Who says apps are a waste of time is wrong. If you want to learn something new or prepare for classroom, apps are the perfect tools. There are a wide range of device that can be used in the classroom and many of them support apps. Microsoft has already thought of this and has released its top 100 educational apps for Windows 8.
Although some educators don’t want to admit it, learning is funnier and easier with modern technology. Kids and young people love gadgets and whenever there’s a new app out there, they want to try it. So, why not take advantage of this natural tendency and use devices and apps more often in the classroom?
There are thousands of educational apps available, therefore it is difficult for educators to test them all and see which one works best for their curriculum. For this reason, Microsoft has lent them a helping hand and listed the apps in the following categories:
- Art, Design, Photography
- Classroom Tools
- Early Learning
- eReader and Textbooks
- Language Arts
- Test Prep
For example, the app Spelling Bee is very helpful for all the kids who are starting to learn how to write. If you’re into languages, you can install the Merriam Webster Dictionary app or the Human Japanese app. If you struggle to learn Maths, try the CK-12 app and see if you can learn faster.
The apps are listed in alphabetical order. For every app, you have a description and a matrix that clearly tell you what age and key stage the app is suitable for.
All these apps help users to develop important skills such as memory, understanding, applying the knowledge acquired and analysis skills among many others. And the main strong point for these apps is that they are suitable for a wide range of ages and key stages.
As for the price tag, most of the apps are free, some are not and others let you have a free trial. For more information, go to Microsoft’s UK Higher Education Blog.