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 your lectures.
Higher education teaching is often restricted by a curriculum targeted towards exam and assessment success, which allows lecturers little flexibility in their teaching. However, technology can greatly aid university staff in making lectures and seminars engaging and exciting for 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, CareerPath is a key tool for lecturers to help ensure that their students are set on the right career path when they leave university. As a personal tutor to students, this tool could be invaluable in helping your students in their approach to graduation.
Many students enter university on a generic degree course and have no ideas of the possible future careers they can take up with the information they've learned.
The clever interface shows you a selection of roles related to what you’ve searched for, and links to social networks to help you connect with relevant mentors you already have in your contacts who may be able to help you achieve your dream role.You can also find out detailed information about the further requirements of each role including qualifications, competencies and specific skills.
The finishing touch on this handy career tool is a set of links provided showing you current job openings in your local area related to your search.
Have you got any favourite Windows 8 apps for your classroom?