Virtual School Meanderings

March 3, 2013

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with the eSchool News.

Seven new iPad apps to know about Seven new iPad apps to know about
Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called “App of the Week,” in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we’ve featured. [ Read More ]

The semi-regular ASCD SmartBrief.

High-school students learn to write code for mobile apps
A high-school student in Illinois helped launch a computer science club — Hello World — in which students develop mobile applications. The club’s 30 members rely on Team Treehouse resources for instruction. “It’s exciting because each student can study at their own pace,” faculty adviser Tesa Edwards said. “If they need to, they go back and study a video again until they get it.” Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/27)

IPads are “transforming” instruction
Educators say students who use iPads are able to look up unfamiliar words as they are reading on the tablets, receive instant feedback from teachers and have access to an unprecedented amount of information without leaving the classroom. While it’s still relatively rare, a growing number of public schools are purchasing enough iPads so that every student can have one. “It’s transforming instruction,” said Marianne Currie-Hall, principal of Roy B. Kelly Elementary School in Lockport, N.Y. “I’ve got kindergarteners who email me their work.” The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (2/14)

Also the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Ill. district plans to lease iPads for students
A school board in Illinois has decided to expand a program in which students use iPads in the classroom, following the success of a pilot program. Now, officials say the district will lease as many as 7,000 Apple iPads — enough to supply about half of the district’s students with the devices. The effort will cost about $1.13 million, and the plan is to draw on money that would have gone to lab upgrades and computer purchases. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (2/25)

5 iPad applications that can replace classroom supplies
While back-to-school shopping season is still months away, instructional technology specialist Andrew Marcinek suggests that many traditional items can be replaced by purchasing an iPad for students. He suggests that note-taking be done on the Notability application, and that students use Haiku Deck to help build presentations. Other recommended applications include Edmodo, ShowMe and Google Drive, which helps students archive their work. Edutopia.org/Andrew Marcinek’s blog (2/26)

Mobile applications that will help enhance students’ learning
TMCNet.com (2/26)

How to use cellphones to engage parents in education
Four free, easy-to-use resources can help educators engage with parents via cellphones, writes Lisa Nielsen, a public-school educator and administrator. Among Nielsen’s suggestions in this blog post are to use mass-texting services that allow for safe, one-way communication for reminders and announcements and to use Twitter to relay information to parents. Other recommended tools include ClassPager, which allows parents to respond to polls and questions using their own devices, and Poll Everywhere, which gives parents a chance to relay their opinions. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/27)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning.

12 things you should know about mobile learning
GCN.com
Mobile learning — designing training and educational courses for use on mobile devices — is a burgeoning topic for public-sector agencies. Military, civilian and educational IT shops are increasingly developing educational applications that users can …
See all stories on this topic »

Appulse 3.0 Mobile Learning Solution for Apple and Android Devices
The Providence Journal
Developed by Netherlands-based Smart Learning Apps(TM), Appulse 3.0 lets users quickly and easily create dynamic custom content that is ready for use across multiple mobile platforms including Apple(R) and Android(TM) devices, as well as desktop PCs.
See all stories on this topic »

New Trier to consider mobile learning program expansion
Wilmette Life
“No question it’s a great platform for learning, but it’s very expensive,” said Board Member Patrick O’Donoghue. “It’s something we have to be very committed to and we’re certain that it’s absolutely necessary. If parents are going to be asked to pay …
See all stories on this topic »

BankersLab® Launches Banc-itTM: Scoring Edition – a Gamified Mobile …
Fort Mills Times
As the use of smartphones and tablets continues to soar across the globe, mobile learning has become increasingly more relevant to corporate training. Outside the confines of the classroom, educational apps provide learners with the flexibility to …
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Zain demonstrates Cloud Campus online learning service at Mobile World …
AME Info (press release)
Zain Group, a pioneer in mobile telecommunications in 8 markets across the Middle East and North Africa, announces the demonstration of an online, social media-based learning service known as Cloud Campus, in partnership with Hamdan Bin Mohammed …
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Even something from the Google Blog alert for mobile learning this week.

Data Indicates Rapid Growth in Mobile Learning
By Kirsten Winkler
Based on two interesting data sets shared by Apple and Cisco, it’s clear that learning on mobile devices, meaning smartphones and tablets, is gaining traction at a rapid pace. While the data shared by Apple is pretty straightforward and does …
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Finally, the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

DynEd® Mobile English Attracts Attention of Emerging Nations at …
DynEd® launches a new model for mobile English learning, short English lessons delivered as a combination of daily audio and SMS text messages.
www.sfgate.com/…/DynEd-Mobile-English-Attracts-Attention-…

Mobile learning: “We cannot continue to live in the pre-digital era …
The outlook for mobile learning is promising. Mobile devices such as tablets, mobile phones and e-readers are being used by increasing numbers of people, …
www.unesco.org/new/en/media…we…/18256/

Take A Leap Of Faith With Mobile Learning
Take A Leap Of Faith With Mobile Learning : Article on Mobile Learning by Amit Garg, originally published in Learning Technologies 2013’s special show guide …
www.upsidelearning.com/…/take-a-leap-of-faith-with-mobile-l…

Learner expectation as a factor of mobile learning | Places …
The JISC Mobile Learning Infokit quotes NUS research: “the percentage of students who feel that ICT usage has enhanced their experience of studying has …
placesmobile.wordpress.com/…/learner-expectation-as-a-factor…

Appulse 3.0 Mobile Learning Solution for Apple and Android …
From Yahoo! Finance: CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Seabridge Technology Partners, LLC, a provider of technology for the mobile …
finance.yahoo.com/…/appulse-3-0-mobile-learning-12000038…

Mobile Learning – Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Explore, play and be inspired by permanent exhibits, which include more than 60 animals native to Ohio. Located in Dayton.
www.boonshoftmuseum.org/programs…/-/mobile-learning

New Date added: Learn about Mobile Learning Design Workshop …
It has now been 8 months since I started delivering my 6-hr workshop on what makes mobile learning design different from eLearning, and how-to build …
rjacquez.com/new-date-added-learn-about-mobile-learning-de…

The Educational App Store at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week …
The Mobile Learning Week event at UNESCO in Paris this week brought together key stakeholders in Government, Industry and Academia in order to drive …
blog.educationalappstore.com/…/the-educational-app-store-at-…

5 Skills Students Develop By Using Smartphones – Mobile Learning …
When it comes to the traditional definition of “learning” — studying a subject like chemistry — it might be hard to recognise what mobile phones can contribute …
mobilelearningacademy.org/…/5-skills-students-develop-by-us…

Mobile Learning – SlideShare
eCom’s CEO, Linda Steedman looks at the impact of mobile technology and offers her thoughts on what 2013 will bring. To find out more please visit …
www.slideshare.net/ecomscotland/mobile-learning-16829664

Data Indicates Rapid Growth in Mobile Learning
bookmarkdigital content, edtech, edtech data, itunes u, mobile, mobile data traffic, mobile learning, news, students and learning, trends, video streaming …
edcetera.rafter.com/data-indicates-rapid-growth-in-mobile-lear…

A Beginner’s Guide To Mobile Learning
The first step to mobile learning for many parents and educators is to get schools on board. Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to make the investment.
www.teachthought.com/…/a-beginners-guide-to-mobile-learni…

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