MOBILE LEARNING AND PDAs Steven Zurlnick ED 5700 Teaching with Technology Summer 2008 Dr. S. Wiki Site: http://www.mlpa.wikispaces.com
What is Mobile Learning? <ul><li>Mobile learning is the art of using mobile technologies to enhance the learning experience. Mobile Phones, Pocket PCs and the internet can be blended to engage learners anywhere and any time! </li></ul><ul><li>As computers and the internet become essential educational tools, the technologies become more portable, affordable, effective and easy to use. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Mobile devices such as phones and PDAs are much more reasonably priced than desktop computers, and therefore represent a less expensive method of accessing the internet. Mobile learning or e-learning has been explored on campuses in both the US and Uk since the late 90s. These pilot projects have now begun to give rise to wireless learning environments. </li></ul>
<ul><li>ADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>24 hour 365 day a year access to learning material. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices are much smaller and it is easier to have several of these devices then large bulky desktop computers. </li></ul><ul><li>PDAs and other mobile devices are easier to carry around and can hold more notes then a notepad or textbook. </li></ul><ul><li>Notes taken in a mobile devices are easier to read and share then handwritten notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices engage learners, especially younger learners who are digital nativies and have grown up with technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices and wireless internet is generally less expensive then desktop computers and hard-wired internet </li></ul><ul><li>DISADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>Small mobile and PDA screens limit the amount and type of information that be displayed. </li></ul><ul><li>There are limited storage capacities for mobile devices. </li></ul><ul><li>Batteries need to be charged regularly and if not done material maybe lost. </li></ul><ul><li>As of right now it is difficult to use moving graphics, especially with mobile phones. </li></ul><ul><li>The market is rapidly changing, so these devices can become outdated rather quickly. Just think how long it takes for your cell phone to be outdated! </li></ul><ul><li>If there is a large number of users on the network it may downgrade bandwidth. </li></ul>
What is a PDA??? <ul><li>A PDA is a personal digital assistant. It is a handheld computer also known as small or palmtop computers. </li></ul><ul><li>These small computers are a great way to store telephone numbers, email addresses access the internet, make calculations, keep a digital calendar and play games. </li></ul>
They can come equipped with small keyboards and have a stylus which is a metal or plastic pen to input data or can communicate with the device by a touch pad screen. PDAs are generally less expensive then desktop computers or laptop. Prices vary in range from $400-$800.
PDAs and Education <ul><li>PDAs can be an effective tool for schools to use. They allow students to stay connected to internet and help with organization. Students can keep assignments on their computer and can send e-mails to teachers from anywhere at anytime . </li></ul><ul><li>PDAs can be good for students with disabilities, they are easily transported as they are smaller then laptops. Also, the stylus and keyboard allows them to be used more quickly and affectively. </li></ul>
Conclusion: <ul><li>Mobile Learning is the wave of the future. It is cheaper, saves space, and allows students, teachers and parents access to material at all times. Also, it allows for information to be transferred more rapidly and to be updated quicker. Students today are digital nativities. They have grown up with technology, we as educators need to realize this and take advantage of the endless possibilities that exist. Wireless technology allows teachers to take their classes beyond the four walls that enclose it and it is distinct possibility that there will not be four walls to a classroom in the future. With wireless technology it is not beyond the scope of possibility that we will no longer have centrally located schools. Streaming video, speakers, microphones and the internet that learning will be completely wireless. </li></ul>