Sunday, 20 March 2016

Application of 'Application' in Education

Durgesh Tiwari
(Durgesh works in the Central Team of Learn, Out of the Box programme)

As applications are soon becoming the next centrepiece of our lives, we look at a few common and uncommon applications which can be used innovatively in schools with students or among teachers:

Teacher groups are increasingly becoming prevalent on WhatsApp. While initially the platform was used for social interactions, some schools have started sharing subject related questions and other education related information on the platform. LOTB is currently undertaking a pilot in four of its states to connect teachers on WhatsApp and engage them in insightful conversations. Teachers have been excited about the pilot and have been responding with great enthusiasm. Watch this space for more on this!

Google Earth
This humble application provides a unique perspective of Earth and helps teachers to delve deep into the planet with their students. While this application can be very helpful to explain concepts of geography, it can also be a great impetus for gathering early attention of a child. 

Khan Academy
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. While self-learning is still not a common practice in schools, this application is being used by teachers for enhancing their content knowledge. Khan Academy has recently launched their website in Hindi.

An integrated application for students, teachers, educators and parents; e-pathshala presents content through a relatively simple interface. The students section provides digital textbooks for all classes, eResources such as videos, slideshows etc. while the teacher can explore curriculum material, policy related documents etc. This application was launched in November 2015 by Government of India during the National Conference on ICT in School Education and has been used extensively in schools.

With mobile phone penetration on the rise and teachers becoming more comfortable with technology; use of mobile applications in classrooms will be much higher in the coming times.