Mobile Apps for a K-12 Classroom

By: Deanna Monks

Splash Math:

What is it? Splash Math is an elementary math app. There is a practice section and a play section by grade with various chapters. Each chapter features practice questions in various formats such as drag and drop the answer, multiple drag and drop the answer, and chose the correct answer. There are levels in each section as well–easy, medium, and hard, which the player unlocks as they go along. Each question also has a scratchpad (which acts like scratch paper) area, which can be moved up or down depending on whether the player needs it or not. In the practice section, a player can continue to try again and again until s/he selects the correct answer. There is as well, a report section where you can see student progress in each chapter, at each level, request email reporting, and check out a detailed activity log. Splash Math offers a lite version, which you can try out for free. The full version cost $9.99, which is comparable to a typical paper-based workbook, but the app can be used over and over.

How can it be used? Splash Math can be used as a formative assessment. Maybe it could be a math center for students or extra help for specific topics students may have difficulty with. It could also be used as an option for early finishers instead of potentially distracting others students. They can then take the initiative to challenge themselves or go back over another topic.

Story Kit:

What is it? Story Kit is a literacy app. Create an electronic storybook. You can use the drawing tools in the app to illustrate your story, use photos, or scanned images that you've added to your device. You are able to take pictures, type text, record voices, and draw pictures/write words. It is free!

How can it be used? I would use Story Kit to create stories as a class, in groups or individually. I would use it to help students realize their reading fluency. I could also create stories to introduce new topics in various subjects to my class.

Talking Tom & Ben News

What is it? Join Tom & Ben in a TV news studio and help them compose the news. They do not get along and pull pranks on each other all the time. You can add your own videos, record yourself and add text. It’s a free app and easy to share or sent off.

How can it be used? I would use Talking Tom & Ben News in a couple ways. First I could use it to introduce new topics in various subjects to my class. As well, the students and I could collaborate to create a newscast to send home to share what we’ve been doing in class throughout the month or week. Students could also use this app to share and present research projects.

Toontastic

What is it? Create your own cartoon stories using Toontastic. It will teach key storytelling principles and has drawing tools that allow for creativity. Sharing your cartoons on Toontube is easy and accessible. And it is free!

How can it be used? I would use Toontastic to create stories as a class, in groups or individually. I would also incorporate this app into my art classes using the drawing tools to work on various art projects.

MOBL21

What is it? “Mobl21 is an award-winning, mobile learning application that supports a dynamic, unstructured way of learning. Using Mobl21, educators can develop content that learners can access from their mobile devices, allowing them to study at their own pace and therefore, perform better.

Mobl21 gives students instant access to valuable learning material, anywhere, anytime. As a result, students can now make use of those idle minutes between classes, or commuting, to glance through notes or review material before the next class.

Mobl21 also helps educators easily create learning material, and publish to multiple users or groups. Additional tool features enable educators to track and monitor content access and view test performances.”

(MOBL21 (2013). What is MOBL21? (Webpage) Retrieved from: http://www.mobl21.com/workflow/)

How can it be used? I would create study guides, quizzes, and flashcards. As well, for grade levels where it is appropriate I’d use social websites to engage student learning.

Phonics Genius

What is it? Phonics Genius is an app that teaches and clarifies phonics sounds. It had 3 unique learning modes including (play audio automatically and proceed to next card, on click or hear audio only on click, and move back and forth one word at a time by swiping left or right) there are over 6,000 unique words grouped by phonics sounds. It is free.

How it can be used? It could be a literacy center for students or extra help for specific phonics sounds students may have difficulty with. It could also be used as an option for early finishers instead of potentially distracting others students.

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