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What Can We Learn From the Global Effort Around Mobile Learning? Closing the achievement gap and giving all students access to a world of learning online remains one of the strongest allures of education technology.

What Can We Learn From the Global Effort Around Mobile Learning?

In the U.S., that conversation is often centered on the newest shiny device, slickest software or free app, but internationally mobile technology is revolutionizing learning too, often without fancy gadgets. Recognizing the creative learning strategies being implemented in developing countries could help expand thinking in the U.S and inform the ongoing discussion about how to use technology to deepen learning. “In developing countries, mobile has leap-frogged fixed-line connectivity,” said Steve Vosloo, a program specialist, in mobile learning at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“People who were never connected before have access.” Africa is the fastest growing mobile market and the second largest after Asia. [RELATED READING: What Will it Take to Bring Mobile Ed to the Developing World?] k12 prjct tmrw mbl rpt 2012. Do mobile devices enhance teaching and learning? NAIS News Kitty Thuermer Fall 2012 Page Content.

Do mobile devices enhance teaching and learning?

Mobile Learning. Moving from Mobile Devices to Mobile Learning. Teaching with Tablets: Mobile Devices Transforming the Classroom. For years, tablets have enriched our lives at work and at home, allowing us to stay connected and access information with unprecedented ease.

Teaching with Tablets: Mobile Devices Transforming the Classroom

But they’re also playing a growing role in the classroom, upending traditional models of learning. [tweet_quote]Can mobile devices reshape education for the better? [/tweet_quote] Any parent can tell you that kids are prone to distraction, especially when you put mobile devices in their hands. Yet, research from Project Red suggests that in a classroom setting these technologies can have the opposite effect, helping young students engage with academic subjects and making them more eager to learn. That’s one of the reasons why educators are beginning to embrace tablets as learning tools. “Schools are definitely adopting mobile technology for students across the board,” said Elizabeth Crawford, who handles education marketing and strategy at Intel. “It’s preparing them with the 21st century skills they’ll need in today’s workforce,” said Crawford. Engage students with mobile learning. The issue With increasing numbers of people accessing the internet using mobile devices, organisations need to embrace mobile learning quickly.

Engage students with mobile learning

By adopting mobile learning, organisations can increase learner satisfaction and retention, widen participation and potentially reduce costs. What you can do Mobile learning allows the learner to communicate with tutors and peers, as well as access learning resources, while on the move. It facilitates “just in time” learning and the ability to gather and submit evidence for assessment. Incorporate mobile learning into your organisation’s strategy Our mobile learning detailed guide will take you through the stages needed to incorporate mobile learning into your organisation’s strategy and put in place a rigorous implementation plan. One of the key challenges from our recent digital student project was to develop coherent ‘bring your own’ policies. Work out the cost benefits Embrace open technologies to support a growing range of devices Looking forward.

From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom. Mobile | Feature From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom A journalism professor at the University of Maryland is using tablets to engage his students.

From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Once banned in the classroom, mobile devices are becoming more accepted as a teaching and learning tool. Yet teaching methods have not caught up with mobile's potential, according to Ron Yaros, assistant professor of new media and mobile journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. "Under the current methods of teaching in higher education, a mobile device can be a distraction rather than a helpful tool," said Yaros. His assertion is backed up by a recent University of Central Florida survey on mobile learning practices in higher education: Among students who owned a tablet, 82 percent said they used the device for academic purposes.

The key, according to Yaros, is to use the right technology for the class format. Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms. By Jonathan Wylie The mobile revolution is here.

Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms

More and more schools are moving toward mobile learning in the classroom as a way to take advantage of a new wave of electronic devices that offer portability and ease of use on a budget. Netbooks, iPads, cell phones, iPods, e-readers and even PDAs are increasingly becoming the tools of choice for today's educators, and it is easy to see why. Mobile devices in learning. Managing mobile devices in the classroom. DU is a laptop university meaning that all undergraduates are required to purchase a laptop when attending this university, and most graduate students own laptops.

Managing mobile devices in the classroom

However, the presence of laptops and other mobile devices such as smart phones have caused a disturbance in the classroom. What’s the problem? Students, and let’s be honest, all of us, have daydreamed, doodled, or otherwise not paid full attention in class or meetings long before laptops were around. However, most instructors feel that laptop use is different. Why? Students can’t learn unless they are paying attention or otherwise engaged in what they are learning. What are the benefits? Even with its distractions, let us not forget some of the numerous benefits of laptop and wireless technology and why they have become so common in universities. Laptops and computer technology have allowed us to automate routine tasks. Strategies for managing and using laptops in the classroom 3. Additional Resources.

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