5 Children’s Apps to Enhance Outdoor Learning

5 Children’s Apps to Enhance Outdoor Learning

This is a guest post from Sam Flatman from Pentagon Sport.

Technology is commonplace inside the classroom, but some teachers are still holding back when it comes to taking tech outdoors. There are many debates about the role of technology in outdoor learning and we must ensure that using tablets and other devices enhances learning rather than detracts from it. For teachers who are keen to integrate outdoor learning and technology into their lessons, apps can be used to supplement learning across the curriculum.

5 Children’s Apps to Enhance Outdoor Learning

These five apps are particularly excellent for engaging learners.

Project Noah by Networked Organisms

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Project Noah is a great app for exploring and documenting wildlife. As you come across animals and insects while outdoors, the app can be used to ‘submit spottings’ and help you to identify the species.

Children can earn patches for their hard work by uploading animal sightings, participating in missions and more.

Project Noah is an excellent app to combine with the science curriculum and learn about local wildlife.
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Curious Words by Curious Hat

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The aim of this app is to get children thinking about words.

A word will randomly appear on the screen and learners must shoot a one second video to represent this word. For example, if the word “smile” appears, they could video their friend smiling at the camera. The app strings together these words and videos to make a short film.

Curious words is an excellent app for literacy-based classes and can encourage interest in film studies early on.
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Curious Words is available as a paid app from the iTunes store for both iPhone and iPad. The app is compatible with all current iOS devices, requiring a minimum of iOS7 to run. It will work on the following devices: iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer and iPod touch 5th Generation and newer.

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Compass by Harpan LLC

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Many young learners struggle with navigational and map-reading skills.

Compass is a simple app which teaches children how to use a compass and how to follow a trail map.

This is great practise for children and can be used to support the geography curriculum  by helping children to understand how map reading works.
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Free Compass is available for free from the iTunes store for both iPhone and iPad. The app is compatible with all current iOS devices, requiring a minimum of iOS4.2 to run. It will work on the following devices: iPhone 3GS and newer, iPad 2 and newer and iPod touch 4th Generation and newer.

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Storyboard That by Clever Prototypes, LLC

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Another app for which is great for literacy, Storyboard That allows children to build a storyboard by dragging and dropping images into a sequence.

Children can choose between preloaded images or they can head outside and snap their own photos to tell their tale.

This app is excellent for KS2 and even KS3 as it helps learners to concentrate on ensuring their creative writing has a good structure.
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Photogene by Omer Shoor

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Photo apps are always excellent for art class.

Photogene is a really creative and fun app which encourages children to shoot and edit their own photos. A great activity for this app is to head outside and take close ups of flowers and plants outside.

Back in the classroom, the photos can be edited to strengthen colours, then learners can grab their paints and try to replicate the image that they just took outside.
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Photogene is available for free from the iTunes store for both iPhone and iPad. The app is compatible with all current iOS devices, requiring a minimum of iOS6 to run. It will work on the following devices: iPhone 3GS and newer, iPad 2 and newer and iPod touch 4th Generation and newer.

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There are an enormous number of apps out there that can be used to support the school curriculum. This isn’t always a straightforward process and it’s important that activities which use apps and well planned. I always recommend that children are split into small groups to share tablets.

This not only means that they have to use their sharing skills, but also ensures that learners aren’t always focused on the screen, but instead are looking around outdoors to spot wildlife, searching landmarks from their map, or finding things to photograph.

What other apps do your class use for outdoor learning?


About the Author: Sam Flatman is an Educational Consultant for Pentagon Sport. Pentagon have worked with over 6,000 settings to create innovative playgrounds and learning environments for young students.

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