mLearning for grades 10-12
Mobile learning is here to stay. Students and teachers alike can build entire libraries of apps and web tools that let them learn and do, well, anything! I will be focusing on applications that secondary students can use. High school can be a very stressful place for students; whether they are trying to meet an entrance average at a post-secondary institution, or even just keeping organized and balanced. These mLearning apps will help alleviate stress with students and even educators!
What is Evernote? - A closed source freemium suite of software and services, designed for notetaking 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.
What are the benefits to students? - Evernote is also a great tool for students to organize all of their own content.. They can organize all of their notes and handouts in an Evernote notebook – it’s portable, searchable, indestructible (even if the students lose their phone, their data is safe in the Cloud). In addition to systematizing notes for class, it’s a great tool to use for research activities – students can store images, PDFs, and even hand-written notes (using their device’s digital camera or a free add-on app like Penultimate). Hand-written notes are also searchable, which is great!
What is Quizard? - A smart flashcard application that allows you to create hundreds of flashcards for your own use or download them from Quizlet, Cram, Course Hero, or Study Stack on the web. Study material, quiz using multiple choice answers, and then give yourself a final test!
What are the benefits to students? -
1. Study On The Go
You can quickly access your study notes from anywhere using your phone’s browser. This means you can study on the bus to school or even in-between classes. Since the app is cloud-based, you can access your account from anywhere. You don’t need to worry about forgetting your free flashcards, they will be with you 24/7 – you just need to remember your password!
2. No Need To Be An Artist
We’ve all seen those perfect Flashcard decks. The ones that people spent hours creating. Let’s be honest though – those people spent more time creating the cards than actually studying them.
3. You Can Save The Environment
No need to buy hundreds of thousands of paper Flashcards. Using your online Flashcards will help save all those lovely trees you’ve read so much about! If you’re passionate about being environmentally friendly, creating Flashcards online instead of using paper will ensure you’ll be carbon neutral in no time!
4. You Can Share Flashcards with your Friends
The internet enables students to connect with friends and view study resources from users all across the world. This means you can share your flashcards and resources with others to get feedback and compare notes.
We encourage you to search for other users online Flashcards and study whatever you find useful. Just make sure you thank others for any good resources you find. Taking advantage of others people resources will help your study tremendously!
5. You Can Save Yourself A Bunch Of Time
Creating Flashcards can take a lot of time but online Flashcards are much easier to create and access. Whether you’re in university, college or high school, you’d be surprised by how much time you’d save by using online Flashcards as opposed to paper Flashcards. The time you save can then be put to better use which (hopefully) will improve exam results at the end of the school year!
- What is Wolfram Alpha? - An engine for computing answers and providing knowledge. It works by using its vast store of expert-level knowledge and algorithms to automatically answer questions, do analysis, and generate reports.
How does it benefit students? -
1. Visualizing elementary math
While Wolfram Alpha can be used for some pretty advanced mathematics it is also a really neat way to explain elementary math to younger students. Typing in some simple arithmetic (66 + 88) will not only give students the answer (it’s 154 btw), it will also present the solution as a number line and block illustration.
2. Plotting and graphing
Understanding the translation of Xs and Ys into a smooth line on a graph can be a big mental leap for many students. Try using Wolfram Alpha to plot and graph equations to show results in real time and highlight how small changes in an equation can have a large impact on the graph.
3. Algebra and calculus
A real benefit of using Wolfram Alpha is the ability to plug in values and get results immediately. This can help students struggling with difficult concepts such as algebra and calculus as they can quickly and easily find solutions to problems and start to recognize patterns and similarities.
4. Famous math problems
Wolfram Alpha is not just limited to numbers and equations. Try giving your students a list of famous mathematical theorems or proofs and let them discover the definitions for themselves.
5. Applications of math
Because Wolfram Alpha is so much more than a search engine or calculator, many questions can spin off into whole areas of study unto themselves. This is of great value when trying to highlight the real world applications and uses for math. Try exploring fractals or some of the Physics, Statistics or Computer Science applications using the tool.
What is TypeDrawing? - TypeDrawing is super easy and perfect for creating typography art and even unique watermarks on your photos. Type a sentence, then just draw with your finger. Voila! You've now got a one of a kind, totally unique and amazing typographic work of art. If you love typography, or even if you don't know what that means, you can easily create poetic visual art with this fun and easy-to-use app.
How can it benefit students? - Would most likely help students who have trouble being artistically creative!
"TypeDrawing, a unique drawing app, offers a novel way to express your creative vision" - by Apple
TypeDrawing is super easy and perfect for creating typography art and even unique watermarks on your photos. Type a sentence, then just draw with your finger. Voila! You've now got a one of a kind, totally unique and amazing typographic work of art. If you love typography, or even if you don't know what that means, you can easily create poetic visual art with this fun and easy-to-use app.
• Main Features
- Gallery (all drawings saved)
- Type any languages and symbols
- A number of fonts and various controls (size, spacing, and rotation)
- Unique color controls (single color and ranged random colors)
- Professional outline and shadow controls
- Custom favorite colors
- Eyedropper tool
- Zooming and panning with two fingers
- Import photo and draw on it
- Unlimited undo and redo
- Replay the whole process of your drawings
- Lock (protect from being deleted or edited by mistake)
- Save to photos and share via email, twitter and facebook
- PDF and high resolution export
- Export options (document type, rotation, and color/transparent background)
What is Duolingo? - a free language-learning and crowd-sourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that, as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents.
How does it benefit students? - The site's lessons provide valuable language help. Kids get detailed instructions on using the site and occasional reminder tips. Duolingo also breaks information down exceptionally well into interactive questions. Users don't just read about how the language works; they're guided step by step through exercise questions. The lessons use several methods to help kids understand vocabulary words, usage, verb conjugation, and other elements. They view photos to learn terms, translate English sentences (and vice versa), and key in phrases that a narrator reads aloud. If they make a mistake, they’ll see the correct answer, and their responses help the system customize future lessons. Kids can also opt out of sections if they're familiar with the material.
Duolingo's clear, comprehensive format can help users who range from beginners to kids with some language experience. And they'll be able to see how far they’ve come since starting, thanks to a skill tree diagram that tracks their progress. The structure is simple: Complete the skill tree, and you'll have learned the language. Kids can view their progress along the way on a weekly basis and can also see recent levels that friends on the site have completed, which may encourage them to stick with Duolingo and work toward higher levels.
The translation section is a neat idea, in theory; however, it's a somewhat unreliable learning tool because other users, who are also learning a language, check the translation work. As a result, absolute accuracy really can't be guarantee accuracy!