Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Explore the Windows Phone Apps Marketplace

I don't own a Windows phone so it was news to me when I learned a few days ago that there is a Windows Phone Apps Marketplace. I spent some time browsing the Windows Apps Marketplace and found a few apps that could be good for students to use if they have Windows phones.

Khan Academy is all over the web these days and the Windows Apps Marketplace is no exception to that. Khan Academy has an app for Windows phone users. The app links directly to Khan Academy videos.

The Weopardy app implements the Jeopardy format for studying vocabulary words. Weopardy presents a definition and you have to enter the word that matches. You can use the app as a timed game or as an untimed activity.

Math Skillz is a simple mathematics review app. You have your choice of practicing your addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division skills. Select a difficulty level and go through the flashcards. If you get stuck, use the "peek" button to see the answer.

Applications for Education
I'm not familiar with any schools that are rolling-out school-wide programs using Windows phones, but I'm sure there are students in our schools using them. If you have a parent or student asking for ideas about using their Windows cell phones for learning, have them take a look at the education section of the Windows Phone Apps Marketplace.