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Mobile Learning in Career Programs

  1. 1. Mobile Learning in Career Programs Brett McLean Apprenticeship Coordinator, SD43 or simply Google “bmclean43”
  2. 2. Mobile Learning
  3. 3. What is SSA?  Purpose of the Program  Eligibility
  4. 4. The Hidden Apprentice Already working? In a trade? Communicating the Possibilities
  5. 5. Benefits  For the Students  Scholarships  Accelerated Certification and Career Exploration  For the District  Course-by-Course Funding  Collaboration and Community-Driven Education
  6. 6. Why Online? » Distributed Learning and the Road Ahead • Increasing Accessibility  • Increasing Awareness 
  7. 7. Why Online? » Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns subjects, and schedules” • (Marshall McLuhan, 1967).
  8. 8. M-Learning • Milrad (2003) states that e-learning is “learning supported by digital ‘electronic’ tools and media, whereas mobile learning is e-learning using mobile devices and wireless transmission (in Hutchinson et al, 2008).
  9. 9. M-Learning • This definition does not require the learners to have any actual mobility, however.
  10. 10. M-Learning • learners could be using a mobile device at fixed times, in fixed locations.
  11. 11. M-Learning Definitions • “In terms of devices and technologies” whereas others • “define and conceptualise it in terms of the mobility of learners and the mobility of learning” (Traxler 2007)
  12. 12. M-Learning • Knowledge construction, ‘sage on the stage’ vs. ‘guide on the side’
  13. 13. M-Learning • Effective, efficient • No longer tethered to a time and place
  14. 14. Smartphone and Specialized Mobile Devices
  15. 15. • Polar Heart Rate Monitors
  16. 16. • Polar Heart Rate Monitors • Understanding what your heart is telling you and how much work you are capable of doing. • Seeing improvement by increasing work rate at the same heart rate level.
  17. 17. Dropbox • Documenting each activity log with a meaningful reflection of what was applied from the theory part of the course.
  18. 18. •Using heart rate monitors you can upload your activity logs into an online journal.
  19. 19. REALLY? Technology for technology’s sake Disconnection from here and now Is it better than what we did before?
  20. 20. It can improve learning If focus on why and how learning will improve If it’s easy to use If we aren’t trying to teach two courses in one
  21. 21. Simple solutions  really-podcast-on-the-go  Photos of work projects for a later Powerpoint
  22. 22. M-Learning Resources Tony Vincent - “Learning in Hand”
  23. 23. M-Learning Resources Tony Vincent - “Learning in Hand”
  24. 24. M-Learning Resources James McConville - past-president of the PSA “Computer Using Educators of BC”
  25. 25. M-Learning Resources iTunes Podcasts
  26. 26. Thank You!