K-12 mLearning Apps

EDU 210 Module 9

VoiceThread

What is it?

VoiceThread is an app that allows students to post videos, text, images, drawings, voice recordings and more, and then post it online for other students to comment on.


How could the app be used in a K-12 setting?

For example, VoiceThread could be given as an option for students creating class projects. Instead of writing an essay, students could add multimedia, voice and text to create a project that is unique and personal to the individual who created it. VoiceThread could also be used by educators when creating class lessons. This app is great in the way that the VoiceThread can be replayed, so students can repeat the lesson if they are having trouble.

Toontastic

What is it?

Toontastic is an app that allows students to create stories based on cartoon characters.


How could the app be used in a K-12 setting?

Toontastic would be great for lower elementary students. Students can use their creativity and story-telling skills to create cartoon stories. This app would be very engaging for children and fun to use! This app really encourages the use of imagination.


Image source: http://www.apps4kids.net/2011/09/28/toontastic-full-featured-storytelling-app/

Journal Jar

What is it?

Journal Jar is an app that students can simply 'shake' to get ideas for writing. The app will provide a prompt for what the students can write a story about.


How could the app be used in a K-12 setting?

Get each student to 'shake' the app and use whatever prompt that shows up as a guide for their writing. Give students 5-10 minutes to write a story based on that prompt. I see this app as a useful tool for language arts class, specifically from mid-elementary grades to grade 12 english courses. I see this app as a great stimulant for creativity and imagination, and to see the strength of students' writing skills and ability to tell a story.

Fotobabble App

What is it?

Fotobabble is an app that allows students to take a picture and tell a story about that picture. Fotobabble allows you to record your voice with the picture.


How could the app be used in a K-12 setting?

Get students to take a picture of a place/object/person that is really important to them and explain why it is important to them. This would be great for an elementary language arts class.

Sock Puppets

What is it?

Sock Puppets is an app that allows students to tell stories through sock puppets by manipulating sounds, backgrounds, props, etc. The student can record voice as part of the story. This app is great for collaborative stories in pairs (with a partner).


How could the app be used in a K-12 setting?

Pair students up and have them create a story using the app. Have them manipulate sound, backgrounds, props, etc. to make the story unique. This app would be useful in an elementary school classroom, specifically language arts.


Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM83udhORoE

How To Use Sock Puppets App