Virtual School Meanderings

August 12, 2012

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Middle-school student’s app implemented by school district
The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (8/1)

Fla. sixth-graders to use iPads across the curriculum
Sixth-graders at a technology-based school in Weeki Wachee, Fla., will start the school year with new iPads as part of a pilot program to make technology an integral part of their education. After taking a mandatory “iTech” course, students will use their iPads throughout the curriculum to access texts, take notes, do research, create presentations, communicate with teachers and more, said principal Dave Dannemiller. Teachers also will be required to include in their lesson plans activities using the iPads. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (8/5)

Also the SmartBrief on EdTech.

Tablets surge, but some teachers still prefer laptops
The popularity of tablet computers, such as the iPad, has led many schools to purchase the devices for students. However, some teachers say they still prefer to use laptops, noting it is easier to type on them and students are more likely to stay on task. “With iPads, too, kids get off task quicker,” said Amy Schmidbauer, a special-education teacher in Florida. “If I give them an independent assignment on an iPad and I turn my back for one second, they’re playing [a game].” U.S. News & World Report (8/3)

3 misconceptions about the use of kid-friendly apps Nugent’s blog (8/2)

E-book sales outpace print 2 years after Kindle’s U.K. arrival
U.K. consumers are buying more digital than print books from Amazon, two years after the Kindle was launched there, the company said. The feat took four years in the U.S. ZDNet (8/6)

Mobile app could assist teachers with grading
Two recent graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a mobile application to help teachers with the grading process. The app is expected to be released in January. “Anything that can streamline the grading process for teachers and reduce that time outside school, while maintaining the quality of the assessment, I think will be an excellent tool,” said Erin Baumgartner, a former middle-and high-school teacher of French and Spanish. Boston Herald (8/9)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning.

Dawes’ school park offers outdoor learning
Press-Register – (blog)
MOBILE, Alabama — With the start of the school year, Dawes Intermediate School at 10451 West Lake Road in west Mobile will showcase its nearly half-acre Hawk’s Park Outdoor Learning Facility, which includes 51 separate gardens. “We will have an …
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ACU’s Learning Studio Enters Year Two, iBook Report Recaps Year One
MarketWatch (press release)
“Mobile devices continue to transform the way we interact with media,” according to AT&T Learning Studio director Dr. Kyle Dickson. “That’s one reason we produced the report in iBooks Author. Tablets are an emerging platform in education, so we used …
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USD Launches Mobile Technology Teacher Certificate
Some school districts across San Diego County are striving to put mobile devices like iPads and netbooks into the hands of all students. The Mobile Technology Learning Skills certificate program starting at the University of San Diego in September is …
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ARM unveils next-generation Mali mobile GPUs
ZDNet (blog)
ARM’s current flagship GPU, the quad-core Mali 450-MP found in the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, is set to be sidelined as ARM releases three new multi-core parts that will find their way into a range of mobile devices by this time next year. The new GPUs are the Mali T624, T628 and T678. All three are built on ARM’s Midgard graphics architecture. …. Five Calls To Make When Developing a Mobile Learning Strategy. Mobile technology can be a powerful platform for educating people quickly. There are some …
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Brentwood school district to introduce mobile learning devices this school year
San Jose Mercury News
Armed with 110 newly purchased Apple iPads, the Brentwood Union School District will launch a mobile learning devices pilot project in the coming weeks at Krey, Garin, Pioneer and Brentwood elementary schools and Edna Hill and Adams middle schools.
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Lightspeed Systems Announces Official Release of Mobile Manager
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
With the mobile device management solution developed specifically for K12 education, mobile learning programs are more easily managed, safer, and more effective. Bakersfield, CA (PRWEB) August 08, 2012. Following the beta release of Mobile Manager …
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‘Pete the Cat’hits the road with SJC Book Mobile
Ponte Vedra Recorder
Joan Whitson, Early Literacy Coordinator with the Early Learning Coalition, and Leslie Goode, St. Johns County Book Mobile librarian, proudly display “Pete the Cat” and his books in front of the Book Mobile at Family Partners child care center in St. Augustine …
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Mobile Learning Adventure to arrive at Discovery Center
Rockford Register Star
ROCKFORD — PNC will host a Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) at Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17. The MLA is a traveling exhibit that teaches parents and caregivers about the importance of early …
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Fear giving way to app-friendly classrooms
Lincoln Journal Star
How do you tell the difference between mindless entertainment and a great mobile learning app? Here are seven traits to look for according to blogs: * The best apps are interactive. * They are designed for shorter playtimes. * They are focused …
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Digital Dealer Learning Labs at 13th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition …
These focused one-on-one training sessions will provide attending dealers and managers with the opportunity to meet with experts to get one-on-one coaching on how to improve in areas such as: Google Strategies, Facebook Strategies, Mobile Apps, …
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Professor promotes potential of smartphones in learning process
Vancouver Sun
What’s more, a survey released Thursday shows more than half of Canadians – 56 per cent – agree that the mobile devices are an “invaluable tool” for students, while fully two-thirds see smartphones as a way for students to conduct online research.
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Next, the Google Blog alert for mobile learning.

USD Offers First-Ever Certification in Mobile Learning — THE Journal
The University of San Diego is offering educators and administrators the first accredited certificate in mobile technology tools, teaching, and metrics as part of its new Mobile Technology Learning Center.
THE Journal: All Current Articles

Finally, the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

Free Mobile Learning Roadmap Webinar from MIcroAssist and …
If you are in the learning field or support learning functions this webinar is a must see. Want to learn what’s new in the rapidly changing world of mobile learning?…/mobile-learning-roadmap-webinar-co…

Why mobile learning? « Another dot in the blogosphere?
Video source The video above provides a couple of very good reasons why. But there is one …

Boosting the signal on mobile learning ‹ CSE Software Inc.
That’s why schools and businesses have begun to target them as part of mobile app development strategies for learning purposes, seeing as these tools will ……

Three Top Mobile Learning Resources – Atrixware
When I hear the words “mobile learning” my ears instantly perk up. No matter what the conversation, no matter what the topic, all it takes is that one little phrase ……/three-top-mobile-learning-resourc…

UNESCO Regional Review: Mobile Learning Policies and Mobiles …
5.9Bn subscribers at the end of 201170% of subscribers come from developing countries Africa is second largest and fastest growing mobile market in the ……/unesco-regional-review-mobile-learning…

There is An Infographic for Mobile Learning | Classroom Aid
There is an App for that!” is a popular saying recently very familiar for teachers or learners. Now there is an infographic for mobile learning! Let’s take a look on ……/there-is-an-infographic-for-mobile-learn…

Brentwood school district to introduce mobile learning devices this …
Brentwood school district and Educational Foundation partner to bring more technology to local schools.…/brentwood-school-district-intro…

The Olympic Evolution of Mobile: Float Mobile Learning
Float looks at mobile statistics in London compared to the Beijing games four years ago. You won’t believe how much the landscape has changed.

Cisco Blog » mobile learning
You don’t have to look far to find teachers using technology to personalize teaching and …

Mobile Learning Lab Project | Haverford Township Free Library
We’re raising funds to bring a Mobile Learning Lab to the Library. We are hoping to raise $25000 to purchase the equipment and train staff to use this great new …

mobile learning | eFront Blog
Mobile learning has been defined as: any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when …

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