One of the most widespread technology goals in education is incorporating more technology in the classroom, which enhances the learning experience with students and teachers across K-12 schools.
Building a strong application library within your K-12 classroom can help achieve these goals and create a connection between learning and technology. Within this digital environment, teachers are able to select applications to integrate into their classes, while students can see apps suggested by their teacher.
This makes it easier to observe how students are interacting with apps related to specific lesson plans and educational goals, as well as the success of technology goals. We will go over how having a digital application library can make learning personalized, as well as how device management can help build one.
On-demand applications allow for a more personalized approach for teachers and students. For example, let’s say a literature teacher proposes a project to their tenth grade students. The project involves the students preparing a presentation about classic literature. To demonstrate the knowledge they have about the novels, they can build this presentation using multimedia resources such as texts, images, and even videos, which helps develop the multimedia literacy skills of students.
With this approach, the learning goal would be to develop the multimedia literacy skills of students. Several applications can be used for projects like this, which presents the perfect opportunity to increase technology in the classroom. Students can use apps such as Keynote, and other educational apps such as iWork, Notability and Popplet.
Using an App Library is great for teachers who want to suggest applications for their students instead of just allowing them to use the ones they choose. This not only enhances the number of applications in the catalog of your App Library, but still gives students the chance to branch out with their creativity.
Another way to build your App Library is to use it like a warehouse for all course notebooks, quizzes or even books. Similar to how Collège Villa Maria uses apps such as Gizmo to advance learning with self activities, your students can also use the library to be given the chance to branch out with their creativity.
By learning and downloading their own personal applications for in-class activities, they also gain real-world experience. Watch our MDM on the Road video to see how this school’s Math and Science teacher, Andre Cholmsky, enhances his classroom by using technology:
Using device management can help make streamlining app distribution easier by installing apps remotely on your classroom’s devices. Device management allows you to assign the apps to the specific grade level you teach, or even your different class periods throughout the day, as well as add them to the application library, which we also call the self-service application. Some features of the self-service application include books, websites and other management profiles.
With this digital classroom environment, teachers are also able to request applications directly, and by making these apps so easily available to students within this catalog of apps, it will enhance the learning and teaching abilities and experience in the classroom.
Much like this 1st grade classroom at Tuckerton Elementary School, your school can create lesson plans centered around specific apps. See how Maureen Gunzenhauser uses Minecraft in her application library to teach her students endless technology possibilities:
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