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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?

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 Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator Do Mobile Devices in the Classroom Really Improve Learning Outcomes? Matthew Lynch, Virginia Union University 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. What do these mobile devices really add, though? 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. As far back as 2010, reports were surfacing that mobile apps are not only engaging, but educational, for children as young as preschool. Mobile devices also bring challenges • E-readers.

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.

Mobile Learning: A Rising Trend in Education - Online Learning Tips By Dr. Robert L. GordonProgram Director, Reverse Logistics Management at American Public University During the past few decades in education, the mass production of computers and widespread Internet availability fueled the expansion of online education beyond what anyone could have imagined. Although brick-and-mortar universities initially resisted this change, the academic world accepts online education today. For example, Ivy League universities resisted online education for years. Other institutions felt that online education did not offer a robust enough platform to allow for a quality educational experience. Mobile Learning Offers Students Greater Flexibility, Immediate Skill Growth More recently, there has been a further shift in electronic learning (e-learning) to mobile learning (M-learning). A lot of mobile learning is self-paced, giving students the ability to learn when they can, rather than delaying their education indefinitely. [Learn more about the APUS mobile app.] Dr.

12 Principles Of Mobile Learning by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated and republished from a 2012 post Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization. As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2021, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a ‘curriculum’ is defined. It is only within these communities that the native context of each learner can be fully understood. 1. A mobile learning environment is about access to content, peers, experts, portfolio artifacts, credible sources, and previous thinking on relevant topics. 2. As mobile learning is a blend of the digital and physical, diverse metrics (i.e., measures) of understanding and ‘performance of knowledge’ will be available. 3. The cloud is the enabler of ‘smart’ mobility. 4. Transparency is the natural byproduct of connectivity, mobility, and collaboration. 5. 6. 7. 8. With mobility comes diversity. 9. 10. 11. 12.

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

The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom and how to overcome them While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials. This is especially evident over the decade, as schools have increasingly adopted mobile learning as a signature initiative using BYOD and 1:1 programs and investing in tablets to provide their students with access to a wealth of relevant educational content and learning opportunities. Mobile students Young students do pretty well in terms of mobile devices ownership. Tablets are the number one choice for classroom learning, as they are somewhere in the middle ground between the reliability of laptops and the mobility of smartphones. Challenges of adopting mobile learning in the classroom Designing learning materials for mobile devices

The 7 Awesome Benefits of Mobile Learning for Learners Mobile learning is rapidly becoming the norm of eLearning! mLearning has invaded the eLearning scene, regardless of the age of the learner. A successful eLearning project caters to mLearning by default. In this article, we discover the top 7 advantages of mobile learning and why mLearning is the preferred method of learning. Performance support or collaborative eLearning environment, mLearning has all the cards. What’s with the enormous success of mobile learning anyway? Here are a few takes on that question: 1. In a given organization, there are traditional learners, baby-boomers, Gen X and Gen Y. 2. More and more learners now prefer multimedia to stay engaged in a learning environment, for example videos, podcasts, audio as well as access to bite-sized learning, or microlearning on the go. 3. Initiatives like BYOD (bring your own device) have created a mobile device-based learning environment. 4. Older courses can be migrated easily to the mlearning platform with minimal effort. 1. 2.

iPods in Education Current trends in media technologies have great potential for education. Specifically, personal audio and video players enable educators to expand their curriculum to meet the mobile and media-rich learning styles of today's students. Furthermore, they extend teaching and learning beyond the normal classroom hours, allowing students to easily and continuously learn. Educational iPod and iPad Uses at a Glance Podcasts - Sync education podcasts created by students and teachers for learning on the go. Pricing iPod Features, Specs, Gallery iPod Specs What is an iPod Touch? PROS AND CONS OF iPODS IN EDUCATION PROS Portable and lightweight Battery Life 7-10 hours Supports student engagement, differentiation, and collaboration needs Access to information is immediate and current Educational podcasts and apps are abundant, free, or inexpensive Possible management and theft issues No camera No applications Small Screen / Keyboard Droppable and breakable iPod Apps Learning Resources