Virtual School Meanderings

March 31, 2013

Mobile Learning On The Interwebs

Beginning with the ASCD SmartBrief.

Budget-minded schools ask students to bring their own devices
Cash-strapped schools are increasingly asking students to bring their own smartphones, tablets and other portable devices to school as an alternative to spending the money to provide them to pupils. Many educators see mobile devices as excellent tools to help students learn math, take quizzes and share assignments with each other. However, some experts say they’re skeptical of that. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/22)

S.C. district to issue iPad2 devices to some students
In adopting a plan to provide iPad2 devices for most students in grades 4-9 in Rock Hill, S.C., officials also established the goal of having all students in the district meet or exceed national math and reading scores over the next three years. The investment in technology comes with a directive to reform teaching and learning, with the devices being used to allow students to learn from each other and for teachers and students also to learn alongside one another. The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) (3/26)

Also, the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Ill. district approves purchase in Google Chromebooks, tablets
An Illinois district is moving closer to providing one device per child with the approval of $327,000 in new classroom technology, including Google Chromebooks, Nexus 7 Tablets and other devices. However, Jake Conway, an eighth-grader in the district, questions the purchase, saying the majority of students he sees are using their own devices — not those issued by the school. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/25)

Library of resources for Texas teachers offered on iTunes U
The Texas Association of School Administrators has taken the lead in helping to develop a virtual library of resources for teachers available on Apple’s iTunes U. Teachers from select districts collected the resources — all of which are tied to the state’s curriculum — and winnowed it down to the material that would be most helpful to teachers. The resource is not intended to replace existing materials, but rather help teachers and students with particular lessons. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (3/25)

Texas district shares news, notices through mobile application
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) (3/26)

Is the iPad still the gold-standard in education?
While the iPad has become the go-to device in education, several competitors — including Google, Samsung, Lenovo, Dell and CDI — now are seeking a share of the market. Google recently released a light-weight, lower-cost version of its Chromebook, which was geared toward education, and some Android tablets now are being built specifically for schools. Already, some districts have adopted the competitors’ technology, but some say it will be tough to overcome Apple’s dominance. District Administration magazine (4/2013)

PBS Kids releases an education app for anxious parents
PBS Kids launched a free mobile application for parents who are seeking to increase their children’s math and reading skills but are anxious about how to go about it. The Parents Play and Learn app includes games and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. PBS says the app has been downloaded more than 162,000 times, Lauren Johnson writes. Mobile Marketer (3/27)

Back to the regular Google News alert for mobile learning.

Asia Mobile Learning Market Soared to $2.6 Billion in 2012
PR Newswire (press release)
SEATTLE, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Mobile Learning market in Asia is in a boom phase. Mobile Learning revenues in Asia will reach a staggering $6.8 billion by 2017, according to a new Ambient Insight report called, “The Asia Market for …
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Herkimer teachers present at Mobile Learning Summit
Little Falls Evening Times
Two Herkimer Central School District teachers presented at the Mobile Learning Summit at Hamilton College on Friday. The summit is a daylong event in which administrators, teachers and technology coordinators from all over the state attend …
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Mobile learning ‘adds value to a company’
Virtual College
Using mobile learning within an organisation can add value to the business and help deliver training that is relevant to its goals. This is according to learning technology manager at Macmillan Cancer Support Lesley McGuire, who spoke to Third Sector …
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Geekdom’s mobile learning bus hitting streets of San Antonio
San Antonio Business Journal
Geekdom has unveiled Geekbus, a 37-foot bus that has been converted into a mobile learning unit. The Geekbus will travel to local schools, social agencies and military bases to show students that technology is cool. Geekdom officials want to spark an …
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m-Learning: A 21st century education
Khaleej Times
About 175 students were given iPads (with access to iTunesU, cloud computing and several apps) to study using the mobile learning approach, while 30 were made to learn in the traditional classroom setting using PCs or laptops, regular textbooks and a …
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Next, the Google Blog alert for mobile learning.

Using Online Video To Boost Mobile Learning :: the vzaar blog
Did you know that in the last two years the mobile share of web traffic has almost tripled? iphone_normal. That’s just one of the facts reported by Upside Learning ……/using-online-video-to-boost-mobile-learnin…

Finally, the Google Web alert for mobile learning.

Getting Started With Mobile Learning: 7 Quick Tips for Success
You can’t just take your eLearning courses and reformat them to be compatible for mobile devices. Content needs to be fit for the purpose.…/Getting-Started-With-Mobile-Learni…

Mobile Learning News – Ko-Su
KO-SU’s training workshops continued last month with mobile aficionadoslearning how to get set up on the platform and create their own mobile tests and …

The Early Birds In Mobile Learning – Part 2
The Early Birds In Mobile Learning – Part 2. 19 Mar 2013. This article is the second in a series where we highlighted some of the earliest mobile learning projects ……/early-birds-mobile-learning-part-2

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Mobile learning: “We cannot continue …
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, ……/mobile-learning-we-cannot-continue-t…

Getting Pushy with Mobile Affordances: Float Mobile Learning
Use push notifications – a unique mobile affordance – to enhance your mobile learning efforts.…/getting-pushy-with-mobile-affordances/

Why mobile learning? – e-Learning Studios Blog
Why should you and your company use mobile learning?…/126-why-mobile-learning

Asia Mobile Learning Market Soared to $2.6 Billion in 2012 – Yahoo …
From Yahoo! Finance: SEATTLE, March 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Mobile Learning market in Asia is in a boom phase. Mobile Learning revenues in ……/asia-mobile-learning-market-soared-144…

The Truth About Mobile Learning Strategy Is Out There: Float Mobile …
Scott McCormick looks at three truths in implementing any mobile learning strategy. They all start by simply look at your device.…/the-truth-about-mobile-learning-strategy-…

Mobile Learning Survey – Questionmark Perception
Thank you for participating in this survey. Your responses are extremely important to ADL’s research focus on mobile learning. The data collected in this survey ……/open/?…

Mobile Learning – Scholarship @ Claremont
Mobile learning is a rapidly developing mode for teaching and learning to deliver … learners. Additionally, mobile learning can aid both formal learning in ……lux

Twitter / TeachThought: 12 Principles Of Mobile Learning …
Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.…/317728430999363584

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