There’s no denying that digital is here to stay. But what impact will new technology have on younger generations, and more importantly, how will it influence their relationship with education itself?
If you can’t strip kids of computers, tablets and iPhones to focus their attention on books, why not utilize these very mediums to transmit education instead?
Well, the future is here.
Classting, a brand new education app from CLASSTING, utilizes technology and leverages iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in order to enable peer-to-peer, peer to teacher, and classroom-to-classroom communication via iOS.
This app boasts an immediate claim to fame, because it is the “first social networking app for classrooms”. That being said, interconnectivity between classes have already been attempted via Skype, Google and existing outlets, but nobody has truly cornered this exchange with their very own app.
Classting may be onto something big here. What if, instead of children having to turn their mobile devices off in school, the only app that was accessible during school hours was Classting? Children could connect as they desired, but the focus would always be on academia.
With over 6,000 schools already utilizing the app, it doesn’t take much to imagine Classting becoming ubiquitous within schools. The app itself allows users to join an existing classroom, start a new classroom, connect with peers, or opt for private counseling with an educator.
We have yet to see this app play out between peers in the physical world, but the premise here is excellent and the room for growth is truly exponential.
Concept and Functionality:
The app has a friendly aesthetic and is relatively clear-cut. However, I would like to see various login screens for different academic levels. For example, K-6 should have larger buttons, sensitive parental controls, and a less comprehensive login.
Middle school and high-school students could have more comprehensive features and less strict parental restriction.
The app itself is free and is bound to have a few updated versions roll out in the next several months.
I see Classting as setting the digital foundation for something much larger than this 5.6 MB app initially indicates.
For the sheer scope and ambition of this app, we’ve got to give it an impeccable rating.
The app world and emerging technology has the potential to redefine education for generations to come, but this will only happen with assertive development and a delicate accommodation of existing technologies.
Classting merges old technique with new technology, and for that, we’ve got to give it an A.
Classting – The New Classroom requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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