Classroom mLearning Applications
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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.
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 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
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
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.