Mobile learning: The good and the bad

Neo LMS

Everywhere we go, here and there, people always seem to have a mobile device in their hands, be it a smartphone or a tablet. It’s almost a sin not to own a mobile device. Our mobile devices are online 24/7. Put that in the context of learning and what do you get? Mobile learning of course. Mobile learning is now a movement and it’s not just about picking up a tablet and off you go.

Are Students Off-Task in Class on Phones? There's an App for That!

A Principal's Reflections

Recently I recently learned about Pocket Points , an app that educators are using to promote better decision-making amongst students with the goal of keeping them off their phones when not being used to achieve learning outcomes associated with the class. I am a huge proponent of harnessing and leveraging mobile technology in the classroom. In Uncommon Learning , I detailed the necessary steps we took to ensure success. 1:1 BYOD BYOT mobile learning Pocket Points

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Video communication apps and mobile learning

Nik Peachey

One of the great things about mobile devices such as tablets, iPads and phones is that most modern devices have good quality cameras and microphones built in. Mailvu for asynchronous messages Mailvu has been a long time favourite of mine, mainly because the web based version is so easy to use and doesn't require any downloads. Mailvu also provides mobile apps for iOS, Android an Blackberry. Keek for video journals Keek mixes web with mobile in the form of video journals.

Vernier app offers hands-on learning about thermal energy

eSchool News

Using the Thermal Analysis for FLIR ONE app, which is available for download in the App Store, as well as new investigations created by Vernier, students can measure temperature changes on the skin, illustrate convection, track heating due to friction, compare heat conduction in different materials, analyze the transparency of materials in infrared versus visible light, and more.

It is Time For Schools to Seriously Consider BYOT

A Principal's Reflections

As I download all of the apps on these devices, the majority of their time is spent engaged in games that require thought, creativity, and sometimes collaboration. Why should students in less affluent districts not be afforded the same opportunity as those with large budgets to utilize technology as a learning tool to create, collaborate, connect, communicate, and develop essential media literacies? Students need to fully understand that they are tools for learning.

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1:1 iPads and Digital Learning in Belton ISD

EdTechSandyK

They gave an overview of how Belton began experimenting with BYOD and small 1:1 implementations over the past two years, culminating in opening a brand new middle school (grades 6-8) with 1:1 iPads for students in the 2011-2012 school year. Lessons Learned from and Tips for 1:1 Implementations Staff Development is KEY!!! When Belton tried BYOD, use in classroom was at teacher discretion. Give them permission to learn with and from their students.

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New Vernier Thermal Analysis® Plus for FLIR ONE® App Launched to Help Students Study Thermal Energy Concepts

techlearning

Built on the award-winning version of our original app, Vernier Thermal Analysis Plus offers new functionalities and features to further support teachers and students in BYOD and mobile learning environments,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. Thermal Analysis Plus can be downloaded for $9.99 To learn more about the app and accompanying investigations, visit [link].

Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

For the past several years the Horizon Report has listed mobile learning, in one form or another, as an emerging educational technology (e.g. mobile computing, mobile apps, social media, BYOD, mobile learning). Mobile technologies have changed over the years: from the early PDAs, Blackberrys and feature phones with texting capability and cameras, to tablets and eReaders to the ubiquitous smartphones of today. affordances of mobile Web 2.0.