What are some single purposed apps or web sites you use frequently for entertainment or personal uses (let’s skip the popular things like Facebook and email)? Pick and app and design some kind of activity you might use that might have an educational use.

In your response, include the way you normally use the app, and then detail what it might offer in an educational context.

The example shown here might be an assignment to find representations of certain kinds of geometry in the real world and share a photo via Instagram.

Or you might try the Google Translate app (Android) (iOS) to experiment with having a discussion between two people who do not speak the same language.

The challenge here is to an educational activity to wrap around apps that people might use for maps, finding restaurants, checking the weather, etc.

Example for "Find an Educational Use for Fun Apps":

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3 Responses Completed for this Challenge

  • Brainstorming System Requirements using MindMeister (Jessica Joy, @ba_professor)

    I certainly struggled to select an app for this challenge, given the nature of the program within which I teach, where technology is a critical component. I considered several options including Doodle, Trello, Basecamp, Clockify and Maplet; however, it was MindMiester that caught my attention. It’s been my experience that students engage very actively in creative brainstorming activities, so I challenged myself to consider how the creation of a mind map activity utilizing the tool MindMeister might be integrated into more… »

  • Flipagram una app para hacer videos cortos (Laura Aguilar, @TurismoUdeG)

    De  veras que es divertida!! Basta con tener una breve toma  o algunas fotografías para armar un video . Las opciones de insertar música es más variada que Animoto y la manera de compartir en instagram o twitter es rápida, además de que puedes editar tu video aunque ya lo hayas compartido. Comparto un ejemplo en clase de Gastronomía Nacional. Hicimos un taller sobre el proceso del cacao hasta convertirse en chocolate.  

  • Servidor Minecraft (Oscar Pérez, @quiron)

    El juego de bloques Minecraft, además de ser divertido, promueve la creatividad en la construcción de espacios. Por otro lado promueve el pensamiento espacial, pues sin él, es fácil perderse en una mina. Pero levantando un servidor, se promueve además el trabajo en equipo para realizar obras de construcción. Levanté un servidor Pocketcraft para mi hijo y mis sobrinos, y he observado con agrado como se organizan para realizar tareas de construcción en equipo.

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