K-12 mLearning Apps

Blooms Taxonomy in Apps!

I got the idea for doing a Blooms Taxonomy in Apps fro the website teachwithyouripad! they have a ton of other fantastic apps if you want to take a look!

Remembering: This is the first level on Blooms Taxonomy. At this level students are to recall previously learned data or information.

Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop HD is an iPad app for pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and first Graders that will assist students to learn sight words through seeing, hearing and spelling. The app offers three different game modes (Flash Card, Word Challenge and Spelling). Students will see and hear the word, recognize and recall how to spell the word in the spelling mode.

This app is great for people who teach reading and spelling phonetically with customized lists or even for those who choose to use the pre-programmed sight word lists. It could be used in the classroom as a part of literacy centers for student review.

Kids Best iPad Apps: Sight Words & Spelling with Pixopop HD

understanding: this is the second level on blooms taxonomy. At this level students are asked to demonstrate an understanding of what they have learned, it is not merely a recall of fact.

Idea Flight is a iPad app created to easily share presentations. It enables one person, the Pilot, to use their iPad to control content to an audience, their Passengers, or other iPads via W-Fi or Bluetooth. Content must be saved as a PDF and can easily be accessed through Dropbox Public Folder, iTunes File Sharing, or email. The Pilot then invites Passengers to come "on board" directly from the app. Idea Flight includes a Passenger List allowing Passengers and Pilots to connect through LinkedIn and Facebook.

This would be a fantastic app to place on a class set of iPads to use in higher grade. Students could form small groups for presentations and work together and rotate throughout presentations quickly. It could really enhance student engagement and information retention!

Idea Flight v2.0

Applying: this is the third level on blooms taxonomy. At this level students are using what previous knowledge they may have and are using it in different aspects of their learning.

StoryBuddy 2 Lite is an app that allows students to create, read, and share their own stories.

They are able to draw directly on the iPad's screen with their finger and create a picture book page by page. They can also add customizable text with the built-in keyboard, import images from their photo albums, and publish their story and flip through its pages like a real book.

I would use this app in an elementary school setting. Kids love to see their stories coming to life and this app has the potential to be a fantastic motivator for kids that have difficulty putting pen to paper and developing their ideas!

What's Appening - Story Buddy

Analyzing: This is the fourth level on blooms taxonomy. At this level students move beyond information gathering, they are asked to use what they have learned and create other hypothesis', ideas, and answer deeper thought provoking questions.

Arbor day Tree Identification: What Tree is That? is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is the mobile version of the Arbor Day Foundation’s book, “What Tree is That?” published in 2009. It takes students through a step-by-step process to identify trees in the US and Canada.

This would be a fantastic app to use with curriculum from the Alberta grade 6 science unit "Trees and Forest" where students are to examine local species, and learn to recognize the characteristics of different trees and develop skill in describing and interpreting the structural features of trees. A bonus is that students can post the locations of the trees they have identified on Twitter and participate in the crowd-sourced tree census.

Evaluating: This is the second highest on blooms taxonomy. This level asks students to make critical analysis of information while evaluating for validity and usefulness.

Evernote is also compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app lets students take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes completely searchable, anywhere and at any time. Here are some of Evernote's features, as highlighted in the iTunes app store, that would be beneficial for students:

• Sync all of your notes across the computers and devices students use
• Create and edit text notes, to-dos and task lists
• Save, sync and share files
• Record voice and audio notes
• Search for text inside images
• Organize notes by notebooks and tags
• Email notes and save tweets to Evernote account
• Connect Evernote to other apps and products students use
• Share notes with friends and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter

In the classroom, students doing research projects can take handwritten notes and still add them to their digital research by scanning or taking a snapshot and have access to them anywhere at any time with their mobile device.

Evernote App Review

Creating: This is the final and highest Level on blooms taxonomy. At this level students are more free to answer open ended questions and use all of the information that they have obtained from the lower levels. Answers may not be clear cut, but open to interpretation..

iMovie is compatible with iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone! Students are able to create high quality HD movies with this app. They can then share/publish finished iMovie projects as movies to their camera roll or as podcasts that are accessible on a number of platforms via YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, or through iTunes.

Social Studies class students could use the iMovie movie to create video reports. Expectation for these video productions would be that students incorporate cross curricular skills to develop scripts to shoot from. Story boards could be constructed to help guide students during the filming process.

iMovie for iPad - FULL app tutorial