Virtual School Meanderings

December 2, 2012

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Teachers transform smartphones into learning tools
Teachers should integrate smartphones into daily classroom instruction, suggests teacher Jennifer Carey. In this blog post, Carey writes about how her students used smartphones to complete in-class polls, as e-readers for books and handouts, to complete research and to conduct Google searches. “If teachers actually direct how students will use their cellphones in class as learning tools, we can minimize their role as a distractive presence,” she writes. Powerful Learning Practice (11/21)

Mobile learning: Beyond the hype
Results from a research project in Singapore show that the inclusion of mobile devices in the classroom supports 21st-century instruction by teaching students soft skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, self-directed learning and teamwork, according to professors and researchers Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris, co-founders of the education software provider GoKnow. The pair, who have studied trends in education technology, suggest giving students more control and using mobile devices as essential tools, rather than supplemental ones. T.H.E. Journal (11/27)

Also, the SmartBrief on EdTech.

Tablets take off in the classroom
While the integration of technology in the classroom has been slow, there are signs that the adoption of tablets in K-12 education is speeding up, according to this analysis. As the tablet computer becomes more commonplace in schools, the market for tablets is growing increasingly crowded with the Nook, Kindle, new Microsoft Surface and other devices competing with the popular iPad. However, while the tablet is being touted as a key to improving education, outcomes have been mixed for devices such as the netbook, which created similar excitement in the past. Digital Trends (11/24)

Educational apps to help develop young readers blog (11/27)

Can IT departments do more to embrace mobile technology?
As mobile technology becomes increasingly more popular in and out of the classroom, IT departments at some colleges are struggling to keep up, according to a 2011 study by EDUCAUSE. In many cases IT departments are still unsure how to support the ever-growing field of mobile users, the study found. In addition, some colleges say the investment in mobile applications is too great at this time, and they have decided to watch the market and wait. EdTech magazine (11/2012)

App helps visitors navigate Arlington National Cemetery
A mobile application called ANC Explorer helps visitors sort through information on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, including by name, date of birth and date of death, and to get graves’ locations. The app also offers photos of headstones, maps routes through the cemetery and identifies nearby points of interest. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/30)

And the ASCD Worldwide Edition SmartBrief.

Norwegian maths app series to focus on algebra, then geometry
A new application for young people is a Norwegian maths app called DragonBox. The app, produced by WeWantToKnow AS, is the first in a series and focuses on algebra. Future releases will cover geometry and elementary maths skills. About 100 U.S. schools are looking to use the game as part of their maths curricula. (28 Nov.)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning.

New era of mobile learning is here, conference told
Waterloo Record
Gupta, who was speaking at a “Mobilize” conference hosted by the Waterloo-based e-learning solutions company Desire2Learn on Monday at Bingemans conference centre, says the fact that these digital natives are practically born tethered to mobile devices …
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Mobile That Works
T.H.E. Journal
Mobile Learning: Helpful or Hype? Mobile learning is not hype, Soloway and Norris assert emphatically, citing experience from their research in Singapore for the WeLearn Project. WeLearn gave Nokia Lumia 710 phones, running Windows, to a class of third …
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2012 Advanced Distributed Learning Working Group Meeting: Introducing …
ISN (blog)
The event – hosted by the Austrian National Defence Academy and organized by the International Relations and Security Network (ISN) and Partnership for Peace Consortium (PfPC) – primarily focused on mobile learning opportunities, although it also …
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Blackboard Mobile Apps Reach 4.5 Million Downloads
Sacramento Bee
28, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc.’s native mobile applications for learning and campus life have been downloaded more than 4.5 million times, the company announced today. The milestone caps a heavy period of use of Blackboard Mobile™ apps …
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Ringing the changes to mobile learning
Blackpool Gazette
Schools across the Fylde coast are adopting a range of policies to oversee mobile phone use in lessons. Following the news that one Greater Manchester headteacher has banned their use altogether, reportedly seeing a rise in attainment and behaviour, …
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NetDimensions Unveils NetDimensions Talent Slate for Tablets
Alex Poulos, NetDimensions’ Chief Marketing Officer said, “Tablets are the catalyst for the paradigm shift taking place with mobile learning. While most solution providers are still thinking of mobile as just another eLearning delivery modality, our …
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Report: Middle School Students Using Smartphones More Interested in STEM
T.H.E. Journal
A total of 10 winning teams–five each from middle schools and high schools–will receive training in person from the MIT Center for Mobile Learning at the Media Lab, as well as ongoing virtual support and $10,000, in an effort to develop their …
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Coachella School District: BYOD is about good citizenship
On election day, residents of Coachella passed Measure X, also known as the Coachella Valley Unified School District Mobile Learning Initiative, allowing for the sale of bonds to raise a proposed $20.5 million to fund a planned deployment of 19,000 …
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Next the Google Blog alert for mobile learning.

HCT Curriculum Conference explores mobile learning technology …
The United Arab Emirates’ 1st Biennial Curriculum Conference and Curriculum Institute opened with speakers and delegates exploring how the integration of technology, and the proliferation of mobile
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Finally, the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

New era of mobile learning is here, Kitchener conference told …
For the generations of children born in the 21st century, book learning has taken on a whole new meaning.…/843629–new-era-of-mobile-learning-i…

Mobile Learning Readiness Among UKM Lecturers – ScienceDirect
Mobile technology is providing a new frontier for the application of educational technology within the academia. However, as with any relatively new technology,…/S187704281203742…

Making Learning Mobile: Tips from eLearning Guild | Blog | Voice …
Maestro’s mLearning takeaways from eLearning Guild’s latest eBook: 61 Tips on mLearning: Making Learning Mobile.…/making-learning-mobile-tips-from-elearni…

Prof to present at mobile learning conference
Dr. Stephen Baldridge, director and assistant professor of social work, will present at the upcoming Academic Impressions (AI) conference on the mobile ……/121127-prof-to-present-at-mobile-learning-c…

Mobile learning deployments bring education to the needy ‹ CSE …
Mobile learning tools are usable in the international market thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices. On a global scale, nearly every person possesses a ……

Mobile learning | iWeb Solution
Mobile learning has been a buzz word in training for some time now. Yet within the education sector, against a backdrop of slow tech integration and austerity, …

Master’s Program in History Pilots Mobile Learning | UPDATE
Boise State’s master of applied historical research program is the first at the university to fully implement mobile learning across the curriculum. The cohort of ……/masters-program-in-history-pilots-mobi…

Twitter / kevin_corbett: Mobile Learning Lesson Plans …
Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.…/272375436238020610

Mobile That Works — THE Journal
Mobile learning is not hype, Soloway and Norris assert emphatically, citing experience from their research in Singapore for the WeLearn Project. WeLearn gave ……

Introducing a 4Hr Mobile Learning Workshop for Learning …
After delivering my 4Hr Mobile Learning Workshop for companies for a few months, today I’m opening it up for Learning Professionals. Here’s what you will learn ……

mobile learning | TechCrunch
Whether or not one believes Khan Academy is helping to reinvent education, it’s hard to dispute the fact that Khan (and now his team) are an educational …

Mobile Learning Content Manager | MediaCAST Blog
teacher ipad 1024×682 Mobile Learning Content Manager There is a growing trend among schools towards one-to-one learning devices. The iPad has proven …

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