M4D m-Learning MOOC video5: Educational apps A-Palalas

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In this short introductory webinar, Aga Palalas discusses some issues related to the use and design of educational mobile apps. The objective of the webinar is to help you determine the key benefits and uses of mobile apps inside and outside the classroom, to identify the main issues to be considered when selecting or designing mobile apps. You can watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=AfLZoQjbI2M

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M4D m-Learning MOOC video5: Educational apps A-Palalas

  1. 1. Educational Mobile Apps Dr. Agnieszka (Aga) Palalas Prepared for M4D MOOC – October 2013 https://www.m4d-mooc.org/portal 1
  2. 2. Educational Mobile Apps Outcome: To determine the key benefits and uses of mobile apps inside and outside the classroom. To identify the main issues to be considered when selecting or designing an educational app. 2
  3. 3. App Downloads Globally Free apps: • 2012 - approximately 57.33 billion • 2013* - ~ 92.88 billion • 2017* - ~ 253.91 billion Paid apps: • 2012 - approximately 6.65 billion • 2013* - ~ 9.19 billion • 2017* - ~ 14.78 billion 3
  4. 4. Number of Mobile Apps Used in Selected Asian Countries 2012 Number of apps used regularly (median) 60.00 55.00 47.00 50.00 40.00 30.00 19.00 19.00 16.00 16.00 15.00 20.00 10.00 11.00 10.00 10.00 6.00 3.00 Source: Nielsen, asiamediajournal.com Philippines Vietnam Taiwan Indonesia Japan India Hong Kong China Malaysia Thailand Singapore Korea 0.00 http://www.statista.com/statistics/233979/number-of-apps-used-byasia-pacific-mobile-users/
  5. 5. http://www.statista.com/topics/1002/mobile-app-usage/chart/1474/global-app-downloads/ 5
  6. 6. Types of Educational Apps • • • • • In-class >> out-of-class Formal >> informal Synchronous >> asynchronous Individual >> collaborative Various degrees of transactional distance (Moore, 2007) ……contingent on needs and context Moore, M. G. (2007). The theory of transactional distance. In M. G. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of distance education (pp. 89-105). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 6
  7. 7. Types of Educational Apps • Access to resource (In-house mobile library) • Coordination (Twitter) • Communication (Skype, Facebook, SMS) • Collaboration (Google Apps) • Capturing and integrating data (camera) • Productivity (calendars, organizers, campus maps) • Built-in tools (GPS, voice recorder) 7
  8. 8. Mobile App Benefits 1/2 When designed properly, can offer all benefits of mobile learning PLUS • Gateway into e-learning tools • Stand-alone learning tools with specific purposes, goal-focused • Improved flexibility and convenience • User-control over content • Engagement 8
  9. 9. Mobile App Benefits 2/2 When designed properly, can offer all benefits of mobile learning PLUS • Affordability • Digitized resources (e-books, multimedia) • Gamification • Window into latest innovations (Augmented Reality) • Informal and lifelong learning 9
  10. 10. Assessing Apps • Quality and learning value • General usability • Affordability • No common standards • Reviewers unable to keep up 10
  11. 11. Educational App Assessment Criteria • Educational value and curriculum connection • Engagement and interactivity • Authenticity • Feedback provision • User-friendliness and personalization • Progress monitoring tools • Security and privacy issues 11
  12. 12. Other Issue to Consider • Purchasing vs. developing Apps • Native vs. web apps • Coding vs. app tools (PhoneGap) • HTML5 …contingent on needs and context 12
  13. 13. Mobile App Resources • Chiong, C., & Shuler, C. (2010). Learning: Is there an app for that? Investigations of young children’s usage and learning with mobile devices and apps. In New York: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. http://pbskids. org/read/files/cooney_learning_apps. pdf. • Douglas, K. H., Wojcik, B. W., & Thompson, J. R. (2012). Is There an App for that?. Journal of Special Education Technology, 27(2), 59-70. • Website to assist educators looking for mobile apps http://classroom-aid.com/technology-resources/educational-apps/ • Example of language learning apps: http://slidesha.re/1hkI8px 13
  14. 14. Thank you! Dr. Agnieszka Palalas aga@epluslearning.com LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/apalalas Presentations: http://www.slideshare.net/agaiza Publications: http://athabascau.academia.edu/apalalas 14

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