Mobile Learning In the Classroom

EDU 210: MODULE 9

I will introduce to you five different mobile apps, that will be useful for you as students. These are apps that can easily be accessed from a smart phone, such as iPhones, and are useful in chemistry and biology for secondary level education.


All of these apps are free, and available in the app store! The detail under each app will elaborate on the app compatibility, and requirements.

K12 Periodic Table of Elements

What is it: The K12 Periodic Table of Elements is an interactive mobile app, available for iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch. This app allows users to explore all of the different elements, including their atomic number, state, number of electrons, physical properties, and more, simply by clicking on the elements cube. It is a quick and easy way to gain understanding of the various chemical elements.


How can it be used: Throughout science courses, a concrete way that many teachers help students gain an understanding of the fundamental elements of chemistry, is by handing out worksheets for homework. This app is an excellent, quick, and easy way that students can reference whether or not they are on the right track, and getting the information correctly. This app organizes all of the information you'd need to know about elements, and makes it efficient for students to resort to a legitimate resource.

Grade 12 Chemistry: Review of the Basics

What is it: Grade 12 Chemistry: Review of the Basics is a mobile app, available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. This app is an interview way for grade 12 chemistry students to test their knowledge. It was created for students to use technology in order for them to prepare themselves for grade 12 exams. Students can easily review material through the use of interactive flash cards, summary notes, and quizzes, from topics such as the structure of the atom, balancing chemical equations, calculating atomic weight, and more.


How can it be used: A lot of time when I as a chemistry student had review sessions before an exam, my teacher always allowed his students to bring in whatever resources they would like in order to prepare for their exams. In today's day and time, almost every student has a mobile app, that they can easily pull out, and it's something that I am sure they all bring to class with them. Having this app is one of the most useful resources I believe that a student can have on their mobile devices. Using it to test their knowledge is an excellent example of how mobile learning can be beneficial. It is an excellent review tool, in order for students to make sure they are prepared for exams, and can use not only in class during review sessions, but on the go such as the bus, or walking around school with.

Chemist Free

What is it: Chemist is an interactive, portable chemistry lab, that is compatible with an iPad, or iOS 4.3. This app was created as a virtual lab to perform chemistry experiments, and to visualize different chemical reactions, in a risk free manner. Chemist allows for users to pour chemicals into beakers, mix them, see the results in different angles, and analyze results using pH paper, thermometers, and more so that it mimics a real lab.


How can it be used: This is an excellent app that can be used by students to gain more, and solidify their understanding when it comes to chemical reactions. For example, if a student was asked on a work sheet, would the product of mixing HCl and NaOH be acidic or basic, they may not always be able to know by simply looking at the reaction on a piece of paper. They can pull out this app, and virtually mix HCl and NaOH, perform the reaction, and then use pH paper, and see what the color is. Chemist is an easy, efficient, and quick way for students to gain even more understanding to the material they are learning in class.


Here is a short youtube video that explains more detail on how this app is used, and what it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG7A0zCW4X8

3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool

What is it: 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool is an interactive, virtual app that is compatible with iPad, and requires iOS 7.0. This app allows for student users to create their own cell images, and explore 3D versions of cells. This interactive piece of technology can let students study each cells structures, their functions, and create their own stained cell images.


How can it be used: Once again, this app is an excellent way for students to gain an even deep understanding of what they are learning in class by having a visual, hands on activity in front of them. Cell Biology is a reoccurring subject area throughout secondary education, and a classic way that teachers help their students understand a cell, is through the use of worksheets. Traditionally, students would have to look at a textbook image, and gain understanding solely from their. However, with this app, students can see 3D versions of cells, and gain a different, and deeper perspective about what they are learning in class, and what they are being tested on.


Here is a short youtube video that explains more detail on how this app is used, and what it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKR4iBbErZM

Biology 30 Unit 2: The Endocrine System

What is it: Biology 30 Unit 2: The Endocrine System is a free mobile app, that was created for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and requires iOS 7.0. This is another app that was created for grade 12 students, taking biology 30 in the Endocrine System Unit. It is an application that wants to reach out to students that did not fully understand the course material, and for those that did, and need an efficient, and easily accessible way to review. Both types of students can study the unit via virtual flash cards, summary notes, and quizzes for topics such as endocrine glands, hormones of glands, feedback homeostasis, and roles and diseases.



How can it be used: This app is a useful resources that teachers and educators can allow their students to use when it comes to review sessions. In order for students to prepare for the exam, it becomes almost like a second teacher, or tutor in the classroom. It is another excellent review tool, in order for students to make sure they are prepared for the endocrine system exam, and can use not only in class during review sessions, but on the go such as the bus, or walking around school with.