5 Best Edtech Apps to Maximize Student Engagement

The world in recent years has been moving towards tech, especially when it comes to education. The pandemic acted as a catalyst for edtech companies as the need for remote, accessible learning options skyrocketed. With no end in sight, many educators, parents and guardians have adopted the use of tech to ensure that kids get the best education without being at risk of losing ground due to quarantine guidelines.

As talk of the risks of too much “screen time” grows alongside the move to educational apps and digital learning, we wanted to explore apps that seem to really maximize student engagement and learning.

Kahoot

Are you looking for a refreshing way to introduce gaming and healthy competition into your learning schedule? Kahoot ticks all the boxes. This is one of the most engaging Edtech apps utilized by millions globally.

Kahoot is designed to cover countless topics, including math, English, science, phonics and general world knowledge. It aims to boost the student’s mental awareness of the surroundings, pursue excellence and rewards as they study. Even better, it comes in any language, allowing students anywhere to learn unhindered.

Headspace

The stress, anxiety, depression and confusion caused by the pandemic have left a lot of parents, teachers and students in a bad mental state which has made inspiring students toward academic growth increasingly difficult. This is the problem that Headspace was created to solve. Through the use of interactive meditation sessions and group sessions, students can partake to improve their mental health.

Edpuzzle

And no, this is not another puzzle app. It engages the students in using video and photography tools. Edpuzzle is a fun, educational video-making tool that allows students to create and upload videos of themselves performing their assignments to their teachers. This app teaches you editing skills, voiceovers and more. Overall, it is a great starting tool for kids that love to be behind (or in front of) the camera.

Chatzy

This app lets teachers and students dialogue in a virtual classroom without restrictions.

It is similar to other chat apps such as Skype because it allows teachers to create channels and invite students. Chatzy allows freedom to talk, ask questions, get quick answers from the teacher and fellow students, and promotes collaboration and diplomacy in discussions. It does not require any registration and is a great way to interact with peers.

Pear Deck

This is another excellent learning and educational app that allows students to engage and connect with the teacher. Pear Deck has an app for teams that enables teachers to group students in small learning groups to boost collaborative and interactive learning sessions over assignments, projects or other school work.

If your objective is to ensure maximum engagement and interaction among students, then these apps are a great place to start. Education and technology are here to stay, and as the world is moving on to a new normal we must ensure that kids know that they can achieve more from their tech devices.

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Zachary Marvel

Zachary Marvel joined the team in 2017 with the goal of growing K-12 Tech on a national level. While studying economics at Ball State University, Zach observed the increasing demand for local electronics repair services. In 2012, Zach started his first electronics repair company, expanding to three walk-in repair locations and working with a handful of the surrounding school districts to repair their student devices. Upon graduating, Zach commissioned as a finance officer in the Army National Guard. Zach continued to grow both his walk-in repair businesses as well as his school focused operations, and within three years time, the business was servicing over 30 school districts. His vision for K-12 Tech is to create the first full-service electronics repair company in the K-12 industry.

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