Jonathan Sly and Anna Suggest, Essex LA

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Jonathan Sly and Anna Suggest, Essex LA

  1. 1. Mobile Technologies ‘I want to Learn NOW!’ Mobile Learning the Essex experience © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  2. 2. Mobile Technologies Essex • Second largest LA in England • 474 Primary • 80 Secondary • 19 Special • Variable geography © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  3. 3. Mobile Technologies Essex ICT Team have been exploring and developing the role of mobile and handheld learning devices in a range of key stages and settings for three years. Our experience has shown us the need to deliver stimulating content on devices that are relevant to the user.. ..in a nutshell, it’s the content that drives the learning, not the technology © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  4. 4. Mobile Technologies Our shared challenge “…to develop a modern world-class curriculum that will inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future…” QCA 2005 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  5. 5. Mobile Technologies Projects • Project: Nerva • Project: Tudor Rose • Digifiti • Using PDAs to support the Primary framework • Web 2.0 technologies used by the pupils © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  6. 6. Mobile Technologies Project: Nerva Using mobile phones in primary classes with a specific target of raising boys’ achievement in writing at Key Stage 2. Project Nerva is an interactive adventure set in space in which the pupils have to solve a number of puzzles and writing challenges in order to save a space-station and it’s crew, all via SMS. © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  7. 7. Mobile Technologies_the Essex experience Mission brief – download received 23/10/2007 10:58:52 Project: NERVA © Essex County Council 2007
  8. 8. Mobile Technologies_the Essex experience Year: 30 572. Location: Omega 469 constellation Communications from the space station Nerva have ceased. Two members of the base staff have been located in an escape pod 3 light years away from the base. Two members of the station crew remain missing, including the commander Professor Laskay. At present a mainframe computer shut down is suspected. © Essex County Council 2007
  9. 9. Mobile Technologies_the Essex experience Command centre Alpha 9 has requested you investigate the disappearance of the Professor and restore the communications to G.S.S. (Galactic Standard Settings). Once you have secured the base a back-up crew will enter the station and take over the running of the project. It will be a challenging and difficult mission. Please keep communication lines clear for mission data upload. © Essex County Council 2007
  10. 10. Mobile Technologies_the Essex experience Station Crew Professor Zoltan Laskay – Head of Research Status – Missing Sub-Lieutenant Sullivan – Head of security Status – Cryogenic State on board escape pod Dr. Ava Borek - Research Assistant Status – Cryogenic State on board escape pod ‘Charlie’ – Alien life-form ? Status – Missing © Essex County Council 2007
  11. 11. Mobile Technologies_the Essex experience An architect’s map has been sent to show the layout of the station. All further communication will be via communication device. End of message © Essex County Council 2007
  12. 12. Mobile Technologies_the Essex experience © Essex County Council 2007
  13. 13. Mobile Technologies First communication Who are you? You are You must compile a description of approaching Nerva. My database does who you are in no more than 160 not recognise your characters (spaces and punctuation biometric details. Identify yourself. are counted as characters) Message ends OM2 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  14. 14. Mobile Technologies You are being held by our tracker beam whilst we recheck our databases. Send any additional data. Message ends. OM2 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  15. 15. Mobile Technologies Profile verified. Land at Docking Bay. Message ends. OM2 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  16. 16. Mobile Technologies Docking Bay is password protected you will need to work out the pass code. Can you crack the code to proceed? Urceghnkijv © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  17. 17. Mobile Technologies Access to the docking bay is granted. Welcome to NERVA. Data update required – describe whatyou see. OM2 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  18. 18. Mobile Technologies Alert, alert, life form detected ahead. Investigate with care. Message ends OM2 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  19. 19. Mobile Technologies So what? Over 6 weeks • 75% of pupils improved by at least one level in writing • 34% of pupils improved by more that one level • The activity boosted boys creative writing but it actually improved girls by a greater margin © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  20. 20. Mobile Technologies Hear it from the pupils © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  21. 21. Mobile Technologies Mission brief – download received 23/10/2007 10:58:52 Project: TUDOR ROSE © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  22. 22. Mobile Technologies Year: 32 573 Location: Alpha Galactic HQ, Earth Greetings All shore leave has been cancelled. An urgent matter has arisen – Alpha 10 team are on alert. OM2 has detected that a significant historical artefact has been sabotaged… © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  23. 23. Mobile Technologies Year: 32 573 Location: Alpha Galactic HQ, Earth You will be transported back to Tudor Britain and will need to recover pieces of a poem called 'The Tudor Rose'. This has been torn into 5 pieces and held by different people who lived in Tudor times. You must recover these lines and restore the poem through a series of challenges. © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  24. 24. Mobile Technologies Year: 32 573 Location: Alpha Galactic HQ, Earth You will need to keep a log of your mission. It is recommended that this is done in an audio and written format. Some of the missions will require you to research aspects of Tudor life you may want to use your hand-held device for this or other methods as you see appropriate. You may also need to communicate with fellow agents to work through problems. © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  25. 25. Mobile Technologies Year: 32 573 Location: Alpha Galactic HQ, Earth The next message you receive will be from OM2 via your communication device. It will upgrade your device to allow you to travel through time – you are responsible for your own communicator at all times. Stay focussed and good luck! © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  26. 26. Mobile Technologies End of transmission © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  27. 27. Mobile Technologies Using PDA © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  28. 28. Mobile Technologies Digiffiti © Essex CC 2006 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  29. 29. Mobile Technologies Digiffiti © Essex CC 2006 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  30. 30. Mobile Technologies Digiffiti © Essex CC 2006 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  31. 31. Mobile Technologies Literacy Primary Framework Year 5 Unit 2 © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  32. 32. Mobile Technologies Childrens work © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  33. 33. Mobile Technologies Childrens work © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  34. 34. Mobile Technologies Ongoing Using ipods as part of healthy eating project •Video podcasts about healthy eating • Available in different formats • Freely downloadable so that pupils can create recipes at home •Some have followed recipes designed by their peers and published as podcasts © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  35. 35. Mobile Technologies Whitmore Juniors, Basildon •Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning to be used on handheld devices •Materials designed for teachers, taken by the pupils and re-crafted by them for their peers •Using creative technology to make sense of the content http://essexseal.mypodcast.com © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  36. 36. Mobile Technologies In summary So, our pupils have tackled inter-galactic challenges and saved the universe from the brink of catastrophe. Others have travelled though time helping to design Tudor tapestries and joust against Sir Walter Raleigh! Some pupils have designed healthy-eating recipes and published a digital recipe book as a podcast. Others have painted virtual graffiti on to buildings and public spaces to share how they feel about where they are growing up. Some have learnt French and Spanish on mobile phones. Others have stepped into Robin Hood’s shoes, recorded an audio diary and shared it with his band of merry men via Bluetooth. © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  37. 37. Mobile Technologies ‘Education only flourishes if it successfully adapts to the demands and needs of the time. The curriculum cannot remain static. It must be responsive to changes in society and the economy, and changes in the nature of schooling itself.‘ The National Curriculum © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council
  38. 38. Mobile Technologies ‘I want to Learn NOW!’ Mobile Learning the Essex experience © Essex County Council 2007 Essex County Council

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