Using Apps In Education

mLearning - EDU210

What is mLearning?

Mobile learning is defined as "learning across multiple contexts, through social and content interactions, using personal electronic devices” In other words, with the use of mobile devices, learners can learn anywhere and at any time.

M-learning technologies include handheld computers, MP3 players, notebooks, mobile phones and tablets. M-learning focuses on the mobility of the learner, interacting with portable technologies, and learning that reflects a focus on how society and its institutions can accommodate and support an increasingly mobile population

[Definition from Wikipedia]

This means certain apps can be used for learning and educational purposes. This flyer outlines some apps that can be used in an educational context. These are all taken from the App Store.

Multiplication Tables

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This program was designed to assist those learning their multiplication tables. There are two modes to work with this application: Quiz Mode and Homework Mode. In Quiz Mode, you can specify which tables you would like to focus on. Numbers will be randomly generated and answers will turn green if it is correct. Homework mode is great for those trying to learn how to use the table to solve math questions.

Students could use their Apple devices to practise math questions in a fun way, thus helping them to learn more effectively.

Cost: $4.99

Flashcard Analytics

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This is an enhanced flashcard program that allows users to track their progress in relation to the flashcards they create. This program includes a quiz feature in addition to a normal flashcard program, and users can organize decks of cards by subject. Nothing is preset, everything is generated by the user, and there is no limit to the length of a text card.

This app is one students could use to quiz themselves to study for an exam or test. It's more efficient than normal, paper flashcards because many pieces of paper are condensed into one app, making information much more organized. As well, the device makes it interactive and adds an element of fun to studying.

Cost: free

To Due

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To Due is a menu bar based application that is focused on delivering a clutter free and simple way to access your tasks that syncs with To Due on an iPhone. It has a countdown until a task is due, auto-organization, a notification system, and is easily accessible at all times.

This app could act as an agenda for students, reminding them when certain tasks are due and how urgent the task is. It's simple and effective, and would help keep students organized, thus increasing productivity.

Cost: $1.99

Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Organic Chemistry

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This app provides a quick summary of essential concepts in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry by following "snack sized" chapters. Each chapter has corresponding flashcards and quizzes. Many topics are included in each chapter.

This app could help students to learn difficult topics like chemistry (this app producer has one for physics as well). Having easy access to material in an efficient way such as an app would help students to learn the material quickly and effectively.

Price: free, but with in app purchases

Parts of Speech

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This is an app that detects parts of speech for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. It is a great tool to explore and learn how words are used in sentences. It defines words and informs you what part of speech it is.

This would be a great tool for students either learning a language (young students) or students struggling in language arts. It's quick and efficient, and helpful for learning definitions of words. A student could use this while writing an essay or learning a language.

Price: $1.99

All apps and app descriptions were taken from their pages on the app store. All images were taken from google images.