An App (Application) is a program/software designed to run on a smartphone and/or tablet computers. There are now thousands of Apps in the Apple AppStore, Google’s Google Play and Blackberry’s App World designed for multiple purposes. Apps use the technology in handheld devices such as the camera, GPS technology, 3G and Wireless connectivity and accelerometer.
Hundreds of Apps have been either specifically designed for education or adopted by teachers for use in the classroom. Below is a shortlist of Apps that educators have recommended to use in the classroom (specifically directed for Apple products, but usually available on all platforms). I have managed to either practically make use of all of the Apps below or have made plans to use in the near future.
Youtube Safari iTunes
Camera Voice Memos Calculator
Compass Google iBooks
Google Translate Dictionary
Facebook Twitter Skype
Wordpress Blogger Zite
Explain Everything Educreations QR Code Scan
Qik Video Voice Thread Fotobabble
Evernote Dropbox SimpleMInd
Pocket Pond Dictation ShowMe
Songify Storify Spelling Hero
Seek ‘n Spell
MathsRev Maths Higher iMathmatics
Globe Quakes iGeology
Google Earth Cultures World Atlas
Excelade Coach’s Eye sprintTimer
speedClock Fitness Tests Bleep Test
Step Test 12 Minute Run Ab Workouts
RipDeck MusicWorkout iMuscle
Skeleton Pro III Virtual Heart First Aid
TimeMotion RunKeeper Endomondo
SportsRules SportLogik Heart Rate
Cardiograph CoachPad CoachNote
Twitter TED Talks
This is not a definitive list, and maybe slightly bias to the Apps that I use, but these apps can, and have made a huge difference in education.
Some educators have now started to develop Apps to target their own courses/ subjects. A person already mentioned, Jarrod Robinson (@mrrobbo) from Australia, started developing Apps for his subject – PE. He started developing Apps using websites like www.iBuildApp.com to created course specific content before developing Apps for general use in PE. Check out his website with a full list of Apps he has developed – www.thepegeekapps.com
Apps are simple to create, and can have a positive influence on young people’s education. I have started to develop Apps myself, starting with the DofE WebApp – http://ibuildapp.com/web-DofE – WebApps are simple to create and are FREE!
Keep checking back to my blog for specific App reviews and uses in the classroom.