Does Your Educational App Match Your Needs?
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” – John Dewey
One of the outstanding features of the 21st century is the abundance of options that we are faced with. From our choice of the menial to important, we are inundated in a society obsessed with choice.
However, with choice comes confusion.
With our decision making markers more clouded, not just by an abundance of options but also very similar selections, choosing the right product or service to meet your specific needs is made even more difficult.
The world of educational apps is no different.
Educational apps have seen a boom in interest and usage in recent years. As learners and educators are given more exposure to the apps, they adapt and thrive with the various mediums.
Nonetheless, there has been a missing element in the educational development that has educators and learners asking one question:
“Does the app reflect my specific educational needs or does it treat me as just another user?”
The danger of the mass approach
Traditionally, education has had the same goal:
Push out as much information with no consideration for variety.
Everyone is treated in the same way.
Classrooms become an image of faceless learners.
This mass “service” approach has gradually deteriorated, especially in recent years.
As educators and learners are exposed to quality apps and quality content, they will need the information to be tailored to their needs.
“It’s not down to the devices, but the approach, the content and the data that is available to advance attainment.” – Justin Smith (EAS CEO & Founder)
A mass approach to providing content, even if of good quality, will ultimately miss the mark. Customization of content is important in order to give the right information to the right group of people.
Where there’s a need, there’s an opportunity
Mass consumption is a thing of the past.
The next step in educational apps is to make sure the learners and educators using these services feel that their needs are being met.
An educational app should give value, plain and simple. Not just generic information, but content that is relevant.
For educators this means being able to integrate the apps into their lessons seamlessly to give learners the opportunity to achieve.
For learners, this means individualised learning app platforms that not only provide information that matches their curriculum, but also strong on providing assessment and feedback.
Educational technology has moved on from the novelty of merely supplying hardware to educators and learners. The days of being happy with generic information are over .
The apps a person chooses to engage with, including the mobile device platform they choose to engage on, are an extension of the person themselves and apps should reflect this individuality.