K-12 mLearning Options

5 Mobile apps that can be used in the k-12 classroom

1. Quick Key

What is it?

Quick Key turns your phone into an optical scanner to grade quizzes, tests, and surveys on paper, up to 30 questions long. Then, Quick Key allows you to run analytics right on your phone, then upload the data to your electronic grade book.

How can it be used?

Quick Key eliminates hand-grading of quizzes, tests, and formative assessments, even for teachers working in paper-based classrooms, without a computer. With Quick Key, you can spend your time addressing the different learning needs of your students, not messing around with grades and grade books. Quick Key is easy to use, and doesn't require you to change anything about how you teach

2. Evernote

What is it?

Evernote is designed for note taking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments.

How can it be used?

Students could use Evernote in their English or History class as a research journal, effectively replacing the traditional process of archiving research on notecards. An Evernote research notebook could be created and shared with the teacher at the beginning of the process. While researching, a new note for every source could be created to include the appropriate citation, pictures of excerpts from paper resources, screenshots from web resources, and a summary to explain how the content will be used in the research. Tagging can also play a helpful role in the process as students can tag their notes with a scheme such as: “introduction”, “thesis”, “evidence”, “topic 1, topic 2, topic 3” and “conclusion”

3. BrainPOP Featured Movie

What is it?

BrainPOP Featured Movie shows users a different movie each day and features an innovative quiz that helps solidify material. The videos are known for their ability to combine attention-grabbing educational content with very funny jokes.

How can it be used?

This app regularly deliver fresh movies, quizzes, and bonus features right to your students’ handheld device. They cover a breadth of relevant topics including current events, historical figures and milestones, holidays, curricular subjects, and more


4. Edmodo

What is it?

Edmodo is a social networking website for teachers, students, and parents. It is marketed as the Facebook for schools. Teachers can invite students into private groups that can be used for online classroom discussions, but in a format that keeps the teacher firmly in control.

How can it be used?

With Edmodo, teachers can truly bring the classroom online. With the ability to give assignments, quizzes and polls to students, Edmodo users can manage their classes and consolidate all of their activities in one place.Students also stand to benefit from the platform. They can access extra help from peers, instructors or SchoolTube. They’re also able to turn in work for teacher review and get instant feedback, including teacher annotations. Beyond being able to join groups for clubs, sports and other activities, students can learn how to interact safely and appropriately online

5. iTunes U

What is it?

iTunes U is a dedicated section of Apple's iTunes Music Store that features educational audio and video files from universities, museums and public media organizations for free download to PCs and mobile devices.

How can it be used?

iTunes U is a free app that allows teachers to put all course materials, iBooks, apps, and links to submit work in one place for students to access. So instead of a website for a class, students subscribe to an iTunes U course. Once subscribed from their iPads, students have access to all course material, receive notifications when content is updated, and check off assignments as they complete them.

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