Educational Apps for Apple Products
You can find many apps for students and teachers on the iTunes store. I like how they categorize the apps according to school grades like elementary, middle school, and high school and by subjects. I will list some of the apps I tested out and how it could be used in school.
Elevate is an app that is available on iPhones, iPads, and on Android devices. It reminds me of Brain Age, a game for the Nintendo DS, with many mini games that exercise your brain functioning.When you open the app, you must sign up for an account. You will be asked your age and the type of training goals you want to achieve like stronger reading comprehension, faster reading skills, and increasing processing speed. The free account gives three games and keeps track of your scores and performance level over time. The games are really addicting and challenging enough.
How can it be used in schools?
I think this would be most appropriate for language arts classes because it focusses on reading, listening, and writing skills. However these skills apply to almost all classes and would help students build strong communication skills.
A free app found on the iTunes app store and the Google Chrome store. It can also be viewed on your computer which which makes viewing easier on a larger screen. Essentially this app features the human anatomy in 3D images and the ability to rotate and zoom in and out. A lot of the human body systems are included in the free account which is a huge plus. You can also create your own model or browse ones that were created by others. Other features includes quizzes, drawing tools, dissecting tools, and sharing options.
BioDigital in Schools
This would be great in high school biology and post secondary introductory anatomy and physiology courses (this would have helped me so much in Anatomy 200). Compared to textbooks which have static images, the human body systems are 3-dimensional, rotational, and can be resized, making learning more interactive and fun. Students can test their knowledge with multiple choice quizzes that ask you to identify the anatomy name or tap the location of the anatomy. Students can create their own models which personalizes their learning.
Khan Academy in Education
Free access to thousands of educational videos including physics, biology, chemistry, history, math, history, and many more. Most of the videos target students in secondary education. The app is available on iTunes app store but you can also view just view it on their website.
Teachers can sign up for a teachers account and add their students to their roster. From the videos I watched, the students have the option to complete questions. I like how teachers/coaches can monitor each students progress and then they can help that student individually.
Quizlet allows you to create flashcards or borrow cards from other users. There are three quiz formats: flash cards, matching terms, and typing in the term for the definition.
Why use Quizlet?
Teachers can make study guides for their students. I think by getting students to make their own study cards, they learn to study independently.
Very similar to using an iClicker, in which teachers make questions and students answer them using their devices. One of the major differences is that a students progress is stored and shared with the teacher.
ExitTicket for Student Learning
This is great for teachers to assess if students understand the material. That way you can go back and review materials with students immediately, instead of having students hand in assignments the next day and giving them help and feedback days later.