Classroom mLearning Applications

Embrace Technology. Enhance Learning

MyScript Calculator

This application works on both smartphones and tablets, allowing students to handwrite equations and have them converted to digital text, delivering results quickly and efficiently. Students can write numbers, equations, and complicated notation, and MyScript Calculator will convert and calculate, leaving the students with the correct answer. This saves paper, and gives students the authentic experience of writing numbers and equations themselves, but with the calculating power of a digital device. There is also simple redo/undo functionality with the application, giving students the freedom to change and edit pieces of their equations without restarting completely.

Developed specifically for Android.


Classroom Example: Teachers could ask students to come up with math questions based on topics covered in class. These could then be saved digitally and compiled into a practice quiz that could be distributed in class or for homework. Students with difficulty answering the questions are able to utilize the calculation function and obtain the answer within the program itself.

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Aesop's Quest

Aesop's Quest is a reading comprehension app, that would best be used for elementary students. The premise is as follows: students help Aesop the ant read stories, paying close attention to the content of each text. At the end of each entry, there is the opportunity to increase a level by answering comprehension questions based on the previous passage. By creating a game out of reading comprehension, students are more likely to learn and understand what is important in passages, increasing their comprehension skills in order to level up and beat the game. There are multiple levels, allowing for comprehension practice into the sixth grade.

Designed for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.


Classroom Example: This app could be used during silent reading time, or as a group reading activity. The teacher can track student's progress, allowing them to work at their own pace, and scaffolding the students who may need extra help determining what pieces of information are important in comprehension.

"Mobile phones are misnamed. They should be called gateways to human knowledge." - Ray Kurzweil

Scribble Press

Imagine. Create. Publish.

Scribble Press is an application developed for the iPad, is a book creation software that allows students to develop their own text and graphics and combine them into a fully custom book. There are multiple templates, as well as custom options, inspiring students to create and share their stories. Students have the option to draw their own illustrations, or import pictures from their own library or from the internet. Once they are completed, stories can be published to the iBook library and shared online with friends and family.


Classroom Example: Students could take a topic that is being taught in class (science, social studies) and write their own story about it, using pictures they create themselves or readily available graphics. Writing these stories will help students with their writing, reading, and representing skills. The books could then be shared online with the rest of the class.

Skitch - Evernote

This application allows you to visually communicate ideas, share information, and collaborate with friends and coworkers. The premise of the app is that you can take a picture (either personal or one online) and then add arrows, shapes, and text; marking it up with your ideas, and then sharing it online. These skitches can be saved and shared as either photos or PDF files, making them easy to access and read. PDF files also have the 'highlight changes' function, which makes it easy to track changes and saves multiple back and forth emails between collaborators.

Designed for both the iPad and iPhone.


Classroom Example: Students could use this application during a group project, allowing easy collaboration and editing abilities. Each group could create a digital poster to share online, saving the file as a photo and uploading it to a class collage online.

"You can't teach people everything they need to know. The best you can do is position them where they can find what they need to know when they need to know it." - Seymour Papert

EarthObserver

Specifically designed for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, EarthObserver allows students to explore terrestrial landscape, topography, oceans, the atmosphere and clouds, and multiple other features of the Earth. The application has multiple features, including digital map layers of topography, nautical charts, geophysical landscapes, and shorelines and political boundaries, along with multiple other inputs. EarthObserver is great for in-classroom use, as it makes basic map reading interactive and fun, involving multi-modal interaction with students.

This application was developed at Columbia University and is constantly being revised so that it reflects the latest updates and changes in Earth terrain.


Classroom Example: Teachers could have students examine specific terrestrial and oceanographic features in areas that are different from their own landscape. They could be assigned questions that would utilize analytical skills in each student, reading from the application and making assumptions based on these observations. An example of this would include questions like "Using the topographic map of the Rocky Mountains, determine where the watershed basins are in the area". Students could screencap the map and annotate the basins using skitch or any other editing software.

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