Changing Learning with mLearning

Mobile Learning App Options for Use in K-12 Settings

StoryKit

App Overview
StoryKit allows the user to creatively alter class children’s fairy tales using text, images and sounds or to create a whole new electronic storybook from scratch.


How can it be used in learning?

For example, elementary students learning creative writing can use this app to demonstrate their creative writing skills, assessing their ability to take a classic tale and creatively altering it to make it their own, or to create a new story altogether. Students can also demonstrate their reading skills by using the app to record their voice as they read their created stories.

Click here for an example of StoryKit being utilized.

Links to an example of StoryKit being utilized in 1st grade persuasive writing.

Digtal Storytelling on an iPad using StoryKit

Mobl21

App Overview
Mobl21 is a mobile learning application that encourages learning on-the-go in an unstructured and dynamic way.


How can it be used in learning?
Students can use Mobl21 anywhere and anytime to access learning materials and resources other peers or their teachers have added and shared. The resources can range from flash cards, study guides and practice quizzes. The teacher can also choose to assess the students’ mLearning through Mobil21 based on his/her participation and results in the learning activities.

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Shmuppet

App Overview
Shmuppet allows users to create customized recordings that can be align with virtual animated puppets, creating a fun way to present up to 30 seconds of a message. These puppet recordings can be shared with others in a variety of platforms; via iPhone, Twitter, and e-mail.


How can it be used in learning?
For example, students can use the Shmuppet app to easily record short questions right on their mobile devices for their peers to answer also via Shmuppet and vice versa. It makes for a fun and engaging way for students to collaborate with others to study.

Google Drive

App Overview
Google Drive allows your files to be backed up online for free, and allows users to share these files for view or edit with other users with a Google account.


How can it be used in learning?
Google Drive allows for complete collaboration and sharing of work between students and teachers on most devices. For example, Google Drive enables students to collaborate together to create a slideshow on their own individual devices at the same time right on their mobile devices, not possible before with Microsoft PowerPoint. This makes group projects more convenient.

Go Google: Google Drive

Microsoft OneNote

App Overview
Microsoft OneNote is note-taking app that mirrors traditional pen and paper note-taking, meaning that it is simple to use as writing notes on paper, but Microsoft OneNote allows for more features; like being able to add images to you notes.


How can it be used in learning?
Microsoft OneNote is compatible with interactive whiteboards, it allows teachers to easily transfer the notes they write on the IWB to Microsoft OneNote, in which they can share with their students. Microsoft OneNote also enables a limited number of students to collaborate on note-taking simultaneously on the same form. Two minds are better than one.