MIDL321 The Use of Mobile Media Devices and Apps to Promote Learning

Read Judge, Loyd, and Jeff’s Using Mobile Media Devices and Apps to Promote Young Children’s Learning.  Explore the applications recommended by the author. Find 3 applications that teachers are using in schools today. Describe how you will use these to engage students in learning.

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5 thoughts on “MIDL321 The Use of Mobile Media Devices and Apps to Promote Learning

  1. One application I found was book creator for ipad. This is an application where your students could create their own ebooks. In my middle level classroom, I would spend a unit on discussing book genres. Throughout the unit, I would have the students think about the genre that they find most intriguing. At the end of the unit, I would ask the students to create a small ebook on book creator that represents a genre.
    Another application that I found was 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool. It is an application that shows you the different parts of the cell and a description. In this application, you can even create your own cell. I believe that I would use this application in my classroom if I was discussing cells. This would help give a visual aid and allow the students to be creative in their own cell creations.
    The last application that I found was History:Maps of World. This application involves interactive maps that illustrate geographic shifts over time. This would be helpful in the classroom if you are doing a unit on a part of the world at different times. You can have the students study the part of the world in the early years and compare it to that part of the world now.

  2. There are numerous educational applications that can be utilized in the classroom. Here are a few that can be specifically beneficial to middle school students:

    1) “Tools 4 Students” is an application of graphic organizers. Whether constructing a timeline, making predictions, or deciphering the main idea and details of a story, students can use graphic organizers to enhance their comprehension. This specific app has 25 graphic organizers, which can be “emailed, drop boxed, or saved as a PDF.” A Spanish version has been designed to make it accessible to an even wider community, as well. “Tools 4 Students” can be used for many subjects. For instance, in social studies, students can make a timeline of historic events. In language arts, students can use a graphic organizer to identify a story’s problem/solution. In science, students can chart key terms and definitions. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tools-4-students/id472911218?mt=8)

    2) “Sticky Notes” is an application for note taking, organizing, sharing, and collaborating. With this app, students can create digital sticky notes in a variety of situations. For example, pairs of students could be assigned different sections of a reading. They would then make sticky notes of their section’s main ideas. The digital sticky notes would be shared with the rest of the class, as the students teach each other about their topic. Another example, found on ClassTechTips.com, is for students to make sticky notes as they read literature. The sticky notes could be color-coded for certain thoughts. For instance, blue notes could be predictions/questions, yellow notes could be findings/answers, and pink notes could be connections. The ClassTechTips.com article goes on to suggest that “students can take a screen shot of their sticky notes and email [the teacher] their work.” (http://classtechtips.com/2012/08/23/sticky-notes-for-a-tech-friendly-classroom/)

    3) “Beautiful Planet HD: A Photographic Journey Around the World” is an application that brings “seven continents and 170 countries” to life through photography. With the interactive map, students can explore the world and its cultures. Descriptive captions accompany the pictures, and music and poetry are also incorporated into the app. This app enable students to take virtual tours of specific places. Students could work in groups to learn more about a particular place, by both reviewing this app and conducting further research. They could then teach their classmates about their chosen country/culture. This app is a great way to use technology and bring images, text, and sound into a learning experience. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/beautiful-planet-hd-photographic/id363660568?mt=8)

    4) “Puppet Pals HD” and “Puppet Pals 2” are creative applications for users to make animated cartoons/puppet shows. There are many ways for students to take advantage of these interactive tools. They can create digital animations to tell a story, reenact an event, or design a storyboard. The developer’s website,Polished Play, these and other ideas/tips for teachers. It also mentions how these apps can assist English learners with their fluency and language development. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/puppet-pals/id342076546?mt=8)

  3. The first application I found is called Shakespeare Pro. This application has complete works of Shakespeare, including 41 plays, 154 sonnets, and 6 poems. With this app, you can search and find the exact word of phrase you’re looking for. This is a great resource for upper middle school kids who are interested in Shakespeare. If a class is learning about Shakespeare, the teacher can use this app to give the students examples of different pieces of his work.
    The next application I found is called Algebra Touch. This app allows students to practice algebraic concepts. The students can make their own problems and solve them. This is great for students who struggle with math and need a little extra help. The teacher could use this as an in class activity or assign it for homework. Overall, this app seems great!
    The last application that I found is called Beautiful Planet HD. This app is pictures of places all over the earth. There are pictures of different cultures, places, and descriptions for each picture. This app can be used for many different things. This would be such a great resource for any Social Studies teacher. They could use this app as a visual for any place that they are studying. The app could be used in class or as homework. Students could study different places and use this app as a reference.

  4. 1. One of the apps that I liked was Common Sense Media…
    It has a section of classic movies that have outdated racial stereotypes. It also has a tab bar that allows you to explore the site based on age range. So, you can look for books that your students would enjoy reading based on their age. Also, there is a game section. This would be great to get your students interested in different subject through the education games that are offered.
    2. http://bridgingapps.org/screen/?gclid=CjwKEAjwru6oBRDDp4jRj4bL_xASJADJ2obyWGSMrtBBlDS_Zl2xlbCEl-soJUNN-cT0ZGhqiYNBoRoCwlTw_wcB
    I really enjoyed this app because it provides different activities/ interactive games for children who have special needs. I think people often forget that children with special needs still can learn in fun ways, like other students. I personally have never explored apps for children with special needs, so I am glad to have this resource now.
    3. APPitic.com is another superb site for teachers or students. My favorite section is the one that focuses on Multiple Intelligence’s. I am intrigued by this subject because I know I learn in different ways, than my teachers have taught. Therefore, I often struggled to comprehend the information that was given in class and would have to work harder outside of class. I never want my students to feel like that, so having this app that can be applied to all styles of learning is really great.

  5. One app that I found that was Math Evolve. It is a retro arcade style game that is centered around teaching math through games. It is a good way for students to learn math while learning about the solar system and outer space. Their is a few missions like punching to the left or right answer, shooting down ships, and more that would be interesting for students. http://mathevolve.com/

    Another app I found was called Sky3D. It was an app that allowed you to look at stars on screen in 3D. When you moved the screen, your view of the stars moved as well. You can also look at all the planets as well. This would be good in a science class where they are learning about the solar system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TtXlyJQrFI

    A third app I found was called Toontastic. This looked like a really cool app because it allows students to create a story while learning about principles of storytelling as well as story arcs. This would be a great app to use to help students learn how a story is structured and how to write in a way that uses story arcing. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/toontastic

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