I even love telling the kids to open up the Mental Case. Ha!
But, why is it one of my top recommended apps?
Vocabulary can be a dreaded word for some (most) students. It isn't fun. They don't remember the definitions because most time they don't understand them.
I will give credit to the power of knowing key vocabulary. Knowing and personalizing meaning in content vocabulary is a key component in being successful. Whether it is a test or the "real world" vocabulary understanding is necessary.
So, that is where Mental Case makes it a pretty cool process. Unlike other apps that I've tested with students, Mental Case is a kid-tested, teacher approved method of developing vocabulary awareness. :)
*Students can easily create the flashcards. Give them some free explore time, and they are good to go! Seriously, very easy to pick up!
*Picture integration- You can use your pics from the iPad camera, internet, or (best) student created in a drawing app. The pictures are great triggers for understanding the word/definition.
*Voice integration- You can have students record their own voices for the word and definitions. They learn to stress key words, and later they hear THEIR voice. Cool, and fundamentally sound for all students...but, especially a struggling reader.
*Transfer- You can make a set and share to multiple iPads (if you want) via iTunes, syncing w/Mac, Bluetooth, or email. I like having students personalize the sets per iPad (easier and more beneficial, I think).
*Organize- You can create sets based on concepts and help students see connections in words/definitions.
Check it out!
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