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. For success, all stakeholders must be on board and have clear outcomes developed.

Why Mobile Learning Is The Future

The Game Agency

Mobile Gaming is and will continue to disrupt the L&D industry. M-Learning allows training to be readily available anywhere and everywhere. Training is at the tip of your fingers and here is why that’s important: The post Why Mobile Learning Is The Future appeared first on game.

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Stop asking whether laptops improve learning outcomes

eSchool News

But really, the question is superficial and shows a limited understanding of what is needed to enhance teaching and learning using technology. Introducing laptops while not changing the teaching and learning paradigm is of little use, and may even produce negative academic outcomes. Simply having students using laptops for learning is not enough. It is the type of activities that are being used and the depth of learning that occurs that is important.

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.

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.

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The Drivers of a Successful BYOD Initiative

A Principal's Reflections

As devices have become more affordable over the years, parents have bestowed a variety of mobile technologies upon their children. The potential is there for schools and educators to empower students to take more ownership of their learning. The overall goal of any BYOD initiative should be to support and enhance student learning. A rash decision is made to go BYOD without a sound rationale for how it will impact student learning.

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Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones

Dangerously Irrelevant

Murphy & Beland’s recent study is making the rounds online, particularly among those who are eager to find reasons to ban learning technologies in classrooms. The economists found that banning mobile phones helped improve student achievement on standardized test scores , with the biggest gains seen by low-achieving and at-risk students. Here are my thoughts on this… The outcome measure is standardized test score improvement.

#4: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

eSchool News

Popular mobile devices may come and go, but the iPad has remained a hit in the K-12 classroom. While doing this, we came across several outcomes that made us question and dig deeper into what the research actually says about using them in the classroom. It’s probably not giving much away to say that the most important learning outcome we found was that experience is the greatest teacher. eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News Mobile Learning Research

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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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6 Great Websites for Educators Using iPads in the Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

The goal of any device should be to fade into the background, allowing learning to always be in the forefront. Tailoring your curriculum to include devices such as iPads can have a positive impact on student engagement in the classroom and continued learning outside the classroom. When iPads are integrated effectively, the outcomes can be amazing. This blog provides best practices for using the iPad as a learning tool. Mobile Learning

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Do one-to-one laptop programs improve learning?

eSchool News

In the past couple decades, one-to-one laptop programs have spread widely, but so has debate about whether they are cost-effective and beneficial to educational outcomes,” said Zheng, assistant professor of educational technology and lead author on the paper. “I Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning News ResearchA Michigan State University study found surprising results when researchers analyzed laptop programs.

Evaluating authentic mobile apps for learning

Nik Peachey

I particularly encouraged them to think about 'authentic' apps rather than those made for learning. This is because in many ways I feel that most made for learning apps have made very little pedagogical progress beyond their roots in CALL from the last century. Check out my ebook As a result of that workshop and the research that developed from it I've now developed this list of criteria for evaluating mobile apps for educational purposes.

6 Ways to Make Edtech Affordable on Any Budget

Gaggle Speaks

While the benefits of technology in the classroom seem straightforward, it’s important to remember that the core goal of all digital and blended learning programs is to improve student engagement and learning outcomes. Some admins and teachers have told us that having GoGuardian installed on students’ devices fundamentally changes the way their classes operate and students learn. Mobile LearningPosted on July 8, 2016 by Rebecca Sadwick.

The 4 essential elements of any successful one-to-one program

eSchool News

As more and more schools and districts set goals to provide one-to-one access to technology to students to meet teaching and learning goals, district and school leaders are faced with the task of planning and implementing technology resources at levels that they might not have experienced in the past. Another example of engaging our stakeholders emerged when deciding which mobile device model to select for purchase for schools. Mobile device implementation.

Shifting from Passive to Active Learning

A Principal's Reflections

“ Nothing could be more absurd than an experiment in which computers are placed in a classroom where nothing else is changed. ” - Seymour Papert When it comes to improving outcomes in the digital age, efficacy matters more than ever. Tom Murray and I shared this thought in Learning Transformed : Educational technology is not a silver bullet. As the technology continues to evolve, the conversation must remain focused on learning and pedagogy—not on devices.

How complex is learning?

Learning with 'e's

Learning is highly complex. Consequently, any attempts to teach, or to provide formal environments within which learning can occur, yield complex problems. The result is a multitude of contradictory theories and explanations on what learning is, how it happens and what teachers need to do to optimise it. How do you cater for the learning needs of every child in a class of 30? What do students actually learn in a formal context anyway, and how can we know for sure?

Create Short Animated Videos for Learning With the Tellagami App

EdTechSandyK

I was able to learn the app very quickly this weekend in preparation for introducing it to secondary fine arts teachers from my school district this morning. then scroll down to learn more about what I like about the app and some ways I think it could potentially be used in teaching and learning. What I Like About Tellagami The app is free for both iOS and Android mobile devices, which makes it ideal for both 1:1 and BYOD learning environments.

A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

Professional learning communities (PLCs) offer a collaborative approach to professional development in which small groups of educators meet regularly to reflect on instructional planning and practice, share expertise and insights from their teaching experiences, and engage in collective problem-solving. PLCs are often beneficial for educators working towards similar goals, such as improving student outcomes through the implementation of a new curriculum, program, or framework.

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The digital learning challenge that still vexes schools

eSchool News

The latest Speak Up survey findings from Project Tomorrow reveal how far schools have come in making digital learning available to every student — and how far they still have to go to realize the full value of their edtech investment. Although the survey indicates that students in a majority of schools are now given a mobile device to use in class, there are mixed signals about the value this adds to their learning.

Research Reveals Factors That Help Students Achieve Learning Gains with Education Apps; Findings Outlined in New Research Brief from SmartEdTech

techlearning

March 20, 2018 — Schools are spending billions of dollars on Chromebooks, tablets, and other digital devices to support the delivery of personalized learning opportunities for students based on assessment data and analytics, but are they achieving a learning return on this investment? The document provides in-depth analysis on what principles and features educational game designers should consider for students to experience measurable learning growth.

Devices Need to Support Learning

A Principal's Reflections

It really puts into perspective why we make many of the decisions that we do at New Milford High School as to why we decided to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and don''t mandate the use of one specific tool to support learning. Let it support learning." When it comes to educational technology I often get the feeling that the learning is often secondary. Our motto is pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate when integrating mobile learning devices.

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The current ways m-learning is making online education better

Neo LMS

The internet is full of educational videos, websites, software, apps and various other tools, ready to be discovered and used to support students’ learning. Teachers who use them can discover they can save time with them, keep students engaged longer, improve communication with both students and their parents and even create real learning impact. Through mobile phones and tablets, of course. Mobile devices in the classroom: from foe to friend. E-learning

Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

Digital Promise

It also has potential to help personalize learning for adult learners. Thanks to the Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE , more than 100 teams embarked on the challenge to create mobile apps designed to increase literacy levels in low-skilled adults. A willingness to pilot new technologies is key to learning and building practices around the implementation of edtech with adults. Read more about the adult learning market.

Improving the Education of Kids in Poverty and Other Helpful News

The CoolCatTeacher

Money well-spent “can profoundly shape the life outcomes of economically disadvantaged children and thereby reduce the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Money alone may not lift educational outcomes to desired levels, but our findings confirm that the provision of adequate funding may be critical.”” ” Music and Learning: Why Teachers Should Consider Music in the Classroom | The Inspired Classroom.

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#LearningIs mobile

Learning with 'e's

Much was discussed during the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week in Paris. The image presented here was ironic, appearing as it did on the door to the main venue of the conference, but as several pointed out, the device in the image is a reference to a bygone age when mobile phones were primitive. Many more people now own mobile phones, but a large proportion of these are non-smart (i.e. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse

A Principal's Reflections

The end result has been a massive influx in tools, but a clear lack in vision and planning as to how these powerful tools can, and will, actually impact learning. Technology in itself will never transform teaching and learning. Students, teachers, and leaders who effectively integrate technology with purpose aligned to learning and leadership outcomes will. The critical need for learning doesn't stop with teachers and leaders.

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment. Today’s students are studying and learning differently – a change confirmed by the widespread adoption of digital studying. Our recent study found that 81% of college students use mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) to study, the second most popular device category behind laptops and up 40 percent in usage since 2013. Further, research validates the use of mobile technology in education.

Gamification in Education

Kevin Corbett

It is from Knewton Learning. As I’ve written in previous posts, it’s first important to distinguish Game-based Learning from Gamification , while recognizing there are measurable cognitive, social, emotional, and learning increases, with successful implementation. The default environment of school often results in undesirable outcomes such as disengagement, cheating, learned helplessness, and dropping out.[Jody

Why a 21st Century Teacher Isn’t Just a “Guide on the Side”

EdNews Daily

The great fiction that a teacher today has become a “guide on the side” is now hardwired into nearly every conversation about the future of teaching and learning. The truth is that in the emerging era of project based learning, personalization, 21 st century skills training, commitment to social emotional growth, and attention to equity and social challenges, the complexities of teaching can’t be captured by a simple ‘You’re now a guide on the side’ mandate. By Thom Markham.

5 Strategies to Improve Your Learning Management System

Kitaboo on EdTech

Whatever reason you may have for turning towards the virtual realm of education, you can’t deny that online learning has become the norm. Research and Markets predicts that by 2026, the worldwide online learning sector will hit $336.98 As more and more educational institutions and corporate entities rely on e-learning, especially in the wake of a global pandemic, the need for the perfect learning management system rises. Make learning more interactive.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. Instructors of online and blended learning programs also reap the benefits.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Learning Models, Theories, and Technology: A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers. Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. Activity-Based Learning.

It is Time For Schools to Seriously Consider BYOT

A Principal's Reflections

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? As educators, it is our duty to do everything in our power to provide our students with the best learning opportunities possible and in many cases allowing students to bring their own devices to school assists in meeting this lofty goal.

Learning First, Technology Second #motivationmonday

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Liz Kolb @lkolb talks about how we can put learning first and a very important reason technology should be second. In today’s show, Liz Kolb talks about the role of learning and technology: What is the role of technology in learning. How we can make technology improve learning and not distract from it. Want to hear another episode on improving learning with technology? Listen to Eric Sheninger talk about digital pedagogy that improves learning.

Open Educational Resources: High-Quality, Empowering and Free

Leadership Lounge

From what we’ve learned so far from school districts using OER resources, the outcomes are promising. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (early philanthropic OER investors) defines OER as "teaching, learning and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.".

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