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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mobile Learning: 6 Apps and Web Tools for High School Students

Mobile devices are becoming as essential to students' daily lives as, say, breakfast. Experts say it's time to utilize them in our schools to engage students.
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Journalist

With so many high school students owning mobile devices, educators may be missing opportunities by simply banning them. Experts say schools should take advantage of these tools to engage students and make learning more collaborative.

Here are some apps for high school students -- from Edutopia's latest guide, Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know -- that you can try in your classroom. Share your favorites mobile ideas in the comments below.

Credit: Jared Andrew Schorr

Evernote

Students can keep notes and gather sources for their projects, all of which can be shared with their teachers and classmates.

Twitter

Twitter is an information network that’s available online and in app form. Conversations may seem trivial, but the valuable tool lets users share their thoughts, questions, links, photos, and videos. Students can tweet in journalism classes, posting reports online in real time, for instance, or on field trips, sharing what they’re discovering on their trips.

The Chemical Touch

The periodic table comes alive with an app that provides detailed info on the elements, standard amino acids, and nucleobases.

Shakespeare Pro

The complete works of the Bard, including 41 plays, are available with a few swipes and clicks of this iPad- and iPhone-enabled app.

Socrative

Want to know if your students have absorbed a lesson and are ready to move on? Available for any device with a browser (smartphones, tablets, iPod touch), this Web-based student-response system enables you to assess in real time -- via multiple-choice, short-answer, and true-false questions -- how much of the material your students understand. Students enter their answers on their own devices, allowing them the privacy to answer candidly, and results are tabulated immediately. Instant feedback!

SAT Prep Apps

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  1. The Official SAT Question of the Day, from the College Board
  2. SAT Score Quest, the Princeton Review’s iPad app
  3. SAT Connect for Apple

Students can get quizzed on the SAT’s different sections via subject-organized practice questions; they can take tests (timed and untimed), which are scored immediately to provide them with feedback on potential problem areas and how to correct them.

Check out app and Web tool ideas for elementary and middle school students. And for more on mobile devices for learning, download this classroom guide:

Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

Learn how cellphones, e-book readers, and tablets are getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future.
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