Apps for Education

Smart phones are becoming increasingly popular. Now that they are becoming more affordable, it is not that uncommon to see people in every economic bracket with one.  The PEW Research Center has completed surveys about the demographics of smart phone users.

I heard about using cell phones as a tool during tutor training at the Adult Literacy League. But after the trainer explained how she came to it, it made complete sense. Her student wanted to practice the new words he was learning, but didn’t want to be embarrassed as a grown man using flash cards.  After many trail and error experiments, they found an application that would work well for both of them.  I decided to compile a list of 4-5 applications for the most popular smart phones.  I suggest that you try out a couple and see what works for your student. The gFlash allows you as the tutor to upload a list of words for your student to use, or you can download a list already made by someone else.   All of the Dictionary.com applications include audio so users can see how the word is spelled and hear how it is pronounced.  Is there anything else you would add?

IPHONE

Flash cards + $0.99 English Voice download- FREE
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashcards/id408490162?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

Dictionary.com (includes pronunciation button) – FREE
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dictionary.com-flashcards/id446342262?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

Math games- FREE
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-math-flash-cards-app/id412496588?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2

World Lens (Translates street signs) – FREE
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/01/07/10-of-the-best-apps-for-education/2/?

Top 50 iPhone apps for Educators
http://oedb.org/library/features/top_50_iphones_for_educators

ANDROID

Spanish-English Dictionary ColorDict Dictionary- FREE
http://tech4world.net/the-best-android-applications-for-education.html

Math Wizard- FREE
http://www.appsnews.org/2010/06/mathwizard-android-app-review/

gFlash (create your own flashcards)- FREE
http://www.androidapp101.com/gflash-android-app-1381.html

Dictionary.com(includes pronunciation button)- FREE
http://www.androidapp101.com/dictionary-com-flashcards-android-app-2161.html

BLACKBERRY

gFlash PRO flashcards (create your own or download someone elses)- $4.99
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/134?lang=en

Math Flash- FREE
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/28944?lang=en

Student Notes (good for those studying for the GED)- FREE
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/37789?lang=en

Learn to Write- FREE
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/27646?lang=en

Dictionary and Thesaurus.com- FREE
http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3626?lang=en

3 Weeks Left to Donate Gadgets for Literacy

There are just a few weeks left in the Gadgets for Literacy collection to benefit the Florida Literacy Coalition.  If you have unused (but working) cell phones, calculators, MP3 players, iPods,video games, etc… , mail them into Gazelle (free of charge) and a donation will be made to the FLC based on your gadget.

It’s very easy!  Click here to get started.

Many thanks to Debra Hargrove and the Florida TechNet team for initiating this opportunity!

Contact Raychel George at the FLC with any questions.  She can be reached at (407) 246-7110 ext. 208 or georger@floridaliteracy.org.

Bring Unwanted Techno Gadgets to the Conference

Most of us have an old cell phone, calculator, mp3 player or other gadgets lying around collecting dust.  Bring them to the Florida Literacy Conference and recycle them to support the Florida Literacy Coalition at the same time!  

Florida TechNet has initiated this recycling opportunity on behalf of FLC. 

Bring devices with you to the Conference and deposit them in the recepticle or click here to mail them into the recycle center free of charge.  It is very easy to do.  *Please note: non-working items are less likely to have a value. 

Acceptable items to recycle include:

  • Cell phones
  • Calculators
  • MP3 players
  • PDAs
  • Video games
  • DVDs & Movies
  • Digital cameras
  • Camcorders
  • Laptops
  • LCD Monitors

A special thanks to Debra Hargrove and the Florida TechNet team for making this opportunity possible.