Personal Mobile Learning
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5. Google Docs
6. Drop Box
7. Google Maps
App 1: Twitter
Twitter is a social media website that uses 'tweets' to disperse information via the world wide web. Tweets may include information, links to media, images, or just simple text. Users of this mobile app may tweet at each other as a form of conversation, follow users with similar interests, or even re-tweet tweets that they find to be significant. Direct messaging is another brand of this service that allows for more discreet interaction between users. The connectivity of Twitter makes it quite favorable in the social media market, and has landed the company millions of followers. Twitter may be used in education to pass along valuable information, connect with students and or teachers, to bring individuals together, and even to communicate with those you may not otherwise have contact with. A fine example would be to tweet out homework for those students unable to attend class.
App 2: Pinterest
Pinterest has a mobile application that allows users to 'pin' everything from images to links on their own personalized board on the site. The app itself contains topical and categorical information, but users are able to bring their own links from numerous electronic sources to build one or more boards. Pinterest could be used effectively in the classroom in many different ways. This service allows users to connect in an online community to both create and collaborate on boards. Creative developments are possible across multiple electronic devices and this allows for work to be done both in and out of the classroom. Classes ranging from history to the sciences can be analyzed via Pinterest boards, and the information present on the site is nearly limitless. There is literally something for everyone. The tool itself removes barriers including distance between students and allows for various forms of media from video to text. This means that students are able to express themselves through various forms rather than simply text, imagery, or video. Scaffolding may be done with ease through this app because it caters to many types of learners, breaks material down into simple chunks, or may challenge students in an advanced stage of learning.
App 3: Wordle
Wordle is an application that allows for simple text to be transformed into a creative word cloud. As words are re-used, the text of those words increases in size; the more the word is repeated, the more prominent it is in the cloud you have created. Each cloud may be customized with different types of text, colors, and even background. The service is accessible across various platforms, and allows you to share your creations with nearly anyone who can access the internet. You are also able to print these pieces of text art out for easy display. In education, Wordle could be used to enforce or display prominent topics or ideas that are pertinent to an area of study. Wordle could play a significant role in everything from drills requiring word analysis to simple recitation, but unlike traditional classroom displays, this application is nearly infinitely customizable. Because this is a free service, it also bodes well for educational use as their is no additional cost incurred.In terms of student usage, Wordle allows users to develop notes in a new way. Prominent words or concepts that are constantly being repeated or emphasized take a larger form and aid in student understanding.
App 4: Socrative
Socrative is a mobile learning app that allows students to answer questions using their own mobile devices. Student responses are measured and provided to teachers using the software, allowing for direct feedback from students in real time. Such an app can be used in an effort to review course material, pose questions at any time during a class, or to simply check for student understanding. This app provides educators with one of the most up to date electronic forms of formative assessment. Because building student understanding is crucial to intellectual development, an app such as Socrative allows teachers to constantly gauge student understanding of material across numerous courses.
App 5: Google Docs
Google Docs has helped define learning on the go. With this application students can create mobile documents at a mere click. Everything from notes to spreadsheets can be created through Google apps, and when combined with a Gmail account and Google Drive, students are able to create documents, save documents, and edit those documents across multiple platforms. Students may start a document on their mobile phone, work on it with a school laptop, and finish it off in the comfort of their own home via a desktop computer. Accessibility in most cases does rely upon a secure internet connection, but once this connection is established, possibilities are nearly endless. The sharing feature of this mobile app allows for students to share documents, edit each others work, or even collaborate in real time. Student-centered learning and Google Docs may go hand-in-hand, and there is a real possibility that we see Google based applications more and more throughout primary and secondary schools as time goes on.
App 6: Dropbox
Dropbox is one of the most basic but functional apps that comes to mind when we think of mobile devices. Dropbox allows for users to securely save all types of files from audio to video and even images. Students can take pictures of notes or audio recordings of lectures and save them to Dropbox with the knowledge that those files will be accessible across devices so long as the user has an account set up and a secure internet connection. Dropbox caters to all types of learners from even the earliest grades because almost all mobile files can be saved to this app. Best of all, like all of the apps mentioned above, the service is free at the most basic level.
App 7: Google Maps
Google Maps can aid in the development of nearly any class requiring a map or a general understanding of spatial awareness. With the Google Maps app, students and educators are able to bring maps of nearly any world location to their mobile device. Social studies teachers can show students maps of pertinent locations or places as a visual aid in building student knowledge and understanding. History, geography, and even current events can be better understood through the use of apps such as Google Maps and Google Earth. Because location plays such a crucial role in so many world events, bringing real-time, digital maps into a classroom allows for a more modern approach to teaching classic and contemporary concepts.
For more information on how Google Maps can be used to support educational outcomes please follow this link: http://maps.google.com/help/maps/education/