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  • Get out your cell phones. And turn them ON. This presentation is a demonstration of the challenges and opportunities mobile devices present to educational environments.
  • Agenda
  • Mobile DevicesInternetText MessagingCamerasGPSAppsSocial MediaWeb 2.0 Tools (Blogs, Wikis)Facebook
  • Smartphones have tremendous capabilities: Internet, GPS, Text Messaging, Apps, Telephone
  • Smartphones have tremendous capabilities: Internet, GPS, Text Messaging, Apps, Telephone
  • So we have real challenges. The question is, do we just not use them because of these challenges? Or can we use them and use the opportunities to increase awareness of the dangers and learn how to overcome some of these challenges?
  • So now that we have gone through the challenges, let’s talk about some productive uses.


  • 1. Teaching 21st Century Learners with Mobile Devices Jozenia Colorado, Ph.D. Emporia State University EdMedia Conference June 27, 2012 Denver, CO
  • 2. Agenda• 21st Century Learners• Challenges to Using Mobile Devices in Education• Opportunities for Using Mobile Devices in Education• Q&A
  • 3. 21st Century Learners• Digital Natives • Computers• Net Generation • Internet• Generation Y • Video Games• Millenials • Video Cameras• Generation M • Digital Music Players (Media Generation) • Mobile Devices
  • 4. Tools for 21st Century Learners
  • 5. Capabilities of Mobile Devices
  • 6. Capabilities of Mobile Devices
  • 7. Challenges
  • 8. Access
  • 9. Student Access to Mobile Devices in 2009 (Project Tomorrow, 2010) K-2nd 3rd-5th 6th-8th 9-12th grade grade grade gradeCell Phone (w/o 18% 29% 59% 67%internet access)Smartphone (w/ 14% 17% 24% 31%internet access)Laptop/tablet PC 27% 32% 53% 60%Netbook or mini- n/a n/a 11% 10%notebook computerMP3 player 35% 55% 80% 85%Hand-held game 47% 60% 64% 48%player
  • 10. BYOD
  • 11. Technology Management
  • 12. Application Management
  • 13. Usability• Ease of Use• Universal Accessibility• Screen Size• Navigation• Entering Text Options
  • 14. Inappropriate Use• Cyberbullying• Distracting• Encourages Multitasking
  • 15. Policy
  • 16. Challenges• Access • Others:• Technology – Building Support Management – Faculty Training – Hardware – Software• Usability• Inappropriate Use• Policy
  • 17. Opportunities-Demonstration
  • 18. Special NeedsAugmentative andAlternative CommunicationApps – Proloquo2Go
  • 19. Special Needs
  • 20. Reading• Speak Selection (New with iOS5)• Instant Dictionary Access• Highlighting• Notes
  • 21. Quick Response (QR) Codes • Links to – Websites – Online Multimedia • Text • Contact Information • Geographic Coordinates • Maps
  • 22. Quick Response (QR) Codes
  • 23. GPS and Motion X• Navigation• Geography• Travel and Journaling• Integrate Photos and Video• Geotagged
  • 24. Piccabulary• K-12 Example• Find Definitions for various vocabulary terms• Students use mobile devices or cell phones to take pictures of visual representations of the vocabulary terms
  • 25. Astronomy
  • 26. Mobl21• Study Guides• Flash Cards• Quizzes
  • 27. WildLab Edu• Pictures• Audio• Report sightings• GPS data is reported to Cornell Lab of Ornithology•
  • 28. Music
  • 29. Quiz Apps
  • 30. Continued and Future Research Areas• Use of Mobile Devices with Special Need Populations• Management and Policy Trends• Motivation of Personalization
  • 31. References• Colorado, J.T. (2012). Teaching 21st Century Learners with Mobile Devices. Proceedings – EdMedia 2012.• Eberle, J.H. & Colorado, J.T. (2012). I Do and I Learn: Integrating Technology Through Collaborative Project-Based Learning. El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press.
  • 32. Questions? Zeni ColoradoEmporia State University