(This post is actually a copy of my new page that I have added.)
I am developing a list of Apps that I think can help students through mobile learning. At this time, the list will feature only apps for the iPad because this is the only mobile device that I own that can support apps. In the future this list may grow to include more formats.
Dropbox (free) -In a mobile technology world many applications are used and transitioning from different technologies is commonplace. With Dropbox’s online storage all files can be saved to the ‘cloud’ and accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection. This is probably my most used app. Folders can also be shared between users, and I plan on sharing folders with each of my students so that they will be able to turn in their work from home.
GoodReader (4.99) – this is a file reader that allows you to read PDFs and mark them up with annotations. I plan on syncing this with Dropbox so that all work can be returned online, with written feedback.
Flipboard (free) – I have been learning about all the ways in which I need to become a “Connected Educator” and so far it is a little exhausting. It would be useful to have a Facebook, edmodo, Mybigcampus, Twitter account, and subscribe to several blogs through an RSS feeder. I do not have the time to check 15 different feeds a day so I tried to find one place that could store all those feeds. Flipboard allows me to open up my Google RSS, Facebook, and Twitter newsfeeds in one program. I also have access to basic news and science news. Flipboard also organizes content into a nice magazine type feel so the information is not overwhelming. There is still the possibility of missing out on updates due to the amount of content generated, but at this point I am still trying to just slowly immerse myself into the connected world. (If anyone else has another feeder conglomerator type program I am interested in learning more.)
Videoscience (free) – I haven’t had the chance to use this in class (we got the iPads at the end of the year) but I like the ability to have nearly a hundred lab demonstrations right at my fingertips. With an idea of the videos listed, this could provide an opportunity to allow students to see demonstrations that align to their interests when a topic is near what we are studying. When my iPad is connected to the AppleTV then I’ll have the ability to show these videos in class when the occasion arises.
iTunesU (free) – This is another app that I haven’t had the opportunity to fully investigate. iTunesU allows schools and universities to publish their courses online for the general public to learn from on their own. For example, you could learn the introductory physics course from MIT or study 2009’s Anthropology course from USC. While some of these courses have already been availible for free online, the app allows a consolidated learning platform. The learning possibilities from this app are almost endless.
Useful Web 2.0 iPad Apps.
These apps also have an online website that correlates with similar learning experiences on a traditional desktop or netbook.
Prezi (free)- This app allows for easy modification of Prezi presentations from the iPad. To me, Prezi seems like it was created by apple to begin with (in that non-traditional recreating way).
ScreenChomp (free) – This is Techsmith’s Jing for the iPad. You can create short videos showing how to do math problems for example. Having a class set of iPads and ScreenChomp could be really impressive for learning benefits from students.
Khan Academy – While Salman Khan may not be the best teacher according to some, he has developed nearly 3,300 free videos viewed by more than 100 million people that explain the basics of math through upper levels of differentiate equations. He also has taught science, humanities, and finance.