Mobile Learning: The Best Apps for your Classroom

What is mobile learning? Why is mobile learning important? What are some apps that can be used in the classroom?

Some apps (available for iPad) to be used in the classroom:

Chem 3D: This app provides a template for building 3D chemical structures of any molecules. There are also pre-made molecules available to use as well. In the classroom: students would use the app to practice their understanding of how atoms bond together to form molecules, building assigned molecules given molecular names. Student are no longer restricted to their own two dimensional drawings, but can learn about molecular structures from a variety of viewpoints.

MyScript Calculator: This app recognizes hand-written mathematical equations and converts them into text with solutions. The equations can be manipulated at any time and then shared online. In the classroom: students would use the app to work on math problems, and check their work when solving algebra problems. Students would no longer need to worry about bringing calculators to class.

Physics Forums: This app provides an online global network of teachers and students dedicated to learning physics. Users can share their work, ask for help, and look for resources. In the classroom: students would use the app as a resource when working on physics problems, as the teacher might not be able to provide assistance to all students in the allotted time. Students would also use the app as a forum to share their work with other classmates, encouraging student collaboration.

Haiku Deck: This app is a presentation tool, with multiple templates for presenting information. Users can include photos, videos, links and text, and can then share their presentations online. In the classroom: students would use the app to create class presentations on assigned topics. Presentations would then be shared online so parents and friends could view them as well.

Bridge Constructor: This app is a mission-based app where the user must build multiple bridges to travel from one country to the next. Each level requires different materials and has various distances to be crossed. In the classroom: students would use the app to practice their knowledge of tension and stress to build bridges required to hold specific weights. Students would also use the app to learn about the science behind architectural design.

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