What is mLearning?<br />Learning using a portable electronic device.<br />Examples: iPod, iPhone, Nintendo DS, Netbook, iPad.<br />
Why mLearning?<br />Without adapting the way you teach to the technology available students are at a great disadvantage.<br />MLearning allows for several theories of learning to be included in your lesson- Behaviourism, Constructivism and Social Constructivism.<br />“A typical 21 year old has played 5000 hours of computer games; exchanged 25 000 email, SMS, and chat messages; used a cell phone some 10 000 times; and spent 3500 hours online. That’s your future consumer.”(Lindstorm, 2006)<br />
Advantages of using mLearning<br />Easily accessible, keep students engaged and can be used in many different learning situations.<br />Devices are very versatile with several functions.<br />iPhone<br />Maths-calculator, convertor, time.<br />PE-stopwatch<br />English-record oral presentations<br />History/Geography-research online/Google Earth<br />
MLearning in Maths<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-tXcKkb910<br /> Using apps for learning/homework.<br />Position students so they are easy to see to ensure they are on task.<br />
Disadvantages<br />Limited battery life<br />Limited storage<br />Small screens<br />Wireless bandwidth can be limited<br />
Legal/ethical considerations<br />Create a cyber-bullying lesson to prevent such acts occurring.<br />Filters on school internet to block inappropriate content (New South Wales Department of Education and Training, 2008).<br />Bullying often occurs when there is little or no supervision around (The facts, 2008).<br />http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/ideasbox/ideas/classroom/<br />
Say “YES” to mLearning in education<br />MLearning can only help to increase students ability and enthusiasm to learn.<br />Using devices they find entertaining could allow students to enjoy learning.<br />Implementing the proper precautions will make this a safe and enjoyable strategy for teaching and learning.<br />
References<br />12 Key Features the iPad Lacks. (2010). Retrieved March 20, 2011, from The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/computers/12-key-features-the-ipad-lacks-20100128-n1ae.html<br />Advantages and Disadvantages of M-Learning. (2011). Retrieved March 29, 2011, from Pros and Cons of M-Learning: http://www.brighthub.com/education/online-learning/articles/36809.aspx<br />Cyber Bullying Protection.net. (2007). Retrieved March 24, 2011, from Cyber Bullying Protection.net: http://www.cyberbullyingprotection.net/<br />Finger, G., Russel, G., Jamieson-Proctor, R., & Russel, N. (2007). Transforming Learning with ICT. In G. Finger, G. Russel, R. Jamieson-Proctor, & N. Russel, Transforming Learning with ICT (pp. 118-119). French Forest: Pearson Education Australia.<br />HP Refurbished netbooks. (2010). Retrieved March 24, 2011, from Refurbished netbooks: http://refurbishednetbooks.org/hp-refurbished-netbooks/<br />Lindstorm, M. (2006). Life on the Edge With Generation Tomorrow. Retrieved April 3, 2011, from Clickz: http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/1711546/life-edge-with-generation-tomorrow<br />
References Continued...<br />New South Wales Department of Education and Training. (2008). Cyber-bullying and the protection of students. Retrieved March 25, 2011, from Cyber-bullying and the protection of students: http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/schoolsweb/studentsupport/behaviourpgrms/antibullying/cyberbullying.pdf<br />Nintendo DS. (2007). Retrieved March 25, 2011, from Wikia: http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Nintendo_DS<br />PC & Tech Authority. (2008). Retrieved march 25, 2011, from PC & Tech Authority: http://www.pcauthority.com.au/forums/yaf_postst8657_ReviewIpod-Nano-3rd-Generation.aspx<br />The facts. (2008). Retrieved April 5, 2011, from BULLYING. NO WAY!: http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/chillout/facts.shtml<br />What is mLearning? (1998). Retrieved March 25, 2011, from Mobile learning is for everyone: http://www.m-learning.org/knowledge-centre/whatismlearning<br />
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