Should students be using the Motorola XOOM in the classroom?
My name is Dem and I was lucky enough to complete my work experience with the Communications and Media Relations team at Telstra. On my third day, of my work experience, I was fortunate enough to meet Brendan O’Keefe as part of the Online and Social Media team. Throughout an exciting day, he introduced me to the Motorola XOOM; a tablet not too dissimilar to the Apple iPad. I was asked to rate my top 10 educational applications and did so gladly. Toward the end of the day, Brendan asked me to write a blog based on my personal opinion about schools having the XOOM for their students as well as justifying my top 3 educational apps. Here it goes!
The number of educational applications on the Android app market is astounding. Hundreds upon hundreds of apps that will no doubt have an effect on a child’s life if used correctly. There are apps for kindergarteners, primary school children, high school students and even university students!
The benefit of having such an aid for each of the students at a particular school might show in exam or test results. Different applications will enable the student to become more confident in their Maths, English and Science while also letting them become more organised with certain apps allowing students to plan their school day, week or month ahead of them.
Out of all the paid educational applications on the Android Market, these are my top 10:
- Math Ref
- School Schedule
- Words of Distinction
- The Elements-Tablet
- VCE Mobile
- Spelling Bee
- French Verbs Pro
- Kinesiology Sports Med Quiz
- Decimals into Fractions
- Grammar Guru
The number 1 educational application for the Motorola XOOM is Math Ref. I found this to be the most useful of all the educational applications in the “Market”. It would be extremely useful in the classroom as it would help explain each question that a student may have as well as giving them the formula.
Android app market
The number 2 educational application for the Motorola XOOM is School Schedule. This is an important app for any student in any year level at school. Students can put their timetable into the schedule and are therefore able to be prepared for class. Personally, having an app that helps you organise yourself/myself for school is really good.
The number 3 educational application for the Motorola XOOM is Words of Distinction. This app would be particularly helpful to high school students who want to add more sophisticated words to their vocabulary. I would find this helpful because it acts as a dictionary for harder and less common words.
The future heavily involves technology and it is only a matter of time before it controls us. Schools and students will benefit from having these small, practical devices.
Can the XOOM help students at school?
Will it be an effective way of learning for students?