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I’m lucky enough to spend Tuesdays to Thursdays working with an amazing group of students and faculty at The Westside School in Seattle. For 15 months now we’ve been growing a new middle school, and a 1:1 initiative is part of that model. We are in a constant cycle of evaluation as we seek to understand the impacts of mobile learning, standards-based assessment, and mixed-age groupings on student academic achievement and character development. Below are some edtech-focused numbers based on the first 3 months of this school year: <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Verizon Foundation gains additional insight into middle school students and their use of mobile technology with a recently released study. The Verizon Foundation released the results of a new study today, providing additional insight to the connection between middle school students and their use of technology, both in and out of the classroom. The Verizon Foundation Survey on Middle School Students' Use of Mobile Technology offers new findings to add to the growing body of information on this important topic.
Erin Scott A.P. Chemistry students use their cell phones to answer their teacher's question. When we talk about using cell phones in class, we’re not just talking about using cell phones in class. The idea of mobile learning touches on just about every subject that any technology addresses: social media, digital citizenship, content-knowledge versus skill-building, Internet filtering and safety laws, teaching techniques, bring-your-own-device policies, school budgets. At its core, the issues associated with mobile learning get to the very fundamentals of what happens in class everyday.
In 2003 Steve Jobs made a speech to the International Design Conference in Aspen, and the audio for this speech has just been re-discovered and shared. There is even a transcription from the Verge available here . During his talk, Jobs foresaw future mobile devices as well as the challenge we would face in truly taking advantage of these mobile devices. Ok let’s go back to this revolution, what is happening?
Here are the slides from my presentation at ALT-C 2012 this morning. The tablet computer is not a new idea, but recently has had an impact on learning and teaching across a range of institutions in the UK and elsewhere. In this session I will try to tackle the following questions.
Several universities have recently tried a new model for delivering textbooks in hopes of saving students money: requiring purchase of e-textbooks and charging students a materials fee to cover the costs. A recent report on some of those pilot projects, however, shows that many students find the e-textbooks “clumsy” and prefer print. The report is based on a survey conducted this spring of students and faculty at five universities where e-textbook projects were coordinated by Internet2, the high-speed networking group. Students praised the e-books for helping them save money but didn’t like reading on electronic devices. Many of them complained that the e-book platform was hard to navigate.
Can an app today keep bad grades away? Long the banes of teachers’ existence, smartphones are being re-imagined by educators as a positive presence in the classroom. What’s more, a survey released Thursday shows more than half of Canadians – 56 per cent – agree that the mobile devices are an “invaluable tool” for students, while fully two-thirds see smartphones as a way for students to conduct online research any time, anywhere. Media professor Sidneyeve Matrix , whose Queen’s University class has its own app, says smartphones have become so ubiquitous that it makes less sense for teachers to fight them than to dial up their potential as a modern-day school supply.
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As promised, the results of my conversation with the Mobility Guru. --------------------- What Is Mobile? After some discussion, the Mobility Guru and I decided to treat mobile based on operating system (iOS, Android, Win8RT) vs. hardware or form factor. His original definition "can hold it in one hand" doesn't really account for netbooks or other forms that smoothly run pre-mobile operating systems (Like Windows 7, Linux and the Mac OSs).
Tablets are set to change computing with intuitive operating systems, web browsing, access to hundreds of thousands of apps, and even the option to attach a keyboard. From the start, we knew tablets would be big—they’re more mobile than laptops but easier to interact with than phones. It hardly needs to be said (but we’ll say it anyway) that Localist performs well on tablets of all makes, but let’s not kid ourselves: when we say “tablets,” we mean the iPad.
Text článku: Jsou firmy, které kvůli snazší kontrole a vyšší bezpečnosti dat trvají na tom, aby jejich zaměstnanci používali pouze služební technologie, které jsou spravovány podnikovými IT administrátory. Podobný tradiční přístup lze nejsnáze realizovat v podmínkách lokální sítě, tj. u zaměstnanců sedících v kanceláři, pracujících na stolních počítačích a dodržujících pevnou pracovní dobu. Jenže toto je model, který je překonaný. Dnes je u mnoha pracovních činností naprostou samozřejmostí, aby se zaměstnanec pohyboval z místa na místo nebo aby podstatnou část své práce dělal z domova. Ke slovu tak přicházejí mobilní technologie.
Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area. Recently frog has been researching how learning models are evolving--and how they can be improved--via the influence of mobile technologies. We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies.
My European speaking tour (ending today) has had two primary themes: crowdsourcing and the future of corporate IT. However at a couple of points, notably a guest lecture to Moscow’s Higher School of Economics’ School of Journalism, I have delved into the future of media. As always, my well-known Newspaper Extinction Timeline has come up as a hot topic of discussion. One of things I always have to point out is that we should not be comparing newspapers with the tablets of today when we think about the choices people will make in how they access news. Tablets similar to those of today will be given away for free and digital paper which has all the qualities of today’s paper plus the advantages of digital at a low cost will be the alternative.
Over the past few years the big sexy conversation at conferences has slowly morphed from social media to mobile. It is partially because social media is better understood now but it’s also because mobile is the shiny new toy that everyone is trying to figure out. We have seen incredible inroads that mobile traffic is making up a larger and larger portion of web traffic. Mobile traffic to websites has doubled across the year alone in 2011 .With all these discussions it has me thinking more and more of the future of mobile apps. With recent data suggesting that the average user has well over 50 apps installed on their smartphone it is a great time to be an app developer. I on the other hand can’t help but feel like we are in a case of history repeating itself.
In recent chats with officials from [an un-named country], I learned of the desire of educational policymakers there to leap frog e-learning through m-learning . This made an impression on me -- and not only because it succinctly was able to encapsulate four educational technology buzzwords within a five-word "vision statement". In many ways, this encounter helped confirm my belief that a long-anticipated new era of hype is now upon us, taking firm root in the place where the educational technology and international donor communities meet, with "m-" replacing "e-" at the start of discussions of the use of educational technologies.
[and how to overcome them] Photo by stefg74 Here are some common mLearning myths I regularly come across in English language teacher training – and some myth-busting lesson plans .