Key factors for educational app development

Published on Nov 06, 2017 in Education App Developers Resources
A guide to develop an education app

Education apps have gained a massive traction over the last couple of years mainly due to the increase in the number of people looking for easier and more convenient ways of getting information without having to go to a library. Learning facilities including universities have also invested thousands of dollars in mobile apps for their students to help them connect and share learning materials more cost-effectively. Mobile app development companies are aware of this trend, this is why we have written this guide to develop an education app.

First of all, what is an educational app? Simply put, it is a mobile application that is designed to help tutors and students share information. That is, tutors can use the application to send learning materials to students. The application can also be used to send notifications about upcoming events such as tests or any new updates of the content of the app. But education apps are not just for schools or tutors, education apps can also be a great tool to learn without the need of a teacher on the other side.


The success of an educational app is based on its design and features. Let us look at some tips and features that you need to incorporate into your app to make it successful.

Alluring design and look

The main essence of introducing education apps in the curriculum is to make the learning process more interactive and engaging. Therefore, if you are developing educational apps for children, it is important that the mobile app has an alluring design and look. The User Interface, what they see when they launch the app, should be attractive and encouraging.

One of the guaranteed ways of achieving this aim is by using graphics such as short animations and videos. Such features will enhance the app effectiveness in motivating the learners to study the materials presented through the app.

Syllabus, planning and scheduling

This component will allow the students to access the course syllabus, assignments, learning lessons and the objectives of the course. It is recommended by mobile app developers to divide the education app course into small bits preferably in a weekly format to avoid overwhelming the students. Every lesson should be accompanied by study materials to help the students get a clearer understanding of the topics.

Live presentations and videos

Scientific studies have proved that the human brain is 3 times more capable of understanding information that is presented using graphics than blocks of text. Instead of always presenting learning materials in text formats such as journals, the app should also have videos that students can watch during their free time.

Live presentations have also been proven to be very useful in enhancing the learning process. More importantly, the students can rewind and watch the videos numerous times if they need to improve their comprehension of the course.

Progress tracking and achievements

Another factor that mobile app development companies should keep in mind is that educational apps must have tests and surveys to help tutors track the progress of their students. Every student should be able to do the test or take the survey and submit the results to the tutor seamlessly. The results of the tests and surveys will help the tutors to know the topics that they need to improve on or the students who need more attention.

It is also recommended for mobile app developers to include a leaderboard where the names of the top performing students are displayed for the entire class to see. The students using the education app will be motivated to work hard for their names to be listed on this board. Go an extra mile creating performance levels to motivate them further. For example, you can decide to display a Crown Badge alongside the names of the top performing students.

Cloud integration

Cloud integration by mobile app developers allows users of education apps to share files quickly over the internet. Some of the best cloud storage platforms that you can integrate with your education app are Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft Office Online. Note that there are many other options in the market, but these are the best. Concisely, cloud integration will streamline the learning process and ease communication between the students and the teachers.

Private messaging

A private messaging feature will help students and teachers to exchange messages privately. For example, a teacher can ask a student questions related to their performance in the last semester privately.


Mobile app development companies should create a dedicated section in the education app where teachers or the faculty can post updates regarding the course. This section will ensure that all users are on the same page at all times, as all updates will be listed in this section in real time. For example, the faculty can send an update about an upcoming conference, education trip, and examinations to all students in a fly.


This is very important especially if you are targeting students from different parts of the world. With a click of a button, the app should be able to translate the learning materials to a language that the students are conversant with. The app should work correctly regardless of the language used to present the learning materials.


Google Cloud platform is designed to help mobile app developers build and host mobile applications, store data, and analyze data on Google scalable infrastructure. You can host your education app on this platform to facilitate easy sharing of files between the teachers and students. Learning facilities can also use it to store the data sent through the application.


Just like Google Cloud platform, Apple and Windows have a cloud service that allows mobile app development companies to store applications, documents, notes, photos, and any other file that your educational app development relies on to function. You can synchronize it with all your mobile devices to access the data while on the go.


Proper planning and implementation will ensure that your educational app development achieves the expected results. Carry out A/B tests before fully launching the app to test if the various features such as messaging and leaderboard are working correctly. Allow a select group of students experiment with the beta version before launching it and later request them to take a survey to get their honest review. Their feedback will help education app developers to know the specific areas that the app owners need to improve on to make the mobile app more functional.

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