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Three Ed-Tech Trends Showing Why Mobile Learning is On the Rise. While the interaction between students and their instructors will always be key to the educational experience, the shift to digitally-driven learning models has made a significant impact on the culture and expectations for academic learning from early childhood on. Fueled by the rapid adoption of tablets and smartphones (which now outnumber people on Earth), mobile technology has become commonplace at all levels of teaching and learning.

As more classrooms integrate digital tools, the desire to leverage mobile tech to enhance learning has increased dramatically. From the obvious convenience of being portable to the more nuanced benefits on memory retention and achievement, there are many reasons why mobile learning has become so appealing. Here are three trends we've observed in 2015 that are shaping the future popularity and application of mobile ed-tech in and beyond the classroom. Education apps are more popular, accessible, and sophisticated.

iPad Pro, an educator’s view. So it’s here. The eagerly anticipated iPad Pro was launched earlier this week in San Francisco. As technological design goes, as with most things with Apple, it is a thing of beauty. Upon seeing it, I became a seagull from ‘Finding Nemo’, saying to myself, “Mine! Mine! Mine! When I first started researching mobile learning in the classroom, five or so years ago, I was as far removed from being an Apple fan boy as Bill Gates. This comes down to far more than just technology. Needless to say my viewpoint has changed considerably. So what has this got to do with the iPad Pro? The iPad Pro addresses for me, many of the issues and questions I had all those years ago.

I understand that technology wasn’t significantly advanced enough to produce this thing of beauty 4 years ago however it is my assertion that schools have addressed the issues (for the most part) that I mentioned earlier. I think it can have a place. Of course the iPad Pro isn’t the only device to have a big screen. Developing Digital Pedagogy — LearnMaker. This classroom isn’t about passive learning. Showing, sharing and presenting information doesn’t help student cognition because there’s no pedagogy involved. Until a few years ago there was a ceiling on learning, limited to the expertise of the teacher. Now that ceiling is broken and we’re information rich. The new ceiling on learning is in how students interact with information, because if anything we have too much of it.

How are we designing learning when students have Google at their fingertips? Are we asking students to consume or create in the classroom? Is the learning active or passive? Learning first, technology second In 2009 Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy said, “Technology should be like oxygen; ubiquitous, necessary and invisible.” Digital eBooks The biggest advantage iPads and tablets have is in their ability to deliver bespoke resources to students like never before. Conclusion. How to tell if your child’s educational app is actually educational. When the Free Republic of Liberland first appeared, founded on a piece of disputed land at the Serbian-Croatian border on April 13, 2015, its neighbors were skeptical. Serbia’s ministry of foreign affairs called the creation of the country a “frivolous act,” while Croatia said it was a “virtual quip.”

But after exactly seven months, Europe’s youngest nation—if you can call it that—survives. Liberland has a constitution, a flag, an anthem, and a motto. Like many other European countries it even has a problem with refugees. Liberland is the brainchild of Vít Jedlička, a Czech politician who says he was inspired to undertake the quixotic project by his libertarian politics. “I always thought that governments were too intrusive into people’s prosperity, freedom, and happiness, being one of the biggest causes of trouble in the world,” Jedlička tells Quartz. Liberland is “an example of how an optimal state should look like.” (Liber)land grab Bring on the people. iPad apps vs iPad pedagogy — LearnMaker.

What separates the successful mobile learning projects from the unsuccessful? This is a ‘million dollar’ question, and I’ve thought long and hard about it. From the 17 large 1:1 projects I’ve worked on, only three have been truly successful in producing transformational learning. In your own experience, how many schools do you know who have transformed learning vs how many you know rely on iPads as laptop placements, focusing on web browsing and research functions only? I’m sure you’ll draw similar conclusions to my own, but if a handful of schools can transform learning with mobile devices, how do we replicate it across more schools? Now before I share it, I first want to define what I believe a successful mobile learning project is. So what is the answer to predicting who will succeed and who will not?

I’ve believed schools have been asking the wrong questions when it comes to technology for a long time. “What apps should I use to teach maths?” [INFOGRAPHIC] The M-Learning Movement. Click here for the full infographic M-Learning is a term used to describe the idea of using portable, electronic devices as a tool for learning.

Mobile devices are everywhere, it is said that around 6 billion people have access to a connected mobile device across the globe and for every one person that accesses the Internet from a PC there are two people who access it from a mobile device. So it’s really no surprise that mobile devices are becoming so big in the learning and education sector. eLearning made the first step in breaking out of the traditional classroom environment and mobile learning is just a way to take eLearning further, giving people the option to learn virtually anywhere. M-Learning is a way to develop learning, utilizing the evolution in technology to create a more dynamic experience.

A lot of organisations are also in debate about the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concept. Benefits of M-Learning Flexibility The main benefit of M-Learning is flexibility. Personalized. Top 20 ipad apps to flip your classroom in #tabletscourse. Top 20 ipad apps to flip your classroom in #tabletscourse. Ramblings from the digital classroom: Behind every good lesson... part 2 - HOTS. As this post explains, when I am preparing lessons the first and most important factor that guides my planning is pedagogy.

This is true even though I am a true fan of embedding technology into my practice. Technology is never the driver or the star, it is a vehicle. In this post you can see how I have sown the foundations to a new topic and my students have a solid vocabulary base on which to build. I may have used active learning strategies or pair work activities, listening exercises and reading comprehensions - to name but a few. At some point in the process I will have embraced a technological tool because when MOTS activities are necessary, technology can meet this need perfectly.

I am now at the point in my planning when I want my students to use this new language and also combine it with previous knowledge to create new work that demonstrates their progress. A final 'product' can be written, recorded or filmed using any number of apps. How Several eLearning Platforms Are Bolstering Social Learning. In this article I will discuss how several electronic and online platforms can be used for social learning.

Albeit social and eLearning are not interdependent, a nexus between them exists. Social learning theory borrowed many elements from the coeval behavioral theories, such as the learner observing the instructor's behavior and its consequences, and that influences his receptivity to the instructions delivered. eLearning, on the other hand, explores the potential of electronic and online platforms for learning; the nexus between the two points at behaviors across several media platforms and the learning prospect they consist of. Electronic Platform It is resourceful if you want to become an eLearning pro. We get learning inputs from news channels and reality TV shows. The reality shows are more helpful for learning; those shows put contestants in challenging situations.

When watching a reality show on the television, a viewer: Such observations help him learn in the following ways: 1. 2. How to make iPad kids film better. It’s about time I add another post about my actual teaching practice and how my kids use iPads. One set of iPad skills that interests all the kids and gives them something fun to do is professional film making tricks. This would work well with students from the age of 10 to 16. The lesson is divided in 2 : Sound (Sound effects / Dubbing / voiceovers)Camera work (Steady-cam / multi views per moment) The requirements in general are that at least one student in 4 has the iMovie app or equivalent (There are free movie editing apps but they sometimes limit to 30 seconds export – check the App store).

I then take them through some remarkable facts in film making that they might never have considered. Foley – Dubbing – Voiceover One of the difficulties when filming with iPads is that the microphone is too small and too far from the actor or subject to record it properly. The Art of noise making is called Foley, which you will see in the credits of every film. Like this: Like Loading... Related. Business & Education - Deployment Overview - Apple Support.

The First 5s with iPads. Author's Note: This post expands on ideas that I originally shared last year on Edutopia. With the start of school approaching and the looming expectation of incorporating iPads into the curriculum becoming a reality, the big question many educators are asking is: "Where should I begin? " Last year, I wrote about 5 Steps for the First 5 Days. However, what about the five days after that? It can seem daunting to envision a year's worth of activities with iPads, but when taken in small chunks, it doesn't need to be intimidating. Taking a note from Alan November's talks about the #1st5days, consider what is possible in the first five hours, days, and weeks of school. The First 5 Hours One of the great benefits of iPads is the immediate access to a camera and microphone. Take a picture of each student to use as a visual attendance sheet, to create avatars, or as an icebreaker. The First 5 Days The power of the iPad is how it can be used as a creation device.

The First 5 Weeks Getting Started. The iPad: Helping Shape the Future of Education. 23 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able To Do With An iPad. Using an iPad is simple due to its intuitive interface, elegant touch interface, and user-friendly operating system. Below we’ve listed 23 different tasks a teacher should be able to perform with their iPad. We’ve tried to focus on the basics, along with some typical tasks a teacher may be required to complete.

We’ve also (roughly) arranged them from less complicated to more complicated, so consider yourself an Unofficial iPad “Basic Hacker” if you can get to the bottom. For more complex iPad tasks and functions, we’re doing a follow-up post. Stay tuned! And let us know which important ones we’ve missed below on twitter or facebook. 1. Power button; long press and plug it in. 2. Apple has you covered: “To redeem an iTunes Gift Card or Gift Certificate, click the Redeem link in iTunes, enter the code on the card or certificate into the Redeem Code box on the page, and click the Redeem button. 3. For reference, check Apple’s help page, or Appducate’s page for some troubleshooting tips. 4. 5.

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50 Of The Best Resources For iPads In Education. SAMR success is NOT about Tech. Quick refresh If you aren’t aware of the S.A.M.R. model (devised by Ruben R. Puentedura – @rubenrp) then in simple form it explains the common journey teachers go through when introducing technology. It’s popular for introducing iPads in schools. More info here. Quick version:Substitution: Do old paper task on deviceAugmentation: Do old paper task digitally but now using an extra app featureModification: Students benefit from the versatility and combine new digital tools for new outcomesRedefinition: Students are collaborating and learning in ways previously not imagined Slow Progress Even in my school, the speed at which the staff as a whole move through the SAMR model from substituting tasks for their digital equivalent to redefining how they help students learn is slow, sometimes seeming to stall completely.

New Focus I was thinking today that I had to make it clear that competency with technology is not the first issue you should worry about if you want to make SAMR progress. 1. 2. 3. iPad Be Nimble, iPad Be Quick. One of the most challenging lessons for schools to learn in implementing iPads is that the iPad is not a laptop. The conversation can sometimes get bogged down around the device, trapping schools in these definitions as they lose sight of the central reasons to use technology: To enhance teaching and learningTo differentiate instructionTo personalize the learning experienceTo solve authentic problems where technology must be used to solve those problems This is not an easy lesson.

It requires a paradigm shift in teaching and learning. iPads vs. It's worth noting the different features of laptops and iPads and to see the benefit of both devices. While the laptop is heavy, takes a long time to boot up, and is often used as a word processing tool with typing and keyboarding being paramount, it's also a powerful device for computer programming and accessing Adobe Flash-based simulations, particularly in the sciences. The shift to iPads over laptops does not have to be a zero sum game. The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad. Finding apps isn’t difficult. Finding education apps is only a bit more challenging.

Finding free education apps is also possible. Finding free education apps worth downloading is a different story entirely. The following is our list for the 55 best apps for learning we can find. Some are formal learning–math drilling and phonics, for example–while others are RSS readers, social media platforms, and the like. These are purposely not all purely academic, “training” apps that focus on individual skills, but rather the an array of apps students could use daily to improve their ability to think, connect, and use information. A few notes: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The 55 Best Free Education Apps For iPad 1. Developer Description: View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View; View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Developer Description: “A growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for home and the classroom. 6. 7. 100+ Teaching With the iPad Hacks: A Curated Playlist of Quick Start Resources. A publisher recently asked me if I knew of a good iPad “Quick Start” Guide for teachers just getting started with using the iPad in the classroom. I didn’t, but had to imagine that I could find resources along these lines on the Web. As I searched, I found many good web pages, and knew right away that this was a great topic for creating a LessonPaths curated Playlist to share them. LessonPaths (formerly known as MentorMob) is an awesome free web tool for easily assembling digital content into an elegantly simple information resource. Just click through the Playlist, stop and further explore resources that interest you (clicking on one will open up the Playlist in full screen mode) then click through to the next one when you’re ready.

This hand selected set of sources will provide teachers who are new to the iPad with the information they need to get started, and offer both new and current users information they need to successfully integrate the iPad into their teaching practices. Should Students be Allowed to use iPads at School? 12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom - 50 Of The Best Resources For iPads In Education. A Must-Have Model For 1:1 Success In Schools. Should Students be Allowed to use iPads at School?

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