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  1. 1. Consulting | Outsourcing | Research | Technology | Training Mobilelearningnews Summer issue | 2010 Playing games, learning lessons MoLeNET launches their new publication ‘Games technologies for learning – more than just toys’ MoLeNET projects across all three improvements and developments phases have been utilising, and are in the latter since the introduction continuing to use, handheld games of handheld games technologies technologies such as the Sony PSP such as the Nintendo DS. and Nintendo DS to support teaching Based on 35 case studies from and learning with great success. MoLeNET phases 1 and 2, LSN LSN recently launched the new explore the advantages of using Should you wish to be sent a publication ‘Games technologies handheld games technologies hard copy of the publication for learning – more than just toys’ (Nintendo DS, Sony PSP and please contact Temi Akinwotu at (Douch, Attewell and Dawson, Nintendo Wii) across numerous ( 2010) at the 2010 Game Based contexts, highlighting best practice The PSP engaged students who Learning Conference in London and positive outcomes. The report had previously been ‘at risk’ of ( highlights the key benefits that withdrawing, resulting in a total handheld games technologies offer, The report explores the benefits of turnaround in performance. including: improvements in learner game based learning and the Bridgwater College, Somerset behaviour and engagement; impressive additional functionality achievement and skills development; of handheld games technologies. communication and peer group Drawing from the literature and dynamics; quality and quantity of MoLeNET learner feedback, the work and evidence of progress; report looks at the relationship confidence and self esteem; and between games designed primarily flexibility of the learning experience. for recreational purposes and those created with learning opportunities To access an online copy of ‘Games in mind (learning games/ technologies for learning’ visit us at edutainment), and the recent ( Also inside… Details of the Mobile Learning Conference and MoLeNET Awards 2010 – turn to page 5 for further information.
  2. 2. Contents ITQ for Mobile Learning 3 Mobile learning moves forward Using GPS to support learning 4 Mobile Learning Conference 5 and MoLeNET Awards 2010 Overview of MoLeNET Phase 3 iPad: an overhyped flop or 6 8 through MoLeNET Academies an innovation for teaching and learning? New hardware round-up 9 iPhone 3GS accessibility 10 MoLeTV on the iPhone and 11 MoLeNET celebrates its third successful year with iPod Touch the decision to open eight new Academies, firmly Help with your first steps 12 embedding mobile technology in the delivery of in mobile learning education and training. Competition to become a Tony Jewson, MoLeNET Academy MoLeNET Academy was fierce Manager had the following to say: with 25 tenders received and a We’re really excited to be the first rigorous selection process. The MoLeNET Academy in the country 8 Academies finally chosen will to officially open. We’ve been become centres of excellence using a range of devices in the for the development of mobile classroom for a while now, our learning, supporting colleagues learners have responded extremely and a total of 20 MoLeNET micro well and the results have been projects in their locality. overwhelmingly positive. There’s MoLeNET Academies are: really no end to the benefits of using this type of learning as part ● Ashton 6th form College of the curriculum, and we look ● Aylesbury College forward to working with local schools and colleges and advising ● Ealing, Hammersmith & West how they can roll-out this type of London College provision in their own institutions. ● Gloucestershire College The Academies will act as centres ● Kingston College of excellence and the staff will ● Northampton College champion the application of mobile technologies in teaching, ● Stoke-on-Trent College learning and assessment. The ● The Sheffield College Academies will be expected to support the development of mobile The first academy to launch learning models and materials Designer: Joel Quartey was Northampton College on to support the development of Printer: Blackmore, Shaftesbury, Dorset 12 February. The launch event face-to-face and virtual networks, ISSN 1473-1685 included speeches from Len Closs, and partnerships to deliver mobile 100098NW/05/10/2000 principal of the college and learning; and to act as an exemplar © LSN 2010. All rights reserved Geoff Foot, programme manager supporting the delivery of the 20 Published by LSN for LSN and MoLeNET. MoLeNET micro projects. 2 Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010
  3. 3. ITQ for Core unit Using Mobile IT Mobile This unit looks for the ability to set up and use mobile or handheld devices such as a smartphone, PDA, portable media player, electronic organiser or data logger for data Learning capture, processing, data exchange and storage. This exciting qualification, Optional unit the ITQ in Mobile Learning, is Using Video the ability to re cord accredited by City & Guilds and ou ld demonstrate The evidence sh d footage on a video offers staff an opportunity to pre-planned video and soun , then edit e to a computer have their specific m-learning nload the footag me camera, dow uding adding so t sequence, incl ents skills recognized. These skills to create a shor ledge requirem might involve producing . It also tests know , coding, backing music format, file size materials for mobile devices – such as co mpatibility, file d editing. such as podcasts, video capture, compression an learning objects and quizzes, or activities such as sharing files, working collaboratively, using Optional unit SMS, etc Using Collaborative Technologies In addition, it allows you to study This unit looks for the ability to use IT tools and devices for collaborative a unit from the Teacher Training working and communications. Evidence for this unit will include Web programme (ie. PTLLS, CTLLS or 2.0 tools appropriate for mobile devices such as micro-blogging, image DTLLS) as part of the qualification. sharing and video streaming and can include conferencing, instant By drawing this into the ITQ, it messaging/chat, online phone and video calls; social networking sites, allows practitioners to demonstrate wikis, etc. the link between the theory of learning and practice. The ITQ for Mobile Learning is Core unit uctivity using IT Improving Prod an ideal qualification to include and within your staff development ng, evaluation s evidence of planni e been improve d programme. If you need support This unit require procedures hav ow how ‘e’ as well in getting started, LSN can help the ability to sh is can include with ‘ITQ for Mobile Learning’ to create effici ent systems. Th . skills training, access to mobile as ‘m’ evidence resources, support and assessment throughout the training programme, and on-going Optional unit advice and guidance on all aspects Software Fundamentals of mobile pedagogy. Take a look The use of software applications to create m-activities at the back page of this newsletter such as quizzes, flashcards, MS Photostory slideshows, for further information. documents or simple objects using html pages at suitable size for mobile phones or multimedia devices. Di Dawson This can include ‘e’ and ‘m’ learning activities. Other optional units include ‘Using Audio’, ‘Communication Fundamentals’ and ‘Digital Imaging Software’. Level 2 learners choose two optional units and for level 3 they choose three. Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010 3
  4. 4. Using GPS to support learning This is the first of a series of articles exploring how to integrate various technologies into your mobile teaching. In this edition we focus on GPS systems and how they can be used to make learning more engaging. The Technology navigation. Over recent years, a Using Mobeedo number of GPS-based hobbies A Global Positioning System (GPS) Step One: Go to the toolkit area of have emerged, including: device works by receiving signals the Mobeedo website and log in. from a network of satellites orbiting ● Waymarking (where users follow You can then draw a border around the earth. The device works out a travel itinerary that points out an area using Google maps – any its location via a process called interesting locations using GPS device with Mobeedo on it within ‘triangulation’ which requires it coordinates), and this area is informed of the item to use data from at least three of interest. ● Geocaching (a form of treasure (usually four) satellites. The position hunt where players must go to GPS is updated every six seconds, and coordinates to find the next clue) many GPS units will automatically calculate direction and speed, The best way to make use of the based on these position changes. technology in mobile learning is by GPS use has taken off over recent building on the fun aspects of such years both in terms of enterprise hobbies and integrating with the use, where it is used in navigation other functions available on the and logistics tracking systems, and mobile phone, such as the web personal use. As technology has browser. We will look at using improved, devices have become GPS via an app called Mobeedo Step Two: Add your own smaller and more practical to the ( that works information – in this case from point that most households now across both Android phones and Wikipedia have access to multiple GPS the iPhone. capable devices, including in-car The benefits of Mobeedo are that it: ‘sat nav’ systems and mobile phones. ● Is relatively simple to use and setup ● Enables you to add ‘push’ Applying the Technology information for your students to use (see below) GPS comes as standard on most smart phones, providing a whole ● Is anonymous (ie. it does not ‘track’ host of uses beyond simple the mobile user) 4 Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010
  5. 5. Mobile Learning Conference and MoLeNET Awards 2010 Step Three: When Mobeedo is running and the learner moves into the area Preparations are underway for the that you have drawn, a message will appear on a green bar to let them 2010 Mobile Learning conference know about it. Alternatively, they can move the map until an icon appears which will take place in mid-Autumn for an item of interest. in central London – exact details are to be announced in the next few weeks. The event will be participative in format, including sessions showcasing the findings of each MoLeNET 3 project, practical workshops, exhibition areas, keynote speakers and an exclusive awards event to recognise outstanding work in the field of mobile learning. For up the minute information visit Nominate now… The MoLeNET Awards 2010 will recognise outstanding achievement The information appears – in this case the under MoLeNET Phase Three across Centre on the icon and select. Wikipedia info. 13 categories: ● Senior Leadership Award So this could be used to help ● Project Manager Award learners explore a local area, or ● MoLeNET Academy Leadership to set a challenge for them to Award research the history, geography ● Lead Practitioner Researcher Award or architecture of an area. ● Practitioner (Teacher) Award ● Student Learner Award John Whalley ● Staff Development Award Thanks to Adam Blackwood of JISC ● MoLeSHARE/MoLeTV Award Regional Support Centre, South East ● Technical/Internal Support for providing background information Systems Award on this application. ● Best Product Award ● Mobile Applications Development Award Nomination forms are available from Click on the info bar. Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010 5
  6. 6. Overview of MoLeNET Phase 3 MoLeNET phase 3 started in exchange for the data collected by October 2009. The structure of this students, which they will use to phase differs from previous years, support long-term management of with all projects falling under one the reserve. or more of the following key themes: Other outputs include a completed ● Employment and Employability case study centred around the impact of m-learning in field studies, ● Holistic Change a repository of m-learning teacher ● Sustainability training materials, a series of training modules, a bank of lesson plans Overall, there are a total of 22 and the installation of suitable ’macro’ and 20 ‘micro’ projects hardware and software to support delivered under the phase. We the recording, transmission and take a quick peak at some of the reception of data for the project. projects below… It is hoped that the 300–400 learners (aged 14–25) involved in Macro projects the project will choose to follow a science based career path with an Chichester College – Real Science, employer or enter into a further Real Places, Real Learning! course of science-related study. This project delivers on the theme of Employment and Employability Birkenhead Sixth Form College – by supporting the government’s Thin.clusion STEM agenda to attract more young This project delivers on the theme people into Science, Technology, of Sustainability by establishing a Engineering and Maths related sustainable digital infrastructure to careers. support teaching and learning on They will use mobile technology college Childcare and Health & Social to support work-based learners, Care courses. There is particular apprentices, Not in Employment, emphasis on driving use amongst Education or Training (NEETs) and women learners who make up the full-time learners on land-based majority of students on health and courses to record and process data social care courses, but tend to be in the field, monitor changes to the less familiar and confident in using environment, conduct digital technology. investigations and explore the Each college within the consortium benefits of GPS positioning. will be responsible for developing a The consortium links with Natural wireless and thin client infrastructure England, the government’s advisor to support up to 100 concurrent on the natural environment, who mobile devices either within the will provide advice and access to college or via the internet/3G. the Kingley Vale nature reserve in Additionally, the project will deliver 6 Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010
  7. 7. two case studies, a flexible bespoke who want to embrace technology Henshaws College – M-Learning: e-portfolio application and a (but lack the confidence and skills), A Tool for Promoting Independent comparative report of learners’ as well as new entrant educators. Learning in LLDD experiences with using the The key output is a comprehensive The project is based at Henshaws technology and the impact they curriculum pack published to College, a specialist provider for feel it had on their learning. MoLeSHARE, which will help other LLDD with a specialism in visual The project will engage a total of colleges implement similar projects, impairment. The project provides 63 learners, aged 16–19. should they choose to do so. and evaluates the use of mobile Additional outputs will include 3 technologies in supporting learners Moulton College – IT is in teaching case studies (one per college) and to access opportunities in an podcasts/vodcasts by educators employability context and to IT is in teaching addresses the which will be published via MoLeTV. identify how technology can holistic theme by incorporating In total, the project involves support individual achievement. the Mobile Learning ITQ 2009 approximately 500 19+ learners. M-learning is used as a tool Qualification into the Teacher to empower students with the skills Education programmes of the three FE colleges involved in the Micro projects and confidence to maximise their independence and employability consortium. The philosophy being Within the micro projects being and minimise the effects of their that when teachers possess good delivered under MoLeNET three, disability. IT skills, their students’ IT skills will there are a number of specialist increase proportionally. The project colleges delivering projects aimed A full list of projects is available is generating holistic culture at learners with learning difficulties on the MoLeNET site at change across the organisations by and disabilities (LLDD). A prime helping to reach existing teachers example being… Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010 7
  8. 8. iPad: an overhyped piece of kit or an innovation for teaching and learning? With the imminent launch of Apple’s eagerly anticipated ‘iPad’, we take a look at what it might mean for mobile learning. The second tablet computer released by Apple, the iPad attempts to merge the boundaries between smartphone technology and the functionality of a laptop computer. The iPad allows users to carry out simple tasks such as web browsing, watching videos, gaming and reading on its modified operating system iPhone OS. Although many Courtesy of Apple critics initially had a lukewarm reaction to the keynote launch with most regarding it as an over anticipated adaption of the 2007 Apple iPod. Audiences have begun to delve deeper, considering the often seamless correlation mobile sceptics have once again doubted one may question whether in and handheld technologies have whether Apple have filled a niche, light of previous successes, the with teaching and learning. noting the invariable similarity that culmination of his career would the iPad shares with its predecessor be to create an ‘oversized iPod?’ the Apple Newton. This handheld How will this affect the tablet computer or PDA, as they are The device has spanned decades in learning and skills sector? development, with Apple strategically now referred to, was released in training audiences to consume There’s been a lot of anticipation the early 90’s but failed to impress music in a new way, learning to among educators about the uses of as an efficient tool for scheduling adapt to touch-screen interfaces the iPad in the classroom, as well calendars, transcribing notes and and now to transform the way we as its potential to transform learners’ providing a suitable replacement consume media altogether. As consumption of literature given the for laptop computers. many critics have so promptly already established iPhone app highlighted, we do not want to be CourseSmart is the country’s So, will the Apple iPad encumbered by technology but largest provider of electronic replace current mobile rather have it improve our lives, textbooks, providing access to a to enhance efficiencies, and library of over 87,000 textbooks. learning technologies? learning capabilities and not to With the addition of Apple’s new Given the worldwide success of inflict limitations. Though perhaps iBookstore service and companion the iTouch and the iPhone, one the iPad may not be simply a device iBooks ebook reading application, may be fearsome of criticising the to satisfy an unmet need now, but the accessibility to learning new release by Apple too hastily. to anticipate the needs that users materials is unlikely to be matched. And with Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, are not aware of, a planned solution Yet even with Apple’s unrivalled regarding this as ‘the most to a not yet established need. success with the iTouch and iPhone, important thing I’ve ever done’, 8 Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010
  9. 9. New hardware round-up Many people have shared their current favourite hardware with us – here is a round-up of just some of them. JTEK mini micro DV recording audio, Microphone OID reader the other end is camcorder the optical This tiny DV camcorder, pictured identification against a standard-sized USB stick reader and four includes a 4Gb micro SD card large tactile (upgradeable to 16Gb) and is buttons in the capable of recording 720x480 middle control the 20 cm resolution video. It is ideal for functions. The recording outdoor activities, or device comes with activities where a person’s point of a pack of labels, ● In the workplace or a laboratory – view is important, and comes with a each of which carries a unique labels could be used to provide sports pack, enabling it to be used microdot identifier. instant, on-demand information as a ‘headcam’. Potential learning and support The basic principle is to associate applications include gathering unique labels with unique audio ● In assessment – learners could video evidence for course work and files. The user scans the label then label important parts of a process assignments, field trip activities or records an audio file to associate or an artefact, creating their own even role play situations. with it. From that point on, any time explanatory recording for each Find out more at the scanner head comes into contact label with that particular label, it will ● Being used as an audio diary – replay the associated audio file. labels can be stuck in a book with Penfriend The device is a potentially powerful messages recorded against them Some of the most important tool for students with learning and each page representing a day mobile technologies started life as difficulties, helping train them for or a week specialist disability solutions. For independence, travel or reminding The device retails at around £65 example, text to speech – just try them of instructions for operating and is available from the RNIB to imagine how useful an in-car sat devices around the home or ( nav would be without the decades workplace. However, there are and, with labels working out at 3p of research into developing text-to- many possible mainstream each, it makes for quite a cost- speech for blind users. A key applications, including: effective piece of equipment. emerging technology for teaching ● Supporting practical learning – and learning is Optical Identification You can also see the penfriend for example, in motor vehicle (OID), which is used by our next device in use at mechanics, different engine device: the PenFriend. components could be labelled The PenFriend is around 8 inches up so that an individual could (20 cm) in length, about the size of use the PenFriend to retrieve Thanks to Lilian Soon and Alistair a hand-held microphone. One end detailed audio instruction for McNaught for their contribution to of the device is a microphone for each component this article. Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010 9
  10. 10. iPhone 3GS accessibility The iPhone 3GS has some reactivated by touching the home accessibility features which can button. The VoiceOver will read out be very useful for those who are the time (as this is always present blind or visually impaired. These on the opening screen), which lets capabilities are also available on you know where you are. One tap the 3rd Generation iTouch too at the bottom of the screen tells (late 2009 – 32GB and 64GB only). you what to do next or double-tap to unlock and the phone opens at There are two key functions whatever screen you were last on, VoiceOver and Zoom – though it is then tells you what that was. worth noting that the two functions cannot be used at the same time. You can also use the Rotor function where you use two fingers To access these features go to (your finger and thumb) as if you Settings >> General >> (scroll down) were turning a dial. This can be >> Accessibility, as per the image used to change the way VoiceOver flow diagram below. navigates the text. this function. The Zoom function, Scroll down however, works on all pages. Once the function is turned on, it is controlled with three finger commands: ● double-tap with three fingers to toggle between zoomed and normal display ● drag three fingers around the screen to move the magnified image ● another double tap will allow the VoiceOver user to increase or decrease the For example, a flick up or down size of magnification: As you would expect from the might move through text word by name, the VoiceOver function word. But when you choose the To increase and decrease the level will read aloud whatever you have ‘character’ setting, each time you of magnification, you must do a on-screen. However, it changes flick up or down VoiceOver will three-finger double tap, keeping the way you ‘touch’ the screen move through the text character your fingers on the screen after to control the device, so there by character — perfect when the second tap. While keeping are a few points to bear in mind: you're proofreading or editing text. your three fingers on the screen, move up to increase magnification ● To activate an App or an From and move down to decrease instruction, you have to first of all magnification. Lift your fingers tap the required function and then vision.html off the screen when the desired double-tap to open or activate it. Zoom magnification level is reached. ● To scroll up and down or to flick Generally users can increase the From right or left you have to use three size of a page they are viewing fingers on the screen. using Apple's ‘pinch and spread’ ● When the phone has closed down function, though there are some (i.e. there is no active screen) it is exceptions that do not work with David Sugden 10 Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010
  11. 11. MoLeTV on the iPhone and iPod Touch A dedicated FREE application for the back later when you don't have an iPod Touch/iPhone is now available. internet connection. This application allows you to stream ● ‘Downloads’ will list the media you video (using a wireless connection) are currently downloading. A small on your iPod Touch or iPhone3G and, badge on the button shows the optionally, download the content to number of active downloads. view offline. For information on how to download and install the ● ‘My Videos’ shows the content you application go to have downloaded to your device. uk/MoLeTViPodHelp.htm You can always play back content from here, even without an internet connection. MoLeTV Shoot on the iPhone3GS MoLeTV Shoot is an iPhone3GS Note: It is recommended that you application which enables users to create an account on MoLeTV shoot video on the device, use basic ( prior to editing (trimming) on the device shooting video and uploading from and upload it to MoLeTV. A web the device although you can create browser is not required. The an account using the device – if so, application is particularly useful for you will need access to the email capturing work-based assessment account you use for registration and e-portfolio evidence. from the device. Shoot your video – do a simple edit, When you open MoLeTV on the if required, and upload to MoLeTV iPod Touch or iPhone, it will load a from the iPhone. list of available videos and MP3s. If an internet connection is available, it will also load any updates that are available online. Items which are not available for download on MoLeTV will not be available to the mobile device. Use the buttons across the bottom of the screen to access different parts of the program: ● ‘Latest’ and ‘All Videos’ give you Viewing MoLeTV and MoLeSHARE a list of the available content to on mobile devices browse through. ‘Latest’ shows the A Beta website for viewing most recently added content, while Before uploading you will need to MoleTV and MoLeSHARE on all ‘All Videos’ presents the list in enter information about the video mobile devices is available. alphabetical order with a search including a title and description, Access or feature. add tags and select a category. on your ● From these two screens, you can For more information regarding the mobile device. play back video and audio, or application go to download it if you want to play it Steve Butler Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010 11
  12. 12. Help with your first steps in mobile learning With the increasing financial LSN Technical Courses pressure on learning providers, and the increasing time constraints LSN also delivers a range of technical courses to help IT teams and learning placed on learners, more and more professionals to develop their knowledge of the technologies underpinning colleges and schools are turning mobile learning. Following the course, delegates will have a greater towards mobile learning as a means understanding of when and how the technology should be utilised, and be of connecting with their learners able to develop and publish learning content on that platform. It is anticipated more effectively. LSN has developed to run a series of courses over the latter part of 2010 and early 2011: a range of courses and consultancy programmes to support colleges at Course Length Dates all levels of development in mobile iPhone App Development – Part 1 One day 9 July 2010 learning, helping them to establish Development Tools 8 October 2010 and improve their use of mobile 22 November 2010 technologies. Take a look below 9 December 2010 and see which is most suitable for you. iPhone App Development – Part 2 One day 10 December 2010 Introduction to iPhone Programming 21 February (2011) LSN Introductory Courses Designing learning content for mobile Two day 14 – 15 October 2010 devices using Flash/Flash Lite 2 – 3 December 2010 LSN introductory mobile learning 18 – 19 March (2011) courses are designed to help learning professionals get started Introduction to ASP.NET (Part 1) Two day 21 – 22 October 2010 in mobile learning. Based on the 16 – 17 December 2010 experiences and learning of 24 – 25 February (2011) hundreds of colleges and schools, Working with ASP.NET (Part 2) Two day 10 – 11 March (2011) they cover the key building blocks to give attendees the foundation Call an LSN advisor on +44 (0)20 7492 5388 or mail they need to start using mobile ( if you are interested in attending any of these technologies in their teaching dates and would like further details on venues and costs. straight away. Topics include: ● Re-purposing content for mobile LSN Mobile Learning Consultancy technologies If you’re not quite ready for hands-on courses and need some support first ● Mobile technologies for teaching in establishing your mobile learning capability, there is LSN’s Mobile Learning and learning Consultancy Service. This covers a broad range of topics and is specifically ● Using mobile technologies in the designed to provide your organisation with a framework for the sustainable classroom development of mobile learning provision. Programmes include: ● Using mobile technologies outside ● Establishing a mobile learning infrastructure of the classroom ● Building a sustainable mobile learning environment ● Mobile technologies for e-portfolios ● The procurement and selection of mobile technologies ● Setting up a Moodle infrastructure ● Mobile technologies for assessment ● Implementing the ITQ in Mobile Learning To find out more about how LSN can support you, visit the mobile learning section of the LSN website at or contact our team of advisors on +44 (0)20 7492 5388 12 Mobile learning news Summer issue 2010