5 Mobile Apps for K-12 Classes

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Geoboard, by The Math Learning Center

It is a tool that is used to help elementary and middle school grades with a variety of concepts taught in math.

Using bands to create geometric shapes and line segments, it helps with the concept of shapes and scaling with similar shapes. It can also help to determine area and show how different fractions can be equal to each other through the division of two congruent shapes.

It should be primarily used for elementary grades when learning about such shapes or math concepts in the classroom on iPads, or iPod touches. The students can be in pairs or groups, or work individually on assignments to help further their understanding of the concept.

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A Life Cycle App

Explores different life cycles explored in elementary science from the life cycle of a frog to photosynthesis and moon phases. It includes descriptions for each phase in the cycle that are detailed for the kids to understand.

It can be helpful for the students to review the cycles that are covered in class in a way thats not just looking at a textbook. They can quiz each other in pairs or groups on the different stages of cycles to better understand them.

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The Journal Jar

You shake the app to get a topic to write about.

It would be a good writing tool for any age class because of the variety of topics. Each topic could generate a light or a deep response from students. Giving them 5-10 minutes to just write about what comes into their heads about the topic helps students generate sentences in their heads and helps them formulate quickly onto paper. Doing this multiple times in a class, helps students develop their writing skills at any grade level. It could be used as an individual task, or the teacher could shake it and have the entire class write on the same topic.

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The Human Body explained by Tom

This app helps students to understand the human body - what its made of, how it works, how the 5 senses work, and how it defends against sickness.

It can be used for younger children as a very generic setting of the make up of the human body, but it includes more complicated functions for older grades as well. It is a good study guide for students to see where the bones connect, muscles, etc instead of having to use a text book. It gives them better understanding by allowing them to explore what they want to about the body.

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Barefoot World Atlas

This app is good for helping students learn about the global world.

It is an interactive globe that students can spin around, or zoom in on different places, look at different photos, animals and cultures from around the world. As a classroom activity, you could have them pair up and try and find different things, pictures, or animals in different parts of the country to have them learn about different cultures and locations in a fun, different way. Instead of just using google maps, or a paper atlas, it provides students of all grades a cool way to search for different elements of the world on a map.