mLearning For K-12 Students
Google Drive (it was formerly known as Google Docs) is an online document or spreadsheet that can be shared, accessed and edited by multiple people. It can be viewed from anywhere as long as the user as internet access.
Teachers can create collaboration in a classroom by using Google Drive. For an English class, students may be discussing novels and instead of ending the discussion when students leave the classroom, they can continue the discussion at home through their documents.
Poll Everywhere can be accessed through any device (mainly mobile) and is used to collect answers through text message.
In a Biology class, a teacher could do a few mock questions for an exam and have students answer them via Poll Everywhere. Students are provided with the answer immediately thereafter and the teacher has instant feedback to be able to help reiterate the right answer to students.
VoiceThread is used for shorter audio recordings that can be played back at a later date.
In a music class, students are often suppose to do playing exams. Instead of using valuable class time to have each student play individually, students could record their excerpt and upload it for the teacher to be able to hear at a later time. This would benefit students, as they would be able to record, listen and rerecord their playing as many times as they would like until they are satisfied with the outcome. For those who become extremely nervous playing in front of their peers, they are able to be more calm as it is on their own time with no audience.
Mentimeter is a web based tool that is used to create real-life interaction with groups of people. Through internet connected devices people are able to respond to quizzes or questions asked by the host.
In a Social Studies class, where students are learning about Canadian Politics, a teacher could use Mentimeter to help ask students general questions about the topic before the class begins to see where students knowledge is at. After, the questions can be asked during the class to see if they have learned the new information and if their answers have changed. These questions could also be used to help form beginning thoughts for discussions by asking more opinion based questions.
Woices serves as an audioguide that can tell certain facts about certain locations around the world. It also allows anyone to create these audioguides as well.
Students in a French Social Studies course could listen while viewing a guide on the Louvre Museum in France and watch a movie associated to the audioguide. This way, students can have a full visual and audio representation of what is going on but they do not have to be there to experience it.
Socrative is a series of questions and games that can be used by teachers to gain student response. Students can respond by using any device and answers can only be viewed by the teacher yet they know who each student is and what they responded.
This could be used in a Music theory class to have collect students knowledge on musical expressions. This site would make good "exit tickets" as it would be quick for students to answer and the teacher would be left to know what the level of understanding is at.
National Geographic World Atlas
National Geographic World Atlas allows the user to view, browse and zoom in to see very detailed maps of anywhere in the world. There are additional features like adding pictures to a library, finding out facts (such as the socio economic status of an area), hooking it up to your GPS to find your location and a way to save your searches.
This app could be used in a General Music class when discussing the different venues that music is played in. These maps could show students the great Paris Opera Theatre, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Musikverein in Moscow, and more local places such as the Winspear and the Jubilee Auditorium. Students would be able to explore these areas and see what other monuments are by these buildings. This could be studies in conjunction with great composers, where they lived and the places that their music was played.