Surface Tablet Apps for Mobile Learning

Module 9: Personal Mobile Learning
EDU 210

Introduction

In this module, we were asked to explore 5 different apps that support personal mobile learning and provide some examples of how they could be used. Below are 5 SurfaceTablet apps for personal mobile learning. Click on the picture to visit the app in the Microsoft app store.

The Apps

SkyORB

SkyORB is an astronomy app that includes a 3-D star map, a 3-D planetarium, and a calendar of upcoming astronomy events including moon phases and the peak days of meteor showers. Another notable feature is its ability to identify stars and planets by pointing your device to the sky.

How can it be used? This app's most exciting feature is its ability to identify stars and planets in the sky. This feature could be used in a homework assignment in which students are asked to identify the planets or stars visible from their backyard. It could also be used as an interactive reference tool that allows students to explore planets and constellations.

Mathematic Formulas

Mathematic Formulas is a reference tool app that contains formulas for algebra, trigonometry, calculus, geometry, and statistics. It is also easily searchable.

How can it be used? Junior High and High School math classes could make use of this app as a reference tool that could be easily referred to while working on their assignments. It would be especially useful for students who have advanced math abilities or wish to work ahead, as it would give them the opportunity to explore new concepts independently, and to easily compare different formulas and explore them in relation to one another.

Alphabet Writing

Alphabet Writing is a paperless way to teach students the alphabet. Students can trace letter forms, choose their own colours, and they also have the option of accompanying their activities with sound. Animations guide the student through the tracing activity before they begin. This is a fun and paperless way to teach the alphabet.

How can it be used? Alphabet Writing could be used as a way to help students to learn and practice writing the letters of the alphabet, as an activity to be done after a lesson. It might be an especially useful learning tool for students who struggle with fine motor skills, as they could practice alphabet writing by drawing with their fingers, without worrying about having to hold a pencil.

Physics for Kids

Physics for Kids familiarizes students with basic physics concepts using games. It includes concepts such as gravity, force, potential & kinetic energy, inertia, projectile motion, and many others. It is recommended for ages 12 and up.

How can it be used? This app could supplement classroom physics lessons or be used to visually demonstrate key concepts. For example, students learning about projectile motion could reinforce their knowledge by using the projectile motion games to see the concept at work.

iCell

iCell provides a 3-D view of the insides of plant, person, and animal cells. Students can zoom in on particular organelles and select them to read their descriptions, functions, and definitions.

How can it be used? This app could be used as a dynamic, visually engaging reference tool for junior high or high school science classes. Teachers could also use it as a 3-D demonstration of the parts of a cell.

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