Virtual School Meanderings

February 10, 2013

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Using apps, games to engage students in learning
In a recent SmartBrief survey, 40% of educators reported that online applications and games are the most effective way to engage students. This blog post suggests three websites that high-school teachers should try. Persuasive Games includes a variety of games used to teach students about everything from the flu virus to debt. GlogsterEDU offers a variety of resources to beef up presentations with text, images and videos, and Vocabulary.com seeks to improve students’ word skills. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (2/4)

Report: Most middle-school students can’t use smartphones in class
A recent survey shows a disconnect between the number of middle-school students using smartphones to complete assignments after school — 39% — and the number who are allowed to use the devices in the classroom — 6%. The Verizon Foundation report also shows that students who use laptops, tablets or smartphones in the classroom are more likely to be interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Digital Directions (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (2/6)

Interactive app released for tablet version of Anne Frank’s diary
Students studying “The Diary of Anne Frank” can do more than read her story these days with the release of a mobile application that offers interactive links and documentary film clips about the famous Holocaust victim. The app, available from Penguin Books and developer Beyond the Story for iPad and Nook, also includes audio clips from the woman who helped the Frank family during World War II. Shalom Life (1/30)

Also, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Will an elementary-school student create the next big app?
Students at an Ohio elementary school will be learning to develop smartphone applications at a new after-school program. Using the “App Inventor,” students will design apps and then market them to the public. “They’re planting seeds early, saying you can go into technology and science,” principal Angela Cook Frazier said. The Cincinnati Enquirer (2/4)

Using apps, games to engage students in learning
In a recent SmartBrief survey, 40% of educators reported that online applications and games are the most effective way to engage students. This blog post suggests three websites that high-school teachers should try. Persuasive Games includes a variety of games used to teach students about everything from the flu virus to debt. GlogsterEDU offers a variety of resources to beef up presentations with text, images and videos, and Vocabulary.com seeks to improve students’ word skills. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (2/4)

Israel begins new chapter with digital textbooks
Plans in Israel to transition to 21st-century instruction include a pilot program in which 100 elementary schools will begin using digital textbooks this year. Under the program, fifth- and sixth-grade students will use digital textbooks in English, math and an elective picked by the school. Educators also will receive 60 hours of training on using digital textbooks and using the technology with their specific subjects. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (2/6)

Nooks replace books in Wash. state pilot program
The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) (free content) (2/5)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning, which interesting produced no items this week.  There were also no items from the Google Blog alert for mobile learning.

So finally. the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

Cammy Bean’s Learning Visions: Clark Quinn Mobile Learning …
Clark Quinn Mobile Learning Design #astdtk13. These are my liveblogged notes from a concurrent session with Dr. Clark Quinn @quinnovator. I’m at the ASTD …
cammybean.kineo.com/…/clark-quinn-mobile-learning-design…

Accommodating Mobile Learning in College Programs | The Sloan …
Mobile devices and applications are expected to have a significant impact on teaching and learning in the near future. Yet colleges and universities are currently …
sloanconsortium.org/…/accommodating-mobile-learning-colle…

Quick Take: Top 8 Mobile Learning Terms You Should Know
List of 8 definitions that will help you expand your mLearning vocabulary and make you look and feel like an expert!
info.shiftelearning.com/…/Quick-Take-Top-8-Mobile-Learnin…

Mobile Learning is where the Puck is Going to Be [#mLearning …
Hi Everyone, My apologies for the delay in blogging since my last post. I have been busy launching my workshop on how to transition from e-Learning to …
rjacquez.com/mobile-learning-is-where-the-puck-is-going-to-…

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