Discovery Exercise – Mobile Apps


Mobile apps increase productivity and extend the reach of instruction tremendously. Many of the technologies covered in EmTechWIKI offer mobile apps. Watch the following video or you may optionally read the transcript.

Discovery Exercise:

Identify a Practical Use of a Mobile App

  1. Go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page and select a 21st-century skill, either Lifelong learning or from the 4Cs.
  2. Select an Objective that you would like to achieve.
  3. Choose Mobile Apps from the Category menu.
  4. Select a tool or resource you would like to explore.
  5. Go to your smartphone’s App Store (or Play Store) to explore free and inexpensive apps that you may wish to try. While using an app, take a screenshot (also known as a screengrab) to showcase one of the most notable functions of the mobile app. If you are unfamiliar with how to take a screenshot on your device, please search how to do so in Google or another search engine (i.e.,. How do I take a screenshot with an iPhone?).
  6. Reflect on your experience and write a 1 to 2 paragraph reflection and add it to your ePortfolio. Below are a few questions to consider.
    • How might using a this app impact your life (e.g., school, work, etc.)?
    • What is the benefit of being able to be mobile while you access this app?
    • What are the pros and cons of the app?
    • Would you recommend using the app? Why or why not?
    • Self-reflection questions such as these can also help to guide your reflection.
  7. Embed or link to the screengrab that you took of the mobile app’s functionality into your ePortfolio. If you also created an artifact using the mobile app you can also include this in your portfolio.
  8. Include a link to the website of the mobile app that you explored into your ePortfolio reflection.

If you are enrolled in the MOOC, return to the #EmTechMOOC Coursera Discussion Forum to complete the Module you are working on.