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Five mobile apps that enhance learning in the classroom

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The Twitter app’s features include the ability to share links, pictures, and videos in 140 characters or less. The app allows users to answer questions like other response systems in tandem with a polling program. It also allows students to be instantly connected to educational resources outside the classroom, such as experts within any educational field.


Animoto is a cloud-based video creation service that produces video from photos, video clips, and music into video slideshows. This tool is useful for project-based activities such as class presentations. The Animoto mobile app version allows students to create and post videos from anywhere.


This app is an extension for the Duolingo free language-learning website, which offers a crowd-sourced text translation platform. The service is designed so that, as users progress through the lessons, they simultaneously help to translate websites and other documents. So far, the service offers translation to Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and English. This is a good app to have for students wanting to learn a second language.


This is an app that links to the Dictionary.com website, which offers a full dictionary, thesaurus, and translator from many different languages. This is a great app for students to have on their mobile device because many students, especially ESL and younger ones, have trouble with the vocabulary they come across in their reading. I would make sure that all students had this app on their device, as it would be a great help to them when reading.


This app allows students to access their class page on Edmodo from their mobile device. This makes it easier for students to view upcoming homework assignments, grades, and teacher messages instantly and from anywhere without having to have access to a desktop or laptop computer. I would make sure that all my students had this app on their mobile device, so they would have no excuse not to know what the next homework assignment is, or when it is due.

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