Encourage innovative challenge-based learning projects with these hand-selected apps

challenge-basedChallenge-based learning lets students locate a problem and then unleash their creativity in search of a solution. By nature, these projects are collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on. And what better tool to use to help encourage community fitness or reduce environmental impact than the possibility-rich mobile device?

The website APPitic.com, an app resource site with more than 6,000 apps in more than 300 subcategories, breaks down challenge-based learning projects into four steps: Finding & launching a challenge, moving from challenge to solution, implementing a solution, and sharing findings.

Here, we’ve gathered a handful of apps for each of those stages, broken down further into substeps. You find the full range of suggested apps online.

[Editor’s note: eSchool News has selected these apps, which were originally curated by Apple Distinguished Educators, that may help you meet your instructional needs.]

Next page: Apps for collaborating, brainstorming, analyzing data, and more

 

Finding & Launching a Challenge

 

Find a challenge: Use apps that connect students to innovative resources and news sources, such as feed readers (think Feedly), the TED app, NPR, and the magazine-like aggregator Zite.

Brainstorm: Try apps such as MindNode ($9.99), Stickyboard, and Ideasketch to get creative juices flowing.

Collaborate: Consider these fresh apps for getting students to work together through journaling (iDO Notepad), and making checklists (Wunderlist).

 

From Challenge to Solution

 

Mindmap: iBrainstorm and Popplet can help organize thoughts.

Research: InstaPaper ($3.99) saves webpages for offline viewing; Wikipedia Mobile can be invaluable on-the-go.

Polling/Surveying: Polls Online, PollDaddy, and Socrative might help gather responses.

 

Next page: Analyze data and share results with these apps

 

Solution implementation

 

Project management: Apps such as gTasks/GoTasks and Weave, which can even help balance money, are solid organizers to keep students on task.

Data Analysis: Roambi Analytics turns spreadsheet and other data into visuals and charts.

Sharing Findings

 

Solution presentation: Encourgae students to creatively present their findings with apps such as Prezi, iMovie, or Haiku Deck. Or share photos taken during the process using Nostalgio ($1) or Frametastic.

Reflection: Have students create books (Scribble Press, $2.99) or record their thoughts via audio (VoiceThread; Audioboom)