Learning apps are definitely leading the way, they are the new trend in the education industry. Education has come forward as a great platform in terms of providing great opportunities to new innovations and smart tech. Learning is getting smarter and better with the latest technology trends.
Learning apps are definitely stepped up as influencers in innovating the learning process. There are many kids’ learning apps which focus on making the learning process fun and easier with games and videos.
However, many apps for kids lack a strong backend. A learning app must have a backend for the teachers and the parents from where they could get an insight about the child’s progress. Here are a few backend features which must be there in a mobile learning app.
Register Students Of All Grades
With the backend feature in place, you can bring all your students from different grades to one platform. You can register all your kids in order of their classes and make things easier for yourself to track.
You can find the students of any grade with a few clicks. You would also be able to arrange your students’ profiles alphabetically, so that you can find them easily when you want to assign them a task or look into their progress report.
From the backend you can add or remove any student profile, edit a student’s profile and see their progress reports. Not just the students, you can add your fellow subject teachers (as admins) from the backend so that they can also assign tasks and monitor the students’ progress in their respective teaching subjects.
Customize The Assignments
Every student has his or her own set of strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Now, it gets very difficult for a teacher to concentrate on each child separately in a class of sixty or seventy. Learning apps with a multi-featured and powerful backend makes it possible for a teacher to pay attention to each child and make the child work towards improvement.
If you feel that a particular student is weak in Maths or English, you can customize the assignment particularly for him with Maths and English questions. You can ask him to solve questions in the form of games of that particular subject.
Also, you can assign customized tasks to all the students or just one student in the class depending upon their strengths and weaknesses. This way, the child gets to practice and work more precisely towards improvement. Also, a child would not be generalised. He would be able to concentrate on what he wishes to, he wouldn’t need to go with all the other students’ preferences or requirements.
Edit Your Assignments
With a lot of learning apps the child has to settle for the pre-programmed questions in the app. This shortens a child’s learning horizons. With the same type of repetitive questions, the child gets bored. And moreover, he has to settle for something which might not be particularly meant for him or her.
With a flexible backend, you would be able to edit the questions to fit the needs of the students. You can make questions according to their needs and your preference. This way the child will not be bored and it will be fun for him to learn since every time he will be getting new questions which will be particularly made for him.
You can select any subject, edit the given questions or even make your own questions. You can also assign time to each question to test and improve the speed of the kids.
Track Students’ Progress
It is a challenging task to maintain the students progress report manually with pen and paper. Even with most learning apps, there is no progress tracking feature as such. Kids just play learning games or watch videos on the app – but there is no particular feature to track their progress.
Backend comes for a great use over here. One of the best backend features is, you can keep a track of the students’ performance. You can see their progress with every assignment. Also, you can track their performances and maintain it for one whole year. Basically you get to see how a student has performed and how much he/she has improved in the past one year.
Get To Know The Strengths And Weaknesses
How easy it is to understand and determine a child’s weaknesses and strengths in a class? Not very easy. Even with learning apps, it’s not that straightforward – since they don’t have any defined tracking features for teachers and parents.
A defined backend allows the teachers to get an insight of the child’s brain. With a variety of games and questions on different subjects, a student gets the best practice. And you get to see how well the child is performing with the progress report of each assignment.
You can easily get a hook of his/her weak points and strong points. Moreover, you can make the child work on his weak points by making him play a game with that particular subject’s questions.
Sometimes kids don’t like a particular learning game or a learning app because it has got complicated controls and the child can’t get a hang of it. Even if they know the answer, they don’t score in the learning games because of complicated controls.
So whenever you are setting up a game with questions from the backend, make sure the child does not find it very complicated. It should be simple so that a child could easily understand what (s)he is supposed to do.
Easy navigation is again very necessary. Since these learning apps are for kids and they are the ones who will be handling it, the navigation should be simpler for them to understand. They should not get lost in the widgets and features while trying to find their way to assignments and solutions.
Since learning apps are the first touch point in terms of technology for the kids, the complicated interface and navigation should not scare them. It should be attractive, simple and intuitive. It should motivate the kids to explore more in this ever expanding technical world.
Along with the teachers, parents are also an important part of the teaching and learning processes. They must know about their child’s interest, his/her strengths and weaknesses.
The parents should be given access to the backend, so that they can track their child’s daily progress. They would be aware of the assignments and the performance of their children in the regular assignments. Also, this will help them to communicate with the teachers about their child’s overall performance.
Should Be Compatible For Multiple Devices
An ideal app should be compatible with every device. You never know what the child is comfortable with. There might be some kids who love learning on phones but there are others who prefer laptops and ipads.
Moreover, different schools have different rules. Some schools do not allow phones and ipads in the premises and they prefer computers for learning purposes. So you should always go for an app which is compatible with every device – so that your kids and you yourself do not face any issues regarding the usage of the app on devices.
Pricing Should Be Transparent
Besides all the features and everything, one more thing which is important is pricing. There are many learning apps whose subscriptions fees are prohibitively high. Ideally, the subscription price should be accurate, and it should not be too high in the name of backend features.
The pricing and all the terms & conditions should be mentioned on the website only. There should not be any additional costs.
You should always prefer an app with an admin panel and all the backend features. Because it’s not just about learning, it’s about teaching as well. It is a teaching-learning process which is supposed to be explored and innovated.