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Handheld Learning

A look into Handheld Learning in education and how RM's products and services can help.
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Steve Forbes

on 30 March 2011

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Handheld Learning
Personally Owned Devices for Every Child?
What are the benefits?
The big decision - which devices
What have other schools done
How can we help?
The POD’s are coming!
PersonallyOwnedDevices
“We are about 4 years away from [almost] every kid coming to school with more capability in their pockets and hands than most teachers have on their desk right now.”
Can we utilise this technology and the amazing tools they bring to help us in the classrooms?
Personally Owned Devices:
Why?
Breaking down the barriers
Will
Are books necessary?
"But are not books
necessary at all, when
the pupils are furnished
with slates?

…To such
I believe books are
not only useless,
but on the whole,
worse than useless.”

William A. Alcott, 1842
Sonya Woloshen

“As a new teacher, I don’t think of it as a issue when one student doesn’t have the technology available.

That’s not a problem, just something to work around.”
http://tr.im/DigitalTeacher/
Why use Web 2.0 tools?
“Open teachers… support their students in the critical consumption, production, connection, and synthesis of knowledge through the shared development of learning networks.”
Alec Couros
Ipod touch proposal

Many people believe the ipod is nothing more than a mere music player. However, I believe they are incredible learning tools. The possibilities are endless.
*Internet access-many students don’t have internet access at home-booking lab time may not always be convenient-the internet will be at students’ fingertips-they can do research on google, youtube, and even google earth-if someone finds a great website they can simply email the link to a fellow classmate.
*the learning benefit here is that students need to be taught safe internet use.They must learn to discern between good and bad websites as they are not created equal. They must learn to be responsible online when given the priviledge.

*Google Earth-this incredible tool is now available on the ipod touch-you can visit every country in the world from your desk!-students can type in the name of a city, country or even coordinance-Google earth will take them there. Blue dots also appear. These are photospeople have taken in those areas. Students will be able to actually see what Paris really looks like. As well, ‘W’ icons will appear. These are links to wikipedia, which will give facts and information regarding that place.
*Benenfit: it’s one thing to talk about China and look at old photos in a text book. Why not take your class to the great wall (with live photos to prove it!)

*Students using ipods as a learning tool in the French classroom:
All in one podcasting:
-students write out conversation (written grammar skills) -students podcast conversation (oral: pronunciation skills) -Students create several conversations (of varying difficulty) (this allows students to participate in the activity at the appropriate level). -other students will listen to podcasts(listening skills) -a questionnaire will be filled in (oral comprehension questions) -or this could be a dictée (to verify written grammar skills from listening)
This activity can be done for a regular ipod, video ipod and ipod touch. It can also be done as a collaborative effort. Students from my Grade 8 class will be creating lessons for students in a Grade 6 class.


Digital lessons
-students create grammar lessons on powerpoint(this shows mastery of grammar concepts)-students screencast grammar lessons to be converted to movie files for ipod-students watch grammar lessons on ipod-students complete accompanying work (worksheet, questions)-students can create different lessons (Math, Science, English any subject)
Filming students teaching (with parental permission of course)
-some students don’t have powerpoint…film them teaching the lesson on the whiteboard/chalkboard.-upload the movie to your computer to convert and put on an ipod
Webquest
-one of my students has an ipod touch -his project is to make a webquest for the class to do
-he will be creating a website for the webquest on google pages -he will be researching appropriate links to put on the site -he will put the project description, criteria, rubric on the site -he has started creating the website on his ipod touch (but this can easily be done on a computer at home or in the lab)
-students in the class will use their touches to go online to lookup the project and research the information required via the sites provided.
Reciprocal podcasting
-to help students correct and perfect their oral speech (French) you can podcast directly onto a 2nd Generation ipod touch with the help of an application and an iphone microphone ($20). -mastering French pronunciation is difficult. But, if students can record themselves speaking at their desk and replay it, they are getting immediate results. -students can practice speaking over and over without the feeling of embarrassment -students could create podcasts at their desks that they could pass to their partner to listen to. Or, the teacher could assign a podcast instead of an oral presentation and students would play them for the teacher.
Dictionaries, encyclopaedias etc.
-Now, French dictionaries and encyclopaedias would be available at students’ fingertips -while researching and working, students can look up words, facts, anything!
Applications:
-it seems as though there are dozens of new applications coming out every day! -they have programmes for Math, Science, Language, even Othello and King Lear made for the ipod. Many of the applications are free. -I found an app recently that allows students to create their own flashcards. The flashcards will be specific to their learning needs. Or, they can use subject specific flashcards from the data base.

Benefits of ipods in the classroom:
All of the student created lessons hone students’ skills. When one has to teach the material, one has mastered that material.
There is greater participation. Often, students will tune out their teacher. But, if they are required to watch a friend’s lesson or listen to a grade 6’s podcast, they are more willing to.
The lessons can be taken home. Students no longer have to forget what the teacher said in class. Perhaps, they didn’t take the appropriate notes. Well, the lesson is with them on their ipods. They can watch them as many times as needed.
Also, the idea of cooperative and collaborative learning takes place. Classes in French immersion can create lessons for students taking FSL. These lessons can be on ipods or simply played in class on a projector or even CD/DVD and TV. In return, the students in FSL can do podcasts and videos and even lessons that French Immersion students can view and grade.
For me, the possibilities are endless. By the time you read this, I will have 5 or more things to add! I agree that laptops are wonderful…I wouldn’t trade mine for the world. But, we know that laptops are useful for learning. However, people don’t see ipods as such. My argument though, is that we know that ipods are not going anywhere quickly. We will probably always know the ipod just like we will always know the cell phone. We need teachers to create ways to use them in the classroom. We should be embracing this technology and using it to benefit student learning.
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