LearningApps is a website aimed at learners and teachers alike. Learners can browse the apps available on the website. There are learning apps for many different languages, topics, skills and difficulty levels. Teachers, on the other hand, can create their own learning apps. The website is free of charge and the interface is available in many different languages.
Learners can benefit from a wide variety of learning apps to improve their knowledge about many different topics in a in game-like way. The apps can be used in class to provide additional practice for any topic discussed previously. In this case, all learners should have a computer to themselves to allow them to choose exercises suitable to their level and to be able to complete the exercises at their own pace. The website is also suitable for self-study or homework.
Apart from using the website as described above, teachers can also create their own learning apps. Thus, they can create exercises adapted precisely to their learners’ needs and to the topics covered in class. Furthermore, teachers can create their own “classroom” and save apps there specifically for their group of learners. Once the learners are enrolled in the classroom, they can each access it with their own personalized password generated by the website. Teachers can also see which apps the learners have used and in some cases they also get an overview of the number of correct answers.
Using the existing apps does not require registration. To create a classroom, however, teachers have to register on the website. In order for the learners to access their own classroom, teachers have to register all learners in the classroom and the learners will have to log in.
Pros and cons:
+ wide variety of topics and exercises
+ learners can choose exercises appropriate to their interests or language level
+ a fun and motivating way to practice language skills
+ if using the existing apps on the website, the exercises can be implemented with very little time and effort in class
+ can be used in class, for self-study or homework
+ creating your own apps requires very little time and effort
– anyone can create apps on the website so the quality and content of the exercises may vary
– The apps can not substitute a real lesson on a subject. They can only be used as additional material.
LearningApps offers a wide variety of exercises for many different topics. In addition to using one of the many apps on the website, teachers can also create their own apps choosing from various templates. The apps are a fun and interactive way of practicing topics discussed previously in class. However, teachers should keep in mind that anyone can create a learning app. Thus, the quality and content of the app may vary and should be checked prior to using it in class.
|Complexity of the development / implementation of the content||The interface is available in many different languages and easy to navigate. Teachers wishing to create their own learning app can choose from many different types of exercises and templates.|
|Comfort of use||Easy|
|Skills and knowledge required||Basic|
|Hardware requirements||Computer, tablet, Smartphone, headphones or speakers|
|Software requirements||No specific software requirements|
|Expected technological tendency/trend||High|
|Mobile friendly||Yes||Registration required||Only to create and access “classrooms”.|