Mobile Apps
K-12 English Classrooms

1. I would use Socrative in a K-12 classroom. As shown in the video, Socrative provides the teacher with results anonymously from the students, provided the students use their mobile device to lock in their answer after joining the classroom group discussion online.

For example, if some students did not understand the homework assigned, they can let the teacher know by using this application, without having the rest of the class realize that and avoid embarrassment. This way as a teacher, if I know some students or even one student was struggling with an assignment, I can go over the material again.

Additionally, I could use it in my english classroom to ask plot or character questions from the novel, to see who read and understood the novel.

Lastly, I could use is in a spanish classroom as a quiz, to see how much my students understand translating spanish to english words and phrases.

2. As my second mobile app I would choose wordpress. Wordpress is an application that enables students to blog and to write their thoughts down, while focusing on aesthetics, web standards and usability.

As a future English teacher, I would have this tool accessible as a mobile device. The benefits of having it as a mobile device for K-12 users, is that they are able to write at any time, anywhere. I would instruct my students to write their reflections on the poems or short stories done in class that day. They would use their wordpress mobile app, incase some students to not have a laptop with them in the classroom. If some students do not have a mobile app, I would ask them to take out a piece of paper and write their reflection on there instead.

Also, students will find that they can easily blog and do their homework when taking the bus home, or when waiting for their parents to pick them up, to not waste time. In short, mobile wordpress allows this plugin to be available to format content wherever they are.

3. Collaborate using Google App can allow students to share files with one another, add links, enable real time collaboration and comment to google documents.

This tool would prove to be useful especially for group projects. Students can collaborate with students online. If they do have have access to a desktop, they can use their mobile device to discuss and comment on what they have done and what they need to work on. Additionally, as a teacher I can add spreadsheets of group members and have my students adjust what they are working on for their student project, so I can see what they have been doing and how much work they have actually completed with their task. That way I am privy to which students are actually working and those who are not.

4. The Word Mover mobile application is used to supplement classroom instruction, to reinforce concepts taught in class and to increase student engagement.

An example on their word mover site, is that it can be used in a K-12 classroom within groups. Students can work together to create poetry loops and create poems together. Most if not all students struggle with poetry, so having them in a group may help each other out. The students will be responsible to move words around to create a poem or manipulate text to determine another meaning within the poem. Word move will be great for collaboration and hopefully to expand their mind and free them from the fear of poetry.

Twitter is a social networking tool, used to blog, instant message and use as an SMS or as a web interface.

For obvious reasons, as an english teacher I would use Twitter. Firstly, I would ask my students to register for a free Twitter account. Then, I would have the students in my class enter a group I created on Twitter, by using their mobile devices. While I lecture, they can ask any questions and comment on other people's comments. I have seen this used in a university classroom and thought it would be useful in a K-12 setting. However, I would only use this tool for the last 10-15 minutes of class, otherwise the students will get distracted. I would make my lecture more question based, so that they students can answer fully or ask questions along the way.

Also, I would have these tweets graded for participation, grammar and spelling marks. They would need to post at least one tweet to receive participations marks and the rest of the marks would go into marking for spelling and grammar.

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