INFOGRAPHIC: The influence of apps in education

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
February 14th, 2014

Think it’s just a fad? Think again. Apps are quickly becoming education’s #1 teaching and learning resource.


[Updated: Infographic now includes more accurate pricing information as well as current data on users of Google Apps for Education]

From lists to websites specifically devoted to app lists, and from using apps for school staff management to teaching eager students how to code, education is one of the largest consumers of mobile applications. But just how many apps do educators download? How many are available? Is Apple or Android more popular?

In this infographic, you’ll find the most up-to-date information on how fast apps are infiltrating not just the consumer market, but schools and student devices around the world.

For example, did you know that Android apps have a higher market infiltration than Apple apps, yet Apple provides 30,000 more apps for education than Android?

Also, Apple’s iPad has become so popular in U.S. schools that more than 65,000 education apps exist in Apple tailored just for the iPad. Need help finding an app? Be sure to check out the list of categories and resources to aid you in your search.

[Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for an upcoming story on the best resources for education apps.]

What do you think of these statistics? How much influence do apps have in your school or classroom? Do you think they are used more commonly in kindergarten and elementary grades or in high school? Why do you think Android applications are slightly more expensive on average than Apple? Leave your comments with the story in the section below, or find me on Twitter @eSN_Meris.

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3 Responses to “INFOGRAPHIC: The influence of apps in education”

February 15, 2014

Great article, and I look forward to the upcoming article on resources for education apps.

“Why do you think Android applications are slightly more expensive on average than Apple?”

I think the price difference between Android and iPad apps depends on how you slice the data since over 90% of apps on both platforms are free. Which leads to the next question, “Does your school district have a policy on installing free apps that display advertising targeted to students?” While there seems to be an increase in the number of ad-free lite apps, a “try before you upgrade to full approach” if you will, IT decision-makers should be asking at a minimum if the apps installed on their technology are COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) compliant.

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