One of the most devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic has been on the education sector. The pandemic has not only forced children to stay indoors and attend homeschooling, but has also changed the way children are taught and the tools one can use. Over the past two years, online education has become the order of the day and more and more schools around the world are turning to online education as a prescriptive form of education rather than an exception. .
In this week’s special edition on education, Rising Kashmir Deputy Editor Irfan Mehraj lists some of the best educational apps that school children can enjoy and learn from. These educational apps can not only provide lessons on important topics like math, science, English, but can also make education a fun process. We are posting this list so parents in Kashmir can have easy access to find out what are some of the best educational apps and tools available for their children to learn while we are locked inside our homes.
BYJU’s is the most popular e-learning app in India. The motto of the app is to make learning fun. The app provides a good detailed and easy to understand explanation of subjects for each class from 4th to 12th standard. The app also includes online courses for conceptual understanding, doubt-busting, personalized learning, and individual attention from mentors. The app includes courses for competitive exams such as JEE/NEET, UPSC and Bank PO exams. While tuition is paid – starting at Rs 3,500 – BYJU offers scholarship programs for the same. The app also launched the initiative to teach coding, which is all the rage among young adults these days. If you are looking for a professional learning app for your kids to get the best lessons on some fundamental topics, BYJUS is the app for you.
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This application is also very popular among the masses. Millions of people are already learning from the app due to its popularity. What’s great about this app is that it is a good app for competitive exams and it includes courses from UPSC to JEE, NEET, SSC as well as bank exams. The app offers lectures in the form of daily live lessons and it can be quite engaging for kids. For the benefit of students, the app offers practice exercises, reviews, as well as live test simulations and parents will find it very engaging and interesting. Just like BYJU, Unacademy is also paid, but there are also a few free courses. The fact that these apps are paid should not deter parents as they are exceptionally well designed apps with millions of users worldwide using their services. They are worth your money.
Vedantu is a tutoring app that helps students learn online. The app is similar to BYJU’S in terms of providing 1st-12th grade online lessons, but is different in some ways. One of the best features of the app is that it is interactive as there is two-way communication between the student and the mentor. This app feature should help students feel they are not far from school or direct mentorship from their teachers. The application offers individual and group lessons. Vedantu also includes live lessons and preparation for JEE, NEET and NDA exams. Live classes and content are available to everyone for free. However, Vedantu also offers a V-Pro package which includes live online teaching, tests and assignments, and crash courses – starting at Rs 4,000 per month. It is a very good learning app for children of all ages.
Doubt is not a platform for learners. Unlike other e-learning apps, it’s free for everyone and that’s perhaps its best feature. The app allows you to search the Doubtnut app or website or upload an image of the problem, and you will get the answer. The app provides the answer in the form of a video to help students understand better. Doubt also does not include 6th-12th grade NCERT courses and IIT-JEE preparation. The application offers a scholarship program for young JEE aspirants where the top 1,000 ranked applicants get reduced fees and is quite an attractive feature of the application. The app is only available for Android users as there is no iOS version at the moment. Parents should take advantage of this platform.
This app is also listed in our list of e-learning apps. It includes courses for all grades across boards like wICSE, CBSE, Uttar Pradesh State Board as well as Canadian Curriculum. The app was developed to help students in grades 8th-12th. Its features include live lessons, online lessons, practice sessions, mock tests, and live doubt-solving sessions. This makes this app a pretty solid package for students. Toppr also helps prepare aspirants for various exams such as JEE Main, JEE Advanced, Olympiad, AIIMS, NDA, and CA Foundation. Basic subscription for Toppr starts from Rs 30,000. Students can also enroll in individual modules. The app has over 10 million downloads from the Play Store.
6. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a popular educational app for kids of all ages. It was founded by American educator Salman Khan. It is a fully non-profit application and its sole purpose is to provide better learning tools for children. It offers a wide range of courses for students and all for free. The app is known for its engaging videos targeting visual learners and is a huge hit with educators, students, and parents. The best feature of their videos is the use of photos, illustrations and maps etc. to engage learners. Classes also include quizzes to test student understanding. Khan Academy also offers YouTube videos covering most subjects such as math, science and engineering, arts and humanities (which includes history and social studies), economics, AP courses and test preparation.
Brainly is the world’s largest online learning platform. It is a reliable platform in terms of the quality of explanations and solutions, which are ensured by an expert team of moderators who check all content daily. Brainly has over 55 million monthly unique users in India, making it one of the most popular learning apps in the country. This application brings together students, parents and teachers from all over the world. It is a question and answer platform where students and parents can connect with subject matter experts as well as other learners to build their skills. This feature of the app is the most interesting and attractive for students. The app covers everything from math to science, history to English, biology to chemistry, physics to social studies, geography to health, arts to business, computers and technology and beyond.
Udemy is a competitor of Khan Academy and is very popular among children. It is known as a MOOC provider. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Founded in 2010, this e-learning platform is one of the best-known online learning tools. The platform has over 46 million students and nearly 175,000 courses, with 60,000 instructors teaching courses in over 75 languages. As of this writing, there are at least over 644 million course enrollments. What is well known about this learning platform is that students take courses mainly to improve their professional skills in certain courses that generate credits for technical certification. Nowadays, every parent should scan Udemy to get great learning tools for their kids. One of the benefits of learning on Udemy is that you can access your courses from several different devices and platforms, including desktop, laptop, or mobile app.