Educational & Interactive Content in a BYOD age

Some fascinating information came out this week from Pearson on a study of students and mobile devices for grades 4-12. 90% of students surveyed believe that tablets will change the way they learn in the future, and 89% feel tablets make learning more fun. Read more from Pearson’s announcement here, and the actual study results are here

But with so many schools and organizations and students using tablets and devices, of course there is great variation in the types, operating systems and sizes of these devices, as shown in the image below: 

screenshot of Pearson report showing breakdown of tablet sizes owned by students

With such varied audiences, there is a temptation to create materials that work for the lowest common denominator, such as a PDF document. We’ve worked with a few groups to create educational content and learned a lot about making interactive and engaging learning materials that work across devices.

(To see Woopie’s case study on creating educational material for the Abbey Theatre, click here.) 

All of the examples below work for any size tablet or phone, desktop, eReader, and everything in between, and while these examples are education-related, we have also used these features for professional publications where appropriate. 

FLIP CARDS
Flip cards can be interesting ways to check cognition or test memory of something that has just been read. Flip cards have a definition or words to jog your memory on one side, and clicking on them reveals the answer

example of flipcards used for education in Woopie publications

You can see a live example here :: http://www.readidea.com/magazines/issue1/back-page.html

QUIZZES
Quizzes are great for providing instant feedback and helping readers assess their understanding. They are fun and quite mainstream in sites like Buzzfeed to drive engagement. 

example of Woopie quiz element

You can see a live example here :: http://woop.ie/educationsample/feature_72.html

SIDEBARS
Sometimes a pull quote isn’t quite right – sometimes you have a bit more information, perhaps a definition or short glossary or other complete thought that needs its own little section. Sidebars are great for calling out interludes, interviews or other parallel thoughts that occasionally don’t make sense within the main content section. 

example of Woopie sidebar

You can see a live example here :: http://woop.ie/themes/tech/article.html

CALLOUT IMAGES
Callout images, like sidebars, are for content that needs its own emphasis. They are generally full-width and work best with striking images and bold, short text blurbs. 

example of Woopie callout image

You can see a live example here :: http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/resources/abbeysive/feature_667.html

SUMMARY BOX
A summary box is a concept most people are familiar with from educational books, magazines, newspapers and most forms of journalism. It’s a way to pull together the main thoughts or summarize critical lessons from a piece and put them together in one place for the reader. 

example of Woopie summary box

You can see a live example here :: http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/resources/abbeysive/feature_672.html

Whether you’re working on educational content for professionals or students, it’s only going to become more important that your documents adapt to whatever devices your readers are choosing to use. Woopie ensures your content is readable, accessible, and engaging for everyone. 

Woopie’s simple tool makes it a snap to create, design and publish professional and educational interactive publications and documents. Try it for free for 30 days at http://woop.ie/

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