How to get started with mobile learning | Bottom-Line Performance | mlearn | Scoop.it (We have created an 8-part comprehensive report containing a series of two-to-three page “briefs.” This is part 8: Diving into mLearning: How to get started. If you would like to see the collection in its entirety, click here.) Think small and not huge when you do your first project. At mLearn, we heard stories from companies such as PwC, Abbott Pharmaceuticals, the Federal Bank of Chicago, and several others. 1. What does small mean??? • Small might mean a very simple solution to a narrow problem (e.g., nurses are having difficulty remembering access steps to an LMS.) Planning and Implementing Questions Business objectives and instructional goals • Why mobile as opposed to some other distribution alternative? Stakeholders • Who cares about this project? Instructional strategies and implementation • Who will produce the content? Devices and technical specs • What devices are you supporting now? Our Bottom-Line advice?
Kids and Mobile Phones What age is appropriate for a kid to have a mobile phone? That's something for you and your family to decide. Consider your child’s age, personality, and maturity, and your family's circumstances. Is your child responsible enough to follow rules set by you and the school? When you decide your children are ready for a mobile phone, teach them to think about safety and responsibility. Phones, Features, and Options Decide on options and features for your kid's phone. Your mobile phone company and the phone itself should give you some choices for privacy settings and child safety controls. Be smart about smart phones. Many phones offer web access and mobile apps. Get familiar with social mapping. Many mobile phones now have GPS technology installed: kids with these phones can pinpoint where their friends are — and be pinpointed by their friends. Develop Cell Phone Rules Explain what you expect. Talk to your kids about when and where it's appropriate to use their cell phones. Set an example.
5 Awesome Things You Can Do With an IPad and an LCD Projector Visions of Mobile Learning -- THE Journal | mlearn | Scoop.it Devices | Feature Visions of Mobile Learning It's been just a couple of years since the first mobile device hit the market. Yet, it is already a foregone conclusion that it will become an indispensable tool for learning in the future. That's why T.H.E. Many years down the road, I envision a device that isn't mobile per se, but located in every classroom. The ideal mobile learning device resembles a credit card after being folded four times. Imagine a personal learning environment in the palm of your hand. Future mobile devices will be interactive with a three-dimensional touchscreen that projects the screen into the air in front of the user for manipulation. The device will fit in a pocket and have multiple inputs to cover any need. The "Ubique" mobile device is credit card-sized, waterproof, shock-resistant, and indestructible, with long battery life and solar power capability. It will be an off-the-shelf smartphone. Smartphones will become learning devices.
netsmartz Click on the titles below to print age-appropriate activity cards. These activity cards are related to the online activities and easy to implement with few extra materials. Printable handouts are included. Parents may want to skim through the activities to get ideas for discussing Internet safety with their children. Primary (Ages 5-7) Bad Netiquette Stinks Students will learn the definition of netiquette and discuss the importance of having good manners online. Intermediate (Ages 8-10) Attitude Overdrive Students will watch the NSTeens video "Attitude Overdrive" and discuss what to do when they encounter "griefers" while playing games online.
Pho.to - online photo editor, fun effects and tools, free software Book Review: The Mobile Academy, by Clark N. Quinn by Bill Brandon “Business has already discovered that it is essential to have a clear strategy for accommodating mobile. Universities, where the implementation of these technologies is more complex and challenging, have an even greater need for a plan and a system to keep up with rapid changes in the mobile field. In my opinion, Clark Quinn has provided an excellent foundation for creating such a strategic plan.” Clark Quinn has just published another book on mLearning, his second this year. The latest work, The Mobile Academy: mLearning for Higher Education, is intended as a guide to strategy and implementation of mobile learning for administrators, instructional support staff, and faculty. As such, it is direct, to the point, and extremely practical. Research and thinking In the Foreword, John C. What’s in the book? In this very concise book, Clark Quinn has packed an amazing amount of information. Why this book? Bibliographic information
Lesson Ideas These lesson plans were perhaps the most popular activity for last year's Digital Learning Day. The links provide a ready-made activity that you can use with your students on Digital Learning Day and beyond. You will see that each lesson includes a full lesson plan and a short video introduction from the Digital Learning Day teacher who submitted the lesson. If you plan to use a lesson on Digital Learning Day in your classroom or school, make sure to add this activity to our map. Visit the toolkits for more lesson plans, tools to use, and tips from teachers in specific areas! I Am Malala In this innovative lesson plan, students explore the power of social media in calling for change, while also improving their understanding of various cultures and social issues that impact other parts of the world. Video Introduction Lesson Plan Activity Rubric Inquiry-Based Research This great lesson has students practice online research skills by playing timed trivia games. Video Lesson Plan
The "Big Five" IT trends of the next half decade: Mobile, social, cloud, consumerization, and big data "Much or most of these topics are in back burner mode in many companies just now seeing the glimmerings of recovery from the downturn. Much has been written lately about the speed at which technology is reshaping the business landscape today. Except that's not quite phrasing it correctly. As a result, there's a rapidly expanding gap between what the technology world is executing on and what the enterprise can deliver. At the end of the day, businesses must be able to effectively serve the markets they cater to, and doing so means using the same channels and techniques as their trading partners and customers. A tectonic technology shift One only need look at what's on the mind of CIOs these days (60% believe they should be directly driving growth and productivity) versus what they're well known for delivering on. "Easy", highly mobile, and "social" are the mantras of this new generation of IT. But this is not a blame game. Where does technology and IT go from here? Key adoption insight
Learning Resources on Mobile Learning – this Week’s Topic on the Gateway to 21st Century Skills Read more by eSchool News Tucson, AZ – October 17, 2011 The rapid advances in mobile technology have created new vistas for learning on the fly – literally. Last week, for example, I saw a young girl practicing fast math facts on her mother’s phone while her older sister took a ballet class. One of my son’s friends takes violin lessons from a teacher in China via Skype on his iPad, while another is learning Italian on his iPod touch. A great feature of the Gateway is that all the resources it contains can be correlated to your specific State Standards. This week’s Joann’s Picks column on the Gateway’s home page, www.TheGateway.org will feature three resources from the Gateway’s collection addressing mobile learning. In addition, we will also be featuring many more lessons, activities, and resources on mobile learning on the Gateways Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages. About The Gateway to 21st Century Skills
How to Help Students Create a Positive Digital Footprint Children today are more tech savvy than previous generations and have digital footprints from increasingly earlier ages. Many parents “share” their children online before they are even born, through pregnancy updates and sonograms. Some parents post status updates about their child’s milestones, grades, sports, and activities. According to online security firm AVG in a 2012 study, 81% of U.S. children have a digital footprint before age two. But how can we keep this online imprint positive? Importance of a positive digital footprint: It’s difficult for children to consider their long-term future, like a college acceptance or job opportunities, but as adults we know how vital a first online impression will be. Kids are creating a digital footprint if they are participating on social media. Whether you are a parent or an educator, here are 3 things to consider when teaching children to create a positive digital footprint: 1. 2. 3.
6 Best Practices for Universities Embracing Social Media The Digital Marketing Series is supported by HubSpot, an inbound marketing software company based in Cambridge, Mass., that makes a full platform of marketing software, including social media management tools. For universities, deciding to use social media is a no-brainer. The 18- to 24-year-old college student demographic is all over the social web, and its younger counterpart (the high school crowd) is equally immersed. Alumni, recent and far-removed, use social networks to engage and stay connected with the world. Community members, parents of students, potential donors, faculty and staff and other constituents are just a tweet or "like" away. With so many key populations embracing social media, universities almost have no choice but to integrate these platforms into their marketing and communications plans. [More from Mashable: 20+ Essential Resources for Improving Your SEO Skills] Already, many schools have leveraged social media in a big way. 1. Define your goals, as well. 2. 3. 4.
Forming a Training Mobility Strategy by Adam Smith “Overall our strategy is to simplify, to do something, and to link to the business. Our mobile learning strategy is in process and we expect it will be under constant adjustment. However, I’m confident that next year we’ll have solid examples and standards we can use to work with other departments as demand builds.” The current push towards using mobile devices for learning can feel like the first days of home computing. Today, there are promises of employees learning on their smartphones while commuting, and a sales person learning everything there is to know about a product moments before meeting a client. Creating a learning strategy that works where our people work I work for a large energy company, and we are currently creating a mobile learning strategy that differs from both the sales-based and the dedicated-commuter models just described. To start forming our strategy we looked for enterprise learning that may already be accessible on mobile devices. What we learned