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Mobile Technology in the Classroom


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Mobile Technology in the Classroom

  1. 1. The Future of Mobile Learning & the Use of PDA’s in Developing Literacy Devon Lape ED 5700 December 1, 2008
  2. 2. Please Click Below for a Short Questionaaire
  3. 3. What is Mobile Learning <ul><li>Mobile learning or m-learning: learning that is enhanced with mobile tools and mobile communication. </li></ul><ul><li>Many see it as a follow-up of e-learning. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Examples of Phones and PDA’s
  5. 5. Flattening Classroom Walls <ul><li>Teachers like Jason Larison are embracing technology. He uses Quia for all tests and quizzes, a smart board that uploads its notes to moodle and has even hosted evening chats on moodle with his students to prepare for upcoming tests . </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Can You Do With a Phone <ul><li>Voice-only phones: Languages, poetry, literature, public speaking, storytelling. U.K. company CTAD created voice-only learning for school dropouts. In Japan dial a number for short English lessons. </li></ul><ul><li>SMS (short messaging service): Used for pop quizzes, poll student opinions, update current events for class discussion, tutoring, spelling and math tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Princeton Review offers cell-phone SAT and other test prep questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Displays: Many phone have high-resolution screens. In Asia, novels intended to be read on phone screens are already being written. Some schools use them for animations in subjects like anatomy and forensics. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Downloadable Programs: Cell phone users can download versions of the same kinds of tools and teaching programs available on PC’s. Voice, text, graphics, spreadsheets, word processors. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Browser: Websites specifically designed foe cell phones are becoming more numerous. Puts a dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia in the hands of students. Also access to search engines. </li></ul><ul><li>Cameras: Data collection, documentation, classify images, follow progressions over time. </li></ul><ul><li>Global Positioning Systems: Applications for geography, orienteering, archeology, architecture, science and math. Is commonly used for geocaching. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Examples <ul><li>An example given by a researcher at the University of Central Florida is that recorded training videos, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations and lectures can be sent to his motorolla Q for review. </li></ul><ul><li>Futurelab gave examples such as classroom response systems like “classtalk” and “Quizdom”, museams and galleries providing information about exhibits and displays, MCSCL (mobile computersupported collaborative learning). </li></ul><ul><li>Several schools and Universities use mobile phones to manage learning related tasks: calendars, reminders, announcements, registration, and school-home communication. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Click to student for a short video
  10. 10. We Can utilize the Technology that students Identify with Most <ul><li>In many countries, Japan, Korea, Europe and the Philippines cell phone penetration is over 100%, many people have more than 1. The U.S. and Canada are the only places where PC’s out number cell phones. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 90% of high schoolers in Tokyo, in the U.S. some schools are at 75% while others it is almost 100%. </li></ul><ul><li>We keep talking about reaching students by using things they are interested in, do you know a teenager that is not attached to their cell phone (if they have one). Why not take advantage of their most widely used technology. Using proper grammar and spelling to promote literacy. Text them randomly with vocabulary words. A short answer question or fill-in on the weekend to get some extra credit. </li></ul>
  11. 11. We Worry About What Mobile Technology Is Doing To Literacy <ul><li>Why don’t we use mobile technology to promote literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Millions of students in China, Japan, the Philippines and Germany are using their mobile phones to learn English, to study math, health, and spelling, and to access live and archived university lectures. </li></ul><ul><li>Message students homework questions to be answered with proper grammar and spelling. </li></ul><ul><li>Download language games such as crosswords and tetris-like word puzzles. </li></ul><ul><li>One company is subtitling pop songs with their lyrics, highlighting each word as it is sung. </li></ul><ul><li>We may need to rethink the attempt to get rid of cell phones and start creating rules with consequences that actually work. </li></ul>
  12. 12. It obvious these aren’t going anywhere. Lets think of ways to use them. CLICK GIRL FOR A SHORT POLL
  13. 13. Work Cited <ul><li>Prensky, Marc. 2004. What Can You Learn From A Cell Phone?- Almost Anything! </li></ul><ul><li> Mobile Learning- what is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Ellis, Kristine. 2003. Moving into M-Learning. Training, vol. 40, Iss.10, pg. 56. Minneapolis. </li></ul><ul><li>Lum, Lydia. 2005. A useful Study Aid or Jazzed-Up Novelty?, Black Issues in Higher Education. Vol.22, Iss.2, pg.36. Reston. </li></ul><ul><li>Weinstein, Margery. 2006. Going Mobile. Training, vol.43, Iss.9, pg.24 </li></ul><ul><li>Larison, Jason. 2007. Flattening Classroom Walls. The Agricultural Education Magazine, vol.79, Iss.4, pg.16. </li></ul><ul><li>Naismith,L, Lonsdale,P, Giasemi,V, Sharples,M. 2004. Mobile Technologies and Learning. </li></ul>