring books. This is not to say that paper and print materials are obsolete, however, I am willing to say that mobile applications can help improve the education system. That being said, more and more app developers have this increased need to develop apps that are not only for education, but also wholesome in the sense that it molds the character of children as well. Here are some important mobile app development trends you should be aware of if you’re looking to create an educational application:
1. Leverage the Use of Social Media
Almost all students who use their smartphones on a daily basis have a social media account. Teachers and learners will be able to leverage this platform to their advantage. Suppose that a teacher has an assignment for them to do and that they forgot to give them before the bell rang, they can use social media to post the assignment on the platform instead. This can be done using Facebook, for example, where a class will have their own chat group. The teachers, as well as, the students can post anything related to the class in the said group, offering another platform to help with communication. When creating an educational app, you can add social media buttons so that teachers and their students can easily share whatever it is that is on your application.
2. Colorful Use of Graphics
Developers can now include graphics and animations on their apps and this can be amazing for little kids. They respond better if they interact with moving characters, so if you could create something that is interesting to them whilst also giving them the lessons that they need to learn, that would be fantastic.
3. Important Features
Here is just a rundown on some of the most important features that you should look into incorporating in your app:
a) A dictionary module where students can just use your app to search for word meanings
b) A hub or a platform where students can easily click on a link that directs them to other educational sources
c) An easy and convenient way for teachers and learners to share study guides, quizzes, and lessons
d) A note-taking module is also a nice addition
e) A feature where a teacher can just broadcast a quiz for their students to answer and they will be given a score immediately after answering the questions.
There is a push for more educational applications. I think that having such an app can really help students learn more effectively whilst also giving convenience to their teachers as well.