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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Educational Applications in the Classroom

For this entire course we have spent a significant amount of time exploring and researching applications for mobile devices that can be used in the classroom in varying capacities. Our assignments for this week included selecting ten mobile learning applications for our students and the. Creating a lesson plan or presentation explaining how we would implement at least two applications in the classroom. After significant research I decided to create a lesson plan using the  application STEM Curiosity School and Google Drive. The idea is that I (the teacher) would supply the kids with the materials necessary for any of the seven lab assignments. The students would select which lab assignment they would like to complete in their small groups using the STEM Curiosity School application. As they work, they would all access a shared Jigsaw worksheet in Google Drive. In my classroom I like to give the students as much choice as possible so that they take   ownership of their learning. 

I have always been a supporter of an increase in the amount of technology integrated in the classroom. One way to increase technology use is to put the devices (mobile or otherwise) in the hands of students as often as possible. Through this class I have gained insight on different ways I can use my iPads on a more regular (and structured) basis with my students. I loved that the final project provided me with the opportunity to create a lesson plan that I can use in my classroom that will use my iPads in a more structured manner. If I were to tweak this course, it would be to add more assignments or discussions like the final project. While the application of the week discussion was valuable, it would be nice to know how everyone would use or could use some of the apps in the classroom. Same with the assignments of top applications. I would add a section for us to note how an application could be used in the classroom. All in all i found this to be a valuable course and I look forward to applying what I have learned in y classroom during the 2013-2014 school year. 

PS: This blog post was done on my phone from the BWI tarmac. My plane was SIGNIFICANTLY delayed and I figured what better use of my time and mobile device!  I apologize for any typos since they are hard to locate and correct. 


  1. Great post, Stacie. I wish I had required more assignments, too. I wasn't sure, not having taught the class before, whether more detailed assignments would work. I'm still not sure if they would during a 5-week class, but I appreciate your comments.

  2. Hi Stacie! I just found your blog and I am loving it! I am an elementary school teacher and I am transitioning our "computer lab" style class to a STEM class this year. I see K-6th grade so needless to say I have lots of work ahead of me! Do you have any suggestions or resources of how to create some sort of curriculum map?

  3. I just found your blog, and I'm so thankful. I teach in a 5th grade STEM magnet and have been looking for other teachers with the same focus. Unfortunately I am finding mostly corporate blogs/articles and TPT sites. I will pop back in periodically, thanks for sharing ideas. My blog is teachingstems.blogspot.com

  4. Good morning, Sondra and Kelly!
    I am so sorry for my late response. I found out in May that my husband and I were expecting and have been terribly ill until recently. I hope to begin posting more again now that I am feeling better and back into the swing of things here at school. In terms of a curriculum map, my district is suppose to upload the curriculum I wrote to their district site (which I will link to when available). Until then I will work on a post outlining the projects I currently complete with my students and try to upload as many of my resources as possible. I also have a TPT store where I offer EVERYTHING for free. I currently have two of my units from last year there for download. Keep in touch and please share what you guys find in your own searches!!!