Virtual School Meanderings

July 7, 2011

K12 Inc. And Mobile Learning

I thought that I had posted a notice of this earlier, but I can’t seem to find it (so if there was an earlier notice, please forgive the duplication).  In following the K12, Inc. blog, thinktanK¹², I’ve noticed that they have joined the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) when it comes to mobile learning apps.  I suppose the first time I noticed it was with the entry:

Check Out K¹²’s Mobile Apps for iPhone and Android

This blog entry lists the following apps:

K¹² Periodic Table (Free!) The K¹² Periodic Table lets you explore the elements and their key attributes in a simple, easy-to-use way. It’s perfect for working through your homework problems for Science courses. Works with iPad, too!  iOS and AndroidDownload (iTunes Preview)
Download (opens Android Market)
Counting Coins & Bills (Free!) Counting Coins & Bills lets you practice solving problems with coins up to quarters and bills up to $20 in 5 different activities. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
Counting Coins (Free!) Counting Coins lets you practice working with pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in 4 different modes. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
K¹² Money (Free!) Very similar to Counting Coins & Bills (with an updated interface), K¹² Money lets you practice solving problems with coins up to quarters and bills up to $20 in 5 different activities. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
Timed Reading Practice Lite (Free!) Adapted from our MARK¹² Reading Program, Timed Reading LITE lets readers in levels K-4 practice fluency (the ability to read smoothly and quickly) by reading short, timed stories. You can track words per minute read across a sample of 25 stories tied to the Flesh-Kincaid reading levels from 0.0 – 4.7. Allows you to track one student. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
Timed Reading Practice FULL($1.99) Adapted from our MARK¹² Reading Program, Timed Reading FULL lets readers in levels K-4 practice fluency (the ability to read smoothly and quickly) by reading short, timed stories. You can track words per minute read across over 250 stories tied to the Flesh-Kincaid reading levels from 0.0 – 4.7. Allows unlimited students to be added! iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
Algebra I Study & Review Lite (Free!) Gives you access to one sample unit and some reference materials from our award-winning Algebra I: A Reference Guide on your phone, with dozens of practice problems, a diagnostic tool to help you figure out what you need to study, tests to see what you know, and lots more. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
Algebra I Study & Review ($4.99) Gives you access to our entire award-winning Algebra I: A Reference Guide on your phone, with hundreds of practice problems, a diagnostic tool to help you figure out what you need to study, tests to see what you know, and lots more. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
PowerspeaK¹² Spanish ($4.99) PowerspeaK¹² Spanish includes audio dictionaries, quizzes, videos, and more to help you brush up on your language skills. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)
PowerspeaK¹² French ($4.99) PowerspeaK¹² French includes audio dictionaries, quizzes, videos, and more to help you brush up on your language skills. iOS OnlyDownload (iTunes Preview)

This was followed by the addition of What Sid is Thinking About History?  Now I’ll be honest and say that I have not been able to find the two PowerspeaK¹² apps in the Apple App Store (and the links above don’t work for me, I get an error that reads: “Your request could not be completed. The item you’ve requested is not currently available in the US store.”).  However, I have downloaded all of the free ones and was also about to Get the K¹² Algebra 1 Study & Review iTunes app free last week (and I sent out a message on my Twitter when the deal was on).

Since I have been able to get one of their apps for free, I will review that one in the coming month.  If they were willing to provide redeem codes for their other pages apps (e.g., Timed Reading Practice FULL, PowerspeaK¹² Spanish, PowerspeaK¹² French, additional content for What Sid is Thinking About History? – as FLVS has done – I’d be willing to review all of their apps (free and paid).

In the meantime, the folks over at thinktanK¹² have also posted these two mobile learning entries of interest:

I’ll keep an eye out and let you know when additional ones are posted.

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