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  • 1. Mobile Learning (a.k.a. Learning on the Go) Deb Sowers LTMS 510 April, 2010
  • 2. Tonight’s Goals and Objectives
    • participate in a “pretest” survey about mobile learning
    • understand what defines mobile learning
    • learn the difference between mobile learning and e-learning
    • discuss implications of mobile learning on the classroom
  • 3. Let’s see what you know…
    • Visit my wiki to link you to a “pretest” about mobile learning!
  • 4. So what IS mobile learning…
    • Any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies.”
    • --MOBILearn, Oct. 2003
  • 5. History in the making…
    • Let’s see where we’ve been…
  • 6. What mobile learning is and is not…
    • Mobile learning IS…
    • On demand
    • Can be where you are and when you want it
    • Mobile learning is NOT…
    • E-learning
    • Necessarily internet-based
  • 7. Advantages
    • portable—take it with you
    • (once you have the hardware) many free tools are available for download
    • individualizes learning experience
    • can “hook” to engage students
    • learn through play
  • 8. Considerations…
    • initial investment in hardware
    • (in classroom) having enough devices
    • connectivity (availability of internet access if needed)
    • “ digital divide”—access and use
    • How to manage mobile technology on existing networks
  • 9. Leading tools ipod and ipod Touch smart phone Kindle—e-book netbook—tablet PC tag reader—Leapfrog products Nintendo DS—handheld game console personal audio player/multimedia guide (like in museums)
  • 10. Open source (a.k.a. free apps)
  • 11. Some more thoughts…
    • Three hundred years ago we were all mobile learners—we learned in the spaces where the skills needed to be practiced…with mobile devices we will go back to blended learning…in three years’ time, everyone will be a mobile learner.”
            • Dr. Mike Short
  • 12.
    • “ We now have a generation of learners that has never known a world without handheld and network technology.”
            • Fastcompany.com
  • 13.
    • “… new connectedness is not just for the rich; it’s happening faster worldwide than that of color TV in the 1950’s…the fastest growth?...AFRICA!!
            • Fastcompany.com
  • 14.
    • “… getting teachers onboard with the idea of using mobile technologies is challenging…it significantly affects the way teachers teach and requires technical and instructional support to be successful”
            • Edweek.org
  • 15. And the final word…
    • “… getting teachers onboard with the idea of using mobile technologies is challenging…it significantly affects the way teachers teach and requires technical and instructional support to be successful”
            • Edweek.org
  • 16. The survey says…
    • What best defines mobile learning?
    • learning on the go
    2. What are some mobile learning devices? all of the above 3. What would be a benefit to mobile learning? Learning can happen any time at any place 4. When might have been a time when you yourself participated in mobile learning?
  • 17. Presentation resources
    • wikapedia.org
    • edweek.org
    • fastcompany.org
    • mobilearn.org
    • educause.edu
    • mlearnopedia.com
    • interview with Instructional Technology Specialist Michelle Krill
    • personal experience with iPhone (loaner from Michelle!)
  • 18. What have I learned?
    • Besides what I’ve learned about mobile learning, I learned more about technology and some devices!
    • The very beginnings of making a wiki.
    • How to make a survey in Google docs.
    • How to find, download, and use apps on an iphone (and yes, now I want one!)