Tag Archives: Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning: Delivering Learning in a Connected World

LearnNow Mobile Whitepaper

ASTD and i4cp’s Mobile Learning: Delivering Learning in a Connected World looks at the current landscape of mobile learning in a world in which the ubiquity of mobile devices seems to have created a perfect environment for delivering learning solutions to our workforce, where or when they need it. Mobile technology is changing the world  and our experience of it. From an organizational perspective, mobile learning allows for a spectrum of possibilities that were not present before, and they continue to evolve before us. The findings of this Study indicate that companies with learning functions that help meet both learning and business goals tend to be higher market performers.

Download White Paper: LearnNow Mobile Whitepaper.

Mobile Technology in Radiology Resident Education

Fun with X-Rays and Gigantic Arms.


Aiham C. Korbage, MD, Harprit S. Bedi, MD

Department of Radiology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Journal of the American College of Radiology

Volume 9, Issue 6 , Pages 426-429, June 2012

Purpose

The authors hypothesized that ownership of a mobile electronic device would result in more time spent learning radiology. Current trends in radiology residents’ studying habits, their use of electronic and printed radiology learning resources, and how much of the funds allotted to them are being used toward printed vs electronic education tools were assessed in this study.

Methods

A survey study was conducted among radiology residents across the United States from June 13 to July 5, 2011. Program directors listed in the Association of Program Directors in Radiology e-mail list server received an e-mail asking for residents to participate in an online survey. The questionnaire consisted of 12 questions and assessed the type of institution, the levels of training of the respondents, and book funds allocated to residents. It also assessed the residents’ study habits, access to portable devices, and use of printed and electronic radiology resources.

Results

Radiology residents are adopters of new technologies, with 74% owning smart phones and 37% owning tablet devices. Respondents spend nearly an equal amount of time learning radiology from printed textbooks as they do from electronic resources. Eighty-one percent of respondents believe that they would spend more time learning radiology if provided with tablet devices.

Conclusions

There is considerable use of online and electronic resources and mobile devices among the current generation of radiology residents. Benefits, such as more study time, may be obtained by radiology programs that incorporate tablet devices into the education of their residents.

Full Text: Mobile Technology in Radiology Resident Education.

Blackboard Adds Testing to Mobile Learning App

The Bava meets The Blackboard

Blackboard has updated its mobile app to accommodate test taking and to deliver alerts to students when changes happen to their courses without the learning management system (LMS) app being opened. Version 3.0 of Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students to take tests through their devices. That includes a feature that enables the user to start a mobile-based test by “cutting” a red ribbon on a traditional exam blue book. He or she can flag a question for later review by tapping a corner of the screen to create a “dog ear” and eliminate multiple choice answer options from the list by swiping them.

The new features of the latest release are currently available only for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. The company said the previous version of the app will continue being supported on Blackberry and WebOS and it will “continue to evaluate viable platforms for future development based on usage and popularity.”

On the instructor side, the tests can be set up using a test authoring tool as quizzes to be done in class or as exercises for outside the classroom, during field trips or other activities. For example, a teacher could ask a student to submit a photograph from their device as part of an answer. Grades can be instantly entered into the Blackboard gradebook.

Full Text: Blackboard Adds Testing to Mobile Learning App — Campus Technology.

Mobile Phones Increase Student Achievement and Engagement

Students texting

Cell phones are a terrific tool to support student engagement and achievement in reading and writing.  To follow are some ideas explaining how teachers are doing just that by using cell phones in the way they are most commonly used among youth — for texting and group texting.  We will also look at a newly emerging trend…using cell phones to write novels.

TEXTING

Our students are reading and writing more than ever. In the 21st century, this reading and writing often takes place through the lightening fast thumbs of teens.  Although some parents and teachers complain that text messaging is ruining the language, research is showing that it is, in fact, a benefit to students phonemic awareness, spelling, and use of words (Yarmey, 2011; Plester & Wood, 2008,  Malson & Tarica, 2011; Fresco, 2005; Dunnewind, 2003; Miners, 2009; McCarroll, 2005; Elder, 2009). When we rethink and revision what is happening when our teens and tweens text, all sorts of learning possibilities emerge.

[Great ideas of how to use texting in class, more suitable for secondary and tertiary students]

Full Text: The Innovative Educator: Using Cell Phones to Increase Student Achievement and Engagement with Reading and Writing.

28 Questions to Ask Before You Go Mobile

Questions for mLearning

For many organizations who want to dive into mobile learning, it’s not just about the desire to create and deliver mLearning for employees –it’s about how to do it and how to do it well. It is essential for organizations to explore their online e-Learning including motivations, needs, restraints and requirements for mobile delivery before the development process begins.

Explore these 28 mobile learning questions to equip yourself with the best strategy and e-Learning tools for successful mobile development and implementation:

Full Text: Before You Go Mobile: 28 Mobile Learning Questions to Ask.

Which Mobile Learning Device Are You Targeting?

Developing Mobile Learning: Which Device Are You Targeting? | Upside Learning Blog

When you are getting started with mobile learning one of the decision you’ll have to make is which device(s) to target. In a SWOT Analysis of Mobile Learning we posted earlier this week, we listed this as one of the weaknesses of mobile learning as it stands today. Fragmented market and no real common development platform make this a serious hindrance to mobile learning adoption.

Here’s a forecast from Gartner about how the smart phone market could look like in 2015.

Full Text: Developing Mobile Learning: Which Device Are You Targeting? | Upside Learning Blog.

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How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

A.P. Chemistry students use their cell phones to answer their teacher's question.

When we talk about using cell phones in class, we’re not just talking about using cell phones in class.

The idea of mobile learning touches on just about every subject that any technology addresses: social media, digital citizenship, content-knowledge versus skill-building, Internet filtering and safety laws, teaching techniques, bring-your-own-device policies, school budgets.

At its core, the issues associated with mobile learning get to the very fundamentals of what happens in class everyday. At their best, cell phones and mobile devices seamlessly facilitate what students and teachers already do in thriving, inspiring classrooms. Students communicate and collaborate with each other and the teacher. They apply facts and information they’ve found to formulate or back up their ideas. They create projects to deepen their understanding, association with, and presentation of ideas.

Full Text: How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom | MindShift.

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Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative

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Part of the benefit of jumping forward with a 1:1 iPad deployment like we have tried is that we get the opportunity to impart knowledge to other districts looking to do a similar initiative. While that might not seem like a benefit, it actually also means we can make some mistakes because there is not a long history of this type of deployment in the world. Many districts have had 1:1 Laptop projects, which we have benefited from and could easily be applied to this list I’m about to share. However, for the sake of our specific district, and the questions I get from other districts on a daily basis, I’m going to break down the ten things you should NOT do when implementing a 1:1 iPad program.

[Advice not only for iPad use in school, but applicable to anyone using tablets etc]

Full Text: Top 10 Things NOT to do in a 1:1 iPad Initiative «.

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Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources (Free eBook)

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Free mobile learning guide for schools and educators wishing to implement mobile devices in their classroom.

Covers:

  • What is Effective Mobile Learning?
  • Which Mobile Learning Device Should I Choose?
  • Get Parents on Board!
  • How Do I Convince My Leadership to Lift the Ban?
  • Lack of Resources? Some Options
  • BYOD/BYOT: The Bring Your Own Devices/Technology Movement
  • Multimedia Resources
  • Geolocation
  • QR Codes
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Apps for Research
  • Apps for Collaboration
  • Further Resources

 

Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Tips & Resources Ebook

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