Smartphone or tablet, Apple or Android, mobile applications have become ubiquitous in the classroom setting.
Both Canadian educators and their students are taking advantage of today’s technology to further engage in meaningful learning experiences. In this article, real teachers across Canada have shared some of their favourite educational apps along with how they best use them. With a plethora of mobile applications out there, below is only a small sample of some of the better teacher and student-specific mobile applications.
Explain Everything (iOS & Android)
The ability to explain anything and everything is exactly what Explain Everything achieves, making it the ideal mobile application for any and all Canadian educators. In essence, it is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool, which allows for seamless integration of annotations, animations, and narrations. The possibilities are endless.
Mr. Enrico Uva, a teacher from LaurenHill Academy, uses Explain Everything to demonstrate basic concepts and then makes the videos available online for future viewing through the school’s science website.
Google Drive (iOS & Android)
Google products are increasingly more educator-friendly. Google Drive allows for sharing files and keeping them synced so that educators and students alike can access them at any time and collaborate freely. Google Drive includes Google Docs, Google Slideshows and even Google Forms.
Kate Haennel, a teacher from Gimli High School, uses the aforementioned tools available by Google Drive when delivering her lessons. In essence, she’s able to upload photos, videos, documents, and other files for access anywhere and on any device, making it available as she sees fit with her students, who could collaborate on certain documents or use them as resources and study guides.
The power of Twitter lays in its platform, allowing students, parents, community members, and educators to connect as another means of communication. For educators, having access to Twitter on-the-go is the equivalent of free professional development at any time and anywhere.
Mr. Blue Jay Bridge, a teacher from Henry G Izatt Middle School, uses Twitter to connect with his teaching community. He shares his successes and failures, collaborates with like- minded educators in Canada and around the world, and finds inspiration to step out of his comfort zone and utilize new technologies with his students.
This video analysis mobile application can easily capture frames and video on-the-go. Although designed with the coach in mind, physical activity specialists, physical education teachers, and even classroom teachers can benefit from CoachMyVideo. Some features include drawing, marking-up, and writing notes on both captured videos and photos alike.
Mr. George Bullas, a teacher from Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, uses CoachMyVideo to give students feedback on skill development. The ability to enhance student achievement by providing immediate and observable feedback is invaluable.
TGfU Games PE (iOS & Android)
TGfU stands for Teaching Games for Understanding. It is a teaching focused on developing tactics, strategies, and skills through small-sided games. The mobile application provides physical activity specialists and physical education teachers with an extensive list of over 200 TGfU appropriate games for children at different grade levels.
Luc Therrien, a teacher from École Taché, uses TGfU Games PE to assist him in teaching games using the TGfU approach. It provides him with a variety of games to choose from that are developmentally appropriate for his students.
All in all, there are many educational mobile applications available for Canadian educators in both the App Store and Google Play. Regardless of what grade level you teach, which subject you cover, there’s an app for you to discover.