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Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms

Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms
By Jonathan Wylie The mobile revolution is here. More and more schools are moving toward mobile learning in the classroom as a way to take advantage of a new wave of electronic devices that offer portability and ease of use on a budget. Mobile learning technologies offer teachers-and students-a more flexible approach to learning. In 2001, Marc Prensky warned us, "Our students have changed radically. The education system we work in is not always known for its speed at latching on to new ideas and methodologies, but with mobile learning it is catching up-quickly. The research that has been done on the use of mobile apps like these has been very promising. Studies like these help underline the academic potential that mobile learning devices can have to enrich the learning process for students. One example of mobile technology for children with special needs is Proloquo2go, an assistive technology app available on iTunes. So what about e-readers? Still not convinced? Related:  Mobile devices

Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom Updated 01/2014 If I had thirty iPads in my class, what would I do with them? How would I use them to help my students learn better and help me teach better? Speaking of computers, they were supposed to be the transformation of teaching and learning as we know it. Kinesthetic Learners The iPad has a number of unique features that provide for interesting possibilities in teaching and learning. As a completely portable learning tool, the iPad camera allows documentation to be taken to a whole different level. Students can also attach videos, and voice recordings to their field notes. In math class the GPS of the iPad establishes locale in ways that are profound. Connecting Beyond the Classroom Of course, the mobility provided by the iPad's wireless telephone connection capability allows the unprecedented access to the Internet anywhere students are. How do you use iPads in the classroom to help teaching and learning?

How Mobile Technology is Changing the Way We Dine Out FÓN project Foghlaim Ón Nuatheicneolaíocht / Learning through new Technologies The FÓN project examined the use of mobile phones and networked computers for teaching, learning and assessing Irish at post-primary level. Work on FÓN was divided into three phases: Click on the links to the left or above to learn more about each phase of the project . So how were mobile phones and networked computers used in MALL and FÓN? The mobile phones were used in three ways: 1. The networked computers were used to facilitate online text-chat between students in a secure and teacher-monitored area. Teachers had access to a secure online interface where they could listen back to students' responses, provide feedback, set up new chat sessions and monitor student progress. Students had a similar online interface, where they could access all of their recorded responses and chats as well as any teacher feedback associated with them. MALL and FÓN - documentation and resources Related links

From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom -- Campus Technology Mobile | Feature From Distraction to Learning Tool: Mobile Devices in the Classroom A journalism professor at the University of Maryland is using tablets to engage his students. Once banned in the classroom, mobile devices are becoming more accepted as a teaching and learning tool. Yet teaching methods have not caught up with mobile's potential, according to Ron Yaros, assistant professor of new media and mobile journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. "Under the current methods of teaching in higher education, a mobile device can be a distraction rather than a helpful tool," said Yaros. His assertion is backed up by a recent University of Central Florida survey on mobile learning practices in higher education: Among students who owned a tablet, 82 percent said they used the device for academic purposes. The key, according to Yaros, is to use the right technology for the class format. About the Author

Exploring Students' Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education Key Takeaways A university-wide survey on students' mobile learning practices showed that ownership of mobile devices is high among students and that tablets are the most popular devices for academic purposes. The survey also found that mobile learning typically occurs outside the classroom, with only limited guidance from instructors. To improve mobile learning effectiveness, students and instructors need help adopting more effective learning and teaching practices across content areas. Baiyun Chen and Aimee deNoyelles are instructional designers at the University of Central Florida. Mobile technologies are playing an increasingly important role in college students' academic lives. The popularity of mobile technologies among college students is increasing dramatically. To successfully adopt mobile technologies across the university, however, we need more information about the student population's mobile access and use. Key Issues Methods We collected data (N = 1,082) in summer 2012. Notes

Elementary Students Use iPod Touch To Learn – The Authority in Online Education A handheld device once considered a form of entertainment has made its way into a South Dakota elementary school; students at Lowell Math Science and Technology school have each been assigned their own iPod Touch to use in the classroom. The Sioux Falls school district purchased the devices for about $80,000 with a federal grant provided to schools with low reading and math assessment scores and school districts with a high percentage of low-income families. Each iPod cost about $220, significantly less than it would have cost the school to purchase laptop computers. Wade Helleson, a technology instructor for teachers at Lowell and other elementary schools, said that the first time he used an iPod Touch, his “wheels started turning on how they can be used in schools.” The iPod can be used for a variety of purposes in the classroom, like research and writing or to scroll through virtual flash cards, making it a valuable tool for students of a wide age range studying different subjects.

What Does Whispercast Mean for Schools? The Amazon Kindle has been a boon to education, ­engaging students who otherwise don't like to read and helping to reduce the number of books students need to carry every day. But management on an enterprise level was cumbersome until Amazon launched Whispercast to schools and businesses in October 2012. The free service's central feature is a web-based interface that allows authorized staff — technology coordinators, ­media and curriculum specialists, and teachers, for example — to buy books using purchase orders or other forms of payment and then wirelessly deploy those books on any number of ­devices. Devices can be grouped, making it easy to send books by class section or grade level in just minutes. Andy Shaw, Kindle program coordinator for Florida's Clearwater High School, manages 3,400 Kindle ­accounts for student, faculty and staff devices using Whispercast. He says the new service has transformed the way he operates the Kindle program.

Learnosity Connects Language Learners Worldwide via Voxbone Learnosity Connects Language Learners Worldwide via Voxbone By Dian Schaffhauser 03/04/09 Learnosity , a software company specializing in language learning, will be using Voxbone services to affordably connect language students around the world with their teachers and each other. The company said in a statement that the Learnosity platform and hosted applications have been deployed in governmental education projects in Ireland and Australia and are under consideration in 10 other countries. Teachers subsequently grade these conversations through a Web interface that indicates whose voice is whose. One of Learnosity's major goals is to use Voxbone numbers to enable native speakers of French, say, to affordably reach native Italian speakers, taking turns switching teacher-student roles. "We can't provide every student in a country with a laptop, broadband connection and headsets, but we can easily put a phone in the hands of every student," said Gavin Cooney, Learnosity CEO.

Engage students with mobile learning The issue With increasing numbers of people accessing the internet using mobile devices, organisations need to embrace mobile learning quickly. By adopting mobile learning, organisations can increase learner satisfaction and retention, widen participation and potentially reduce costs. What you can do Mobile learning allows the learner to communicate with tutors and peers, as well as access learning resources, while on the move. It facilitates “just in time” learning and the ability to gather and submit evidence for assessment. Incorporate mobile learning into your organisation’s strategy Our mobile learning detailed guide will take you through the stages needed to incorporate mobile learning into your organisation’s strategy and put in place a rigorous implementation plan. One of the key challenges from our recent digital student project was to develop coherent ‘bring your own’ policies. Work out the cost benefits Embrace open technologies to support a growing range of devices Looking forward

Do mobile devices in the classroom really improve learning outcomes? Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S. teachers own smartphones — 10 percentage points higher than the national average for adults. Those teachers are building that tech-savviness into their lesson plans, too, by embracing bring-your-own-device policies and leading the push for an iPad for every student. In 2013, an estimated 25% of U.S. schools had BYOD policies in place and it’s reasonable to assume those numbers have risen in the past two years. What do these mobile devices really add, though? Is there more to this tech trend than just grabbing the attention of students? Research finds benefits of mobile technology That same Pew Research Center survey asked a group of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers about the educational impact of Internet technology in the classroom.

Blogging | Technology Resource Teachers What is Blogging? A blog is a contraction of the term "Web log." According to Wikipedia, a blog is a "Website usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog." In the world of education, many teachers and students use blogs as a way to share ideas and thoughts both in their school environments, or through distance learning opportunities. Blogging in Plain English from Common Craft Curriculum Connections How can I use blogs with students? create book discussions (great for literature circles or book reports)post prompts for writingcommunicate with parents and students about classroom news, policies, and eventsjournal writing onlinepublish student work (writing, photos, video, etc.) Equipment Needed Safety Considerations 1. Fourth Grade Kidblog "Mrs.

Five business apps to kick off your new iPad Load up your new iPad with business apps that offer efficiency, convenience, and flexibility in today's fast-paced work environments. Cracking the tape on any new electronic gadget is always a thrill. Thanks to Apple elegance and ingenuity, opening a new iPad adds an extra little charge. The devices are potent, support many apps, and feature an endless range of potential experiences. After joining the tablet to the Internet, users almost immediately begin downloading apps. Note: This article is also available as a photo gallery. 1: Your firm's vertical industry application Business professionals live and die by the industry-specific applications their organizations deploy. My technology consultancy uses Connectwise as its professional services automation solution (Figure A). Figure A Calender tracking is a critical component when working remotely. 2: iWork apps The ability to create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations is critical to today's business users. Figure B

FAQs General Questions Are all schools connected to the Schools Broadband Network ? Where can schools access more information on the Schools Broadband Programme? What should schools do regarding Internet access in the interim of being connected under this programme? Filtering Questions Why are some websites blocked on the Schools Broadband Network? Can I unblock some websites for an Adult Class Technology Questions Is broadband limited to a number of hours of Internet access per day? What broadband access technologies will be used to connect schools? What is a Broadband Router? Are all schools connected to the Schools Broadband Network? 99% of schools are conencted to the Schools Broadband Network. ^ Back to top Where can schools access more information on the Schools Broadband Programme? The Service Desk is the central point of contact providing schools with information, advice and technical support in relation to the Schools Broadband Programme. Can I unblock some websites for an Adult Class