EDIT 202 - Mobile Technology

Classroom Mobile Learning Options

Tappestry App
https://www.tappestryapp.com/

The What?

Tappestry is a social networking app specifically designed for learning.  It is a Twitter-like app where users have a max 140 character description of what they learned, experienced, etc.  It has a few helpful extra features such as organization of posts by categories, colour coded visualizations, and tracking of learning events using pre-defined syntax cues.


The Why?

Helps users gain a sense of where they have been and what they have done to arrive at the accomplishments they have today.  It is a great reflection tool that helps objectify past experiences in learning for both for personal improvement and sharing for benefit of others.

Tablets

The What?

Tablets are smaller, hand held, single piece computers.  They typically have a touch screen interface and a scaled down capacity/functionality/processing power as compared to PC's and laptops.

The Why?

The portability of tablets allows for easy collaboration of individual work.  Just a few of the things that tablets in the classroom can help with: more accessible research information; audio/visual information access; audio/visual presentation creation capability; social media use and education; computer skills; current events; and special needs. They provide all the functionality needed in most classroom situations, at a much more affordable price than typical PC's or laptops.  Not only are they more accessible in price, but they are typically much easier to navigate and use for students.

Smartphones

The What?

Smartphones are devices that in addition to typical phone functionalities also have internet access and advanced computing capabilities.

The Why?

Most modern smartphones offer most of the same tablet capabilities that you want to use in a typical classroom situation.  While they generally do not have all the functionality and processing power of a tablet (just like a tablet compared to a laptop) they are sufficient in most applications.  Their main advantage is that many of the students already have their own smartphones which they are familiar with and bring with them everyday, thereby greatly reducing the strain on school resources.

Sketchbook Pro

The What?

A professional-grade digital sketching tool available as both a desktop program and mobile app.  It is not a simple drawing tool, it has a wide range of digital art creation and editing tools, as well as being sharable over social media.  The app is available as both a free version and full-feature paid version.

The Why?

This app helps expose students to a new and growing medium in the subject area and shows them what is possible at more professional level.  Also, its editing features allow for cross-curricular fusion with art.

WordPress

The What?

This website creation/blogging tool is available as both a desktop program and mobile app.  The app allows students to post blog entries - including photos or video - and manage their blog.  Also there is a Reader tab for following blogs and searching for other potential blogs of interest. .

The Why?

This app is a great blogging app that allows for share and search privacy settings.  As with any blog they are great tools for reflection.  They also help to hone students writing and critiquing skills.  WordPress can also function as both an e-portfolio and organizational tool for the students working in any subject area.

Evernote

The What?

Evernote is an app that allows users to save notes, images, audio, links, etc. from multiple devices and then later access them by any device from which they can access their account.

The Why?

Evernote makes organizing information from different sources easier to manage, and thus learning and research.   it also makes it easier to make connections across subject areas. It helps students to develop organizational skills that will help them in all aspects of their lives.

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