“Education” is a broad term, isn’t it? When it comes to mobile apps, there’s a diverse range of software that falls under the umbrella of education. Whether they are games that educate, information technology tools for professors or special technical bridges connecting schools and parents, mobile apps have become an integral part of the modern educational process. There are even mobile apps development companies that help schools and educators create their own mobile apps customized to meet specific needs or achieve explicit objectives.
There are numerous education apps out there, but here’s inspirational showcases of some of the most smart, well-done and popular ones for iOS and Android devices.
The Coursera app is the official companion to Coursera.org site. Lined with more than 200 free online courses covering more than 20 subject areas (engineering, law, music, science, and others .), Coursea allows for engaging in a broad variety of courses from over 100 top-tier global universities and institutions around the globe. The user can stream and download lectures and watch content on his/ her own time.
An excellent school schedule organizer, myHomework is free (premium ad-free service for those that wish to pay $4.99/year). With a class schedule and homework calendar, with reminders and completed tasks, students are unlikely to miss something important, while creating an account with the website letting them sync their stuff in the cloud, and access it later on any device. A grades list and a pretty new interface round up the complete offering.
The Duolingo app is Google Play’s “Best of the Best” 2013. The crowd-sourced Duolingo gives the opportunity to translate real-world texts in a desired language of choice —Spanish, German, Brazilian, Italian, and many others. It can translate Web pages and other documents into different languages. It also offers language courses, which can be fun to learn, at all levels – Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, and English. The app is free.
Used by over 60 million people worldwide, Lumosity app creates a training platform that challenges the user’s brain. Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity improves memory and attention to detail through an eclectic variety of mind games. It is designed alos with the purpose to enhance core cognitive abilities, whether the user is matching tiles after briefly viewing them or swiping in the direction of a single bird within a flock. One of the leading British daily, The Guardian, acknowledges the app’s advantages: “The mini-games are fun rather than dry, making it a daily habit that never feels like a chore.”
A great way to scribble down quick notes while recording a lecture, group assignment discussion, or an interview. AudioNote is a simple and effective app that lets students be more efficient in their daily work. Jot down remarks while listening, and then review them together with the voice recording, and add more ideas that have sprung in the meantime, easy as it sounds.
Apparently, today mobile apps are storming into classrooms around the world. With the announcement of Google Play for Education, it is no secret that Google hopes to take a bite out of Apple and wants Android to be an important part of every kindergarten, school and university. Indeed, it is an exciting period for Android in terms of education. And this is an excellent chance for us to not only keep tracking of these great education apps, but also use these best examples for inspiration to create our own apps even better!