By Polly Peterson
Top Five Educational Apps
Thinking of ways to lighten your schoolbag? Your tablet device can replace both your textbook and your notebook. Download the Evernote app and take notes on it during class. The app can be integrated on all your mobile devices, allowing you to save and search your content index from your laptop, tablet, smartphone or whichever device you're using at the moment.
2. Moodle Touch
Can you access your learning management system (LMS) from your mobile device? Access Moodle 2.0 from your Smartphone or tablet with mTouch apps. With mTouch you can check your class assignments, download assigned readings and even participate in discussion groups.
This virtual white board app allows you to contribute lessons drawn on your tablet device to an online community where anyone can teach or learn topics from basic algebra to atomic theory. Educators use ShowMe to publish lessons for students to review at their own pace so that face-to-face class time can be used for group projects and discussions. This inverted classroom maximizes collaboration and encourages a more self-directed student learning environment.
Parents and K-12 teachers enthusiastically endorse the Toontastic story app. With Toontastic, young authors can either choose from characters and story settings or draw their own. Kids develop plots as the app leads them through the introduction, conflict and resolution of their story, which they can then animate and upload to ToonTube so that others can watch and vote on their creations.
5. Pocket MBA
Looking for a way to brush up on your skills during a train commute? Just-in-time learners who are looking for in-the-field corporate training can consider Learning To-Go's business education course apps, which include flashcards and tests.
For more about how mobile apps are changing education, check out Study.com's recap of the fourth live eduMOOC panel discussion.