Elementary Web Tools for Mobile Learning

Sarah Budd

Storybird

Storybird is a program that allows users to create storybooks. Illustrations are compiled from around the world and users can use those images to easily write their very own stories. Students in an elementary classroom could use this tool to create any story writing assignment that their teacher has. Teachers could also select a set of illustrations and each student interpret their own stories, sort of like a picture prompt.

Martha Speaks Dog Party

This game was created as a spin-off of a popular children's show, Martha Speaks. The intent of Martha Speaks Dog Party is to increase children's understanding of different words. In a division one classroom, this game could be used as a literacy center. Each time the students go to that center, they could complete a different section of the game.

Tiki-Toki

Tiki-Toki is a web tool that allows users to create colorful, vibrant, 3D timelines. Another feature that is appealing to a classroom setting is that students can not only create timelines, but they can share them with other people. In an elementary classroom, Tiki-Toki could be used by students to write non-fiction literature such as autobiographies. They could make an autobiography and then share their work with their parents or other family members.

Fotobabble

Fotobabble is a web tool that allows users to create talking photos. It also has functions for user interaction such as commenting and voting features. In an elementary classroom, teachers could take photos on a field trip and then have students reflect and record their understandings of the images. This could then be used by the teachers to evaluate students or to share with parents as a part of the students' digital portfolios.

Videolicious

Videolicious is a web tool in which users take a collections of photos and make a short video clip. Along with the images, users can add comments, dialogue, and music. Students in a division two elementary class could use Videolicious to create videos to show something with a sequential process. For example students in grade six could take pictures of all different types of leaves. After researching leaves, they could create a short film to describe the leaves, branch patterns, leaf shapes, etc.

Hot Potatoes

Hot Potatoes is a educational tool that teachers can use to create different forms of interactive quizzes. There are six different formats that teachers can choose from and they can either use pre-made material or create their own. In an elementary classroom, a science teacher could create review material for students to use prior to a formal assessment. For example, the could use Hot Potatoes to make a crossword to review vocabulary, a jumbled sentence activity to review comprehension, and a short answer activity to review content.