Compared to the chalk and board teaching methods of yesteryear, our kids have access to some life changing technology. It not only allows them to see larger amounts of information at the click of a mouse button but also to engage with others in ways we would never have imagined. Through online video links a child in London can interact with another in Japan or Canada without having to leave the comfort of the classroom. They can download the latest educational tools and discover tailored learning approaches that enable them to absorb more in less time.
But are all schools keeping up with the technological revolution? Things are moving so fast nowadays that it is often difficult to keep track of the latest tools and software. And it’s not just in the classroom where this is highly important – the administrative software schools use is also key to providing pupils, teachers and parents with the best experience.
The interactive classroom
Most schools are moving towards a more technologically interactive classroom that gives teachers and pupils access to all the learning software they need. Whether the kids are in language class or science there is a greater ability to create innovative teaching experiences that broaden knowledge and heighten learning capacity.
Technology can now be accessed almost anywhere there is an Internet connection through laptops, pcs, interactive whiteboards, tablets and even mobile phones. It enables teachers to collaborate more effectively and pupils to access the information and resources they need.
Cloud technology is set to revolutionise school software even more because it allows greater remote access which keeps everyone in the educational loop. Kids can access learning software when they are out on a field trip or use it to complement their homework in the evening.
Apps that keep us all up to date
More and more schools are now updating their administrative software to include apps that help communicate more effectively with parents and pupils. This can inform participating parents of upcoming events or changes to timetables, tailored to specific classes within the school. That means parents can stay informed whether they are at work or at home, with real time updates that make a big difference to how everyone organises their time.
There are a number of apps available nowadays and choosing the right one is important if you want to keep everyone informed. Parents can download their school app for free and use it to check what is going on or receive notifications to their mobile phone or tablet. From school trips and travel arrangements to when the next sports day is, there’s no need to go searching for bits of paper to find out what’s happening.
There’s no doubt that software is becoming more and more important in the day to day running of our schools, whether it’s keeping parents informed or actually teaching our children. Almost everyone nowadays has a mobile phone so keeping in contact with simple apps is as easy swiping a smartphone screen.
At Parent Apps we specialise in creating customised mobile applications for schools and colleges. To find out more about how one of our apps could help your school stay in touch with both students and parents, save money and reduce your carbon footprint get in touch
We are now able to provide schools, colleges and nurseries with a free, no obligation demonstration app so we can show you just how powerful this technology is.