Some mLearning Apps
mLearning can be defined as having "different meanings for different communities, covering a range of use scenarios including e-learning, educational technology and distance education, that focuses on learning with mobile devices" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MLearning)
Description: Bitsboard is a free educational app. It has a multitude of flashcards and other fun games in a variety of subject areas. Users are able to keep track of their progress and the app accommodates questions etc. to the user's skill level.
Classroom Use: Bitsboard can be used in the classroom as a fun way to review material before an exam. Students and teachers can monitor where students are in terms of their skill level depending on how the app is accommodating for them. Then students can gain an understanding of what they need to study more or ask questions about and teachers can plan lessons and class review in relevance to where the students need the extra help.
Description: Yabber Magazine is an interactive story app. It features multiple perspectives from around the world on topics of science. As users follow the two main characters, Yabber and Lily, through a variety of scientific adventures they are able to interact and learn about the relevant scientific concepts.
Classroom Use: Students can use Yabber Magazine to gain a deeper understanding of scientific concepts they may not understand very well. The app uses an interesting, child-friendly approach to scientific topics that they may find easier to understand, complimenting what they do understand from class. Yabber Magazine could also be used for a simple review game before an exam.
Description: StoryKit is a story making app. Through writing text, drawing pictures or uploading pictures, adding sounds or recordings, and organizing the included content, users are able to stimulate their creative side and create their own story. There are also some pre-loaded classic fairy tales that users can change or rewrite.
Classroom Use: Story Kit could be used for a history project. Students could make a story that reflects a historical event that they are researching. The students can then share their story with their peers in order to present the material. Story Kit could also be used for language arts assignment where students must use given words and phrases or to display creative writing skills.
Description: TourWrist is an app that makes any device into a 3D portal. Users can upload, share, and view images in a 3D interactive format. Users are able to zoom in and manipulate their view in any direction of a photo, as if they were standing in the location that the image was taken. TourWrist can transport users to anywhere they would like to go.
Classroom Use: TourWrist could be used in a variety of ways. Teachers could use TourWrist to compliment a social studies lesson about somewhere in the world by showing the students an interactive image of that place or a science lesson with labeled images of the milky way etc. This could provide students with firm visual representation of what they are learning about. Students could also use TourWrist to enhance presentations about a topic that they have researched.
Description: Popplet Lite is a tool that can be used to organize thoughts. Mindmaps can be made to connect ideas and rearrange them as necessary.
Classroom Use: Students could use Popplet Lite when they are learning how to write essays. A fundamental part of writing essays is planning and organizing thoughts. Students can use Popplet Lite to do this planning in a digital way that can be easily modified with new ideas or a change in thoughts.
Description: FaceTalker allows users to make any image talk. Users can make a photo of somebody they know or an animal talk by attaching a voice recording.
Classroom Use: FaceTalker could be used for any digital project. Students could use this app to make historical figures or animals talk from their perspective on the topic being discussed in the student's project.