Mobile Apps for a Grade 5 Classroom
Five apps that I could have used...
- were English Language Learners,
- were diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum,
- had difficulty with fine-motor tasks or
- who had advanced math and reasoning skills.
As I explored the Apps available to be used for mobile learning (mLearning), I thought about specific students who I had taught and looked for Apps that could support their learning. I also considered the curricular content that is covered in Grade Five as I selected these Apps.
If I could go back and do my IFX again, I would use these tools to support student learning and engagement. I hope to use these or similar Apps for mLearning in my Advanced Field Experience and in my future teaching practice.
I used a self-evaluation of learning in a math unit. This was completed using a printed handout and pencils. Students (especially those who have difficulty with fine-motor tasks) may have been inclined to describe their learning in more detail if they had been able to type responses.
Poll Everywhere allows questions to posed by an administrator and answered by individuals. Results can be displayed in real time.
The game can be downloaded for free on iTunes.
I would have used this game as an extension activity for two students who had strong skills in math.
I think this tool would have been helpful for one student in my IFX classroom who was on the Autism Spectrum. He may have benefited from the opportunity to work independently and record his screencast without time limits.