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Dr. Alice Christie: Mobile Learning Experience 2012

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Best Educational Apps for iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches

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Ignite students' love of learning with interactive educational apps for mobile devices. Discover hundreds of free/inexpensive apps for use in elementary classrooms across all curricular areas.


The purpose of this session is to introduce educators to the best educational apps for K - 12 students. Because there are millions of apps on the market, finding really relevant, engaging ones that facilitate learning can be a bit daunting.

Participants of this one-hour, learn-by-doing, hands-on session will reap the benefits of our ongoing search for - and identification of - the best educational apps.

We will:

  • Showcase numerous apps for mobile devices across a variety of content areas for K - 12 students
  • Share criteria for evaluating apps and choosing apps for classroom use
  • Provide an overview of our extensive web site that supports this  session
  • Allow time for Q and A, and for ideas for future sharing and collaboration.


After this session, participants will:

  • be able to identify criteria for evaluating apps for mobile devices
  • have a list off 100 of the best educational apps for K - 12 students
  • be ready to download a dozen apps for use in their classrooms
  • experience the joy of learning that students will feel when they use apps on mobile devices in their classrooms
  • have access to a web site for ongoing reference and support about educational apps in K - 12 classrooms


There is a growing body of emerging research that supports the idea that mobile devices have the potential to engage learners more deeply in content, change pedagogical contexts into learner-centered and highly interactive environments, and transform the learning experience from a six-hour-per-day teacher- and test-driven school day into a collaborative, interactive, ongoing way of life.


Chicago-based educator Marva Collins states: "Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their minds. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea to spark another."


Educators who embrace the use of mobile devices in their K - 12 classrooms can, indeed, make learning contagious in an energized environment where one idea sparks another, then another, then another, until the American classroom REALLY becomes a place where, as the late Dr. Randy Pausch said, students can achieve their childhood dreams.