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March 3, 2018

News Release – Mobile Learning Metrics Findings Published

Another item from Thursday’s inbox…

LINCOLN, Neb. – March 1, 2018

We wish to announce the premiere release of the findings from the Mobile Learning Metrics™ research project. The data from the study help to identify and measure trends toward the use of mobile technologies within the learning economy.

Positioned within The Journal of Mobile Teaching (ISSN 2164-6724), the study is the first authoritative source identifying the trends, opportunities and challenges in mobile teaching and learning. It collects data from the three important segments within the learning environment: education administrators, education facilitators (online and traditional classroom teachers) and, education consumers (students) and compares their attitudes, perceptions and preferences for mobile learning.

The thesis of the project is specific: the three different segments of the learning environment must interact successfully to achieve and sustain effective learner outcomes. It’s frame of reference is a pedagogical structure of concepts, values, customs, and strategies by means of which each segment perceives, evaluates, and communicates ideas differently.

Data Presentations

Findings from the research are presented in two featured formats:

BaseLine Abstracts

Findings from each individual segment of the study are presented in baseline abstracts that may be used in non-commercial publications or presentations. Separate, individual 2D jpegs of each data slide are also provided for re-use.

TrendLine Collaborations

This feature provides a forum for discussion and debate of the findings and the sharing of ideas on how the information may be strategically applied to different education environments and programs.

For more information visit

This email is an educational announcement regarding a privately funded research study and is provided as a public service. If you believe you have received this email in error you should notify the sender by return email that you no longer wish to receive the project announcements, then delete this message from your computer. We apologize for any inconvenience this announcement may have caused.

We wish to express our appreciation to the numerous Departments of Education for assisting with this announcement by allowing us to use publicly available contacts.

August 23, 2014

New Math App Offers Out-Of-This-World Action!

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Florida Virtual School
Now Available in the iTunes Store!
Dear Michael,


We have some exciting news for you – Florida Virtual School has teamed up with the creators of Grom Social to develop an exciting new math app called Solar Skate!


This mobile game allows students to have skateboarding fun with some out-of-this-world characters while learning some basic math concepts! In the game, players skateboard on a quest to rescue Zach, who has been taken by an alien bully who wrecked the skate course. Gamers solve geometry puzzles to fix their broken skate track. This fast-paced game includes pulling off awesome tricks and collecting coins and power-ups.
Solar Skate integrates math into the storyline and covers 4th through 8th grade Math Standards – all while having fun!


Click to view the Solar Skate game trailer.


To learn more about the game, visit today!


This unique educational tool is available on iTunes for Apple iOS devices for $1.99.

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July 4, 2014

K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century: Free MOOC/Competition on Mobile Apps and Health for High School Students

From Wednesday’s inbox…

Hi Former K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century MOOC participants.  I’m sorry to bother you, but I wanted to update you on another free opportunity.  Kent State University is offering a free MOOC (massive open online course) on Mobile Technologies for Health for students in grades 9-12.  The course, which runs from July 7-July 27, 2014, provides an opportunity for high school students to learn about public health.  Students who participate in the course will also learn about mobile technologies and their use in health and health education.  Participants in the MOOC will have the opportunity to design an idea for a health game/app.  Cash awards will be given to the top three teams (as judged by a panel of experts).  Please see the details below, visit the Mobile Technologies for Public Health site, or contact Diana Kingsbury ( or Rick Ferdig ( for details.  National and international participation is welcomed, but students must be attending a secondary school to participate in the competition within the MOOC.  Please share this with students considering health as a college career choice!

Thanks for your time!  Best, Rick

About the Course

Now, more than ever, we rely on mobile technology to connect with others, to find information, and to help us navigate the world around us. With this increase in technology in our daily lives, there is an opportunity to maximize its use in addressing some of our leading social challenges. This summer, the Kent State University (KSU) College of Public Health, in collaboration with the KSU College of Education, Health, and Human Services, is sponsoring an online learning experience that will introduce high school students (grades 9-12) to the use of mobile technologies to solve public health problems and challenges.

Students will have the opportunity to learn the basics of game and app development as they engage with the five core areas of public health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy, Environmental Health, and Social & Behavioral Health). Students will compete in teams of 3 to 5 to develop a public health game or app that relates to a public health problem of their choice. Cash prizes will be awarded to the team with the best concept public health game or app (one $500 and two $250 awards).

The course will run from July 7, 2014 – July 27, 2014. All content will be available online and participants will be asked to submit their work through the course’s online platform. Orientation materials to the course, accessing the site, and program guidelines will also be made available virtually.

Find some friends, form a team, and sign up today!

Intended Audience – High school students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to form a team and enroll.

Course Requirements

To participate, students will complete weekly online modules that will provide them with information about the field of public health, the basics of mobile app and game development, and some of the leading public health problems nationwide and globally. Students will be asked to select a public health issue of their choice and design their mobile technology to address the problem. In order to participate, students must have computer and Internet access. To be eligible to compete for the cash awards, students must complete each module and must be a member of a 3-5 person team.

Learning Objectives – By participating in this program, you will:

    •         Understand the five core areas within the field of public health:
    •         Get the basics of how mobile apps and games are designed
    •         Learn how mobile technologies can address public health issues
    •         Compete against other teams nationwide for cash awards
    •         Have fun!

To enroll, please visit Mobile Technologies for Public Health.

May 5, 2014

K12 Inc. Releases 24 New AP® Exam Prep Apps For Mobile Devices

Some weeks ago, K12, Inc. announced K12 Inc. Releases 24 New AP® Exam Prep Apps for Mobile DevicesEssentially, they had produced the following apps:

  • AP Exam Prep Biology
  • AP Exam Prep Calculus AB
  • AP Exam Prep Calculus BC
  • AP Exam Prep English Language and Composition
  • AP Exam Prep English Literature and Composition
  • AP Exam Prep Environmental Science
  • AP Exam Prep European History
  • AP Exam Prep Psychology
  • AP Exam Prep Statistics
  • AP Exam Prep U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP Exam Prep U.S. History
  • AP Exam Prep World History

They have a good commercial on YouTube that tours the AP Exam Prep World History.

They described that:

“Full-function “Lite” versions of all 12 AP Exam Prep apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes, GooglePlay and the Amazon AppStore.  A one-time in-app purchase of $9.99 – 11.99 will unlock the full content. Teachers and administrators can also take advantage of the 50% discount available for schools through the Apple Volume Purchase Program, where a paid “Full” version of the app is available.”

I’ve downloaded all of the lite versions, but haven’t had much of a chance to play around yet.  If it is anything like their other apps, and I suspect that it is, you can get a sense of the style of these apps from my Review of iPhone App – Algebra I Study Review (which I downloaded when it was free for one weekend).

February 15, 2014

Become a Master of Mobile Online Learning

Another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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of mastery in
mobile learning
Mobile learningmastery series


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The use of mobile devices for teaching and learning can be fun and engaging, while also presenting challenges for online educators. The Mobile Learning Mastery Series provides the knowledge and training that will enable you to master mobile learning designs, tools, teaching and learning methods and assessment strategies that can improve learning and increase student satisfaction.In this program you will:

  • Analyze mobile learning research
  • Develop a mobile learning design plan
  • Analyze teaching methods and learning activities for use in your mobile learning environment
  • Develop an assessment plan to measure student success, including submission and tracking
  • Develop a teaching unit that includes mobile learning options
  Space is limited so please register early.

Next Session: February 21 – April 25

Best regards,

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Sandra Coswatte | Director | Sloan-C Institute of Learning

The Sloan Consortium
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

The Sloan Consortium, Inc. – PO Box 1238 – Newburyport, MA 01950-8238

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