Tips for teaching with Apps in the Classroom

Teaching Strategies

By Michael Hilkemeijer

With the rise of iPads and m-learning continuing to grow, here are my tips for teaching with apps in the classroom. 

  1. Adjust student learning experiences
  2. Set your goals and expectations
  3. Ensure that you have a good system for setting up passwords and login information.
  4. It is also advisable that you use them in conjunction with books
  5. Self-directed learning is also important
  6. Research and find out the best practices for developing student ICT capability with Apps.
  7. Understand the best way of choosing Apps for your classroom
  8. Ensure that you discover what is out there

The Digital Technologies Hub suggest that you use this checklist for finding new apps: 

  1. Get rid of useless apps on your device – quality over quantity is best
  2. Reflect and assess how useful apps are – share knowledge with your team
  3. Do they fit these criteria?
  • Is the app able to collect and store data? Profiles can be useful – especially for reporting!
  • Does the app let you check accuracy? Are the kids just pressing without understanding?
  • Are there different levels of difficulty? Can you change this? Can the kids? 

9. It will be important that you are aware of Apps that abuse in-app purchases
10. Consider digital notetaking.
11. Many Apps are more engaging than books
12. KISS – This means that you have a simple way of communicating your expectations to students on the use of the technology.
13. Use cloud storage as it has been proven to be an effective way for storing data.
14. Some Apps are platform agnostic.
15. Use apps that work together
16. iTunes and Google Play cards are worth using and can be bought anywhere.
17. Don’t’ forget to be patient
18. Remember that Apple has a weekly free app
19. Adaptive learning apps are “apps 2.0”
20. If you are not using Apple iPads and are using Android tablets instead, use the widgets
21. Finally, it is recommended that you use RSS feeds to vet apps.


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