Students prioritize the use of “a variety of digital learning tools such as mobile devices” over Internet access, according to From Chalkboards to Tablets: The Emergence of the K-12 Learner, a new report from Project Tomorrow.
The report also found that students increasingly see benefits to online learning, with 57 percent of respondents in high school saying that it would put them in control of their learning, up from 40 percent in 2009, and 56 percent saying that it would allow them to work at their own pace, a five percent increase over the same period. Students also said that it would provide other benefits, such as improved ability to review materials, a greater sense of independence, and an improved opportunity to succeed in class, in greater numbers than they did in 2009, though they are still not in the majority.
Part of the organization’s national Speak Up initiative, the report marks the 10th anniversary of the data collection project and returned to the students, now in grade 12, interviewed in the 2003 sample.
Read more: Report: Students Prioritize Devices, Variety over Internet Access — THE Journal.
Choosing the best (smart)phone or tablet for mobile learning can be quite a challenge. It also depends on what you want to do with it and how easy you can get used to technology. The amount of features you want to use will also allow you to purchase a low or high cost smartphone or mobile device.
Let’s say you want to explore mobile learning, these are some of your options.
Ignatia considers the following:
- What can you opt for in a high-end phone, tablet or mobile device?
- Personal criteria that might influence your mobile device or tablet purchase
- What mobile operating system to choose?
- Mobile applications or apps
Full Text: @Ignatia Webs: How to choose a #mobile device for #mLearning purposes.
School principals and district administrators are more likely than the general public to be adopters of smartphones and tablet computers, according to a new report based on data from the 2011 Speak Up survey.
Principals and administrators are also more likely to use those devices than the teachers and librarians they oversee, the report says, though teachers are also more frequent users of those tools than the general public.
Further, technology use habits were found to effect both sets of populations’ outlook on using those devices in education.
“For many of us, we cannot truly appreciate the value of a new technology tool until we have realized a direct benefit from its use in our personal or work life,” said Julie Evans, the president and CEO of Project Tomorrow, the Irvine, Calif.-based nonprofit education research organization that conducts the Speak Up survey, in a statement. “That’s the same for educators.”
Full Text: Educators Use Mobile Devices More Than General Public – Digital Education – Education Week.
Education Scotland is to look at how tablet computers and mobile devices are being used in classrooms and consider how they could be introduced in schools on a wider scale.
The Scottish Government body will take stock of how existing schemes are working before providing recommendations to Education Secretary Michael Russell.
Almost 20 schools across 10 local authorities are already using devices such as iPads and Android technology to aid learning.
Full Text: Classroom technology use analysed | Orange UK.
Mobile learning, or m-learning, refers to any learning intervention that is carried out through the use of mobile devices and wireless technology.
Ever since the concept of mobile learning came into the picture, instructional designers have been coming up with innovative ideas to create effective and meaningful ways to harness the power of mobile learning. It started with focused efforts to convert existing e-learning to m-learning.
Subsequently, educational technology companies now design effective and meaningful mobile learning tools by addressing various challenges associated with delivering content on mobile devices. This article introduces these challenges and discusses some strategies to design effective m-learning.
Full Text: How To Develop Your Own Mobile Learning Tools | Edudemic.