Curating the World of Educational Apps
With a bank of 40,000 educational apps that have been cataloged, reviewed, and approved, a Tennessee initiative hopes to make it easier for educators to use apps in the classroom and beyond.
Sometimes, finding the right app can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Between Apple and Android, the number of apps available for download has surpassed one million. If you’re an educator looking to utilize these apps in the classroom, the search can be even tougher: According to a recent ranking of how apps are used, gaming comes first and educational usage is not even listed.
For faculty who see the potential for mobile devices in education, this is a wasted opportunity. After all, the National Education Associationestimates that “smartphones and, to a lesser extent tablets like the iPad, will be in the hands of every student in the United States within five years.”
Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at theTennessee Board of Regents (TBR), decided she could not let such potential slip away. Three years ago, she created the TBR eLearning Initiative, a central resource to assist educators looking for mobile apps to facilitate the learning process.
In the three years since, the app bank has compiled an impressive selection of 40,000 educational apps. In addition, the TBR eLearning Initiative has developed a roster of volunteers who connect educators with the app world, and assist them in identifying apps for teaching, learning, workforce, and professional development.
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