K-12 Mobile Learning Options

Mobile Applications to Enhance Learning

Nova Elements

Main purpose:

Engagement

What it is:

This app contains the option to browse an "interactive periodic table" as well as build atoms for different elements. There is also an added video narrated by New York Times journalist David Pogue.

How it can be used:

Every time the app is used, students can discover something new thanks to the videos that discuss concepts such as the worlds most dangerous and scarce elements. Activities challenge students to make stable elements constituting of materials in the real world, and get instant feedback! and of course, students can use the app as a simple periodic table and reference.

The app is useful because it makes chemistry seem interesting and exciting, allowing students to explore something new with every use.

Bobo Explores Light

Purpose:

Development.

What it is:

This app introduces elementary level students to physics! It provides "kid friendly" experiences and explanations for scientific phenomena. It is described to be humorous and have gadgets that appeal to the young age group.

How it can be used:

Bobo guides children though experiments, videos, animations, and trivia. By allowing investigation of every day scientific things around them, the app fosters curiosity about science for young's students, and explains difficult concepts in simple ways that they can understand. Children learn that science can be cool and fun.

BrainPOP Featured Movie

Purpose:

Instructional Design.

What it is:

This app provides original, high quality, and animated videos for a broad range of subject. It also recommends related videos and content to take a look at.

How it can be used:

Videos illustrate concepts effectively while still entertaining students. They can examine hundreds of topics, new videos can be used each day, and quizzes are used to assess and track progress.

With a variety of videos, brainPOP can be used for any unit within any subject, enhancing the learning environment in the classroom.

Project Noah

Purpose:

Motivation

What it is:

This app has many features for discovering and documenting nature, and encourages participation in the scientific community. Included in the app is a game like feature that allows students to earn badges by participating in missions posted by real scientific institutions that conduct biological research.

How it can be used:

This app can be used to motivate high school students to explore the wildlife around them. Students can label wildlife themselves or with assistance from other users. They can also see other users spottings based on their location.

The features of the app are community and achievement based which motivate students, by encouraging them to return regularly.

Proloquo2Go

Purpose:

Accessibility

What it is:

This app helps students who have speech difficulties to communicate using a "natural-sounding text-tospeech" system with a library of over 14000 words, symbols, and conjugations.

How it can be used:

Students can take advantage of the rich library of words to express themselves, and the app is suitable for a wide range of language skill levels and a customizable interface that meets the needs of multiple users.

The app makes communication more efficient and natural by supporting core and basic vocabulary groupings, advanced word perdition, and vocabulary customization.

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