As a part of the module on Mobile Learning(M-Learning), I performed an investigation into mobile apps for education.

These are presented in no particular order, and run the gamut from personal discovery in learning, and collaborative learning in the classroom. These are apps that I would use to develop my knowledge, and thus are apps which I would advocate for student use.

1. Kahn Academy

Kahn Academy is an organization that offers free access to education in a variety of subjects. The app reflects this mission statement, offering a wide variety of content in various formats. Additionally, it has partner content (the picture above, for example, is of content partnered through the British Museum) as well as college prep advice.

My one issue with the app is that the college prep sections are distinctly American, although a lot of advice applies to North American schools in general. Overall, this app is a wonderful way to supplement knowledge and offer access to resources that students can discover in a convenient, multi-format way. It's a great resource for lifelong learners.

2. OneNote

There are many notepad applications out there, and honestly, I haven't tried a great deal of them. I use OneNote because I have the program on my computer, and the cloud sharing enables me to access my nots across platforms (it's great for using mobile devices to review notes).

This is one to be used in class as solitary note taking, and is good for students' management of lectures.

3. TED

The mobile version of the very popular site, this app acts as a one-stop place for TED talks.

I find that these talks spark thought and discussion, and so could be used in class as stimulus for collaborative learning. I do wish, however, that there were a blog reader on the app, as I find TED blogs well written and accessible.

This could be used, like I said, in class. Like the Khan Academy app however, TED lends itself more to exploring individual interest.

4. Google Docs

This application is used by the EPSB for collaborative learning, making it not only useful to know, but in a sense mandatory.

Necessity aside, I do like Google Docs. It's a simple platform to engage in collaborative learning, and it is easily monitored (every student is accountable for what they say). However, with monitoring comes self censorship, but I feel that this is something that can be overcome with empowerment and confidence building through education (this is perhaps a bigger topic...).

5. Wikiweb

I'm hesitant to add this one, as Wikipedia is not well regarded as scholarly and academic. But this doesn't stop students (even University students) from using it (although this attitude may be changing).

This app allows the user to track related topics and access articles. I like to use it to find connections between writers and poetic movements. Moreover, I'm a defender of Wikipedia: I think that it can be used to model collaborative learning, and to teach research skills. Using apps like Google Docs, students can utilize the idea behind Wikipedia to create their own wikis.

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