Mobile apps in the K-12 Classroom

EDU 210 Theresa Wamboldt

Google Drive

This is a great app for students to be able to share resources with each other, or even share their own work for peer review. Student work can also be saved to the Drive, so there is no worry about a lost USB key or paper copy.

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This app is an excellent document creator that allows students to take notes on a device such as a tablet and sync them with any computer using a personal account. It also allows students to work offline, as long as they later connect to the internet to sync. Images can be added easily, especially when using a device with a built in camera.

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Class Dojo

This app is a great tool to help teachers with classroom management. It allows teachers to instantly reward or penalize behavior in the classroom using any Apple or Android device. This is helpful to students as an extra incentive to behave in class, in part because this app can also notify parents right away of their child's behavior. The app allows for the creation of avatars by each student, which can help spark interest, and helps student's understand what is expected of them in the classroom.

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Learnist is a content aggregator similar to Flipboard or Taptu, but is more centered around education. It allows teachers to compile useful information for their students in a way that is more engaging than a textbook. Since it is online students can look at it anywhere (with an internet connection) at any time and can look over topics as many times as needed.

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StudyBlue is an app for creating flashcards, and can be used by both teacher and students to create sets of flashcards for lessons. Flashcards can be shared, and topics can be searched in their database of pre-existing flashcard sets.

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