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Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center

By Sally Finley - Posted Mar 1, 2015
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Company: University of Michigan, soloway@umich.edu

Price: Free app

Audience: K–12

Format: Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center is designed to work on mobile devices such as smartphones or mobile tablets.

System Requirements: Intergalactic requires a web connection and runs entirely in the browser. It needs no special software and can be used on mobile tablets and smartphones.

Description: Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center is a collection of student applications to create maps, sketches, and progress charts through collaboration with peers. It includes a management system “in the cloud.” Khan Academy, a collection of more than 3,500 short instructional videos featuring learning activities in the areas of math, science, computer science, finance, economics, humanities, and test prep, provides resources through the WeKhan tool.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Downloads and Installations for iOS (iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone) are available from the App Store and require an iTunes login. Android OS devices (smartphones and tablets) can be installed from the Google Store. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: WeMap provides a tool for students to create and share concept maps. WeKWL is an application that allows students to record their progress in class material. WeSketch is an application for creating sketches or diagrams that can be animated. WeKhan provides access to Khan Academy videos. WeCollabrify contains all the basic “We” applications to help students “collabrify” anywhere. WeCollabrify Cloud is a management system for courses, classrooms, assignments, students, and files in the cloud. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Any computer with a web browser will work. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: An email address (soloway@umich.edu) is provided for information or questions. A blog provides current updates and the latest developments. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Intergalactic Learning Center focuses on the premise that all students in grades K–12 will soon have access to mobile technology, especially tablets and smartphones. When this occurs, teachers will need curriculum that complements this teaching approach. The productivity tools in this program will definitely help students become actively involved in a learn-by-doing approach toward learning centered on projects, inquiry, and active engagement.

I like the idea that using these tools (WeMap, WeKWL, WeSketch, WeKhan) promotes student ownership and responsibility for their own learning, as it enables teachers to become facilitators of learning rather than disseminators of knowledge. With this set of tools, students will be able to go directly to all kinds of information, people, places, data, events, and locations.

Mobile devices come standard with a GPS, an accelerometer, a camera, a mic, light sensor, and multi-touchscreen. They provide students of all ages with tools that let them take control and ownership of their own learning.

The Collabrify Mobile Platform includes all of the tools needed to complete investigations in all content areas. As students collaborate with each other, these tools make it easy to participate in organized research. Students are able to focus more on what they are studying. WeMap lets students create a concept map of their topic. Progress is charted through the WeKWL that is added to on a regular basis. Students will be most interested in the WeSketch feature that lets the learner make drawings that can be animated and shown to their classmates. These apps promote higher-level thinking skills for problem-solving as well as recess.

This program is an excellent way to move a classroom easily and efficiently into 21st-century learning with technology. This is one tool needed in every classroom. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.


 
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