5 General Applications You can Use for Academic purposes

by Ella Wilson
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Has your child’s proficiency with Tech devices ever left you speechless? You’re not alone. There are are many parents and teachers who are way behind when it comes to tech familiarity. Digital natives grew up with technology as their best friend. This relationship between technology and the young generation has resulted in a strong bond and has set a high benchmark for teachers and parents.

Due to COVID-19 many teachers and parents want to understand and comprehend technology in a better way so that they can help their children. Although it is hard to find a way to bridge such a long gap in a small time. Complicated software, applications, and platforms are hard to understand for people who grew up around newspapers, pens, and journals. When it comes to academics and education, there are many premium software that tech-forward teachers are using. Although these softwares may not be ideal for those who are just introducing themselves to the tech world. We highly recommend starting off from simple applications or a software that is not highly technical. We have compiled a list of nonacademic softwares/programs that teachers and parents may find easy to use.

1- Discord

COVID-19 has transformed the educational world to a huge extent. Traditional classes have shifted to the internet where teachers are using either live conferencing a live streaming softwares to conduct their sessions. Although many of these softwares are not only complicated but are outdated as well. When we inquired students about their preferred software for live classes they chose softwares that were based on new models and designs. On the contrary, teachers are still using softwares that are a tale of the past.

It is important for teachers to keep themselves updated about student preferred methods. Live video chatting or life conferences is extremely common among the students of the 21st century. Teachers can benefit from this and use the same softwares that students prefer to conduct their live sessions. For example, Discord is a great live chatting and live streaming platform that is not necessarily affiliated with academics. many students who are into gaming and building online communities are already using this software. Teachers can turn this same software into a productive one by arranging live classes, sharing notes, media, and important updates on discord. There are many unique, beneficial, and convenient features available for teachers and students such as live streaming, video conferencing, audio chat, media sharing, etc.

2- Facebook

Facebook is another nonacademic site that teachers can use for their own advantage and that of the students. Class engagement has always been one of the major issues when it comes to online learning. Teachers who opposed Ed-tech usually build their argument on the lack of class engagement and interaction in online classes. Although these teachers are not entirely wrong, this weakness of online learning is much more stunted as compared to the strength and benefits that it has to offer. the issue of engagement can easily be fixed by incorporating nonacademic sites such a social media sites into education.

As mentioned earlier teachers need to be well aware of student preferred methods. It is not a news to anyone that almost every student has a Facebook account. Facebook has multiple features that would help the teachers boost class engagement and student interaction among one another. For example, group chat, shared images, and, wall post features would help students interact with each other in a more wholesome, modern, and productive way.

3- Spotify

When you say music Spotify is the first application/software that comes to the mind. Although there is much more that Spotify has to offer. This music application has thousands of podcast regarding different topics and genres. Teachers can skim through Spotify and find educational lectures for the students. These educational lectures would not only boost the general knowledge of students but would help them learn conveniently. Teachers can either make Spotify a part of the class curriculum or use it as a fun after-class activity.

4- YouTube

YouTube is another platform that is known among the digital natives as an entertainment platform. Although, it is just another platform that needs the appropriate attention of educationalists and teachers. There are already many teachers who are using YouTube as a freelance platform to publish their lectures. Although correct attention from school organizations and management would certainly benefit students at large. Instead of quoting random lectures in class, teachers can recommend YouTube lectures to students so that they can watch them after the class.

5- Medium

In our previous articles, we have discussed the importance of blog writing in education. Unfortunately, there are not many blog writing websites that are free and open for all. Students who are passionate about writing are using social media sites to express their talents and thoughts. Medium is a platform that provides the student with the right features to polish their writing skills and showcase their talents to the relevant audience. It is recommended for teachers to boost the idea of writing among students so that they can find a way of expression for themselves while polishing the writing skills for academics. Medium is an ideal platform for students and teachers alike, as it offers suitable features that are available in any topnotch writing software.

During the trying times of COVID-19, it has become even harder for students to catch up on their study schedule and curriculum. Therefore, it is recommended for teachers to help the students distract their minds from stringent academic routines in a productive way. Incorporating non-academic platforms for educational purposes may help students learn in a casual yet healthy way.

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