Mobile Learning Apps for K-12

Ginny Callaghan

Story Kit

Story Kit is a tool designed for use in the elementary school classroom. It allows students to create their own stories, giving them the ability to add text, images, voice recordings, and pictures of their own work from a camera. Teachers can even add the work of multiple students into one big Story Kit project.

Story Kit reaches to students with all different types of intelligence. In a classroom setting, I would use this to my advantage by asking my students to create either the audio, text, or visuals for their own story. Once complete, I would have them pair up with another student who chose a different way of representing their story. Each student would help the other add to their story. For example, if one student was to create the text for their story, and another was to create the visuals, I would have them pair up, and help each other create the missing part to their story. Not only does this encourage group work  and individual work, but it gives students the freedom to work in whichever way they are most comfortable, and then learn something new!

Woices is a mobile app which allows students to take and create tours around any city in the world. Students can pick a local city and add important information that they know, or they can look at an already created tour about a city they have never been to. They will be able to both see images and audio.

I would use this app in the classroom for a social studies project and give students the option to make an audio recording of a tour for a city of their choice. Students would be required to do research for the city and find our important facts and information.


Screencast-o-matic is a mobile app that allows users to record screenshots on their mobile device and upload them into a video tutorial. The tutorial can then be watched/paused as many times as needed.

I would use this in upper elementary or junior high as an assessment tool. At the end of a unit, I would give students a list of important concepts, and ask them to pick three of them that they feel most comfortable with. They would then use screencast-o-matic to make a tutorial about that concept, pretending to teach it to someone who knew nothing about it. I would then watch the videos and evaluate their knowledge.


Polleverywhere is an app that allows teachers to ask a multiple choice question to their class, and have their class respond with their mobile devices. The answers will then be anonymously displayed on a powerpoint.

I would use this in a classroom setting at the beginning of a unit to gain insight into my students prior knowledge. Without the anxiety of potentially being wrong, my students could answer the question to their best of their ability, and I will have an accurate assessment of what my students already know, and what they still need to know.

Journal Jar

Journal Jar is a mobile app which gives students a topic to write about in their journals. Once the "shake" button is clicked, the jar on the screen shakes, and a new question appears. Teachers can then use a timer to give students a set limit of time that they have to complete their journal entry.

I would use Journal Jar in my class to help students who struggle coming up with ideas for their own free-writing. This gives them something to write about, without having to guide them the whole way. The topics Journal Jar suggest are quite fun and creative, so I don't think my students who have a hard time writing about them, and I think even the most disinterested of writers would enjoy it.

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