Interesting Links Across My Desktop: 1 April 2011

  • The Educational Potential of Mobile Computing in the Field (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    Giving students hands-on experience of field work with mobile tablet PCs loaded with visualization software facilitates active learning and integration of complex information and concepts.
    Combining class lectures with field experience aided students' mental modeling of the process of data-driven inquiry and increased the accuracy of their data collection and entry in the field.
    Experience over five years with three classes that used tablet PCs with GPS receivers in outdoor settings yielded greater student involvement and understanding of the course materials and scientific method.
  • Student Information Literacy in the Mobile Environment (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    A recent survey explored the strategies used by postsecondary students to gather information using Internet-capable cell phones, or smartphones.
    Notably, users of iPhone and Android devices are beginning to use new search input tools, such as spoken keywords, geographic location, camera images, and barcode or quick-response code scans.
    Most of the student respondents who conducted information searches on these devices understood the need to evaluate the reliability of what they found.
    Even though students claim they can read on their smartphones without being distracted, the evidence shows that disruptions did occur in homework sessions and during class time.
  • Supporting Students’ Connectedness via Texting (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    Providing students with portable communities of support through mobile phone texting offers one way to give them a sense of social connectedness.
    Increasing a sense of social connectedness encourages healthier emotional well-being among students, reducing potential feelings of isolation from the campus community.
    Texting may help improve participation by and performance among students, although definitive proof will require a more rigorous examination of the actual effects on their performance and perceptions of emotional well-being.
  • Using Google Forms for Student Engagement and Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    Suboptimal student performance in lab-based statistics classes prompted a change in pedagogy to increase student engagement in class through active learning.
    Rather than using clickers, students learned how to use Google Forms in class to answer questions alone or in small working groups.
    In-class discussion of the answers focuses on clearing up misconceptions and steering students to a higher level of understanding.
    The increased interactivity, although it reduced class time to cover the material, yielded longer periods of sustained attention and a perception of improved performance among students.
  • Mobile Teaching Versus Mobile Learning (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE
    – Higher education historically has focused on instructors teaching rather than students learning, an ineffective approach that could seriously hamper the promise of mobile learning.
    – Successful student learning emerges from active engagement, connection to the students' prior knowledge, and simulation of real world experiences — all facilitated by engaging learners' senses through multimedia.
    – Higher education should stop thinking about these powerful mobile multimedia devices as only consumption devices — to live up to the promise of mobile learning, students should use them as production devices.

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