Virtual School Meanderings

April 29, 2012

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with eSchool News Today.

spacerDennis Pierce

In today’s top story, Managing Editor Laura Devaney reports on what several experts had to say about planning successful mobile learning programs during an April 17 webinar from the Consortium for School Networking.

Also, finding the right balance between keeping students safe and letting them explore their world digitally was the focus of an April 21 session during the National School Boards Association’s 72nd annual conference, in which NSBA senior staff attorney Sonja Trainor gave advice on how school districts can open their doors to technology without getting sued.

What do you think of these stories? Share your thoughts in the comments section, or send them to me by eMail.

Regards,
Dennis Pierce, Editor
dpierce@eschoolnews.com

e Top News of the Day

Experts outline mobile learning tips Experts outline mobile learning tips
Mobile learning and the ability to give students anytime, anywhere access to school resources are high on every educator’s list, but the technology brings with it valid concerns—including access for students from different economic backgrounds, [ Read More ]

spacerMeris Stansbury
In today’s news, an annual survey reveals that students and parents support online learning and in-classroom mobile devices. Also, stakeholders say that the new TED-Ed site could support Flipped Learning; an online recruiting service is linking athletes with colleges; and though there’s been a national push for digital textbooks, evidence suggests states are slow in adoption.

Does it come as a shock that parents support online learning and in-class mobile tech? Why or why not? Have you sampled TED-Ed yet? Do you agree that states are slow to adopt textbooks? What could be the reason? Be sure to leave your comments with the stories, or email me at mstansbury@eschoolnews.com

Best,
Meris Stansbury, Online Editor

Question of the Week: Read any interesting research lately on the broad scope of education? We want to hear about it! Send us a link, as well as a brief description, of why you’re interested in this research. Please send your response to Online Editor Meris Stansbury at mstansbury@eschoolnews.com. Your response may be chosen to be included in a thought round-up to be published by eSchool News. Please send your response by Friday the 27th.

e Top News of the Day

Students want personalized learning, mobile technology Students want personalized learning, mobile technology
More and more students own mobile devices, including tablets, and indicate a strong desire to use those personal learning tools in school to increase collaboration and access to resources, according to the annual Speak Up [ Read More ]

Also, the ASCD SmartBrief.

How one school is incorporating the iPad into lessons
Instructional technologist and blogger Andrew Marcinek in this post describes how a one-to-one iPad tablet computer program at Burlington High School in Massachusetts is translating into engaging lessons for students. In one example, students in a French class are using the application VidEditor to create video reenactments of a favorite scene or chapter from a novel. Meanwhile, as part of a history lesson, students take on the roles of renowned philosophers as they bring the ideas of the enlightenment to life using blogging and Twitter. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek’s blog (4/24)

Calif. district to use iPads for elementary ELL lessons
T.H.E. Journal (4/24)

And the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Has the iPad revolutionized education?
Just two years after its launch, Apple’s iPad tablet computer already has begun to change education. In districts that have been early adopters of iPads, there is some evidence that the devices improve student achievement. In one district, students using iPads earned higher scores in algebra than their peers who did not use the devices. Teachers also said iPads help engage students in learning. However, the iPad’s cost is cited as an obstacle to widespread use of the device in schools. ReadWriteWeb.com (4/23)

Grants to fund mobile assistive technology in 20 Ohio schools
Twenty schools in Ohio each will receive $10,000 grants from eTech Ohio to purchase and implement new mobile assistive technology — such as smartphones, tablet computers, e-readers and Braille devices — for students with disabilities. “Children need to have consistent reinforcement, and mobile technology can always be with a child who may need to hear a word or phrase more than 10,000 times, always in a consistent context,” said Margaret Burley, executive director of the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities. WOUB-FM (Athens, Ohio) (4/19)

Ideas for lessons that incorporate the iPad
Instructional technologist and blogger Andrew Marcinek in this post describes how a one-to-one iPad tablet computer program at Burlington High School in Massachusetts is translating into engaging lessons for students. In one example, students in a French class are using the application VidEditor to create video reenactments of a favorite scene or chapter from a novel. Meanwhile, as part of a history lesson, students take on the roles of renowned philosophers as they bring the ideas of the enlightenment to life using blogging and Twitter. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek’s blog (4/24)

QR codes on exercise trail teach Va. students about fitness
Teachers at Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean, Va., created an exercise trail using QR codes that students scan with a smartphone to get instructional videos at stations along the path. Physical-education teacher Jay Levesque said that “I can sit right here in the middle and kind of oversee everything and I know the kids are getting instruction …” WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (4/26)

App offers new feature for students with ADHD
An iPad application designed for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder has a new feature aimed at helping users stay on task. The new “What’s Up” feature allows users of Memory On Demand’s Focus GPS software to transfer tasks from their action list to a personal Facebook page, accessible only to the student, parents, learning assistants and others designated by the student. T.H.E. Journal (4/26)

Mich. district makes investment in iPads
Officials in a Michigan district say they can afford to purchase iPads because they are spending less to maintain their buildings under a bond issue approved by voters in 2000. The district plans to spend $600,000 to provide an iPad for every high-school student beginning in the fall. Protective covers for the devices — valued at $34,000 — are being donated and the district also has received grant funding to improve its wireless Internet service. Sturgis (Mich.) Journal (4/25)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning.

Blackboard Introduces Open Enrollment for CourseSites
Sacramento Bee
Launched in 2011, CourseSites is a free, cloud-based course option that leverages Blackboard’s latest technology for course management, Web collaboration and mobile learning. The system is currently used by more than 30000 instructors at over 12000 …
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Learning to adapt to the mobile web
PC Pro
Smart web designers need to respond to the mobile web with responsive design, not cut-down pages. Tom Arah explores what’s involved Getting online once involved sitting at a (wired) desktop PC wielding a mouse and keyboard, but smartphones are soon set …
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Google Docs App for Android Tablets: The Ugly Truth
InformationWeek
… 2010 was learning that I could not edit Google Docs documents using the iPad’s Safari web browser. This story has improved in the two years since then. However, Google still does not provide a full Docs office suite solution in mobile browsers.
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Samsung announces best apps from Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge
CNET
Samsung Mobile has just announced the winners of the Galaxy Note S Pen App Challenge today, with the top prize going to a Chinese language learning app. by Jaymar Cabebe April 23, 2012 4:57 PM PDT Follow @jaymarcabebe Monkey Write Learn Chinese, …
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Tablets in the enterprise: How to enable and empower your mobile sales force
TabTimes
by Brendan Cournoyer April 23 2012, 9:00 pm Comment With tablet sales rapidly eclipsing PCs, it’s time to ask the question: How can your mobile sales representatives best use them? It may surprise you to learn that 2011 marked the first year that …
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Parkland — yeah, there’s an app for that
Allentown Morning Call
More Parkland-centered apps are expected as the district plans to offer a class next year that will teach high school students to create their own mobile learning tools. “Everything is going mobile these days; it won’t be long before people no longer …
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Rosetta Stone(R) Launches New Language-Learning Solution for K-12 Market
MarketWatch (press release)
The TOTALe PRO platform combines interactive software with live online coaches who are native speakers, online educational games and activities, mobile apps for tablets and smartphones, adaptable administrative tools and proactive support services.
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My cool maths games for mobile devices
Phones Review
Unless you are some kind of math wizz kid, most children dread maths, but now that smartphones and tablets are available mobile apps bring a new way of learning mathamatics that can be fun games for kids to learn rather than be mundane and boring, …
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Aviat Networks Opens New Office Location in Dubai Media City
MarketWatch (press release)
… to this leading business center of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take advantage of the thriving mobile and wireless market. As part of its upgraded facilities in Dubai Media City, Aviat Networks is pleased to announce its new learning center.
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Local school adds iPads to classroom
Rancho Santa Fe Review
By Karen Billing As the Rancho Santa Fe School District looks at ways to implement technology, such as mobile learning devices in its school, a school in neighboring Del Mar is leading the way. For the third year, Del Mar Heights School is using iPods …
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Experts outline mobile learning tips
eSchool News (registration)
By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor Mobile learning and the ability to give students anytime, anywhere access to school resources are high on every educator’s list, but the technology brings with it valid concerns—including access for students from …
See all stories on this topic »

Blackboard Adds Open Enrollment Mobile Support for CourseSites
Campus Technology
Blackboard launched CourseSites in 2011 as a free, cloud-based course management option that included online collaboration and mobile learning. It’s now used by more than 30000 instructors working at more than 12000 institutions in 130 countries, …
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Xirrus Continues to Solidify Leadership Position in Schools Relying on …
MarketWatch (press release)
With the increasingly popular bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend coupled with a rapidly growing number of teachers using mobile devices as learning tools, like thousands of other educational institutions around the world, Griffin-Spalding implemented …
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Free Course Teaches Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses How to Create Mobile …
SYS-CON Media (press release)
The Small Business Academy follows the recent LiveCode Game Academy, completed earlier this year, which saw thousands of new developers learning to create mobile games for the first time. The Academy is a free, no obligation program that teaches new …
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PayPal looks to broaden its reach
InternetRetailer.com
“This is not a scaling year, it’s about piloting, testing and learning.” EBay says it sees enormous opportunity for PayPal online, offline, on mobile devices and in international markets this year. For the second consecutive quarter, more than half of …
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Worldwide Digital English Language Learning Market in Boom Phase
MarketWatch (press release)
“Content providers, device makers, and telecom operators have launched over thirty subscription-based Mobile Learning value-added service (VAS) products in the last two years,” adds Sam S. Adkins, Chief Research Officer. “Twenty-one of these new Mobile …
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Bangalore India slum kids use open-source software to learn computer skills
Women News Network
For a city full of shopping malls, big glass offices and stylish cars, Bangalore easily represents India’s best place for the upwardly mobile. No wonder the divide between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ also play out more intensely here with an additional …
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McGraw-Hill Higher Education Partners with Cleveland State University to …
Sacramento Bee
The full learning platform is accessible through any internet-enabled device or computer, increasing access and ease-of-use for different learners. “In developing the Mobile Accelerated MBA program, we identified two student profiles that would benefit …
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Rapid Intake Announces Launch of New Mobile Learning Deployment System
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Rapid Intake® announced today the completion of their powerful new mobile learning deployment system, mLearning Sync™. This system enables developers to deploy training courses in HTML5 format as a downloaded application, allowing mobile learners …
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Using the iPad to Enhance Student Learning
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota moves into the vanguard of online and mobile learning by incorporating the iPad into its online graduate programs in Project Management, Organizational Leadership, and Human Resource Management in May.
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How to Develop a Mobile Learning Strategy
Hr Morning
With smartphones becoming commonplace and new mobile devices such as tablets skyrocketing in popularity, the interest in mobile learning has begun to heat up as well. Many organizations see the promise of mobile learning, but actual implementations are …
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Mobile Phone Malware Skips 25 Year Learning Curve, States Symantec
ITProPortal
Symantec has stated to ITProPortal that Malware on a mobile phone has skipped the 25-year learning curve, which desktop computers have seen – by going straight to trying to make money from exploiting security vulnerabilities, inside of portable devices …
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Learning From Agile
IT Business Net
By John Moore for Digital Innovation Gazette Agile development methods, which began to evolve more than a decade ago, are poised to impact the emerging field of mobile app development. The tenants of Agile were first sketched out in the Agile Manifesto …
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BGSU releases mobile app
northwestohio.com
Anthony Fontana, learning technologies consultant, and Dr. Joe Chao, an associate professor of computer science and director of the Agile Software Factory, a service-learning program within the Department of Computer Science, oversaw their the student …
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Serious About a New Language? Begin With Lesson 1
New York Times
I’ve tried learning Italian through books, CDs, DVDs, tapes, and apps with phrase books and translation technology. Nothing stuck. As a result, I’ve avoided much costlier alternatives that promise to deliver full language courses to mobile phones and …
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Thompson back at scene of collapse, says that loss taught her how to win
PGA.com
Lexi Thompson couldn’t handle the pressure of her first good shot at an LPGA Tour victory last year, but she turned that disappointment into a learning experience. Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. — Lexi Thompson’s last-round Alabama collapse a year ago …
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Blackboard Launches Augmented Reality for Mobile Campus Apps
SYS-CON Media (press release)
Blackboard Mobile’s augmented reality interface leverages the iPhone’s camera, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to let users explore and learn about places around them. With a tap, students can find the nearest computer labs, …
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Knoodle’s Deep Integration With Google Apps, YouTube And Chrome Extends Social …
Sacramento Bee
True end-to-end mobile learning capabilities with full functionality on Google Chromebooks and Android enabled devices. These new capabilities solidify Knoodle’s position as the only social learning platform that gives businesses a full range of …
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How smart phones can make smart kids
Deseret News
But innovative teachers can turn these devices into learning tools, according to Geoff Cain, director of distance education at College of the Redwoods in California. “Mobile learning,” or “mlearning,” according to Cain, is any learning or instruction …
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Zedge Launches Mobile Games Channel
MarketWatch (press release)
Being a self-learning system the recommendation engine will continually improve its suggestions resulting in a custom, highly personalized and pertinent catalogue of Google Play games. “We are thrilled with our entry into the mobile gaming space.
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Celebrating Earth Day
OCRegister
The Laguna Hills Community Services Department hosted an Earth Day event outside the Community Center on Saturday morning featuring a tree planting, an expo and a chance to visit the Wyland Foundation’s Clean Water Mobile Learning Center, …
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Serious About a New Language? Begin With Lesson 1
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
In two cases in particular, I found comprehensive language courses for mobile devices that are vastly better in quality than apps that offer a small piece of the language learning experience. The courses are from Living Language and Rocket Languages, …
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Vodafone Foundation to provide education in 1000 schools
TwoCircles.net
By IANS, Mumbai : Vodafone Foundation, the charity arm of the telecom giant, Thursday pledged to provide learning solutions in 1000 schools across India, a move that will benefit 50000 unperprivilged students. As part of the foundation’s ‘Mobile for …
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OTC 2012: OTC provides grant to Offshore Energy Center
Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine
HOUSTON – The Offshore Energy Center (OEC) recently received a grant from the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) to fund the Mobile Oilfield Learning Unit (MOLU) visits to five Houston area schools during the Offshore Technology Conference, …
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SumTotal Systems Named as a Major Player in IDC’s Integrated Talent Management …
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)
SumTotal’s integrated suite includes performance, compensation, succession, career development, social collaboration, recruiting and hiring, on-boarding, learning management, learning content management, mobile learning, workforce scheduling, …
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Q&A with LPGA commissioner Mike Whan
al.com
By Tommy Hicks, Press-Register MOBILE, ALA. — Mike Whan took over as commissioner of the LPGA in October of 2009 and has led a resurgence for the tour under his direction. That progress has included more tournaments added to the schedule and added …
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Galion school gets tech grant
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum
GALION — Galion Middle School will receive a $10000 Mobile Assistive Technologies Grant awarded by eTech Ohio. The grant was developed to expand and enhance learning opportunities for special needs learners through the implementation of mobile …
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HRD 2012: Social media ‘replacing e-learning’ for L&D professionals
People Management Magazine Online
Employees are already informally using tools such as Twitter and LinkedIn on their mobile phones to research new techniques, experts speaking in the Learning in the Social Workplace session said. This puts the onus on L&D to signpost them to the best …
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School receives technology grant
Coshocton Tribune
CONESVILLE — Conesville Elementary School received a $10000 Mobile Assistive Technologies grant from eTech Ohio. Funding was awarded to 20 schools through a competitive application process open to all Ohio public school districts.
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Last weekend to vote in People’s Pick
MiamiHerald.com
Algebra Express: Provide online and mobile learning instruction in algebra and geometry, customized for each learner. • BidThatProject: Website application helps homeowners and project owners locate, evaluate and hire qualified contractors, …
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Also the Google Blog alert for mobile learning.

This Week in mLearning Podcast – Thinking Mobile-First [Episode 3 …
By RJ Jacquez
Please let us know your comments by leaving a comment here and thank you in advance for listening and for helping us spread the word about this Podcas on Mobile Learning: Highlights of the week; A paradigm shift: starting to embrace …
The Mobile Learning Revolution Blog

Finally, the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

Magical Moments in Mobile Learning: 10+ Ideas
Find the resources & download the free ebook here Http://Bit.ly/ShellTerrell.
www.slideshare.net/…/magical-moments-in-mobile-learning-1…

Magical Moments in Mobile Learning: 20+ Tips & Resources …
I presented on mobile learning activities. One of the most compelling reasons to use mobile devices is to get learners to begin using the device to learn even …
teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org/…/magical-moments-in-mobile…

Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions: Getting Started with Mobile …
Getting Started with Mobile Learning (Chad Udell) (#ASTDLN). These are my live blogged notes from ASTD Learn Now Session with Chad Udell (@visualrinse) …
cammybean.kineo.com/…/getting-started-with-mobile-learning…

Rapid Intake Announces Launch of New Mobile Learning …
Innovative deployment method supports offline training on mobile devices through a native app.
www.prweb.com/releases/2012/4/prweb9439322.htm

Mobile Learning – A Quick Start Guide: Get The Free eBook | Upside …
We have been saying it over and over again – mobile learning is here to stay! It’s only a matter of time before you will need to be invovled in it. As.
www.upsidelearning.com/…/mobile-learning-a-quick-start-gui…

UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning: Latin America …
The first paper, Turning On Mobile Learning in Latin America: Illustrative Initiatives and Policy Implications, describes a range of mobile learning programs and …
https://edutechdebate.org/…/latin-america-unesco-working-pap…

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