Virtual School Meanderings

November 18, 2012

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Nook e-readers replace textbooks in Ohio school
A Cincinnati school has purchased 1,200 Nook Color e-readers to replace traditional textbooks. Officials say students at the school, which includes grades seven through 12, will be able to take the devices home, ensuring they have mobile access to academic resources. Officials say the Nooks will be less costly than traditional textbooks and help schools update texts more frequently. However, they also are worried about the potential for theft. The Cincinnati Enquirer (11/12)

Neb. district reverses course on iPad integration
Officials in a Nebraska school district have reversed an earlier decision to purchase iPads for students over concerns the devices may not meet the needs of the schools and their students. At issue, officials said, is concerns about off-site filtering of Web content and the “testing capabilities” of the iPads. For now, officials say, students will continue to have access to laptop computers. Kearney Hub (Neb.) (11/13)

Similarly, the SmartBrief on EdTech,

Are there drawbacks to iPad textbooks?
As the three top textbook publishers — Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH — move slowly into the iPad textbook market, several questions remain about growth in the sector. Teachers using digital textbooks on iPads say they and their students are enthusiastic. Some, however, question whether the size of the textbooks is too large for iPads and whether they take up too much bandwidth. Some also question whether the digital textbooks’ reliance on streaming could be an issue during an outage. T.H.E. Journal (11/8)

Research shows how iPads help those with vision loss enjoy reading
ZDNet (11/11)

Students who are nonverbal learn to communicate with iPads
Over a three-year period, students with autism, who are nonverbal, increased their attention span up to five minutes by using free and low-cost mobile applications on iPads and other tablet devices to communicate with teachers and peers. Students used the apps to point to pictures and words to communicate ideas ranging from what snack they wanted to answering “yes” and “no.” Some critics warn that such devices are a good starting point but could further isolate children who already struggle to socialize. The Toronto Star (11/12)

3 takeaways from the iPad Summit for educators
More than 500 educators and experts from around the world recently attended the iPad Summit at Harvard Medical School, where the focus was on the use of the Apple tablet computer as an educational tool. Teacher Jennifer Carey blogged about her experience at the conference, which she called “one of the most innovative and exhilarating experiences I have had as an educator.” Her three takeaways include that the iPad is just a tool, professional development must follow iPad integration plans and the device must do more than replace other systems such as laptops. Powerful Learning Practice (11/15)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning.

Minnesota Election Results St Paul Voters Pass Tech Education Levy for Mobile …
PolicyMic
The big post-election news out of Minnesota was that Obama easily won the state by 8 points, Michelle Bachmann barely survived to be re-elected, Rick Nolan was elected to office and the ban on same sex marriage amendment was defeated. But in St. Paul …
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Mobile Learning Analyst Joins Lectora for Free e-Learning Webinar
Equities.com
Leading mobile learning analyst RJ Jacquez will host this week’s free Lectora® webinar on Wednesday, November 14. Jacquez will provide his unique insights for the future of mobile learning and how online e-Learning developers can prepare for the …
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Tree Lafayette holds meeting to identify local plants
WLFI.com
Tree Lafayette supporters will gather for the group’s annual meeting to hear a presentation called, “Scan, Link, Learn: Purdue Arboretum Mobile Learning Platform.” It’s happening from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sgt. Preston’s of the North Bar …
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Tips and take-aways from a successful mobile learning program
eSchool News (registration)
Starting small might be the key to success when it comes to deploying a mobile learning initiative, according to two educators whose district has implemented a successful mobile program that now reaches 500 students. “We felt that if it was something …
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Afghan women learn literacy through mobile phones
AFP
By Mushtaq Mojaddidi (AFP) – 4 minutes ago. KABUL — Afghanistan has launched a new literacy programme that enables Afghan women deprived of a basic education during decades of war to learn to read and write using a mobile phone. The phone is …
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With new mobile app, Duolingo helps you learn languages on the go
GigaOM
Duolingo, the language learning and crowdsourced translation platform from Recaptcha founder Luis von Ahn, launched its mobile app for the iPhone on Tuesday. The startup, which has raised more than $18 million, said it currently has about 300,000 …
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Language Learning Service Duolingo Launches Its First iPhone App
TechCrunch
The language learning service Duolingo currently has about 300,000 active users and continues to grow rapidly. Starting today, the service’s users will also be able to work through their lessons on their iPhones, as the company just launched its first …
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Afghan women learn literacy through mobile phones
Sin Chew Jit Poh
KABUL, Nov 14, 2012 (AFP) – Afghanistan has launched a new literacy programme that enables Afghan women deprived of a basic education during decades of war to learn to read and write using a mobile phone. The phone is called Ustad Mobile (Mobile …
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Mobile developer Intellijoy partners with YogiPlay to improve its educational …
VentureBeat
And for developers designing these learning apps for kids of different ages, improving the games without knowing how children are playing them is difficult. That’s why mobile developer Intellijoy is partnering with YogiPlay, a company that provides …
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Global Location-based Learning Market to Reach $682 million by 2016
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com
“Ambient Insight identified Location-based Learning as a new native type of Mobile Learning in 2009,” reports Ambient Insight’s CEO Tyson Greer. “Mobile Location-based Learning emerged in tandem with the global proliferation of location-aware devices …
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Ethiopia Permits Mobile Banking and Money Services
Voice of America
From VOA Learning English, this is the Economics Report in Special English. Ethiopia is one of the last countries in Africa to permit mobile banking. Mobile banking has proved to be profitable in the developing world, where many people still do not use …
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Social workers go mobile through iPad app
Public Service
Social workers in the UK are experiencing the benefits of mobile learning through the introduction of a new iPad app, aimed at helping them deliver effective care and support services. The ‘Getting Started with Mobile’ app has been developed as an …
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Next, no items for the Google Blog alert for mobile learning.  So, finally the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

Twitter / Search – mobilelearning
The latest and best tweets on mobilelearning. Read what people are saying and join the conversation.
https://twitter.com/search?q=mobilelearning

Mobile Learning Programs Need Inspiration, Support | Atomic …
For information on how the Atomic Mobilize solution can help your iPad initiative, 1:1, or mobile …
blogs.atomiclearning.com/mobile-learning-programs-need-ins…

Mobile Learning Analyst Joins Lectora for Free e-Learning Webinar …
Jacquez will provide his unique insights for the future of mobile learning and how online e-Learning developers can prepare for the multiscreen learners of the …
news.yahoo.com/mobile-learning-analyst-joins-lectora-free-e-l…

Allen Communication Receives Industry Recognition for Mobile …
International Award Organizations Recognize Innovations and Expertise in Mobile Learning Produced by Allen. Salt Lake City (Nov 08, 2012) – Allen …
www.allencomm.com/…/allen-communication-receives-industr…

Three Key Takeaways from DevLearn: Float Mobile Learning
In our experience, we found three key takeaways at DevLearn: Tin Can is here, social and informal learning are necessary, and enterprise mobile learning is …
floatlearning.com/2012/…/three-key-takeaways-from-devlearn…

YesVirginia Business Blog | STEM Mobile Learning Lab—A Vehicle …
Since going on the road in spring 2010, the STEM Mobile Learning Lab has hosted 15000 visitors from more than 300 locations. The lab offers numerous …
www.yesvirginia.org/…/STEM-Mobile-Learning-Labe28094A…

Mobile learning center lets surgeons hone skills » Local News » San …
For some, the idea of a trailer outfitted with human body parts visiting a local hospital would be … well, kind of creepy. For others, such as.
www.sanmarcosrecord.com/…/Mobile-learning-center-lets-sur…

Mobile Learning Analyst Joins Lectora for Free e-Learning Webinar
RJ Jacquez Discusses the Future of Mobile Learning with Lectora.
www.prweb.com/releases/2012/11/prweb10108434.htm

Mobile Learning in Education and Internet Safety | Mobicip Blogs …
Mobile learning in education runs the risk of creating an overdependence on search engines, discouraging students from learning through books, news sites or …
content.mobicip.com/…/mobile-learning-education-and-intern…

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