5 Mobile Apps to Facilitate Student Centered Learning
What is Audioboo?
Smartphone users or website users can record, upload, and playback digital audio recordings which can be shared through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. (Wikipedia, 2014). Users can also share their digital audio clips through their own personal websites. Users are not limited to the amount of clips they can upload. This app also allows users to upload using a variety of different ways including their IOS devices, directly on the AudioBoo site, through email (Boo Mail) IVR phone lines, and API Interfaces.
What is the Use for Audioboo in the Classroom?
Audioboo is a great way for teachers to post assignments for their students and it also encourages collaboration among students. Teachers and students can "follow" different users to get more content about material they may be interested in. It is great for encouraging collaboration outside of the classroom through alternative means than students simply writing responses to particular questions. It allows students who communicate better aurally to better get across their ideas.
Getting Started with Audioboo
Below are some great videos to help get you started with using the Audioboo app!
Video retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1Q30MmgoRs
2. Talking Tom and Ben News
What is Talking Tom and Ben News?
Talking Tom and Ben News is a creative and fun way students can learn about current events or create events. It features two characters, Tom and Ben (the news anchors) who report current events of materials students add to the app. Students can upload their own videos or photos into the app and they will be displayed on "the news." Students can also share their videos through Facebook and Email.
What is the Use for Talking Tom and Ben News In The Classroom?
This is a great tool for both students and teachers to use. Teachers can upload content to the app that will be displayed for students, or students can upload current events to contribute to activities such as a social studies lesson. I would say that this app would be most appropriate for an elementary level. It is a great tool because it offers both humour and academic content, keeping students engaged in their learning and making it fun.
Getting Started with Tom and Ben News
Here is one example of a use for Tom and Ben News for content involving "World Clean-Up 2012." It offers both content and humour for students.
Video Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-d8VbR95d0
3. Comic Head
What is Comics Head?
Comics Head is an app available on Android and IOS devices that allows the user to create digital comics to tell stories. Users can choose different templates, characters, props, themes, and can even import maps into their comics. Users can even add animation to make their comics more interactive. Users are also able to share their content through Google Drives, social media, and the Comics Head website itself. (Schrock, 2014).
What is the Use for Comics Head in the Classroom?
This app is great for in class use because it offers a way for students to incorporate presentations, artworks, and writing all into one. The great thing about this app is it can be used in a variety of subjects such as social studies, science classes, and language arts. It substitutes traditional drawing for digital creation, making students who may feel uncomfortable about their artistic talents or who have disabilities the same opportunity to be creative through visual media. This app can be used by teachers and students both to create presentations and to aid in in class content.
Getting Started with Comics Head
Check out this video below on how to start using Comics Head for a variety of classroom uses and content
Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dEpw9v8I-s
What is iCell?
iCell is a an app that allows users to look at 3-dimensional views of animal, bacteria, and plant cells. The app acts as a supplemental material that allows users to actually see the insides of cells rather than simply memorizing their descriptions.
What is the Use for iCell in the Classroom?
This app acts as a great supplemental resource for textbooks and in class instruction, because it allows learners to actually SEE what is going on inside cells rather than simply reading about it in their textbooks or visualizing in from power point presentations. It is great for any grade level that is learning about cellular biology, whether it be at a junior high or high school level. It is a great resource for visual learners and those who may feel they need more "hands on" experience with the content they are learning. By being able to personally view the interior of cells, students will be able to further understand how it works and the different parts that comprise it.
Getting Started with iCell
View this video to explore some of the potential of the iCell app and how to get started with this program
Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hldNv3PO7fQ
What is Storykit?
Using this app, students are able to create digital storybooks that can change the end of classic stories (such as fairytales), books about themselves, or simply stories from their own imaginations (Terrel, 2012). Storykit can be used on IOS devices, and allows users to incorporate images taken from their IOS devices (such as iPads, Macbooks, and iPhones) into their own personalized Storykit.
How Can Storykit Be Used in the Classroom?
This app would be great for an English Language Arts Class. It is very simple and basic so it is very easy to maneuver for students with varying technological knowledge. This app can be used for a variety of assignments such as assignments involving novel studies, student reflections, and enhancing students creative writing skills. It is great for students who like using technology to get across their idea and incorporating and gaining inspiration from images to help them write.
How to Get Started with Storykit
View this video to get ideas for using Storykit
Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSWQkUS4kXk
Still Have Questions?
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AudioBoo. (2014, January 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:55, March 15, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=AudioBoo&oldid=590195778
Schrock, Kathy. (2014, January 16). Comics Head Storytelling App. Retrieved from http://educationambassador.com/resources/entry/comicshead
Terrell, Shelly. (2012, March 7) .20+ Fun Free Apps that Promote Student Centered Learning & Literacy. Retrieved from http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/2012/03/07/20-...