Education is always fighting to stay informative but also engaging. One of the most distracting aspects of teaching is looking out and seeing 50% of the class fighting the urge to pick up the phone and scroll down Instagram so they can see what their high school friend had for lunch….
Here’s why your Classroom needs more Apps
It’s addicting, mobile phone usage is an epidemic. Younger users stand out especially prominently when it comes to using their phone for two purposes in particular: avoiding boredom, and avoiding people around them.
According to Pew Research– Fully 93% of 18-29-year-old smartphone owners in the experience sampling study used their phone at least once to avoid being bored, with respondents in this age group reporting that they did so in an average of 5.4 surveys over the one-week study period. Similarly, 47% of young smartphone owners used their phone to avoid interacting with the people around them at least once during the study period, roughly three times the proportion of older smartphone owners who did so.
What chance do these poor educators have? recently Touch Surgery was contacted by an educator in the United States who told us that he had stopped trying to fight his students using their phones, tablets, etc..
Instead of looking at journals and academic materials he spends his time between semesters researching apps he can add to the curriculum. Yes, apps. If the data from Pew Research is anything to go by then maybe he is onto something.
From ‘On Looking’- “concentration” is selective and easing our cognitive overload by allowing us to conserve our precious mental resources only for the stimuli of immediate and vital importance, and to dismiss all else. If this is true the habit of constant mobile phone use is creating a strong subconscious prioritisation. Therefore, concentration will be peaked when we are looking through mobile devices….
Millennials, getting their education through a 5-inch screen. As long as they are learning, right?
Our friend the professor isn’t the only one getting in on the act.
Google Play & Apple Store are catering to the demand for more app-based learning. Apple’s Volume purchase program for Education & Google’s apps for education. Both allow an institution to buy-in-bulk for the purpose of distribution to students.
Nice work Google, nice work Apple. Now you can get up to 25k installs in just one click. And in Touch Surgery’s case- For Free!
- Make sure you’re signed into iTunes
- Go to https://volume.itunes.apple.com/gb/store
- Search for the desired app, select.
- Enter desired quantity and place order.
- Streamline your distribution and manage it easily with an MDM solution.
- Go to Google’s apps for education
- Sign in with your google account
- Get Play for Education
- Send the app to your whole classroom with couple of clicks
- Manage the Apps remotely
Our Favourite Educational Apps:
- Touch Surgery– No shame in naming ourselves number 1. The 3D Surgery Simulation App gives your access to the OR on demand with over 150 free surgical simulations.
- Peak Brain Training– Developed by Neuroscientists Peak gives you access to Free games that improve your Memory, Attention, Problem Solving, Mental Agility, Language, Creativity and People Skills.
- RefMe- We all wish we had this in university, RefME allows you to Generate citations by scanning book or journal barcodes using your phone’s camera.
- Babbel- Always wanted to learn a language? With Babbel you can learn Spanish, Russian, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Indonesian, Danish and Norwegian.
- My Study Life- is a cross-platform planner for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier to manage.
If you have liked this post, check out our academic research that proved the effectiveness of our app in improving the surgical skills of surgeons.