Mobile LearningTechnology has undoubtedly shaped the way wenow learn. But I think the changing patterns oflearning reflect more profound changes in society.Across many aspects of public services and privateactivities, people are demanding a more personalapproach. One that puts them in charge. One thatgives them more say in what, how, where andwhen.John Denham, Secretary of State for Innovation,
Mobile LearningAt its simplest level, mobile learning often shortenedto m-learning refers to learning activities madepossible by lightweight handheld devices that areeasily transported from place to place. Although notdesigned primarily for educational use, there isgrowing evidence that handheld devices can beharnessed to maximise learning potential. Suchdevices are at the forefront of technologicaldevelopment and influenced by market forces.
Examples of Mobile Learning tools Tablets• Tablets can be expensive gadgets but can also prove to be useful in the classroom. Their ebook facility is a benefit with reduced budgets in schools and with audio and video facilities it suits the digital reader. The ebooks can be highlighted and access to a dictionary to help understand new terms or words is a beneficial plus. Relevant information can be stored and printed. Other similar features are ebrary that can be accessed on more traditional pcs and book marked and stored for future referencing.
Mobile Learning Tools Tablets• Students like the gadget as it is portable and wireless. The tablets also work with cloud technology which allows them to become collaborative devices. The tablets can be used for individual use or indeed linked to whiteboards for group work.• There are numerous apps for the tablets to enhance learning
Mobile Learning Tools Phone• The basic use of phones has been to use sms and notify students about attendance or results. The development of the phone has allowed for engagement in online polls or surveys in the classroom to engage the student and visualise information via the interactive whiteboard. Links to vle systems and introduction of blended learning has pushed the mobile into the forum of education and the devopment of mobile apps has presented an influx in how the phone can be used along with internet facilities.
Mobile Learning tools PhonesPhones are a personal device that can be used toretain and engage the student;Polls and surveys can use the technology to allowstudents to participate in the classroom e.g.http://www.polleverywhere.com/ classroom with theirphone in an educational format;Links to VLE can allow learning in an anytimeanywhere environment for adult learners or those on workplacement;
Mobile Learning Tools PhonesCollaboration through phones is another feature and withsoftware such as skype communication is a growinginterface between lecturer and student;They are cheaper and more portable than laptops;They have cameras and video that can be used in lessonsor interview or research;They have internet facilities and collaboration features;Mobilicious allows bookmarking on your mobile likedel.icio.us on the pc.
Mobile Learning PhonesWeb site for other uses for the mobile phone belowhttp://olliebray.typepad.com/olliebraycom/2006/10/fifty_ideas_in__2.htmlMobiles are also an extension of e-learning that enablesdigital learning resources to be accessible outside thecollege or institution.However mobile technology can put up barriers for disabledusers who may struggle with touch screen devices, smallscreens and buttons and complex menu systems.ml
Mobile Learning Mobile AppsThe growth of mobile apps has seen an explosion in thefield of education and collaboration and social networking.In the past 5 years the phone has turned into acamera, video, internet browser, social network .In thearea of educating this can be turned into a vital linkbetween adult learners and remote learners as a bridgeto learning where the requirement of sitting in a class roomwasn’t viable.Lesson examples with Mobile apps.:http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/edu/lesson_plans.html
Mobile Learning PDA’s Palms etc• PDAs, Palms, Mobile phones – many have the facilities for note-taking and speech recognition. Issues related to these devices include small screens and excessive on- screen scrolling both horizontally and vertically. However, for organisational and time management skills they can help certain students and allow for successful data transfer to computers. Portable scanning pens are also useful for this. These devices can enhance communication links and develop time management skills through shared diaries and calendars in adult classes.
Mobile Learning iPadThe iPad is clearly being promoted as a media device withwhat appear to be elegant interfaces to save and reviewmedia including books, magazines, newspapers, anddownloaded audio and video content.Users will easily be able to view or listen to that material totheir hearts content. Naturally, theyll be able to engageothers with social networking tools and sites in a relativelyportable platform, compared to a laptop or desktop. Not soportable compared to a Smartphone though.
Mobile Learning iPadAs well, for eLearning purposes, clearly, based uponscreen size alone the iPad appears to be a better choicethan the iPhone or other smartphones such as GooglesAndroid .Another missing feature is an integrated camera.Naturally this would be important for asynchronousclassroom discussions / meetings. However, another is thelack of built in USB or an SD card slot. Youll need one of afew adapters or the dock connector to use these featuresor attach devices like a webcam via USB.Full reporthttp://www.utechtips.com/2009/11/03/50-educational-apps-for-the-ipod-touch/
Mobile Learning CameraDigital images and their manipulation, is becoming anessential skill for teachers. Images can be used veryproductively and imaginatively in programmes such asthese.Students can use digital camera images in digital projects.Students can use digital cameras in different settings andfor contrasting purposes, including during field trips and inscience and art projects. Classroom Projects and TripsLecturers can incorporate digital cameras intoscience, art, math, bulletin board, book, creative writing andEnglish projectsUse photographs to illustrate the process for complicatedprojects or for science experiments.
Mobile Learning CameraTake lots of pictures while on visits or trip and build awebpageRecord tasks on work placement or procedures carried outand upload to a vleOpen source software offers a wide range of manipulatingpackages for free that can create innovative ideas andengage creativity in groups or individuals.Videos listed show how cameras can be used in education• http://edutechie.com/2007/06/06/8-ways-to-use-camera-phones- in-education/• http://drscavanaugh.org/digitalcamera/• http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~toh/image/DigitalCameraUses.htm• http://drscavanaugh.org/digitalcamera/whatdo.htm