After last week's launch of Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface, it's no surprise that there's more interest in education apps. And there's plenty of new Windows 8 apps for education being added to the Windows Store. I've actually got too many for one blog post, so I'm working on another blog post even as I hit 'publish' on this one…
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More free Windows 8 Education apps from the Windows Store
CareerPath hasn't been designed specifically for students or education users, but as soon as I saw I could see how it would be incredibly useful in High School, TAFE or University. What it does it to allow you to explore career paths, based on a database of 30,748,234 datapoints about careers progression.
Students can search on a particular career choice, and position, and see how people have historically got into that role, and where they have gone on afterwards.
The really clever thing that I found is that by connecting it with my LinkedIn account, it would offer me suggestions of people who could provide coaching or mentoring for my next career step. As university students start to build their social connections (via Twitter, LinkedIn and Yammer) geared towards employment, then they'll start to get more value from their existing and potential connections and from CareerPath. And then the final piece of the puzzle is that it helps you find job openings locally in specific career roles.
Kno is a digital textbook reader which has been specifically designed for students and courses, rather than being a generic ebook reader like the Kindle and Book Reader apps I'd previously mentioned. The kind of things that Kno makes possible are:
- Automatic flashcard creation
- Smart Links, to interactive support materials, videos, interactive modules etc
- Shared study through social sharing – either student-student, or teacher-student
- Personal study journal
- Advanced search that allows you to search across books, courses, terms, notes etc
Attendance is one of hopefully many apps that we'll see that help teachers perform standard tasks – in this case, to take a class register. You may already have a system for this that integrates closely with your student management system, but find this useful for specific scenarios in TAFE or universities, or for school trips or sports activities (imagine if you put this onto a Windows 8 touch-based slate for a trip out of school, with students' names, photos and mobile numbers).
It's core features include:
- Take Attendance – Mark students as Present, Absent or Late
- Notes – For each class session, you can store a note for each student and the entire session
- Calendar – Switch between class sessions and create new ones using a calendar
- Messaging – Send an email message to all students in a class, all the students that are flagged in a class, or an individual student
- Student Details – See how a student is doing in each class, with their attendance information displayed in a calendar
- Random Student – Pick a student at random. Great for calling on student during class for questions and greater interactivity
- Group Students – Place students into groups, either automatically at random or manually. You can create multiple sets of groups that are saved by the applications, for example, one for each project
Bonus thought for software developers: This developer obviously got in early and reserved the name 'Attendance' in the Windows Store for their app. Have you registered your names yet? You might want to get in early to get the obvious, search-friendly name reserved for you app idea!
This is an app created by Amity University in India, and it's a great one to look at if you think that your school/TAFE/university needs an app. It provides students with access to personalised information, such as their class schedule, class information, information from the student system (like attendance, assessment results) and university news. And it also contains standard information, such as contact info, an online directory, a news feed and noticeboard
And, as you can see above, it looks very cool too!