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5 Ways Higher Education Is Leveraging Mobile Tech. Jeff Kirchick is Director of Universities at SCVNGR, the popular mobile game about going places, doing challenges and earning points.

5 Ways Higher Education Is Leveraging Mobile Tech

He presents regularly about the future of mobile and location-based services in education. You can follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffreyKirchick or e-mail him at jeff@scvngr.com. Mobile technology is on the minds of higher education professionals more than ever before. At the recent HighEdWeb conference in Austin, the itinerary included several ways schools can use social media, blogs and mobile technologies to better captivate its student body. And last week, hundreds of orientation professionals gathered in New Orleans for the National Orientation Directors Association annual conference, where they discussed how to engage with prospective students in modern and relevant ways — including mobile — to welcome the next freshman class.

It’s no mystery why: The latest numbers show 40% of teens plan on buying an iPhone within the next three months. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Emerging trends in education and mobile learning. At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning.

Emerging trends in education and mobile learning

Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? For students in California, or for those in Kolkata? Developed country trends are very different from developing country trends. Most of the points below focus on the latter. Overlapping of education trends and mobile-enabled opportunities The brief for the panel stated: We keep being told that technology is going to transform centuries-old teaching paradigms, but traditional approaches seem to have real resilience and staying-power. I don’t believe that technology is the single driver of education transformation, although it is certainly a key influencing factor.

Clickers Go Mobile. Mobile Computing Clickers Go Mobile Two universities are using a student response app to make classes more interactive, without the need for specialized hardware.

Clickers Go Mobile

Shutterstock.com Student response systems, also known as clickers, once relied on specialized hardware. And while they were an important tool in many classrooms — for taking attendance, polling and more — there was a problem: keeping the devices in students' hands. "It was a hassle to deal with clickers," recalled Leslie Bofill, director of educational technology at Florida International University. So Bofill ditched the hardware and introduced Turning Technologies' ResponseWare app to 120 medical students last August. 7 Tips for Harnessing the Energy of Social Media in Class. Social Media 7 Tips for Harnessing the Energy of Social Media in Class Social media can be a distraction for students — but used well, it can also invigorate teaching and learning with a relevant, immediate stream of communication.

7 Tips for Harnessing the Energy of Social Media in Class

Here's how to make sure it's an asset, not a liability. By Richard Rose02/04/15 Shutterstock.com Like the sand running through an hourglass, control of the learning process in American universities has gradually shifted from the institutions to the students. The arrival of social media in today's university classroom completes the trend. 6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning. Social Media 6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning.

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning

Here, three educators share their favorites. Photo: Shutterstock.com Social media has changed the way people communicate and share information in their personal and professional lives. "For a lot of them, it's their friends on Twitter, and they don't really want to share their homework or talk with their teacher on Twitter," said Seth Dixon, an assistant professor of geography at Rhode Island College. Mobility Initiative Drives Student Engagement, Learning and Retention.

Learn how mobility initiatives can drive student engagement. Tech Report: Students Gear Up for Fall. Tech Trends | News Tech Report: Students Gear Up for Fall Students arriving on campus this fall will carry with them an average of seven devices.

Tech Report: Students Gear Up for Fall

Gearing Up According to a new report from re:fuel agency, about 86 percent of college students currently own laptops, the most popular gadget for college-aged Americans. Smart phones, in second place, are owned by 78 percent of students — up 9 percent from last year, according to re:fuel. Printers were the third most popular category, at 69 percent. In total, according to re:fuel's 14th annual College Explorer survey, students are coming to campus this year with, on average, 6.8 gadgets apiece, and they intend to buy more.

Tech Trends: Social Media & Texting The survey also found that, contrary to predictions of Facebook's imminent downfall, students continue to use the popular social media site more than any other. 5 Steps to Tell if Your Website is Mobile Ready. :: By Daniel Weisbeck, Netbiscuits Every now and then companies tell me that their mobile Web traffic is still too low for them to prioritize it over the traditional PC Web.

5 Steps to Tell if Your Website is Mobile Ready

While few can doubt that the latter is still prevalent among customers, in reality, many brands are experiencing low traffic due to the poor user experience afforded to those accessing via a mobile device. There is no doubt the World Wide Web has already started the move to mobile devices, and the shift is accelerating, with 2014 cited as the year mobile surpasses desktop Internet usage. Not having a mobile Web strategy for a consumer-facing company means you’re ultimately moving against the market and no business should be swimming against such a powerful tide as that means being left behind.

Social Media Glossary. Social networks have not only changed the way we communicate with one another online, but also the way we speak offline.

Social Media Glossary

Terms that likely didn't even exist 10 years ago, are now part of society’s everyday language, and more phrases are added regularly. The constantly changing social landscape can make it difficult to stay current with this industry’s expanding lexicon, which is not a good thing for marketers or other business professionals tasked with being ahead of the curve. To avoid being left out of the social conversation, get familiar with this industry’s lingo below. Create Android Apps from any web content. 12 Principles Of Mobile Learning. 12 Principles Of Mobile Learning by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated and republished from a 2012 post Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2016, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined. It is only within these communities that the native context of each learner can be fully understood. 1.

A mobile learning environment is about access to content, peers, experts, portfolio artifacts, credible sources, and previous thinking on relevant topics. 2. Predictions 2014 Mobile T. 5 Ways Classrooms Can Learn From Mobile Apps. Linkedinfluence - Start Taking Advantage of Linkedin to Drive Traffic, Generate Leads and Boost Your Revenue.