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

  1. Go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page and select a 21st century skill.
  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. Then, choose either option #1 or #2 below.

Option 1: Explore Mobile Apps

    • Reflect on how the tool or resource that you selected could be useful to you in your life (e.g., school, work, etc.).
      • What is benefit to being able to being mobile while you access this app?
    • Post your reflection about this in your ePortfolio.
    • Provide a link to the tool or resource that you reviewed in your ePortfolio.

Option 2: Identify a Practical Use of a Mobile App

    • 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) showcasing one of the most notable functions of the tool. 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 (ex. How do I take a screenshot with an iPhone?).
    • What are the pros and cons of the app? How could it be useful to you in your life (e.g., school, work, etc.)? Would you recommend using the app? Why or why not? Post this to the discussion board for the module you are working on.
    • Add a reflection into your ePortfolio about your discoveries.
    • Embed your screenshot into your ePortfolio.

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