Digital and mobile learning can invigorate a dull classroom, boosting student engagement and motivating students to immerse themselves in learning.
As with any tech-based instruction, the technology is just a tool for a highly-qualified teacher to use to augment a lesson and link learning to real life.
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We’ve gathered a handful of popular digital and mobile learning apps, websites, and resources for you or your team of educators to try in the classroom. Some are for student use, others are management tools, but they’re all worth a look.
1. Doceri: Doceri is the professional iPad interactive whiteboard and screencast recorder with sophisticated tools for hand-drawn graphics and built-in remote desktop control. Originally designed for teachers, Doceri is used by creative individuals in myriad roles and professions from education to entertainment. CREATE hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and SHARE them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts – or mirror anything you’ve created to Apple TV via AirPlay.
2. Pocket: Educators can save articles, videos, and stories from any publication, page, or app for use in the classroom. Curate your own space filled with everything you can’t wait to learn. Immerse yourself in great content anywhere – even offline. Read or listen without distraction, on any device.
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3. DIY.org: This DIY community offers a huge library of hands-on projects, how-to videos, and an awesome kid community. Projects offer step-by-step instructions, and a variety of courses are targeted to different skill levels.
4. Educreations: Record your voice and iPad screen to create dynamic video lessons that students and colleagues can access any time, as needed. Post your videos to Educreations and share them with anyone. You can even share videos via email, Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo or YouTube, or download and store them in Dropbox or Google Drive.
5. TED-Ed Lessons: Teachers can build a lesson around any TED-Ed Animation, TED Talk, or YouTube video. Students can create talks on their own or in groups, and educators can even give their own TED-style talks.
6. Coggle: Coggle is an online tool for creating and sharing mindmaps and flow charts. Whether you’re taking notes, brainstorming, planning, or doing something awesomely creative, it is super simple to visualize your ideas with Coggle. Share with as many students or colleagues as you like. Changes you make will show up instantly in their browser, wherever they are in the world.
7. Dotstorming: Dotstorming is A real-time group brainstorming and decision making app. Dotstorming takes the process of dot voting online to allow groups of people to collaborate on a topic.
8. Classkick: Teachers add drawings, text, images, audio, links, and videos to provide instruction or create assessments. In 1:1 or small group settings, students input drawings, text, images, or audio in response to teacher-created material. Teachers provide individualized, real-time feedback or allow students to give each other anonymous feedback. Teachers can see who needs help and how students are progressing through the assignment.
9. Photomath: This app doesn’t replace learning and knowing mathematical processes, but it can be a big help during homework when students and parents are left scratching their heads. Photomath reads and solves mathematical problems instantly by using the camera of a mobile device. Students can also check their completed work for any printed or handwritten problems.
10. Khan Academy: With Khan Academy, teachers can identify gaps in their students’ understanding, tailor instruction, and meet the needs of every student.
11. The Relay Platform, from Lightspeed Systems, offering cloud-based filtering; delegated management with easy app controls; monitoring to keep learning as the focus; protection tools to flag inappropriate content or cyberbullying; and a function to analyze and drive app ROI, adoption, and compliance.
12. Kajeet‘s solutions aim to tackle the homework gap with the Kajeet SmartSpot, a filtered Wi-Fi hotspot; the Kajeet SmartBus offering school bus Wi-Fi; and the Kajeet Chromebook, offering a complete student connectivity solution.