Appschooler [ap-skoo-ler] noun
1. a person who teaches with apps, especially a homeschooler.
2. a child who is homeschooled with apps
The proliferation of educational apps in the iTunes store and Google Play (aka, Android Marketplace) has led to a rise in the use of educational applications in public, private, and home-schools, at least anecdotally.
Do a Google search for “apps in the classroom” and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of hits. You’ll read a number of different opinions on the topic but thread that runs through most of these articles is that using apps in the “classroom” is beneficial.
As homeschoolers we have the option of choosing the best way to educate our children. That can be through a more traditional approach (sitting down and giving a lesson and the assigning work) or less traditional approaches (learning physics by riding roller coasters).
Using apps is one of the many ways we can choose to educate our children. Let me be clear: I’m not talking about sitting in front of a computer using a keyboard and mouse. I’m narrowing my definition of app (for this article, anyway) to those programs use on portable touch devices like iPods and tablets.
I doubt there is anyone out there who relies 100% on apps for homeschooling their children but it wouldn’t surprise me to see it happening in the next 5-10 years. Suffice it to say that for now the definition above of an appschooler applies to anyone who uses at least one app to educate their children. In the future this definition will be honed to include only those who predominantly use apps in their schooling, eschewing books, DVDs, and online courses as their primary source of educational material.
Using apps for schooling gives parents tons of flexibility. You can homeschool in the car (or minivan), away from home while on vacation, or even at the park. As the use of apps becomes more popular, homeschoolers will start relying on this method much more. Soon, we may even see curriculum publishers releasing apps of their own for free to supplement their paper-based materials. Appschooling may even become a form of homeschooling in 10-15 years!
Are you an appschooler? Would you homeschool using only apps if the option was available to you? Comment below!