Mobile Apps for the Classroom

Google Earth

Google earth allows users to view 360 degree panorama of places around the globe. You can explore and discover various locations around the globe. This can be used in the classroom of a geography or history class, so that students can see what other parts of the world look like! This would be great for the junior high social studies curriculum in Alberta. When the students are learning about ancient Mexico I could have them have them look at old pictures depicting what the cities look like, and the using google earth they could look at the modern day cities that are now there and make a presentation on the major geographical and architectural changes.

Pocket

When you find an interesting article, video or web page that you want to read, watch or view later, put it in Pocket. Once it’s in Pocket, it automatically syncs across to your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, even without an internet connection. This app is great and can be very useful to students researching for essays or other assignments! Or if a student reads an article or views a video we watch in class, they can go find the article/video online quickly and save it in pocket for studying purposes later. This is great for the student on the go that maybe sees a great article that they think would fit well with their research essay, they can easily store it in pocket to continuously come back to it. Another great feature is that it keeps their article neatly organized into different folders!

Edmodo

Edmodo makes it easy for teachers and students to stay connected and share information. Use your iOS device to send notes, submit assignments, post replies, and check messages and upcoming events while away from the classroom. This app would be so great for students to use because it helps them study class notes anywhere, anytime. They can partake in class discussions on Edmodo, and stay connected with classroom events! Edmodo is very useful if you are considering trying a flipped classroom. You post the content on edmodo, and the students come to class fully prepared and armed with the knowledge so that meaningful activities can be done during class time!

Duolingo

With Duolingo, you learn a language completely free. You have fun while you learn, levelling up and competing with friends. You have the opportunity to translate real-world texts in the language you are learning. Duolingo could be used in a French or Spanish classroom to help students have fun while learning the language! It provides motivational points and prizes for the more things that students get correct, this is a great example of the behaviourism theory.

History Line

History Line is a collaborative learning game for the iPad focusing on US History. The game can be played by 1-6 players. As a single player game, a series of historical events are presented on the screen and the goal of the game is to place the events onto a timeline at the bottom of the screen in the correct sequence. When the event placed on the line is correct the date appears below. If you are teaching history in the States, then this would be a great app! it could be played on a review day before a test, giving students the chance to have fun whilst reviewing!

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