Mobile Learning Apps
Useful apps for Elementary!
Duolingo contains a variety of lessons in the form of games and other activities to help users learn a language. Includes text, auditory and translational components to appeal to a variety of different learning styes. The app has been proven to be as effective as taking a university language course but offers the added benefits of cost and being able to learn anytime, anywhere. The languages available on the app include English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. This app could be used at various levels and under multiple circumstances. Both older students learning a new language (for example in a French or Spanish high school classroom) or young students in Language Arts learning to read and write, could use this app throughout lessons or to assist them with homework. Another example of how this app could be used with elementary students is for those learning English as a second language, as this tool is a great way to enhance their learning and overcome barriers in the classroom.
BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.
These apps offer a new video and quiz with additional information every week to students. It covers a wide range of topics including Science, Math, Reading, Writing, Health, Technology, and Art. The weekly videos are great for fun facts and expanding students knowledge but all of the videos can be accessed at any point in time as well, making it a great resource for classrooms when dealing with specific topics. The app is available in two versions; one specialized for K to 3 and another for 3 to 8, making it very versatile. In the Junior version, two animated characters act as “guides” who engage the users and help them develop critical thinking strategies. Other great features of the app is that it can be used by both visually impaired and hearing impaired students (through closed captions), is also available in other languages and in a version directed to ESL students. An example of classroom use would be to include the videos, games, and quizzes as a review in many of the different topics and subjects within the classroom.
This app provides math and language games that involve students having to work through various levels in order to win badges. Students can play and work on skills alone or compete with other classmates. Other great features include tools that allow for teachers to track their students progress, a wide variety of activities that can be used from grades 1 to 5, and allows for customized options to promote differentiated learning. This app could be used in any of these grades and enhances both mathematical and language skills. The potential competitive aspects of the app offer endless opportunities for providing motivation to kids. The app could be used between students in the class or even to set up competitions between different classes and schools to motivate learners.