The introduction of technology in the field of education has played a major role in facilitating the teaching practices and methodologies of teachers and practitioners all around the globe. Students get a chance to interact with their surroundings and not just be enclosed within the four walls of the classroom. A lot of websites online provide trainings and courses which can help the students in preparing for multiple disciplines, at their leisure and have fun whilst doing so. Among these websites, the most popular and genuine one happens to be one created by Mr. Byju Raveendran called “Byju’s” (https://byjus.com/). Byju’s provides supplements for the curriculum of classes 4 to 12 and materials for UPSC, CAT, GMAT, GRE, K10, K12, JEE, NEET available for E-Learning.
The app is available on the Android market and App store and is free to download. Byju’s learning portal has more than 8,000,000 downloads and is recognized in more than 1700 cities and towns all across India. It works on making learning free, easy and personalized. Apart from Byju’s, there are various other apps on the Playstore which provide a similar learning experience to students, many of them focus on project based learning and the others on
learning through audio and visual aids.
The apps are as follows:-
1. Explain Everything
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.morriscooke.explaineverything): This app is an easy-to-use, whiteboard tool which lets a user create, animate, annotate and engage in multiple actions, starting from one place and ending to another. It has got a unique user interface and is one of the top paid learning apps on the market. It is available to use in English, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, and Chinese.
2. We Video
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wevideo.mobile.android): We Video is a free installation app available on the Android market. It is the best way to create, edit, and publish videos on Android. Get this powerful and easy-to-use video editor app for making and sharing videos on YouTube, Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, and more. Add themes, filters, effects, transitions, emojis, voiceover narration, music, and more.
(https://evernote.com/download/): Evernote is a modern note-taking tool which lets the user create and share notes, slides and other files, with ease. Articles can be discussed and shared with other users right within the app. The user interface is smooth enough to providing an enriching learning experience.
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.modelmakertools.simplemindfree): Mind mapping is a tool which helps organize one’s thoughts and idea in a simpler fashion. SimpleMind helps putting these ideas into form by its interactive app. The app is free to download on the App store and Android market.
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.meisterlabs.mindmeister): This app lets the user create, edit and share mind maps on the phone or tablet and officially on the website, either alone or in an online collaboration with other users. Just like SimpleMind, MindMeister helps in organizing ideas and thoughts and provides a structure to help the user appropriately arrange those ideas, for ease of accessibility. It is free to download on the Appstore and Android market.
(https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glogster.glogster): This creative tool is excellent for creating digital posters and other multimedia projects. It can be used as a ‘pre-tool’ for a major project, or simply to highlight research. With the selection of templates available and easy to import sources, this tool allows students to express their creativity in many different ways. The app is free to download. Project Based Learning is the up and coming method for teaching in today’s generation and is beneficial for all age groups. The advancement of technology has definitely made learners pull up their socks in order to face everyday challenges, not just in the field of their studies but also otherwise. Engaging methods and interactive sessions help cultivating new skills and thus help in the growth of an individual.
Many new age 21st Century Schools have begun using similar tools to assist their students learn by visualizing the problem at hand. In today’s day and age, when information is at every ones’ fingertips, it has become an imperative to have the skills to use that information efficiently rather than memorizing it. With the increased focus of investors in the Ed Tech space, there is a lot of activity and innovation taking place in this sector. This is bound to help the teachers, students and the institutions itself. Teaching methods have stayed the same for centuries even though the World around us has changed at an exponential pace. It is high time the education sector embraces technology else we may start producing an incredibly useless work force in the near future.
-The author of this post, Eva R Sachdeva is a blogger for IOS Marketing and writes extensively on Education Technology and news.