Mobile Learning

aka. mLearning

What are some Mobile Apps that can be used in a Senior High School Science Class?

Hi! I'm Lisa (and this is my WeeMee avatar!) This smore poster was designed to investigate types of technology which would be useful in a classroom. As a future high school science teacher, I want to find mobile apps that can be great tools to use, and learn with. This will allow students to use their smartphones and tablets for educational purposes, and keep their devices busy with education (rather than entertainment). Here are 5 tools that look nifty!
Check out this video - so cute! It explains the possibilities of using better than I can!
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How I would use this app would be on the second day of a chemistry class, to get warmed up to the topic. Here is what questions I would ask:

Name the first element that comes to mind from the Periodic Table.

Who is the first chemist to come to mind?

Name a female chemist. Any female chemist at all.

Name an industry, or company, that is synonymous with chemistry.

Give a ONE WORD ANSWER to this question - how has chemistry specifically played a significant, but unnoticed, role in your day so far?

What is your favorite chemical. Seriously - Your, Favorite, Chemical.

These questions would get the class warmed up, thinking about the topic, and have fun doing so!

Here is a screenshot of a very simple, un-pretty version of the last question.

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Me experience with twitter has been watching Jimmy Fallon and the last 10 minutes of setting up an account, so consider me a newbie.

Twitter is limited to 140 characters, but its use of hashtags to search subjects and the sheer volume of users and applications makes it a tool that many, many students use, many times a day - mainly for entertainment purposes.

But, in my EDU 210 class here at University of Alberta, a fellow student of mine came up with an idea I never thought of before. I take it from our discussion posts last week about mLearning.

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How cool is that! Here is what my plan is to use twitter each day in all of my classes:
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There is no denying the widespread use of YouTube. Every student has used it... but have they seen the quality stuff? Have they used it correctly?

Many lessons can be taught, and learned, by using videos. I would make it a core technology application in any course I teach. The possibilities are endless!

Click the blue button to view my creation where I brainstormed "how to use YouTube as an effective tool in a high school science class".

"Education for anyone, anytime, everywhere" with "free online courses from over 100 top-tier global universities and institutions" - that's coursera. This online educator can be used to deliver components from any curriculum, that let a student know they can, and are able to, operate at a university academic level.
Why, the front page of our very own UofA (as of this date - the screen changes often) showcases an online course I will be taking (not for credit) this fall. I can glean which elements can help students who struggle in school, but love Minecraft, and how the two can meet.
My idea is to take what I can learn from any online course I take, and either share relevant modules for extra credit (with consent, of course), or even contact creators for potential Skype sessions (wouldn't that blow a student's mind to watch a video than ask for clarity from the scholar!). Most importantly, university-level modules would allow a student to assess how university level education differs from theirs in high school. Is it harder? What they expected? Relevant?

Making coursera a stress free learning tool to gauge their own capabilities as academics would be good for any subject matter!


seriously, any flashcard app.


There are many great apps to chose from, and all of these ones are free. If the majority of students have a smartphone, then incorporating an assignment which is based on creating flashcards for themselves is a smart idea. If a set is found online, then as long as they cite the creators in their submission, then the end result is the same - work was put in for either the creation of a study aide, or finding a study aide already created and applicable. Win-win for student and teacher (throw in an MLA citation requirement and there you have two birds with one stone!)

There you have it!

My top 5 apps - be it for Apple or Android - which I will use in future high school science classes. That won't be for three more years, so we'll see what new gizmos are to be found in 2017! Hope my inquiry process helped you as much as it did me!


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