K-12 mlearning Options

Apps for Blended Learning

Star Chart

Star Chart in a nutshell: Star Chart is an IOS app that allows users to explore the night sky and view sky charts for both past and future dates.

Ways to use it: This would be a great app to incorporate into the Grade 6 Sky Science Unit, letting students engage with Sky Science in daylight hours. Students can virtually visit the planets and their moons, as well as examine the changing positions of the constellations in class. Students can also observe and chart the moon's phases unhampered by light pollution.

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Doceri in a nutshell: Doceri is an interactive iPad whiteboard app that allows teachers to remotely control their computers, turning the projected image of their computer into an interactive whiteboard

Ways to use it:  For schools that cannot afford SMARTboards Doceri is a viable alternative allowing teachers to highlight and write on the screen while moving freely around the classroom. Doceri could also give students more tools for their classroom presentations (imagine no more awkward signalling for someone to move to the next powerpoint slide).

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Class Dojo

Class Dojo in a nutshell: Class Dojo is a website and phone app that allows you to record and keep track of student merits and demerits.

Ways to use it: Being able to track good and bad behaviours helps with classroom management, anecdotal observations and when it comes time to writing report cards. It also has a feature that allows you to randomly call on a student (it can also filter out absent students).

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Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictaion in a nutshell: Designed for iPhone and iPad Dragon Dictation is a voice recognition app that turns your speech into text.

Ways to use it: Students who may have difficulty writing due to physical or learning disabilities  can quickly write notes or answer written exam questions with ease.

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Book Creator

Book Creator in a nutshell: Book Creator is an iPad app that allows the user to easily create iBooks that can be read on an iBooks.

Ways to use it: Students can create books about class field trips, their family or their learning. Students can share their stories with friends and read their friends stories. This tool is a great way to encourage reading and share knowledge. It also makes a class book much easier to share with parents.

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Nearpod in a nutshell: Nearpod is an iPad app that allows teachers to create. interactive presentations

Ways to use it: If you are fortunate enough to have an iPad kit within your classroom, Nearpod will allow you the incorporate polls, quizzes, interactive drawing and other learning activities into your presentations. Students respond using their iPads and you can easily monitor student activity and measure student results.

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Google Earth

Google Earth in a nutshell: Available on your desktop, on the Web or through an IOS app, Google Earth allows you to explore the globe, examine 3D buildings and take virtual tours of cities

Ways to use it: A great tool for any Social Studies classroom, Google Earth allows students to interact with maps in new and exciting ways. Grade 3 students studying India can take a virtual tour of the Taj Mahal or walk the streets of Delhi. Older students could create their own tours to share their learning with others.

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