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Mobile Learning tips for teachers (the gap between theory and practice)


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Presentation given at UNESCO Mobile Learning Week, 2013

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Mobile Learning tips for teachers (the gap between theory and practice)

  1. 1. Mobilizing teachersA free-fall approach to narrowing thegap between theory and practiceGeoff Stead, Sr Director, Mobile Learning@geoffstead
  2. 2. Mobile Learning Theory ? “ There is no way to summarise mobile learning comprehensively across the world. … If we are looking for one unifying theory, there isn’t one ” Prof. John Traxler, MobiMOOC 2012 2
  3. 3. Some of the theory discussed at MobiMOOC2012 Laurillard (2002) - Conversational framework Modelling the interaction between the learner, the technology, and the knowledge itself Sharples Taylor Vavoula (2005,9,10) – building on Vygotsky (1978) and Engeström (1996) Activity Theory. Importance of MOBILITY. Re-interpreted for different scenarios Park (2011) Pedagogical framework for m-learning Introduces the concept of “distance learning”, and different levels of social interaction 3
  4. 4. Reality is complex, messy, diverse Koole’s FRAME model (2010) Makes the inter-dependence of different aspects of the experience much clear So – no single, correct answer!!! 4
  5. 5. “But I want answers!”Which devices? BYOD?Which approach should I use for teaching X?How to design m-learning content?Does it really work? Sustainability?Which software / app / system? 5
  6. 6. A “wave riding” strategy for managing mobile learning Mobile is rushing up at us whether we are fully prepared or not We can’t control (or rationalise) everything, but we can prepare and practice Our role is to make sure it gets used for 6
  7. 7. Start small. Practice. Keep improving Flexible tools and equipment Resilience / Coping with the 7
  8. 8. At School in Cambridge, UK(BYOD) 8
  9. 9. At School in South Africa: an m-learning kit 9
  10. 10. After work in the UK: Maths and English 2006: 26 people sat their Maths or English exam with McDonald’s UK 2012: 200 people A WEEK sit their exam Core delivery via online (e-learning) platform. Mobile apps for “add on” knowledge in hard-to-grasp areas. Designed around areas of greatest need M-learning centric instructional design (video + brain trainer quizzes) Movie link: 10
  11. 11. Learning at Work (international disaster relief) 24 Nation trial BYOD. Building and testing m- learning in challenging contexts From “learning” to performance support, and information sharing Free reports, and software MoLE project Movie link: 11
  12. 12. Jordan - Education Initiative3G connectivity, and laptopsinto Girls Schools United States - Project K-Nect Mobile, connected mathsSingapore - WE LearnWinPhones in primary schools United States - Augmented Reality EcoMobile, School in the Park
  13. 13. Advice from the MobiMOOC class of 2012 • One size does not fit all: choose the tools to fit the need and context • Let learning design inform the technology (not the other way round) • ACTIVE Learning: use mobile tools to do stuff - in the classroom, in the world • Empowerment: allow the learners lead • Use social media to collaborate and share • Keep learning strategies AGILE: allow time, and space to iterate • Start from the CONTEXT of use, involve learners and be creative • Small, reusable content is more flexible for mobile use 13
  14. 14. Geoff Stead Mobile Learning Lab Qualcomm @geoffstead info@mlearnnetwork.comThank youFor more information on Qualcomm, visit us & us on:©2012 Qualcomm Incorporated. All rights reserved. Qualcomm, Snapdragon, and Gobi are trademarks ofQualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and in other countries. Mirasol is a trademark ofQualcomm Mems Technologies, Inc., registered in the United States and in other countries. Atheros is atrademark of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., registered in the United States and in other countries. 2Net is atrademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Other product and brand names may be trademarks or registeredtrademarks of their respective owners.QUALCOMM Incorporated, 5775 Morehouse Drive, San Diego, CA 92121-1714