Students use apps every day of their lives on their smartphones, tablets and PCs, yet many would never consider using them to aid their learning. The Windows store has an ever-growing selection of education apps for Windows 8 and Windows phone, all of which could enhance your students’ learning by helping you to introduce technology into the classroom.
In further education, strict curriculum criteria often restricts teachers’ choices, as you have to cover certain topics and exam techniques in order for your students to succeed, but this shouldn’t restrict you from making learning exciting for your students. Not only are there thousands of education apps, there are also a lot of apps which aren’t strictly educational which can be used to enhance learning.
All Windows 8 apps use the embedded share, pin and search functions, which make research and learning quicker and easier for the user. If you’re unfamiliar with these functions, here’s a quick overview.
Let’s start with Wikipedia. The well known, free, online encyclopaedia comes to Windows 8 and Windows Phone, enabling users to search more than 20 million articles in 280 languages.
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Next up is the Kno Textbooks app, which provides over 200,000 eTextbooks for students from school right through to Higher Education.
What’s different to normal textbooks?:
Finally, My Study Life is a fantastic planner for students and teachers alike, and is designed to make your life easier by storing your school life in the cloud so that it follows you wherever you go.
For teachers, this app provides a simple ‘one-stop’ place where you can see your timetable and plan your preparation time for each class. You can see how much of a lesson you have left to plan in the tasks section, and can relate it to a specific class. You can also include assignments you have set your students with a due date, which will help you keep on top of which class’ assignments are due when.
As with all Windows 8 apps, you can search the app to find out more information about an assignment or class, and can get notifications of everything you need to know when you’re not in the app using the live tile.
Have you got any favourite Windows 8 apps for your classroom?