Thu 7 September 2017
These days there is an app for most things, lots of which we download and never use. When it comes to our kids education, there are a few types of apps that can make our lives just that little bit smoother, and learning more enjoyable for our children.
Dr Kate Highfield, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at Swinburne University, sees the trend toward app based learning growing in our schools.
Apps as communication at school are "becoming increasing popular" Kate says. "Schools are moving over into apps, or web-based tools that also work with an app. So, the school signs you up, and then you get popping up on your phone little reminders or extra information."
The difficulty with this is that teachers and parents now have several places to communicate information. Instead of one neat place for everything you need to know, "lots of dribbles of information [are] going out," Kate adds.
As for what's right for you, it's simple a case of trial and error to find out what works best for you and your families' needs. "There’s hundreds on the market... it depends on your school, the costs, and the number of students involved as to which tool your school might choose."
If you want to see these in your school or day care, Kate recommends suggesting it! It won’t happen unless they know families will use the technology. As a parent or carer, we're in partnerships with educators, so speak up if you find something that will make everyone's lives easier!
Place Value MAB: Apple