When learning is fun and engaging, it’s more likely to stick. And
although many parents worry about the negative effects of too much screen time,
there’s no doubt that interactive games and apps can be a valuable learning
resource in this digital age – especially for children who prefer alternatives
to book-based learning. Still not sure? Discover some of the benefits of
educational apps for kids.
Learn anytime, anywhere
When your child has been learning all day at school, there’s a limit to
how much structured learning they’ll want to do in their downtime. But learning
apps can be accessed in short, bite-sized bursts, whenever there’s a spare
moment. And as a mobile learning aid, learning apps can be used anywhere,
whether that’s out and about in the car, or in a quiet moment on holiday.
Combining entertainment with education
Not all learning has to be book-based. In fact, when you can make it
fun, your child is more likely to want to find out more. Learning apps for
children harness the ‘gamification’ of learning to create quizzes and games that
will spark their imagination, making them more receptive to learn.
Many educational apps include rewards and incentives which can motivate
children to keep going. Whether it’s a high score they want to beat, a prize
they’re trying to unlock or a run of uninterrupted days logged on, apps are a
great way to get children engaged with their learning. Another great benefit of
digital learning is the potential to analyse progress, keeping a record of how
performance has improved over time and identifying weaker areas that may need
Which apps are best?
Technology moves so fast, it’s hard to recommend the best educational
apps – there’s always something new around the corner. But we’ll do our best!
At the time of writing, here are some of the learning apps that can help
complement your child’s education.
English apps for children
Some of the best apps to support your child’s learning in English are
apps that encourage him to read, write or create his own stories. With that in
Pals is excellent, as it will give your child the opportunity to create
animated stories. Other apps we use at school are Book
Creator and Comic Life
which are a very user-friendly platforms for writing your own stories.
Maths apps for children
All children learn differently, and a one-size-fits-all approach can be ineffective if it doesn’t reflect your child’s particular strengths and weaknesses. So Doodlemaths, aimed at primary-aged children, uses intelligent algorithms to tailor its learning programme to your child’s individual Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) in maths. Khan Academy is a free maths app that has both teaching video and interactive quizzes. It good for any age but is ideally suited to Year 3 and up.
Language apps for children
learning is best when it’s interactive, so this is one area where
educational apps come into their own. Although not specifically targeted at
children, Duolingo is a popular
language-learning app which is free to download, enabling children to learn at
their own pace and listen to native speakers in a variety of different
Science apps for children
Science is both a practical and a theoretical subject, and science
learning apps can complement both of these sides. Aimed at children aged 10-14,
ChemCaper lets kids enter
an exciting virtual world of science,
introducing concepts including chemical bonding and the properties of different
elements. For younger children, the BBC’s Playtime
Island App includes games where children can learn how plants grow, why we
have night and day, and why birds fly.
Combining home learning with school education
Children thrive when they are supported to learn both in and out of
school, and mobile apps often provide excellent resources that can back up
their school learning. Find out more about the broad curriculum available
to all boys at Aldwickbury School.