Mobile Learning

Mobile apps to enhance learning in an elementary classroom!

Mobile Learning: Mobile Tech in the Classroom

Woices

What Is It?

Woices is an internet service that allows students to create, share and consume “echoes” about various locations around the city.

What are Echoes? They are words, left by one person at some precise place, that can be later listened to by anyone, as if the author was still there.


How Can It Be Used?

This mLearning technique would be great in a social class when you are learning about different parts of the city, province, country, or world. You can have your students research the history behind a place and tell a story for others to listen to when they digitally visit. This could be a good project for the students to do to further enhance their own knowledge of a place, and to share the knowledge with their classmates.


www.woices.com


Reading Bear

What Is It?

Reading Bear is an online program that helps individuals learn to read. The Reading Bear sounds out a world slowly, and quickly, then blends it together. As sounds are pronounced, the corresponding letters are highlighted. Reading Bear focuses more on the phonetic rules of the English language and introducing learners to the basics of of vocabulary.


How Can It Be Used?

Reading Bear can be used in a classroom of early learners (perhaps Kindergarten or grade 1) or with students who have difficulty learning to read (such as ELL students, for example). It gives students an opportunity to read along with the Reading Bear and practice sounding out words and having an example to follow. As a class lesson, you could guide your class through different words and all practice at the same time. You could also suggest the Reading Bear to be individual practice in the home. Reading Bear can assist students with reading and also make it an enjoyable experience for them, because it is going at the students pace, rather than a pre-determined pace.



http://www.readingbear.org/

Bubble and Pebble

What Is It?


“Bubble and Pebble" digital games were created by kindergarten students of the Terakki Foundation Schools in Istanbul, Turkey. Six year olds animated the characters and created digital games and recorded their voices to help students to learn English words. Now, students can play these games with Bubble and Pebble or can draw & create their own characters and stories.


How Can It Be Used?

Bubble and Pebble would be great to use in division 1 of elementary-- either kindergarten or a grade 1 class. On this website and app, there are simple games about things such as colors, toys, clothes, fruits, shapes, food and animals. You could get your young students to play these games either in class or at home to increase and practice their knowledge of basic. Your students can engage in these pre-made games, or they can also make their own. This would practice their drawing skills, their grammar & vocabulary, their creativity (to make a story) and would also start off their knowledge to becoming active digital citizens. Rather than just writing down a story, this encourages kids to use more of their skills (especially by targeting both reading and writing) and could possibly make story-writing more interesting for these students. By doing this and by exposing your students to fun practice, they may take an interest in it and may want to do it more, therefore their skills will continue to increase rather than resenting the Language Arts!


Bubble and Pebbles

Mathtrain.TV

What Is It?

Mathtrain is an internet space for students to make their own math tutorials. It is a free tool for kids to teach kids!


How Can It Be Used?

Mathtrain can be used in various ways to enhance student’s learning of math concepts. First of all, by making these videos, it is a way for students to increase their own knowledge. They really need to understand the concepts and how to do the math in order to make a video and teach someone else. Also, it is a wide known theory that the best way to learn yourself, is to teach someone else. Sharing these videos with their classmates gives them the opportunity to share their knowledge and also gain knowledge through their peers’ videos. Mathtrain videos are also a quick way for a teacher to gage where their students are in the class and if they are understanding the material.


http://mathtrain.tv/




Mighty Math

What Is It?


An app that provides simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions in a clean, uncomplicated format that is engaging, entertaining and challenging. Mighty Math offers three age group levels: 5 to 7, 8 to 9, and 10 to 12.


How Can It Be Used?

Mighty Math can be used either at home or in the classroom. At home, kids can use it simply to practice their math skills. In school, you can also get the students do practice their math skills either by themselves, or maybe even in partners. This app provides a fun and engaging way to learning math. Since kid’s always learn better when they are interested in what they are learning, it is important for us as educators to make the content interesting and exciting for them.


Mighty Math App

Videolicious

What Is It?

Videolicious is an app that allows us to create videos by uploading photos, videos, and audio clips, and add our own personal content to tell a story.


How Can It Be Used?

Videolicious can be used to enhance any subject. For a specific example, my idea was to use this app for a grade 5 science class, when you start discussing the phases of the moon. With each phase, the students could get a picture of the moon, upload it, and then record their voices to discuss each phase separately. They could also get video clips from some place (such as YouTube, as long as there are no copyright laws) and embed those into their own video to give more of a ‘live effect’, You could even make a video yourself (as the teacher) and share it with your students to help them further understand the material. You could apply this in a ‘flipped classroom’ where the students watch the video at home and then once they come to class, you can discuss the misunderstood concepts and get the students to engage more actively in conversation.


https://videolicious.com/