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Mobile Learning

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Karleen Vaughn

on 3 July 2013

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Transcript of Mobile Learning

Why is Mobile Learning Important?
The Tech-Savvy Triangle
BYOD To The Classroom
Mobile phones in the Classroom: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

Mobile Learning

What is Mobile Learning?
Mobile Learning is becoming a very important part of education. It is more and more common for students to use their own portable devices to enhance the classroom experience. Even very young children are finding it easy to interact with touch screen interfaces almost immediately. These mobile devices are the key to endless learning, collaboration, and productivity that can be had when using the internet.

Recently, many school systems have begun to implement one-to-one and BYOD (bring your own device) strategies to take advantage of the ever increasing possibilities of mobile technology. Education companies and websites are creating mobile apps, responsive programs, platforms, and curricula for mobile devices. Some school systems are even teaching app development and programming in school and after-school programs.
In April 2013, 148Apps reported that educational apps
were the second most downloaded in iTunes of all of the
categories — surpassing both entertainment and
business apps in popularity.
Mobile Learning as Adaptive Technology
Not only is mobile learning an effective tool to increase participation, it is also able to give students the ability to continue working from home when all of their resources are stored in the cloud. This is helpful for all students but particularly for special education students.

In the article, The Surprising Ways BYOD, Flipped Classrooms, and 1-to-1 Are Being Used in the Special Ed Classroom, by Dian Schaffhauser, one special education teacher mentions that she would prefer to assess learning among special ed students by using digital portfolios. Since she has enough iPads in her classroom for all of her students, she can keep and share reports about what each child has done. "Then when an annual review comes around, I could say, 'Look at Johnny. At the beginning of the year, he was doing x, y, and z, and this is what he could do at the middle of the year and at the end of the year.'" The advantage of using iPads in that process, she adds, is that the apps she's running "do data tracking.
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Sangani, K. (2013). BYOD TO THE CLASSROOM. Engineering & Technology (17509637), 8(3), 42-45.

Scornavacca, E. (2009). Mobile phones in the Classroom: If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them. Communications Of The ACM, 52(4), 142.


Anderson, G. BYOD = Bring Your Own Device. Retrieved July 2, 2013, from http://atclassroom.blogspot.com/2013/02/image-by-tait-coles-bring-your-own.html#.UdOXrfk3uz4
By: Karleen Vaughn
After years of anticipation, mobile
learning is positioned for near
widespread use in schools.
Tablets, smartphones, and apps
have become too useful to ignore
and school systems are finding it

Some publishers are creating online interactive e-textbooks and other resources to supplement learning and further engage students. The incredible diversity of mobile apps are expanding the capabilities of mobile devices exponentially.

One of the biggest appeals of using these devices in the classroom is that it naturally encourages exploration.

"Integrating various forms of technology from the three categories in the tech-savvy triangle (Classroom devices, the internet, and personal devices) is a challenge. But it holds enormous potential for ramping up teaching and learning in new, engaging, exciting ways for both students and teachers."
-Donovan R. Walling

"One way that these vendors are allowing this to occur is by making their systems platform agnostic. What this essentially means is that their systems will allow content to be displayed on any device regardless of operating system or manufacturer. After all, it is all about the content."
-Kris Sangani

"Nowadays, the reality of the large classroom is that most students have their mobile phones switched on (usually on silent mode) and that occasionally they exchange messages with their social network during class (usually trying to hide the device under the table). Our experience has shown that positive results can be achieved by encouraging students to bring their mobile phones out in the open and to use them to contribute to the class, and to their own learning – that is, by joining them instead of trying to beat them."

-E. Scornavacca. S. Huff, & S. Marshall

"It is an exciting time but a time that is really making us stop and question the policies that we have in place now and remembering, we are here to do what is best for our students. We are here to help to prepare them for the future. We are here to teach them skills that will help to carry them through life in the most successful way possible. Doesn’t this mean it is our responsibility to stay as current as possible?"
-Glenda Anderson

Final Thoughts
From the blog,
"Glenda's Assistive Technology Information and more..."
On her entry dated Friday, June 28, 2013, Glenda Anderson mentions the use of portable devices as an IEP accommodation. With this accommodation, students would be guaranteed access to apps that could very much enhance their learning process as well as help them with some basic skills that they are lacking. However, Glenda does mention some important considerations such as:
-Who provides the device?
-Is it supporting the student’s goals and objectives?
-What kind of peripherals are needed & who is going to provide them?
-What apps are to be considered?
-How will the student submit their work?
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