K-12 mLearning Options
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Description: This is an app where students from junior kindergarten to grade 8 can use to practice their math skills. The skills vary from counting numbers, shapes, money, probability, time, patterns, operations, and much more.
How Can it be Used: IXL Math can be used in the classroom as a means of review or testing. Teachers can teach the concepts and then allow the students to work on the exercises themselves. If the students are able to they may also work on their skills at home and can challenge themselves with the higher grades if they wish. For example, a math teacher may be working on grade 6:time and the students are having a difficult time with switching from the 12 hour to 24 hour time clock, they can practice using this app. Each grade level introduces new concepts so the students have a variety of math skills to choose from. The app may even expand to past grade 8 in the future.
Description: Khan Academy provides a resource for students in a range of subjects: math, science, economics & finance, and many more. They have many videos available that students are able to access and watch in order to clarify their understanding of a certain subject area or help them with concepts they don't understand. This app is most likely best used with older students.
How Can it be Used: Khan Academy can be used both in the classroom and outside. The students can access the app if they are confused and need help, and also if they are visual learners than this will be a useful tool. Teacher can incorporate this tool into their lecture to provide students with both notes about the topic and also a visual representation. For example, in a biology class and teacher can present a video on Punnett Squares to help the students in visually seeing how they work while teaching a lesson on genetics.
Description: This app is great to use with lower elementary grades, possibly even preschool. Little Writer allows children to practice writing/outlining their ABC's, shapes, and numbers.
How Can it be Used: This is a great tool that be an aide for teachers in a lower elementary classroom. For example, teachers can get all their students using the app and practicing outlining their letters and then after they can stop using the app and they can practice writing their letters with pen and paper. Parents can also introduce this app to their children at home so they can get a head start before going to school.
Description: Socrative is a student response system where students can answer questions in and out of class using their own mobile devices. Their answers are saved for later so that teachers and other students are able to review them. This tool can be used for any grade level, although it will most likely be more effective with older students.
How Can it be Used: Socrative can be used as a tool that allows the students to openly ask the teacher questions. These can range from upcoming exams, to assignments, or even to any of the topics and questions of curiosity. If the students have a mobile device than they are able to ask questions and receive answers even when they are not at school. This method may even be a faster way of asking questions than over email, and other students may benefit if they have the same questions. For example, a teacher assigns a biology presentation for the class, but some students aren't clear on the instructions and/or they want to inquire if their different presentation methods will be allowed, they can use Socrative.
Description: This app is great for high school level students and possible even post-secondary. Visible Body allows students to have a 3-D interaction with all the different body systems. Along with the 3-D images (that you can move around and zoom in and out of) there are descriptions of each of the systems and their functioning parts.
How Can it be Used: A very interactive app that can be used within a biology classroom. This app can be useful for lectures and for completing assignments and studying for exams outside of the classroom. For example, a biology teacher is teaching about filtration of air. They can bring up the 3-D image of the nasal cavity and parts surrounding it, there is also a video linked that talks about the process of sneezing which the teacher can also show. There are options available of selecting multiple parts, hiding parts, fading, and showing all parts.