Asking the Right Questions About Mobile Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been engaged in a great amount of work either assisting districts and schools as they begin to implement mobile learning ( 1:1, BYOD ) or helping them get their programs on track. Thus, many lessons were learned the hard way. The success of mobile learning relies on proper planning, reflection, and evaluation to improve. Have you developed a strategic plan to ensure the initiative will positively impact student learning ?

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning. Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. Technology like tablets PCs, apps, and access to broadband internet are lubricating the shift to mobile learning, but a truly immersive mobile learning environment goes beyond the tools for learning to the lives and communities valued by each individual learner.

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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.

The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom

Neo LMS

While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials. Mobile students. Young students do pretty well in terms of mobile devices ownership. Finding the value of going mobile.

Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

eSchool News

It’s a question we hear all too often—from parents, technology critics, and, of course, the news media: Do those pricey laptops schools buy actually improve academic results? But really, the question is superficial and shows a limited understanding of what is needed to enhance teaching and learning using technology. Laptops by themselves change little. Is it simply because laptops are a visible component and thus are easy to measure?

Lesson Ideas for Mobile Learning

Educator Innovator

New media educator Howard Rheingold interviews educator Shelly Terrell about her new book, which highlights the power of students’ mobile devices to drive learning in and out of the classroom. I knew that I had to talk with Shelly Sanchez Terrell again when I learned through the tweetvine that she had a new book out about mobile learning ( Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones, and BYOT ).

Self actuated mobile learning

Learning with 'e's

This is a continuation of my short series of blog posts on mobile learning. In previous posts I have argued that mobile learning is increasingly popular as an informal activity, and that personalisation of learning is an important characteristic of smart phone use. We are a now mobile, itinerant society where tethered computing is becoming increasingly anachronistic. Self actuation is all about having control over your own learning.

State offers laptops as trade-in for school iPads

eSchool News

Students, teachers cite increased game-playing on iPads and ask for laptops to use for educational purposes. After hearing students and teachers overwhelmingly say iPad computers are used to play games in class, while laptops are better for schoolwork, Auburn and other Maine districts are sending iPads packing and returning to laptops. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of laptops: 88.5

Mobile learning and personal metrics

Learning with 'e's

The rise is also due to people''s desire to develop their learning informally. There are formal contexts for mobile learning, but it is in the leisure time/travelling/down time that mobile learning still comes to the fore. The first principle in the article above relates to access, and states: "A mobile learning environment is about access to content, peers, experts, portfolio artifacts, credible sources, and previous thinking on relevant topics.

Do one-to-one laptop programs improve learning?

eSchool News

A Michigan State University study found surprising results when researchers analyzed laptop programs. Students who receive a laptop computer from their school tend to see a noticeable increase in academic achievement, a Michigan State University study reveals. Correct implementation is key, Zheng emphasized, and simply distributing laptops to students will not boost achievement. Just putting a laptop before a student doesn’t really help them with anything,” Zheng said.

Lenovo’s big updates to laptop and tablet lines

eSchool News

At the CES show in Las Vegas this week, Lenovo has introduced new upgrades to its laptop and tablet lines, adding faster speeds, new accessories, and lighter weights for a number of its product lines, such as ThinkPad tablets, its YOGA laptop-tablet hybrid, and ideapad laptops. YOGA 900S (pictured above) is a portable, convertible laptop that is noticeably lighter than previous models at 12.8 The Windows 10 laptop features up to 10.5

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. This opens up a really wide range of potential for communication and speaking practice that used to be such a struggle to organise on older laptops and desktop computers. 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.

Come to the Mobile Learning Experience in September 2013

The Mobile Native

Cross Post from @TonyVincent "Learning in Hand" It''s my pleasure to be on the team organizing Mobile Learning Experience 2013. If you''d like to get a feel for 2012''s conference, then check out the Mobile 2012 Program and Mobile 2012 Speakers'' Resource Wiki. Mobile educators from across the country are gathering for three days to share, collaborate, and explore the many facets of mobile learning. Please consider presenting at Mobile 2013.

Implementing Mobile Devices With a Focus on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following post is a modified excerpt from Uncommon Learning. Mobile learning provides enhanced collaboration among learners, access to information, and a deeper contextualization of learning. Koole (2009) No one will deny the impact that mobile is having on the world. All one has to do is take a look at how mobile devices are changing everyone’s perception of computing as it is more accessible and personal than ever.

Lenovo launches two new K-12 laptops

eSchool News

New N23 and N42 laptops are specifically designed for K-12 institutions. At its annual Accelerate Partner Forum , Lenovo announced two new N-series laptops designed specifically for K-12 institutions. The Lenovo N23 with Microsoft Windows 10 offers students an 11.6-inch multimode form-factor with four unique positions including laptop, tablet, tent and stand. Mobile Learning News

It's Not a Technology Issue

A Principal's Reflections

This ends up resulting in the formation of rules and policies that severely restrict or prohibit student use of mobile technology and social media as tools to support and/or enhance learning. As the presentation began to focus on mobile learning initiatives a hand immediately went up. Change in mindset hinges on our ability to challenge certain assumptions that we have in terms of mobile technologies. Technology still gets a bad rap in many education circles.

Offline Activities with Mobile Devices

Teacher Reboot Camp

“You can see an evident shift from formal curriculum-based learning to informal just-in-time learning, and this is just the beginning!” ~ Pooja Jaisingh. Even without an Internet connection students learn a lot with mobile devices, laptops, and other technologies. Students carry these powerful learning tools in their pockets and can capture the learning all around them. Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go.

Mobile Learning Experience 2012 - April 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona

The Mobile Native

Cross Post From Tony Vincent''s Learning in Hand Interested in iPad, iPod touch, tablets, netbooks, laptops, phones, apps, podcasting, Android, iOS, and web-based tools? Excited about mobile technology for learning and teaching? Want to connect with other educators and learn from their successes and challenges? Then join me for Mobile Learning Experience 2012 April 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona. Registration for Mobile Learning Experience 2012 is open.

Be That Cool Teacher- Mobile Learning in The Classroom 101

MSEDTechie

With the recent expansion of mobile learning through various teaching tools such as iPads, laptops, ipod touches, and various other tablets, it is important for educators to know how to strengthen their instructional practices using these practical tools. Mobile Learning Starting Places: Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand a former educator turned mobile learning guru, has researched based methods, strategies, and tips for using mobile devices in the classroom.

How—and Why—We Can Improve the Future of Mobile Learning

Edsurge

When Massive Open Online Courses (or MOOCs) were first introduced, people quickly realized these platforms could help students learn more effectively at their own pace on their own schedule. This development, combined with tremendous growth in mobile device usage due to improved technology, naturally led to a shift in mobile learning patterns. Despite this promising beginning, the role of mobile devices in the classroom and in education overall is still rather limited.

Why Consider Mobile Learning? (Infographic)

Kevin Corbett

2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices. 2012, 65% of workers declared their mobile devices to be their “most critical work device.”. 4.99% of mobile learners believed the format and presentation enhanced their learning. 5.75% of mobile learners praised the convenience and time management benefits. 6.46% of mobile workers would pic a smartphone over a tablet or a laptop as their favorite device.

50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

TeachThought - Learn better.

50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher by TeachThought Staff While Apple products are known for their integration in classrooms, increasingly Google is the choice for schools and districts looking for something organized, useful, and inexpensive that’s available on tablet, laptop, Chromebooks, desktop, smartphone, and more. Technology Google Education Tools For The Classroom Mobile Learning New Teacher Our Most Popular

Why Consider Mobile Learning? (Infographic)

Kevin Corbett

2015 80% of people will be accessing the Internet from mobile devices. 2012, 65% of workers declared their mobile devices to be their “most critical work device.”. 4.99% of mobile learners believed the format and presentation enhanced their learning. 5.75% of mobile learners praised the convenience and time management benefits. 6.46% of mobile workers would pic a smartphone over a tablet or a laptop as their favorite device.

20 Web Tools and Apps for Learners to Create Fun Videos

Teacher Reboot Camp

In my digital book, Learning to Go , I provide tips, resources, rubrics, and handouts to help your students storyboard their productions and create short commercials, films, trailers, broadcasts, digital stories, and public service announcements. Check out the bookmarks for several more web apps, tools, and resources to get your students learning by producing their own short videos. Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers and Learning to Go.

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This is how your infrastructure should look before your next tech rollout

eSchool News

Most educational organizations want the classroom to change; to improve teaching and learning by leveraging technology. The terms blended and flipped learning are touted extensively as useful educational goals. It must also provide fast and reliable external access to teaching and learning resources that are on campus. A robust and feature rich LMS (Learning Management System). I prefer to call the ones that have evolved Online Learning Environments (OLEs).

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The Future is Here: Take Advantage of It

A Principal's Reflections

This has led to a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative, where students are encouraged to bring in their mobile learning devices, which include cell phones or personal computing devices (laptops, tablets, iPod Touches, eReaders, etc). In the case of mobile learning devices (cell phones), if a student does not have a device my teachers have been instructed to pair or group them when using polling sites like Poll Everywhere or conducting research.

These 8 schools have A+ mobile device programs—here’s why

eSchool News

As more schools discover the power and benefits of education technology, mobile devices such as Chromebooks, Macs and iPads in the classroom are becoming commonplace. Here are eight innovative, real-world examples of schools that are using mobile devices along with a mobile device management (MDM) solution to unlock what’s possible in the classroom: 1. Ridley School District has implemented a 1:1 iPad program to help students learn and better prepare for college.

School district invents custom charging solution for all schools

eSchool News

As Denton Independent School District (ISD) prepares for future ready classrooms with technology and builds new schools, the Texas district is partnering with LocknCharge to create a new mobile device charging cabinet – the Carrier 15 Charging Station™. When we looked to roll out new technology for our schools, we wanted to create collaborative learning environments,” said Dwight Goodwin, director of instructional technology at Denton ISD. To learn more, please visit: [link]. ###.

BYOD Begins With Trust and Respect

A Principal's Reflections

My first ever post on the topic just provided a small glimpse at the possibilities inherent when students are empowered to use the technology that they already posses to enhance their learning experience. Image credit: [link] It was our desire and quest to create a school culture and learning environments that were more reminiscent of the real world that our learners would soon be a part of that drove change in this area. BYOD mobile learning New Milford High School

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Why my students are real world-ready with nothing but a device

eSchool News

Just as few modern-day workers could function in their jobs without a cellphone, a laptop, or periodic trips to Google, I want my students to learn how to solve problems using devices that will likely be similar to ones they will encounter for the rest of their lives. I strongly believe in the power of technology to transform learning and the lives of my students. Curriculum eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News How-to Mobile Learning One-to-one Technologies

Streamlining BYOD With ClassLink

A Principal's Reflections

Throughout the entire 2011-2012 school year, we worked to refine our approach, implementation, and learning outcomes for the program. Students are permitted to use their devices for learning during non-instructional time (i.e. Mobile learning devices (i.e. Even though our school has more than enough available technology in four computer labs and two mobile carts, some students are more comfortable working on their own devices.

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Gearing Up for the Hour of Code – SULS040

Shake Up Learning

The post Gearing Up for the Hour of Code – SULS040 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The philosophy is simple but significant: every student deserves the opportunity to learn computer science. Anyone can learn the basics of computer science in a fun and easy way!

Alabama district puts wi-fi on buses

eSchool News

Cedar Ridge student Destin Ishman used his school-issued laptop to check his semester grades. “It McClatchy Mobile Learning Networking & Broadband News Top NewsPlan for digital conversion prompts district to examine Wi-Fi availability. Because of the need to make sure every student has 24-hour internet access, buses may play a significant role in Decatur City Schools’ (Ala.) plan to change how it delivers education.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code

Shake Up Learning

The post The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The philosophy is simple but significant: every student deserves the opportunity to learn computer science. Anyone can learn the basics of computer science in a fun and easy way! There are even options to go “unplugged” if you do not have access to devices in your classroom because students can learn computer science principles with something as simple as a deck of cards.

When one-to-one goes wrong

eSchool News

its learning management system). “It’s He said both teachers and technical staff members need to be trained on how to leverage and manage the “big scale-up,” with a primary focus on how to most effectively use the devices for learning. Left to navigate the ins and outs of using tablets or laptops in the classrooms on their own, teachers may quickly return to their traditional teaching methods as the equipment gathers dust and/or gets used primarily for entertainment and gaming.