The Mobile Learning Project

What Apps would work in a classroom setting grades 8-12

Which applications could work as an aid in either formal or informal learning? With a specific focus on creativity, inspired by Sir Ken Robinson, how could these apps be applied? There are three main principles that Robinson explains, Economics, Culture, and Personal. With Mobile learning the personal domain can be greatly influenced (Youtube, 2013).

Mind Meister


What is it?

This is a website, which includes a mobile application. It is a mapping tool, great in the aid of collaboration of ideas.

How can it be used in the classroom?

Individuals can use this independently, promoting personal development in the organization of ideas. With it being portable there is instant access to expand on ideas when they enter ones mind. There is also the potential for collaboration between peers. Mind maps can be shared, making anyperson from a group or class to input ideas.

Twitter

What is it?

Twitter is a Personal Learning Network (PLN) that is both a website and a massively popular mobile application.

How can it be used in the classroom?

Students can use twitter as a means to collaborate with other peers, or with the teacher and vice versa. There are different areas of focus on twitter, which gives students the opportunity to find areas that they are interested in and could potentially promote personal learning attitudes. Touching on collaboration again, they are not simply limited to the parameter or there class or group but could potentially swap ideas with people on different continents, in different countries with different languages with the use of online language interpretors.

Imuscle

What is it?

Imuscle is a mobile application specifically related to human anatomy.

How can it be used in the classroom?

As a gym teacher this could be a very beneficial app for the study of muscles in certain activities. My direction as a physical educator is going to have substantial focus on physical literacy, and a great way to support knowledge of physical literacy is to know the musculature of the body. This app could aid in personal learning, group collaboration and study support.

Gain Fitness Cross Trainer

What is it?

An mobile application designed to direct people who are interested in physical training. It is essentially a coach that takes one through different movements or exercises.

How can it be used in the classroom?

I could see this app being really helpful in a weightlifting unit. Like all the other apps, personal development is a potential as well as group collaboration. The way I imagine this app working in the classroom is having an assigment on a fitness program, and the student must take a peer through their program. This app would be a great resource for proper mechanics, musculature being worked, specific cues to use, among other things.

Dictionary.com

What is it?

This is a dictionary tool as both a website and mobile application. Purpose is that of a regular dictionary, to find the meaning of words.

How can it be used in the classroom?

I believe this application could be very useful in the classroom. When a word is spoken and a student doesn't know what it means but is to nervous to ask they can simply check on dictionary.com. It is quick and easy, there is no flipping of pages, and ultimately no interruption. This would definitely help in students personal learning, and could also impact the level of interaction in group discussions. With regards to interaction, the tool will empower them with the knowledge of what a word means and give them the confidence to speak on that topic.

References

Sir Ken Roninson, Feb 4, 2010, Changing Paradigms. Retrieve fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCbdS4hSa0s

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