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  • 1. Mobile Learning Materials: Big impact, simple steps Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Institute of Learning Innovation MobiLearnAsia Conference 1 October 2013, Singapore
  • 2. What will we talk about? • LMS • Text • Sound • Video • Interactive
  • 3. Mobile-friendly LMS for interactivity (free ones) • Edmodo • Course Sites • iTunes U Course • Wordpressblogs • Facebook private group • Xerte - Nottingham • NOT free: a bespoke app
  • 4. Criminology – one iPad per distance student
  • 5. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  • 6. iTunes U • Distribute pdf, epub, mp3, and mp4 formats • Share with the world • Windows and Mac computers • Make iTunes U Course as an individual, use Safari • iTunes U Course is private to your students • iTunes U course is iOS only
  • 7. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  • 8. Special iTunes U Course – only iPads, iPhones, iPod Touch
  • 9. Easy to build a course using Safari
  • 10. What format for content? Medium Positives Negatives Text •Speed •Pre-existing material •Flat •Does not communicate emotion Image •Much communicated in a single simple package •Can be misleading without context Sound •More communicated by voice than just words •Convenient for multitasking •Smaller file than video •Not seen as flashy as video? Video •Most info communicated •Great for demonstrating skills •Bulky and padded •Demands attention
  • 11. Handy guide to ebooks File format What device positives negatives pdf Everything Runs on everything Does not flow so hard to read on small screens epub Everything but Kindle •Best for phones •Flows, takes advantage of the devices’spower •Open source, somewhat futureproof Cannot view on a computer unless install a reader (Calibre) mobi Kindle Kindle is big Kindle only .ibooks Apple iBooks only •Pretty&easy •iPad is market leader for now •Apple iBooksonly •Notation a problem
  • 12. Text • If phones, use epub • If tablets, use pdf • If BYOD, use both if you can
  • 13. Calibre • Easy to do: – Take a Word doc – Save as html – Import into Calibre – Save as epub or mobi • Pdf to epub doesn’t really work • Also try
  • 14. Take advantage of free iBooksAuthor
  • 15. Take advantage of iBooks Author • Free with latest Mac OS • Saves as pdf and text
  • 16. Other facts about ebooks • Embedded multimedia ebooks is iOS only for now • Android app for epubebooks: Aldiko • If you have a production department, buy inDesign • If you are an individual producer, buy a Mac and get Pages
  • 17. Picture books! • Just use simple pdf!!! • Brilliant results! • I tried everything else • Maps, drawings
  • 18. Sound • Why sound? – Copyright is easier – recorded lectures – File size is smaller – Listeners can do something else at the same time – No bad hair days – staff like it! – Voice communicates more than the printed word – Excellent, easy way to close distance
  • 19. How? • Audacity • Garageband • Window Sound Recorder • But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead) • And apps!!!...
  • 20. Audioboo and SoundCloud • Like YouTube for sound • Record in browser • Attract comments in browser • Or simply upload • RSS out, iTunes out  it’s like magic • Can send these to Apple if you like • Limited length of recordings
  • 21. Sound threaded discussions • WimbaVoiceboard • Voice Thread • Voxopop
  • 22. Examples of use • Audio feedback – increased marks & retention • Voice discussions • Audioboo – Field use – listen to teacher’s description of a flower, student audio-records her own comments and findings • Student can record, using Audioboo for iPhone (don’t use iPad app yet)
  • 23. Video • How many of you have made a YouTube video?
  • 24. YouTube facts • 10 minute limit • Great to embed into LMS • Comments are a mixed blessing • Good statistics • Use branding • Not too easy to download the video • Good way to convert files to mp4
  • 25. Vimeo • Longer video than YouTube • Much less junk • Pretty much just as easy to do • Downloadable
  • 26. ScreenR
  • 27. Other screencast options • Screencast-O-Matic – browser • CamStudio – free Windows application • Quicktime Pro – free on Macs, built into Mac operating system Not free: Camtasia, Captivate, Articulate – all very good and can include interactivity
  • 28. Recorded lectures • Record the face or just the slides? • Streaming or download? • Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one? • Huge server space required, very expensive • Screen capture software: QuickTime, Camtasia, iShowU • Just do a narrated Powerpoint, screen capture change to mp4
  • 29. Editing movies – keep it simple • iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4 • Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as mp4 • Only go to Final Cut Express if you have to! – Bleeped out sounds – Fuzzed out faces – A cut-out logo floating over the image
  • 30. Easy interactive • ‘Clever’ Powerpoint with internal links, save as pdf – for an example, try this: • Prezi • Slideshareslidecast– example: onolelearndesign
  • 31. Thank you!!! • - Willing to help!