K-12 mLearning Options

A Closer Look at Examples of Mobile Apps

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App #1: Toontastic

What does this app do? Toontastic allows students to create animated stories using a variety of characters and settings. It allows children to communicate creatively through imaginative play and storytelling techniques and share their stories online for others to see.

As a teacher, how can I use it? Toontastic can be used to help assist students in effectively structuring stories and spark their creativity through the means of animation and storytelling. As the stories can be created online, this could be a pre-writing activity for an essay assignment to get students thinking about what they want to happen in their story. Check out this video to see how!

App #2: myHomework

What does this app do? myHomework can be used to help students organize their homework, assignments, exams and have reminders sent to them about due dates and deadlines. It can be synced across all of the students devices to provide consistent use and access.

As a teacher, how can I use it? myHomework seems to be very specifically designed for use for education and teachers can create a classroom app and all students can sign up for it. That way the teacher can add information to the app about the syllabus, reminders and due dates as well as any additional learning resources you wanted students to have access to.

App #3: SparkNotes

What does this app do? SparkNotes provides study guides for a variety of literary works from Shakespeare, poetry, short stories, etc. It has 50 pre-installed study guides with access for students to many other study guides online for a wide variety of literary sources.

As a teacher, how can I use it? SparkNotes can provide teachers an alternative place to direct students who are having trouble understanding the reading material presented in class. If a student doesn't understand their teachers notes, their textbook, a novel study, etc. they can turn to SparkNotes for extra information that is clear and concise. They can have help in writing their papers as well as studying for their exams through the use of this app. It even gives students information about how to avoid plagiarizing when using their study guides.

App #4: gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests

What does this app do? gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests allows students to create online versions of the more traditional pen and paper flashcards. You can create an unlimited amount of flashcards for yourself for free with images, links, etc. on them and share them with others if you chose to do so. This means you also have access to other people's flashcards which they have chosen to share in the gWhiz Catalog.

As a teacher, how can I use it? gFlash+ Flashcards & Tests would be a good tool for teachers to promote for student use if they have trouble studying and getting organize for exams. They can simply go through their lecture notes and make individual flashcards for the important information. Then when it comes time to study for their exam they will not be having to flip constantly through all of their notes or losing their notes in a mass of paper.

App #5: NASA's Earth Now

What does this app do? NASA's Earth Now is an interactive and engaging approach to help students better understand Earth's global climate data in near-real-time [ex.) gravity field variation, carbon monoxide levels, etc.]. Information is displayed in colorful 3D maps of the Earth which can be manipulated and rotated to see it from different angles. There are legends on the side to help student better understand what the information is that they are seeing.

As a teacher, how can I use it? NASA's Earth Now would be an excellent tool for teachers particularly in science class to help students have a better understanding of what is happening at that moment on Earth. Helping students relate the information they learn in class to things happening in real life can go a long ways in helping their comprehension. Giving students access to this is like allowing them to see the inner workings of the Earth's "vital signs".

App #6: Math Kid

What does this app do? Math Kid is designed for use with students ages 4-12 to help them develop the important foundations they require to understand and develop basic math skills. It provides the students with a chance to test themselves on all different types of math equations [ex.) addition, multiplication, percentages, etc.]. It also allows them to use features such as counting with the fingers on the screen or using a grid system multiplication table to assist them in their math learning process.

As a teacher, how can I use it? Math Kid would be a great tool for me to use as a teacher when engaging students in the beginning stages of developing their math skills. I think it would be a good source for teaching these kids that is not specifically a calculator but still allows them to utilize some visual aids. Questions can be made harder or easier depending on the levels of each learner and if a students needs it, there are hints available to assist them thus this app can be used with little teacher supervision.

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