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Chris Travers                                                                                             9/14/13                 

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Review of a Web 2.0, open source application, or app


Cool Apps for School




1.    Cool Apps for School is a wiki space site that shows you applications you can install on your cell phone to help you in any subject. This also shows you apps for things like organization, thinking and presentations. You can click on a link such as apps for science and it will display all applications associated with science to help you in the classroom. These include free applications as well as paid applications. This wiki space names the application, provides a brief description and lets you know if it is free or not.

2.    The target audience for this would be students of all ages. It can also be useful for teachers.

3.    The purpose of this software is to help students learn and understand the material in their specific subject. One science app provides an interactive human brain where you can discover how each brain region functions. It works by using your smartphone to download the application of your choice. Once downloaded, you install the application and then it is there for your personal use. The good thing about this is you have access to this at all times.

4.    It is very easy to use. You would just have to search the name of the application you are interested on your phone and install. Once the app is installed on your phone, there will be instructions on how to use the application.

5.    The site does not say exactly which phones these applications can be found on but does show a picture of the iphone. I would assume androids would work as well and any other smart phone that allows you to download applications. The memory requirement varies depending on which applications you intend to install on your phone.

6.    The only requirements are smart phones that allow the downloading of applications. This would work best for iphone users.

7.    The strengths are the applications provide information students can you any time they have access to their phones. It also provides a interactive view of the material that could help students better understand certain material.

8.    The weaknesses are that some applications not are free. Usually the better quality applications are the ones that cost money. Another weakness is that it only works for students that have smartphones that can download applications.

9.    3 examples how I might use this in my science teaching:

a.    If we were going over the human brain I could tell the students to download the 3d brain application and tell me for homework how each region of the brain functions.

b.    In class if we were going over molecules I would have students install the molecules application. From this application I would assign a molecule to draw and label from the application

c.     If we were going over the sun in class I would have students download the 3D sun application. I would have students explain what happens as the sun rotates from what they see going on in the 3D sun application.

10.                  Tips for science teachers would be to first download these applications on their own and test them out. See which ones work best and figure out how exactly to use them before asking students to install on their phones. There are plenty of free applications that are very useful. I would not recommend paying for applications unless you feel it is really necessary.

11.                  This site seems to very helpful. It seems like it is constantly being updated with new applications that come out to benefit students and teachers. I like the fact that they also offer applications that can help people with things such as organization and presentations.

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