Mobile Apps for Elementary Learners
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Video 1: Authentic Mobile Learning:
Video 2: mLearning with schools:
MOBILE LEARNING EXAMPLE 1: ABC Spelling Magic
Spelling is fun and easy with ABC Spelling Magic.
Teaches the sounds of the letters and how to build words.
This app can help your child learn the sounds of the alphabet. This app indirectly teaches the essential reading skill of segmenting as well. Two levels of challenge are available.
The first part of the app has a limited alphabet for building words.
The second part of this app has the entire alphabet available for building words.
This app focuses on the skill of learning to spell words with three phonetic sounds with short vowel words.
This app has been tested and approved of by preschoolers.
A team of educators using accelerated learning techniques and Montessori principles developed this app. It has been tested and approved of by preschool children. The children loved it and it helped them learn the letter sounds. Please give us your feedback and suggestions."
Image and Texted Retrieved (March 2015) From: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abc-spelling-magic/id429301553?mt=8
Youtube Video Tutorial Retrieved from (March 2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgipKk8H9Os
MOBILE LEARNING EXAMPLE 2: A Number Math App - practice basic elementary number facts for kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade kids
Number Math App is for practicing basic elementary number facts. Its an easy to use and customizable application to enable focused learning.
Some of the salient features are
- Missing Numbers
- Before After
- Greater Than Less Than
- Skip Counting
- Place Numbers in Ascending Order
- Randomly generated problem cards
- Simple Drag and Drop feature encourages kids to try
- 4 different difficulty level
- Simple sound effects to provide feedback
Though kids can use it with minimal parent supervision, but some supervision and encouragement always helps them gain confidence and motivation.
Really suitable for preschoolers, kindergarteners and also for some 1st graders
Image and Text Retrieved (March 2015) From: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a-number-math-app/id436677213?mt=8
Welcome to a new world of Flashcards. AR Flashcards make learning fun with the technology of Augmented Reality!
Winner of the 2013 Edublog Award for Best Mobile App!
"This app uses augmented reality to engage the students in learning their letters. Highly recommended for early childhood educators and parents!"- TwoGuysandSomeiPads.com
"It’s definitely unique and a very clever way to get children involved in learning the alphabet and animal names." - TheiPhoneMom.com
“Through the use of augmented reality (AR) and flashcards – this app allows your children to learn in a new and exciting way! A new approach to flashcards!” - Digital Mom Blog
“My daughter was repeating the letters and animal names and I could tell that she was learning a lot from this app, which of course is what is most important to me as a parent.” – MidwesternMoms.com
“Children will love playing around with the cards and animals while learning the letters of the alphabet.” – Appysmarts.com
"I absolutely love this unique twist on flashcards. I really think the novelty of AR, in this case, will help capture kids’ attention and get them primed to learn." -FunFindsForFamilies.com
AR Flashcards are a new way to interact and make Flashcards more entertaining for toddlers and preschoolers. With AR Flashcards, learning is fun! When you point your device at the printed flashcard a beautifully rendered 3D animal will pop up on the screen. Tap the animal to hear the letter and animal name.
- 26 beautifully rendered Animals to help your toddler or preschooler learn the alphabet!
- 6 beautifully rendered Dinosaurs!
- Tap on each Animal to hear the Letter and name of the Animal!
- Tap the screenshot button to save your pics of the beautiful AR animals!
- Double tap the screen to bring up the focus button so that you can adjust your device's camera to better bring up the animals.
- You can print out the flashcards or if you own two iOS devices you can access the flashcards from within the app in a beautiful swipeable gallery!
*Note* You must visit http://www.arflashcards.com/ to download and print the free Flashcard Markers necessary to make this app work. Make sure to print the flashcards in color as they will not work in black and white. This app will only work on devices with a camera."
Image and Text Retrieved March 2015) From: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ar-flashcards-animal-alphabet/id502903392?mt=8
MOBILE LEARNING EXAMPLE 4: Collins Big Cat In The Garden Story Creator
Winner of the BETT 2013 Primary Digital Content Award
Develop your children’s reading and writing skills with In the Garden interactive book and Story Creator, from the primary literacy specialists at Collins Education. Also available: My Bike Ride and Around The World.
The perfect way to develop essential literacy skills and transfer good reading to great writing. This book has been carefully levelled for children aged 4+.
•An animated, interactive book that brings the story to life
•Audio narration, music and sound effects to aid language learning – read along with the narration as the words are highlighted
•Opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills by recording your own narration and sound effects – perfect for storytelling and to hear progression over time
•Hidden surprises to discover on every page and a Collins Big Cat quiz to see what you can remember
•Transfer reading to writing using Story Creator: make your own book using pictures, characters and key vocabulary from the story, transforming readers into writers
•Practical guidance for adults helping children to develop their reading, writing and communication skills.
Where are the children exploring? In the garden, in the leaves, in the mud – where do they go next? And what are they looking for? Use the magnifying glass to help the children find mini-beasts – you’ll have to look hard, they’re very small! How many can you find?
Share your review with us below – we’d love to know what you think!
Stay updated with all of our Collins Big Cat apps – visit www.collinsbigcat.com
ABOUT COLLINS BIG CAT:
This popular reading series is used and trusted by over 9000 UK primary schools, as well as English-speaking schools all over the world. Now available on the App Store for the first time, we’ve brought the quality that teachers, parents and children have come to expect to our digital versions of the books."
Image and Text Retrieved (March 2015) From: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/collins-big-cat-in-garden/id499208536?mt=8
MOBILE LEARNING EXAMPLE 5: Toontastic
iTunes - App Store Hall of Fame
NY Times - "Top 10 iPad Apps"
Lights, Camera, Play! Toontastic is a creative storytelling app that enables kids to draw, animate, and share their own cartoons with friends and family around the world. With over 14 million cartoons created in 200+ countries, parents and teachers rave about the app... and kids can't stop creating!
Making cartoons with Toontastic is as easy as putting on a puppet show - simply press the record button, move your characters onscreen, and tell your story. Toontastic records your animation and voice as a cartoon video to share with friends and family.
PACKED WITH FEATURES!
- Hundreds of Characters and Backgrounds: Ignite your family’s imaginations with 50 playsets chock full of pirates, princesses, and far away galaxies.
- Special FX: Create your own Hollywood blockbusters complete with explosions, tornadoes, rainstorms… and falling anvils :)
- Video Export: Save videos to the Camera Roll to post online or edit in iMovie.
- Toy Camera: Take and import photo backgrounds to turn your playroom into a movie studio and add your own photo faces to characters.
- ProtoToys: Draw your own animated characters complete with rocket boosters, helicopter blades, flying capes, and more animated effects.
“Kids and parents will agree: Toontastic is fantastic. The app offers a creative and engaging educational experience that builds a critical new bridge between informal and formal learning.”
-Michael Levine, Executive Director: Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
If you have any thoughts, suggestions or issues, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Launchpad Toys
At Launchpad Toys, we build digital toys and tools like Toontastic and TeleStory that empower kids to create and share stories through imaginative play. We're a small team of developers/artists/big-kids in San Francisco, CA... with lots of help from creative kids in the neighborhood :)"
Image and Text Retrieved (March 2015) From: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toontastic/id404693282?mt=8
Music: Please note the music embedded below is simply for the purpose of trying out embedding music.