25 Essential Apps For Mobile Learning

25 Essential Apps For Mobile Learning

Everyone seems to talk endlessly about the role smartphones and other mobile technologies play in today’s classroom, especially when it comes to the best apps to get teachers organized and keep students learning. Higher ed has not inoculated itself against the spread, and ranks from the university president down to the lowliest of fresh meat tote around a smartphone or a tablet these days. Some, of course, benefit the faculty more than others, and the following prove pretty popular among professors these days.

  1. DropboxThanks to the magic and wonder of cloud computing, professors on the go can access their files from other devices they’ve connected to their personal networks, meaning they never leave an important digital document at home!
  2. Documents To GoAvailable for nearly all smartphone and PDA platforms, Documents To Go offers up the full suite of Microsoft Office programs, and saving a file on one device makes changes to all connected ones as well!
  3. Lab GuruiPad-owning science professors sign up for the popular Lab Guru to draw up experiments and tote them into the field or onto the counter for note taking and sharing.
  4. AttendanceEducators with iDevices love this app for doing exactly what the name says it does – assist them in keeping track of what students attended what classes when.
  5. EvernoteSort digital files into scrapbooks and make sure all necessary class materials sit in the proper place with one of the mobile world’s most lauded organization applications of all time.
  6. The Elements: A Visual ExplorationEven non-chemistry buffs absolutely adore The Elements iPad app, which illustrates the periodic table with richly detailed photos and comprehensive information about all the basic components of everyday (and not-so-everyday) matter.
  7. TEDProfessors love using the intelligent, open source lectures available through TED to supplement their classroom lessons (on myriad topics, to boot) and even learn a few things they themselves didn’t know before.
  8. TwitterWhether used for backchanneling or sharing reminders and helpful online materials, Twitter has established itself as an essential tool for the 21st century classroom.
  9. Science 360Android and iDevice owners listen to audio and watch video on all the sciences here, making it an absolutely perfect resource for sharing with students and boosting personal knowledge.
  10. Quick GraphFor math professors, Quick Graph provides mobile computing’s most detailed visuals when it comes to calculating equations in two and three dimensions.
  11. KeynoteKeynote allows users to whip up multimedia presentations for lectures, conferences, and more on their iDevices, because sometimes PowerPoint just won’t do at all, dahling.
  12. TeacherKitThis app serves as an educator’s personal assistant in many ways, keeping track of nearly everything they need to stay on task, record grades and attendance, and plenty more – but only for iDevice owners, unfortunately.
  13. Teacher Aide ProAndroid-enabled academics who can’t use TeacherKit turn to the award-winning Teacher Aid Pro to accomplish the exact same goals mentioned above.
  14. Google AppsMore of a spacious suite of multiple apps rather than just one, these offerings by Internet juggernaut Google enhance any classroom with access to an Android, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone, or other mobile gadget.
  15. Blackboard Mobile LearnBecause so many colleges and universities provide access to Blackboard – especially for its online classes – it makes perfect sense that allowing easy mobile access appeals to tech-savvy educators.
  16. eClicker Polling SystemMake great PowerPoint and Keynote presentations even more effective with an app transforming iDevices into centers for making drawings, taking polls, scrolling through slides, and other fabulous features.
  17. WikipediaDespite its open editing structure, Wikipedia generally hosts the most accurate available information, and plenty of professors head there for research … even if it’s a clandestine peek!
  18. CourseSmartCourseSmart provides smartphone and tablet fans a painless way to read thousands of textbooks without potentially breaking their backs and shoulders with heavy bags!
  19. BentoDeveloped for iDevices, this app streamlines the project-planning and creating process, as well as serving as a pretty nifty little general organizer.
  20. EdmodoIf social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter don’t provide enough privacy for discussions and sharing classroom materials, Edmodo might fill that gap because it specifically targets teachers hoping to work closely with their students online.
  21. QuickOffice ProFor $14.99, iDevice and Android owners enjoy access to the full Microsoft Office suite, where they can create, edit, and share documents while out and about.
  22. BoxAnother dazzlingly popular cloud application allowing for file retrieval from any computer hosting it, with ramped-up privacy for anyone concerned about losing important documents to 1337 ]-[4><><0|2z.
  23. iAnnotateMaking notes, bookmarking, and highlighting is inevitable in academia – or, at least, in academia where work actually gets done – and this offering renders the process easy when it comes to PDF files.
  24. MendeleyProfessors inundated with research (and in possession of an iPhone) download Mendeley to keep their research compiled and organized, as well as network with other professionals and educators.
  25. PoppletMind map out those presentations and papers with Popplet, a quick and easy tool for visualizing how everything could fit together for the most effective and memorable lectures imaginable.

This is a cross-post from onlineuniversities.com

1 Comment

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