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#AppitizedEdWeek – Get more out of your mobile

Heading back to school, college or University this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. All this week we’ll be launching our Appitized Education Week, bringing you the best ways to stay at the top of your class.

This week the Department for Education is rolling out the new national curriculum designed to help prepare our children for their working lives in “modern Britain”. The new curriculum places a great deal of emphasis on skills such as essay writing, problem solving and computer programming.

Whilst you might be apprehensive for your child’s first term at school or excited that you’re starting your final year of university, here at Appitized we want to help you to make the most of mobile technology.

Today is the turn of your mobile phone. Although it may have to be on silent during your lectures and your lessons, after class it comes to life! From the Primary School to the University, mobile phones have become a powerful learning resource and can produce the right results.

So here are our top mobile recommendations for each stage of education:

 

Primary School

As a parent you’ll want to make sure that you balance letting your child develop naturally and ensuring that they are not left behind when it comes to technology. Apps can help children by enabling learning through play, learning to read and write and help with basic maths and science skills too.

We’ve looked at some of our favourite apps and educational games your children can use at home, which will help them develop and learn at school.

  • Numbers and letters apps

  • Maths, English, science apps

  • Reading apps

  • Favourite books and character, toys, including Gruffalo, Dr Zeuss, Lego etc)

 

Secondary School

At secondary school the focus is to build on the foundations of primary school, and prepare pupils for their GCSEs as well as to develop children into adults.

As a pupil you can use your phone to:

  • Watch YouTube videos to helpo you with your lessons like maths, science, history

  • Download organisational and time management apps such as Dropbox, and Evernote, and TIME MANAGEMENT

  • Learn foreign languages using videos, podcasts and apps

  • Keep in touch using social apps – keep in touch before and after class. Make sure you’re on the right bus or walking the same way as your friends, homework, reminders, remember age limits, parents may want to monitor access

  • Stay informed using your school app, so you know about Inset days, holidays, school closures and much more

     

College

After 5 years of school, college may seem much more laid back and you may feel you have more independence. However, you’re also likely to notice a large jump between GCSE and A-Level work, so you’ll need to keep on top of your coursework. You’ll be encouraged to learn and find out for themselves and stick to deadlines and due dates..

You can use your phone to:

  • Watch YouTube videos which will help to clarify areas you haven’t fully grasped in class or from your text books.

  • Use Social apps to keep in touch with your friends before and after class, and at weekends

  • Take notes so that you can remember important information and have it available digitally ready for use in your project, assignment or presentation as well as for revision ready for exams.

  • Stay organised with productivity apps such as time management, drop box, evernote

  • Be on time with travel apps, whether you go to college on the bus or train, or are learning to drive.

  • Keep up to date using your college’s official app, so you know about holidays, how to report absences and the latest college news.

 

University

As a university student, you’re fully independent, responsible for all areas of your life from budgeting to learning and your health.

Whilst the typical student might be looking for the pub, the organised student is already organised thanks to a few apps and a bit of forward thinking.

As a student you’ll want to use:

  • Maps and route planning apps to find the best way to uni from your halls of residence or student home. Whether you ride a bike, get the bus or drive, you’ll want to arrive on time

  • Cooking apps to make sure that you don’t blow your student loan on takeaways or ready meals and you’re not relying on others to feed you.

  • Money saving apps to get the most from your student loan. You’ll be able to find the best deals on furniture, food and free time activities using apps like Gumtree, eBay, and Groupon

  • Social apps to stay in touch and share audio, video, images with your fellow students, arrange nights out, and even to meet up to discuss assignments.

  • Audio and Video apps on your phone to record lectures, make presentations more impressive and we’re sure you’ll find many more uses too.

  • The official app for your university to ensure that you’re up to date with everything from holidays, to finding an available printer or your exam timetable.

 

The majority of apps are free, but some have limitations or adverts. We recommend trialling apps to see if you get on with them, and then paying for the premium versions where appropriate.

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Make you and your mobile top of the class with our top tips to make the most out of it