Mobile Learning: 50+ Resources & Tips I believe mobile devices will transform education. This is why I created a free ebook, Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips & Resources with helpful tips and several resources to help support this trend. One reason is because mobile devices are designed in a way that forces the teacher to give control to the learner. Mobile Learning Free Ebooks Mobile Learning Posts/Presentations I’ve Given Mobile Learning LiveBinder of Resources Mobile Learning Mindmap of Implementation This mindmap is full of case studies, schools, teachers, free ebooks, and more to show real examples of mobile learning at its best.
Pine Glen Library & Technology Center » Setting up a cartful or two of iPads Pine Glen was very fortunate to receive 60 iPads this school year on two Bretford Power Sync Carts! The Carts will make management of the iPads easier, because they provide a central place to store, recharge, and sync the iPads to the iTunes library on my laptop. It was quite a bit of work to get the iPads ready to go for the students. I made a few mistakes a long the way, but here’s the most efficient method that I’ve found for getting all the iPads up and running in a uniform manner, particularly if you already have a bunch of free apps and apps purchased from the Volume Purchase Program: 1. Unbox all the iPads and place them in the cart. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. a. b. c. 12.
Amazon.com Help: Kindle Keyboard Software Update Digital Learning Futures 19 Word Cloud Resources, Tips, & Tools Posted by Shelly Terrell on Sunday, February 14th 2010 Part of the Cool Sites series Learning new vocabulary can be quite daunting for most students. Wordle Wordle is one of the best ways to engage learners if you know how to use it well. Alternatives Tech Tools & Pedagogy– Word Clouds- Marisa Constantinides’ post includes a comparison chart that lists the options for each of the following word cloud tools and shows you visual examples of each. A few more alternatives include: ABC ya! Resources Tips You can make phrases in Wordle by using the ~ to group words. Tagul Tips I use Tagul when I want to have each of the words in a cloud lead to a link with more information or to have them in a specific shape such as a heart, star, rectangle, or regular cloud. Two ways to customize links: By default, Tagul will have the clickable links lead to Google search results of each word. Challenge: Don’t have students memorize word lists, instead have students use one of these tools or tips.
BYOT: The hidden messages I have been very fortunate to see Bring Your Own Technology — BYOT — in action in schools in various countries, with learners of various economic backgrounds. While teaching in the U.S., Germany, Greece, Slovenia and Croatia, I used BYOT to teach my learners with technology when little to no technology was available to us. I have integrated BYOT with learners from the ages of 4 to 80 who came from various economic situations. BYOT integration worked effectively with all these groups. BYOT worked so well in each of these cases for four reasons: we planned/prepared, were flexible, had an open discussion with students and did not tie ourselves to one platform or Internet access. Here are a few of the activities I do with students that do not require “a class” Internet connection: Commercial ads: Students often create short video commercials in groups. Previews: Students create a movie preview of a book they enjoyed and want to see adapted to film. The hidden messages:
www.ericsson.com/ericsson/corpinfo/programs/incorporating_mobile_learning_into_mainstream_education/products/book/introduction.pdf The New Library: Ebook Checkouts Up 200% With the rise of digital books on the Kindle and the iPad, how is your local paper-based library keeping up? By fighting fire with fire. Ebook checkouts increased by more than 200% in 2010, according to a recent study from OverDrive, the leading distributor of ebooks and digital audiobooks to libraries. Ebook checkouts continue to accelerate, almost tripling through September. This adds to the more than 12 million ebook checkouts so far in 2011, paidContent reports. More than two-thirds of public libraries in the U.S. now offer ebook checkouts, more than 15,000 of which use OverDrive's platform. While patrons will always have use for hard copies of books and manuscripts, ebooks can reach far more people while appealing to a younger demographic of new library patrons. Ebook checkouts may be cannibalizing hard copy checkouts — but if that means more people are reading books, the library is doing its job. Would you rent an ebook instead of purchasing it?