m-learning across the world

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Presentation at mLearnCon 2011
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  • Thanks, Jonathan.
    David - a good question. I think there are only a real minority of cases where phones (or computers, or any other tool) can 'educate' in isolation. They are better used as tools / components / contributors to a larger activity that results in meaningful learning. So yes, certainly useful as sources of information (getting stuff out), but so much more valuable when you also start using them as tools to create / store / put stuff in. This is where the real transformational nature of smartphones can start kicking in, and tyhe boundaries between in-school and out-of-school start to blur

    Most of our early m-learning work was with kids who were excluded, or for other reasons not engaged in traditional education. We were not trying to add value where things were working, but rather find ways to repair where things were not. But it would appear that many teachers are finding value in these findings inside more traditional classes too!
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  • Hi Geoff - thanks so much for sharing this big picture view - an invaluable resource
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  • Fascinating. But is there a mismatch between information technology and learning? Mobiles are wonderful at presenting information to the fingers but can they also educate?
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    1. 1. Mobile learning around the world Geoff Stead Head of Innovation, Tribal @geoffstead triballabs.net m-learning.org
    2. 2. Tribal is ... <ul><li>We are niche experts in Education + Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly UK focussed, with a broadening footprint on other markets </li></ul>
    3. 3. 90% of the planet ... <ul><li>There are mobile data networks covering 90% of the people on the planet </li></ul>
    4. 4. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>Women need to borrow from the man in the family Equal gender ownership
    5. 5. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>Long, expensive contracts No contracts Micro payments
    6. 6. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>FREE to recieve a text message FREE to recieve a text message Pay to receive a text message FREE to recieve a text message FREE to recieve a text message
    7. 7. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>$400 smartphone $100 smartphone
    8. 8. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>to recieve a text message to recieve a text message Do fewer things on smarter phones to recieve a text message Do more things on dumber phones Do fewer things on smarter phones
    9. 9. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>Costs 6x more to phone Tanzania (next door) than USA / China / India
    10. 10. ... but we are all different <ul><li>The trends are similar all over the world </li></ul><ul><li>... but the specific choices of technology, and cultural significance varies </li></ul>FREE to recieve a text message FREE to recieve a text message FREE to recieve a text message Leads the world in mobile banking FREE to recieve a text message FREE to recieve a text message FREE to recieve a text message The big banks
    11. 11. Same, same ... but different <ul><li>We are using different phones used in different countries .... to do the same tasks </li></ul>
    12. 12. The hype is entrancing ... Title of Presentation ‒ Section <ul><li>5.8 billion mobile subscribers worldwide by 2013 </li></ul><ul><li>50% of new internet connections in 2009 were from a phone </li></ul><ul><li>60% of the world’s population can access fast mobile connections (HSPDA/3G+) </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile data use exceeding Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Smartphone market share keeps going up and data rates keep going down </li></ul><ul><li>On average, your mobile phone is within an arm’s reach 19 hours per day </li></ul>But educators are struggling to REALLY know what works <ul><li>Device churn costs (real, and perceived) risks too many different devices </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid technology evolution vs glacial curriculum change vs pressured workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Supplier enthusiasm vs real, transferrable lessons </li></ul>
    13. 13. E-learning has established a set of expectations But mobile is forcing a rethink
    14. 14. Rapid evolution: multi-touch, pinch, zoom, swipe We used to worry about how to fit text onto small screens
    15. 15. Rapid evolution: panning over a virtual screen
    16. 16. Rapid evolution: it knows where I am
    17. 17. Rapid evolution: it understands what I see
    18. 18. Educators are struggling to keep up .... ... But it helps them to step back to keep it in perspective
    19. 19. Mobile learning’s gradual evolution: part 1 (inside) 2011 2007 2003 Working inside the system iPad / tablets Connecting to non-mobile systems (VLE) Access to course resources Podcasts Class register Specialist kit “ clicker” voting Traditional courses & class groups. structured learning
    20. 20. Mobile learning’s gradual evolution: part 2 (outside) 2011 2007 2003 Working outside the system Augmented Reality User’s own devices Gaming Blogs User generated Personalised Informal, work based, performance tools, job aids, personalised
    21. 21. Traditional courses & class groups. structured learning Informal, work based, performance tools, job aids, personalised Micro-course modules Integration with institutional systems Reference materials User generated Post course support tools Augmented reference materials Activity based Communication Collaboration Gaming Mobile learning convergence point User-owned
    22. 22. “ bluffers guide” to mobile learning <ul><ul><ul><li>To support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching, training and learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mainstream (ubiquitous) devices that you would carry on a regular basis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used at the point of need (which for adult learners is rarely in a structured class group) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>US Gvt internal report: (CTTSO/TSWG) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When planning m-learning: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Look at “moments of need” rather than courses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Do not present mobile learning as a training program, but rather as a productivity tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Design content for mobile. Bulk conversion is not effective </li></ul></ul></ul>
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    26. 26. adult, working learners learning interwoven with task at the point of need blur between reference, support tool, learning no formal class / group learners are hard to reach in any other way
    27. 27. MoLeNET = mobile learning in UK Further Education $20m investment: 3 phased rollout 2007 to 2010 40,000 learners 7,000 educators Over 100 different projects, spanning more than 1/3 of all colleges in the UK Integrated into existing courses, and classes Multiple action research projects reviewing impact Super messy, but some very valuable results www.molenet.org.uk
    28. 28. www.molenet.org.uk
    29. 29. www.molenet.org.uk
    30. 30. Opt-in learning Games + reference + movies
    31. 31. Now in 7 schools in South Africa. All ages. Mix of devices All poor. All under-resourced. All about supporting the teachers. Ongoing - new batch of 1000 phones recycled by Sprint, USA
    32. 32. E-Books where there is no paper
    33. 33. Reading. Reference. Shared devices Improving the school dance! Discovery Poetry
    34. 34. Politicised Visual Literacy
    35. 35. Focus on empowering teachers Collaborative learning, and supporting multiple agendas Not about the devices per se – rather about the teachers, and a long term vision spanning multiple projects Sharing lessons. Building knowledge.
    36. 36. Supported by local champions Volunteers from Germany, South Africa, Sweden
    37. 37. Reaching new learners Tools to do stuff “ project based” Local ownership Successes from the small things!
    38. 38. Mobile Lab
    39. 39. So to summarize ... All about context of use Not about the technologies themselves, but how they are used Keep projects agile Mobile as a tool, not just a channel ... what are yours ?
    40. 40. Thanks for your time ... Geoff Stead @geoffstead Gustavo Hartmann @gushartmann triballabs.net m-learning.org moblearn.blogspot.com

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