One-third of schools in Australia have their own ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) policy. BYOD was first introduced in Australian schools in 2013 as a replacement for the government’s Digital Education Revolution scheme. This program encourages students to bring iPads or laptops to school to learn different applications and software.
Here are some good educational apps Australian primary students are using in school.
ClassDojo gives teachers the tools to create an engaging classroom environment. With the app, students and teachers can share photos and videos of their work and classroom activities. Teachers can also safely and instantly message parents to inform them about their child’s progress.
Students can explore a variety of mathematical topics introduced in at primary levels, such as perimeters, angles, area and fractions. This app also allows the user to make shapes by stretching bands around pegs to form line segments and polygons, in turn making discoveries about perimeter, area and angles and fractions.
Hopscotch teaches the basics of coding, allowing kids to make their own games, art, stories and even turn their drawings into animations. Programming experience is not required to use the application. As the user improves, Hopscotch will challenge the user to create increasingly advanced games and apps.
Fractions can be difficult. Chicken Coop Fraction games help students to ace fractions and solve problems. This app teaches adding, simplifying, equivalent, comparing and estimating fractions via chicken-themed games.
This interactive tool allows students to draw 2D objects on isometric dot paper and visualise them in 3D. Schools are using this app to explore the measuring of isometric shapes.
Duolingo is an effective language-learning tool for all ages, allowing the user to practise foreign language skills in reading, listening, writing and speaking. The app offers courses in 22 languages such as Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian and Mandarin. Duolingo makes learning fun with bright images, quizzes and mini-games.