Mobile Learning: Implementation and ResearchCésar Navarrete, Michelle Read, Rob Scordino
“iPads are marvelous tools to engage kids, but then the noveltywears off, and you get into hard-core issues of teaching and learning.” ~Larry Cuban, NY Times, 2011
Overview of Presentation Current use and research of mobile devices in education Our experience Important considerations for mobile implementation Questions/Discussion
Rob Scordino Doctoral Student, Learning Technologies (formally IT) Research interests: ◦ Design and use of Technology in Social Studies ◦ Instructional design and usability Mobile Learning Experience: ◦ Contributor to Mobile Learning Portal (www.mobilelearningportal.org) ◦ Liu, M., Geurtz, R., Karam, A., Navarrete, C,C., and Scordino, R. (accepted). Research on Mobile Learning in Adult Education. ◦ In-process work: mobile learning in K-12
Current state of mLearning inSchools Proliferation of mobile devices in the US, and worldwide Use in K-12 and Higher Ed Representation in academic research
Affordances and Challenges of Using iPods to SupportEnglish Language Learners in Middle School Cesar Navarrete Doctoral Student, Learning Technologies (formally IT) Research interests: Mobile learning integration with ELL students Game design and development pedagogy 21st century skills: creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration Teacher education: technology, pedagogy, content integration Mobile Learning Experience: ◦ Liu, M., Wivagg, J., Maradiegue, E., & Navarrete, C. C. (in press). Affordances and Challenges of Using iPods to Support Learning by English Language Learners at the Middle School Level. In P. M. Pumilia-Gnarini, E. Favaron, E. Pacetti, J. Bishop & L. Guerra (Eds.): Didactic Strategies and Technologies for Education: Incorporating: Drops in the Ocean, IGI-Global.
Affordances and Challenges of Using iPods to SupportEnglish Language Learners in Middle SchoolPurpose of the StudyAffordances and challenges inimplementing iPod deviceswith English Language Learners(ELL) at anelementary, middle, and highschool. and discuss theESL Program Goals Increase English language acquisition and fluency Academic support in all content areas Provide students with anywhere/anytime learning Improve standardized test scores
Affordances and Challenges of Using iPods to SupportEnglish Language Learners in Middle SchoolAffordances•Content Learning Connection to home Extended Learning Time Language Learning Accommodating to studentsChallenges•Time demand on teachers Technical difficulties Loss/Damage of devices
Affordances and Challenges of Using iPods to SupportEnglish Language Learners in Middle SchoolLessons LearnedImplementation requires the district’scommitment to implementing the programwith:Instructional technologists committed to providingtechnical support, instruction ideas, andencouragement and feedbackJust-in-time training to teachersTeachers should be encouraged to actively seeksupport
iPad use in Secondary & Higher Ed Michelle Read Doctoral Candidate, Instructional Technology Research interests: ◦ Professional Development design Image from: www.apple.com ◦ Capturing what is being done with technology in PK-16+ Mobile Learning Experience: ◦ Early contributor to the Mobile Learning Portal, Learning Technology Center, The University of Texas at Austin. ◦ Research team member investigating an iPad initiative in a secondary setting. ◦ Research team member investigating an iPad pilot initiative in our own COE. ◦ Trainer in mobile apps for the IDEA Studio, Fleet manager for 2 sets of iPads. ◦ French, K., Read, M., Price-Dennis, D., Yoon, H.-J., Rodriguez, H., Hughes, J., & Pazey, B. (20120305). Exploring Tablet Computing in Teacher Education: The UT COE iPad Working Group. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012, 2012(1), 2799–2801.
iPad use in Secondary & Higher EdMy iPad observations in high school Context: •Wealthy school district Image from: www.freedigitalphotos.net •iPads given to each junior/senior. •Plans to extend to freshmen/sophomores next year. •Numerous fleets at the elementary/middle school level.
iPad use in Secondary & Higher EdMy iPad observations in high school Case specific context: Who I observed… Image from: www.freedigitalphotos.net a high school AP English/AP History teacher, considered one of the leaders in iPad adoption. What I saw… Transformative uses NOT happening. What she said… “Not enough time.”
iPad use in Secondary & Higher EdiPad fleet management in Higher Education pilot Who: COE, The University of Texas at Austin 2 fleets: iPad 2, iPad 3 Considerations: ◦ Device control & policy ◦ Syncing ◦ Checkout ◦ Sharing ◦ App purchasing Image from: www.macstories.net
Issues to consider Techno-centric/Techno-promotion Perception and acceptance Budgeting Time Insufficient Infrastructure Red tape/ Security/ Privacy concerns 21st Century Device/ 19th Century schools
"..if we teach todays students as we taught yesterdays, we rob them of tomorrow.” ~John Dewey, Schools of Tomorrow, 1915 We all love the idea of technology integration. Motivating the students, preparing them for 21st Century Skills, looking good to stakeholders, etc. The biggest critics do not necessarily oppose technology integration, they question the way it is being done. They question the use of technology as a means to teach the exact same way we have taught without technology for centuries.
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