Mlearning Apps

using technology to help facilitate student-centred learning

Mobile Apps

Blackboard Mobile

Blackboard Mobile is an interactive platform for mobile classrooms. It allows teachers to post lessons, documents, add discussions, and give feedback to students' work. Students can access this information anywhere around the world and can submit and work on assignments, receive feedback from their teacher, and engage in discussion with other students. This platform is also compatible with many other applications, making it very user friendly and efficient when adding in external content.

The reason I thought this program would really benefit mlearning is the two-way interaction it creates. Many forums allow places for instructors to share information, Blackboard Mobile changes this by having tools for students to share their information back to the teacher. This would be perfect for a flip classroom setting where a teacher can share videos, documents, podcasts and screencasts to students, have them work and ask questions prior to meeting in class. it also allows access and a variety of times so students are not limited to following a particular schedule when accessing the information.

Evernote

Evernote is a note taking app that does much more than just take notes. It allows students to save webpages, or parts of, organized sources for an individual topic, write notes by hand, and present the information.

I believe this would be an effective tool for mlearning because students can organize all of their information for a project in one place and share that information with other Evernote users. Using this tool for mlearning group work would allow students to share their information and collaborate on thoughts. it promotes students centred learning by allowing searches on the internet and with other learners, creating a space for individually guided learning to occur.

Blogger

Blogger is a Google + blogging website. People can be part of communities, have public or private blogs where they can share text, pictures, videos and audio.

This would be a great resource for mlearning. A teacher can set up a community for students which they can all join and then share information. A teacher can pose questions and reflections on the blog, and have students answer them. This is effective because of the access students can have. They can access the blog any time of day and from any location around the world. It also can be a great tool for flip classes as teachers can post information and links that students must research and then discuss in class.

One particular assignment that I though of using a blog site would be to set up clues to a scavenger hunt. Each day, or week, a clue can be posted with a guiding question. Students would then have to research to find the answers to the clues. This would promote students working through the problem solving method to find answers or procedures to problems.

Ted-Ed

Ted-Ed is a great website with innovative ways of making and sharing lessons. It is based around the concept of a TED Talk or any YouTube video. Once you find a video that is right for the lesson you will teach, you can build an entire lesson around it. Adding pre work, assignments, a quiz, links , photos and much more. The entire lesson is formatted into an easy to use interface.

This website can really help mlearning because of its sharing features. Once a lesson is created, a teacher can share the link to all of his/her students. The students can work on the lesson at their own pace and use as many of the extensions within the lesson as need. It is accessible anywhere making it great for students working from different places or at different times.

Every Circuit

Every Circuit is a ver cool app that allows students to virtually build and test electrical circuits. What is so great about this app is that once you have put together an electrical circuit, you can turn it on and it becomes animated, showing you if you have completed the circuit correctly and how the current flows through it.

This could be a great mlearning tool because teachers are able to engage students on a variety of devices and learn about circuitry. Students can access this app online or on their mobile device. It is great for planning and designing circuits for a project in a fun manner that teaches the same skills, even if a large selection of equipment is not available. It promotes student-centred, self-guided learning because students can discover learning on their own and correct mistakes.

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