Mobile apps for the classroom
In my mobile app Tackk page I will be reviewing
Science 360 is a app for all ages, it contains information on a wide range topics in the science world. People obtain the information through visual, audio and written text and the site is constantly updated with the latest discoveries. Many of the videos on science 360 are done by the scientist themselves.
This app would be great for any student as it would be very engaging using different forms of presenting information. This would work great in the classroom for students to use when doing a science project. They would be able to find any information they wanted and could do a project a topic that is more relevant to them.
Operation math is a interactive game type app where students use mathematical skills to progress through the game. Problems increase in difficulty as players progress through multiple equations to solve and limited time to do so. Limited to younger students in the grade range of three to eight.
This is an excellent app to get students engaged in math, this would be a great study tool children could play on their own outside of class, they would be studying without know it, it could also replace practice sheets that teachers send home for students to practice on but never get done because they lose interest.
EasyBib is a citation app which helps the user properly cite works used, EasyBib can cite in APA, MLA and Chicago style. With this app users scan the bar code on a book or type the in the title and the app will cite the book in the preferred format.
This would be an amazing app for teaching students about citations and how to properly cite material. How I might use this in class would be, going to the library and having the students pick out three books, then having them cite the books on their own (I would do a lesson on citation before hand), then the students would use the app to check if they had it correct. This app would be so useful to students throughout their high school education and even more useful in post-secondary.
Schoology is a mobile app that connects to an LMS, students can check for announcements, upcoming assignments, test and they can submit assignments all on the go. This app also connects teachers so they can grade and return assignments and be on contact with students outside of class time. The one thing that worries me is the 24/7 connection to students teacher need time to be away from students and should be expected to answer students questions in the evenings.
This app could be used in class in case a student has finished an activity early and can work on ahead or on a due assignment, they will be able to connect to the LMS from their mobile device if the teacher is busy helping other students with the activity. It can also be used by students who miss class due to sickness or prior engagement to hand in assignments or review the content they missed.
Videolicious is an app that uses videos from a mobile device and makes them look like a professionally shot video by trimming and layering and mixing the shots, users can also choose music to add from a list of songs from a copyright-free library.
This app would be used in the classroom to make the content being presented more engaging. This would be done by having the students do an activity where they must make a short video using Videolicious where they explain or talk about something they have learned in class so far.
Singer, M., & Eilian, A. (2007). Videolicious. In Videolicious. Retrieved from https://videolicious.com/
Friedman, J., Hwang, R., Trinidad, T., & Kindler, B. (2007). Schoology. In Schoology. Retrieved from https://www.schoology.com/home.php
EasyBib (2001). In EasyBib. Retrieved from http://www.easybib.com/
Operation Math (2011). In Teacherswithapps. Retrieved from http://teacherswithapps.com/operation-math/
Science 360 Video (n.d.). In Science 360 Video. Retrieved from http://science360.gov/files/