As curated by online smartphone retailer e2save
While in lockdown, online smartphone retailer e2save has suggested five mobile apps that will help parents with homeschooling.
BBC Bitesize (available for iOS, Android)
The popular GCSE BBC learning tool is packed full of resources across a large variety of core subjects within the school curriculum. With a variety of learning methods, such as flashcards and videos, there’s plenty to keep children engaged in their studies and the interface is easy to navigate on mobile or tablet.
By using this free app, you have all the exam-specific learning material available at your fingertips, with exam-level interactive quizzes to help parents keep their year 10 and 11 students on track whilst they’re unable to attend school.
Photomath (available for iOS, Android)
Maths is often the Achilles heel of students and adults alike, especially when it comes to getting your head around complex equations and theory. To aid any parent struggling to help their children with maths lessons or homework, the simple to use Photomath app is free and allows you to scan live images of your maths problems using your phone camera to help solve them.
The app comes with a step-by-step tutorial of how to upload the images and then offers several logical solutions for the maths problem for you to work through. Whether it’s addition and subtraction, multiplication, fractions, or even trigonometry, this app will help you find easy-to-understand solutions for maths at every level and understand the theory behind it, with no internet access or data usage required.
Duolingo (available for iOS, Android)
Learning a new language is difficult enough, but without the help of teachers and official learning material, the process becomes much harder for parents to replicate at home. Duolingo is a free app that allows students access to bite-sized lessons to practice speaking, reading, and writing in more than 35 languages.
Duolingo is suitable for any ability, starting from as young as primary school age, right through to teaching adults for business and travel purposes. The app allows you to log and track your progress each session, making organising learning around other subjects effortless.
TED-ed (available for iOS, Android)
TED-ed has been developed to allow educators and teachers around the world to submit succinct, easy-to-follow lessons on virtually any subject at the touch of a button. All videos uploaded have been refined to make sure they are less than 10 minutes long and are combined with high-quality, fun animations to ensure children are kept engaged throughout.
This app is available for free and parents can use it to replicate virtual lessons on subjects and specific topics. If your child is struggling with a particular problem in English for example, which you may not be equipped to solve, you can find the solution on TED-ed, providing a virtual teacher in the absence of the classroom environment.
Epic! (available for iOS, Android)
Epic! gives you access to a digital library of 40,000 high-quality e-books and audiobooks, as well as learning videos and interactive quizzes suitable for children as young as nursery level, right through to the start of secondary school.
The app is designed to be as easy to navigate as possible, allowing parents to set their children up with easy access to their favourite stories and new books to help them develop their reading and literacy skills. Epic! also hands out progress badges to keep children engaged and excited to read. The app is free for schoolteachers and librarians but will be free on a one-month trial for parents too, paying just £5.85 a month thereafter.
e2save mobile expert Karl Middleton commented: “Schools being closed nationwide has resulted in many parents having to balance working from home with their children’s studies, which can be an incredibly stressful time.
“While parents may have studied many of the subjects their children do whilst they were at school, being suddenly relied on to help with maths, English literature or even modern languages can be a daunting prospect.
“However, these handy apps are readily available for anyone with access to a smartphone or tablet and will certainly be a real help to parents to organise and support their children’s studies, creating a virtual classroom at home in lockdown.”
All these apps are available to download on the latest smartphones.