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 more attention.
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 mind, Puppet 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
Language 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 languages.
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.