A Quick Look At The World Of Apps

For some people, a big part of the appeal of having a smartphone is the huge variety of applications or “apps” now available. There seems to literally be an app for everything under the sun, ranging from highly functional (weather, traffic and mapping apps) to the recreational (games of every variety) to the ridiculous (an app that can make your smartphone look like a drinkable beer mug, or an app that can make sounds specifically designed to irritate the people around you.)

Although the market is already flooded with apps, the undeniable growth in the use of mobile devices has caused marketers to plan even more app development going forward. A recent study determined that about 70 percent of marketers have plans to increase their budgets toward mobile enhancements for 2013.

The mobile market continues to grow in scope and popularity, and marketers are taking notice. Mobile ad spending within the United States is expected to be about $2.6 billion dollars in 2012, with substantial investments in app development as well as upgrades to search technology, messaging formats and display.

Technology as a whole continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and more and more people are relying primarily upon their smartphones for staying connected. Marketers are realizing that the mobile phone market is here to stay and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. In addition to communication and functional apps such as the ones that help with driving directions and finding businesses, another role that apps are playing is in enhancing education.

As technology grows and evolves, the education field strives to evolve accordingly. One of the ways this is occurring is through the use of educational apps. With the prevalence of mobile and smartphone technology continuing to rise among students, this is a great way to engage them using technology to enhance the learning process.

What sorts of educational apps are teachers and students using these days to facilitate learning? Take a look at five popular educational apps available today:

1. 3-D Brain (Free)

This app shows and describes the various parts and functions of the brain. It is an excellent tool for helping in biology and psychology classes.

2. Art ($0.99)

See and learn about the world’s most prized works of art, all from the palm of your hand.

3. The Elements: A Visual Exploration (iPad, $6.99)

This app is pricier than most, but it offers a much more engaged way to learn about the periodic table than ever before. Tap on any element and you are immediately shown objects that are comprised of that element.

4. NASA App (Free)

NASA’s official app features images and videos of outer space, a calendar of upcoming missions and launch schedule. You can also learn about the various satellites by tapping on their pictures. This app will be a favorite among aspiring astronauts!

5. Maps of the World (Free)

This app features a large number of different maps of the world, including some ancient maps.

This is just a small sampling of the types of educational apps available for students today. There are many to choose from, but if a school or educator doesn’t see the sort of app they are looking for, they might even consider hiring a developer to create a brand new one.

1 Comment

  1. Clain

    July 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Hi there! Cool post, always helpful! I have came across a new app, oh well, at least new for me! It’s called Nearpod. Has anyone tried it yet? It looks pretty amazing, it should be in one of these cool lists I’ve been finding. I’ll keep on investigating, so far, it seems to be what I’ve been looking for!