Mobile Learning in Career and Technology Studies (CTS)
This tackk board will discuss 6 unique applications that students and teachers can use to support mobile learning in the classroom. More specifically, we will be looking at apps that would be a benefit for the MDC cluster of a CTS classroom environment.
What is...MDC: Media, Design & Communication Arts?
MDC: Media, Design & Communication Arts is one of the clusters apart of the Alberta Education Career and Technology Studies. This cluster involves content related to design, communication and esthetics, including "art and culture, such as the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, fashion, libraries and museums" (Alberta Education). The following mobile apps could be used to support students in mobile learning for a variety of these MDC content areas.
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Film & Video Creation & Editing
Videolicious is a simple app that allow users to create their own professional-quality videos by combining content such as photos, video clips, and audio. The best part about this app is that it is completely free to use and share your videos, and is easy to learn and navigate. Students can use this app to combine their projects and work that they have created to share in a video format.
In the MDC cluster, film and video editing is a large part of the content in the Communication Technology occupational area. Students could use this application as a presentation format to create their own short video projects. This would allow students to combine their different projects together in a format that is easy to view and share, while also learning about the content area of film and video editing.
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DEMO- Digital Story Project with Videolicious
Fotobabble is an app that was originally designed for social marketing and advertising. This app allows users to capture photo and audio content and combine them together to create their own short projects. The best part about this app is that it promotes a collaborative interaction environment between users, and makes it easy to share your work across social media, and several blogging formats. For students, this app would work well to create both individual and group projects.
Using this app, students could create their own media study projects based on advertisements that they have seen or created themselves. Students could also run their own advertisement campaigns in the project by creating and interacting with an audience through this app format. Visual composition and media studies are both occupational content areas of the Design and Communication Technology sections of MDC. In this way, using this app would allow teachers to give their students a hands on experience with studying media and learning what makes up good composition in advertising.
DEMO- Using Fotobabble in a Math Classroom
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3. Journal Jar
Journal Jar is an app that provides a large variety of writing prompts for students to respond to. The best part about this app is that it you can still access it without having to download it, as it is available online. Teachers can use this app to help their students with their writing, or give them topics to respond to.
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Students could use Journal Jar to access a variety of topics for journal writing or blog topics, or to help with writer's block. Both creative writing and journalism are important content areas and courses that students could be taking in the Communication Technology occupational area of MDC. An example of an assignment that a teacher could set up would be a weekly journal project to help with improving student writing and tracking of brainstorming ideas for future projects.
DEMO- How to use Journal Jar
4. Lapse It
Animation & Photography
Lapse It is a mobile app that allows users to create time lapse and stop motion photography. Rather than having to use a separate program for editing, Lapse It combines both the photo taking process and the editing process to allow users to create these photo projects in a simple way. This app is free to download, and is fairly easy to use and navigate.
In the classroom, students could use this app to create their own time lapse or stop motion photography projects. Normally, in order to create a stop motion project or time lapse project, students would have needed to have extra editing software. However, with this app and mobile learning, the actual work could be done within the classroom environment. Additionally, teachers could also use this app by asking their students to create a time lapse of their process when working on an art assignment that could be used for the assessment portion of effort or the process for example. Both animation and photography are content areas in the MDC cluster.
DEMO- Using Lapse It for Art
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Kidblog is a free app that was made for teachers to introduce their students to blogging. The best part about this app is that it is completely safe to use as it gives teachers the power to monitor and set all privacy controls. In other words, this app is a safe place for students to share their ideas and work by creating their own classroom blogs.
Teachers could use this app to set up a classroom blog site where students can share their ideas and work with each other, while also using it for assessment purposes. For the MDC cluster, a lot of the work that students will be doing in response to the content is potentially project-based. Having a classroom blog could make it easier and more efficient for students to submit their work for assessment rather than having to print out every project. Using a blog format also tracks a student's progress in the class, and acts as a visual example to showcase their work.
DEMO- Setting up your Classroom Kidblog
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BONUS APP: Voice Brief
Mobile Learning for UDL
Voice Brief is an excellent app that collects data and converts it to audio for students who may be visually impaired. Because many of the above applications rely heavily on the ability to be able to read, it is important to also include apps to support all unique learning needs. This app can be used to help visually impaired students navigate mobile devices to support them in mobile learning.
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