Mobile Apps in the Classroom
- Twitter provides students with real life language they can edit. A school in Brazil had students follow their favourite musicians and edit their tweets. This fits into the Government of Alberta's Program of Studies as classes must "emphasize correct and effective communication in a variety of formats, including communication for pragmatic purposes" (Alberta Education, 2003).
- Mindmeister: This programs allows students to make and manipulate mindmaps which are an effective way to organize information. Alberta Education is stressing the need for metacognitition because "it enables them to become more consciously aware of their own thinking and learning processes and to gain greater control of these processes."
- Fotobable: This program has students writing stories about pictures. As a visual response text is part of the Diploma exams for both 30-1 and 30-2, this could be incredibly helpful practice.
- Creating facebook accounts for literary characters is a way students can learn to express and understand motivation. It gives students a chance to see characters as something not just on page, but as people who grow and change based on the events that happen to them.
- Google docs allows students to work collaboratively and share documents on-line. We use less paper, we can work together when apart, and allows students to learn from each other, which again, is part of the PoS. Dropbox gives students another place to share and store items. It is easy to access something both at home or at school, or on your mobile device, and is perfect for students who are frustrated with the growing Google monopoly. If an item is stored in Dropbox, it can be worked on anywhere - no more excuses that I left my homework somewhere else!