My Study Life is the brain child of a frustrated university student in
the UK who needed a way to stay organized. The functional app Jamie Clark
created is an organizational tool designed to help students keep track of their
hectic class schedules, due dates for assignments, and more. Students enter
their class schedules and tasks to be completed into the free app and it will
automatically integrate with the calendar in the app and any personal calendars
specified. The app will push reminders
to students about upcoming due dates and classes. One of the unique features
that differentiates this app from others is the ability to easily visualize
increments of a project. Instead of having a single due date for the entire
project, the app can break the larger project in to smaller pieces and assign
due dates for each part of the project to help the students stay on track. The
app also syncs with multiple devices and can be accessed without web access.
As adult educator, I would ask my students to sign up for the My Study
Life app as a way to keep themselves organized for the course. This could limit
the number of absences and missed assignments.
Memrise is a fee-based
language-learning app designed with three fundamental principles in mind:
neuroscience, community, and fun. The content of the app is divided into study
areas (called courses) including history, geography, art, literature, math,
science and more. Learners choose a course and the content is delivered in a
game-like format for learning, practice, and assessment. Learners can also
create groups around common courses. The
course also offers video and audio demonstrations of language so students can
Mobile learning is effective for learners of any age and educational level (Park, 2011) and has been proven to improve academic achievement (Elfeky & Masadeh, 2016). I would recommend Memrise to my adult learners as a way to explore additional course content and rehearse critical facts or concepts we covered in class. I would establish a group around topics we are studying in class so that all students can be working on the same content at the same time. For example, we are studying the English terms for physical sciences. All students in the class would sign up for the science lesson I indicate and can study the terms using the Memrise app on their own time.
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Park, Y. (2011). A pedagogical framework for mobile learning: Categorizing educational applications of mobile technologies into four types. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 12(2), 78–102.