Android Mobile Learning Apps

for elementary classrooms

Introduction

For this module, we looked at mobile learning apps and picked five apps that could be used in a K-12 classroom. Below are five Android apps that I think would be very useful in education.

The Apps

Ted Talks

About the app:

This app is allows you to watch TED TALKS anytime, anywhere. Ted Talks are educational talks done by amazing people, from education radicals to music legends. This app is free and fully translated into 22 languages.

How it can be used:

This app would be great for students to use for research. This app would also useful because rather than arranging for a guest speaker, students could watch a TED Talks video instead.

My Alphabook

About the app:

This app presents letters and numbers to the student that have been customized by the teacher.. When the student clicks on a letter or number, they will hear your choice of voice and see what picture you have chosen for that letter or number.This is a free app but there is a one-time in app purchase of 99 cents if you want the option to customize images.

How it can be used:

My Alphabook can be used to customize how students are learning their letters and numbers. Teachers can customize the tool to fit their students. For example, if a student really loves animals the teacher could personalize the alphabook to an animal theme with animal sounds and pictures. If a child loves learning about cars, the teacher could use an automotive theme and add recordings of car sounds. This app allows for a more engaging and fun learning tool for the student.

Another way to use this app in a classroom could be to put pictures of students with the first letter of their name. For example, associating the name "Mary" with the letter "M" and even record Mary's voice saying the letter "M".

NASA App

About the app:

This app gives you the opportunity to explore NASA through the latest videos, news, and other media.

How it can be used:

This NASA app could be used for an elementary science class in many ways. For example, the teacher could assign different videos for students to watch at home as homework. Another example could be that students could use this app when doing research on a space project. Since this app has multiple ways of  displaying information, students would get to chose how they did their research, from watching videos to reviewing tweets.

Toca Lab

About the app:

This app introduces children to the elements in a virtual science lab. Children learn about the characteristics of the elements by doing virtual experiments on them. This app costs $2.99.

How it can be used:

This app would be great for a science lesson on the periodic table. Testing each element to learn about it's characteristics would be a lot more exciting than just reading them off a list. Also, testing each element in a real lab would be time consuming, not too mention impossible for children to test certain elements.

Mathematics and numbers kids

About the app:

This app helps children learn numbers, counting, and mental arithmetic.

How it can be used:

This app could be used as a practice aid. Instead of sending kids home with work sheets for practice, students could use this app to help study for a math test.

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