Great Apps For The Classroom
Many websites that use Adobe Flash have educational value. Sites like Tumbleweed Books, (http://www.tumblebooks.com/) an online collection of animated, talking picture books and games or Starfall (http://www.starfall.com) a site containing games and stories to help teach reading are now accessible on mobile learning devices.
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Popplet is a free, online brainstorming tool that allows students to record ideas, concepts, opinions, and facts. They are able organize them visually and create relationships between them. The tool is collaborative in that it allows the student to record their voice so thoughts and opinions can be mapped out along with the information collected. After creating a Popplet, the board can be shared as a URL link. Check out the Terms of Service.
Within an elementary classroom this app allows students to brainstorm ideas through mind maps, timelines, outlines and other collaborative brainstorming methods. Students can use the app to create character or story maps, share research ideas and information.
Gomez, M. (2014). Popplet App- Graphic Organizer and More. Retrieved from http://mattbgomez.com/popplet-app-graphic-organizer-and-more/
Within an elementary classroom this tool is a valuable in helping students learn their spelling words in a fun and interactive way. Teachers can upload class spelling lists within the app and students can practice these sets of words while they are at home or within the classroom. The games are fun, challenging and encourage students to continue to build their spelling vocabulary.
Byrne, R. (n.d).Vocabulary & Spelling City for iPad. Retrieved from http://ipadapps4school.com/2012/12/15/vocabulary-spelling-city-for-ipad/
Within an elementary classroom this app helps students learn how to effectively communicate with a real audience. It is useful for journaling, as a tool for discussions, a way to display work or as a way to ask questions and share information. It can be used for almost any subject area or topic.
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Teacher's Assistant Pro
Within a busy elementary classroom it is difficult to keep track of issues and incidents pertaining to students that occurr throughout the day. By using this app, teachers can quickly make note of any behavior and save it for future use. The need to keep track of notes made on paper is eliminated. All information concerning a child, including contact information is accessible from one place.
Ed Shelf. (2014). Teacher’s Assistant Pro. Retrieved from https://edshelf.com/tool/teachers-assistant-pro
Scan QR Code
In an elementary classroom, scanning a QR code can take students to websites without typing long URLS. QR codes can be used to help ELL learners by linking to audio files that read the passage to the student. Instead of passively looking at IWB students can scan a QR code and access the content on their own devices and interact with it. Adding QR codes to assignments lend themselves to a variety of engaging and motivating activities. A good website for additional ideas can be found here.
Borodaty, G. (June, 2011). App Review: QR Code Readers. Retrieved from http://minilistings.com/blog/app-review-qr-code-readers
StoryKit can be incorporated into almost any subject areas. It can be used to create stories, summarize topics, create book reports, write interactive reports, create family histories, or as an assessment tool to showcase learning. Here is a great resource for StoryKit.
Common Sense Media. (2014). StoryKit. Retrieved from https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/storykit
The possibilities for uses of this tool, as with an IWB are endless. Within an elementary classroom students can produce a record of their work using audio, images and or text. Students can capture the steps they take during a science experiment, or record their outloud thinking as they simultaneously work through a math problem. Files can be saved and students can view lessons, tutorials and presentations from any mobile device.
The iPad Jedi Masters (n.d). Using Educreations at Every Level of Bloom's. Retrieved from http://www.appsinclass.com/educreations.html
Splashtop is a fast and easy app that allows one to remotely access any applications, and files on a computer from their mobile devices. The app allows teachers to share content from their computer for students to view, and interact with, directly from their mobile device. Check out the Terms of Service.
In an elementary classroom this app aids in creating more interactive lessons. Teachers can use this app to control their smartbaord using their iPad, from any place in the class. One efficient use is that teachers no longer have to call students up to the front to interact with the whiteboard. Time can be saved, and management issues better controlled now that teachers can bring the IWB to the students. Anything done on the ipad through the Splashtop app can be displayed on the IWB for all to see.
ROSKELLEY, J. (September , 2013). BUZZREVIEW: Splashtop Personal Remote App Makes Accessing Your Desktop From Anywhere Easy. Retrieved from http://www.businessbee.com/resources/news/technology-buzz/buzzreview-splashtop-personal-remote-app-makes-accessing-desktop-anywhere-easy/