Learning Curves: Class Connection – Using Your Mobile Phone to Make Life (and Learning) Easier
If you have a learning disability, you may have trouble with skills such as reading, memory, math, time management, writing, or reasoning. But if you have a mobile phone, you have access to a number of apps and functions that can help you compensate for those deficits.
Your cell phone can be used as an alarm clock, camera, calculator, notepad, appointment reminder system, daily schedule, dictionary, encyclopedia, and a way to access teachers for extra help and answers to homework questions outside of the classroom. Apps for Android and iPhone can help you access nonprofit educational videos like those offered by Khan Academy at any time of day.
If you have difficulty with note-taking, use your phone to record lectures so you can review material for tests and essays and fill in details you might have missed. You can also download a dictation app to help you generate emails, reports, and other assignments. Apps like American Wordspeller and Reading Machine can help you pronounce words you can't read and look up word spellings and meanings phonetically.
An app like Multiplication can help students who have difficulty memorizing math facts. Other apps help you practice, graph problems, and make math more visual. Need help generating papers? An essay writing app can help you organize your thoughts, lay out your work, and review your efforts. Students with weak memory skills find that apps such as Noteshelf and Popplet can help them recall information, mind-map their ideas, and collaborate effectively with classmates.
Of course, the best part about using your smart phone as a learning tool is that it's so much fun. And OMG, if you find an app you love, it's so easy to share it with a friend.