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Use Smartphones in class, say school principals


The National Association of Secondary School Principals have been trying to make sense of the whirlwind that is Social and Mobile Technologies. They actively encourage schools to accept smartphones, and social networking as part their educational provision, and offer a range of guidelines and advice to different levels of practitioner. In the report, they deal head on with the challenges: The rapid growth in the use of social media and mobile devices has created both a crisis and an opportunity for school leaders. Very impressive!

Fabulous ideas: economics, innovation, #education

Ignatia Webs

The past 50 minutes I have been blown out of my mind with this 74 pages slide deck "Personal learning in a Networked world " symbolizing the synopsis of a keynote Stephen Downes gave at the London School of Economics yesterday. cooperation education educational institution future of education heutagogy mooc networked learning networking online learning Really.

Can the #MOOC format respond to the educational challenges #altc2013?

Ignatia Webs

Problem In the educational reality of the second decennium of the 21st century education is molded by a variety of new factors. Due to these new technologies and emerging formats, education is forced into a process of transformation. As such many tensions accompany this educational transformation, and especially when looking at the more vulnerable learner groups. 87-88).

#OEB14 session initiating Unified Learning Theory brainstorm #education

Ignatia Webs

As an example of why I feel the Unified Learning Theory might parallel String theory approach: the magnification levels (now, I now this is still very sketchy, so feel free to share shortcomings or positive additions: Different levels: Learning overall Educational field (e.g. education eLearning informal learning OEB online learning unified learning theory

A free book on changing #education in challenging settings #ICT4D

Ignatia Webs

This is a book that can be used in any challenging setting, as it combines participatory design, teachers professional development, open badges as milestones in the learning process, earn-as-you-learn incentives, strategies from the known reality to a wishful future, and scaling up from one school to 26 schools! and all evidence-based in approach.

Summer schools on serious gaming and video use

Ignatia Webs

Two interesting summer school courses arrived in my mail box: one on video in research (3 week course in Finland) and one on serious gaming (one intense week in Austria), open for master and PhD students, and researchers. The Video Research course is designed for students and researchers interested in using video-based methods and technologies in research on learning and education.

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Blogphilosophy: ageism in #education

Ignatia Webs

This is no different in education. In fact mainstream education is/was a bastion of ageism. Let me list the first 5 prejudice mindsets that come to mind: You go to school from X to X, x being As if we all are flabbergasted by the knowledge provided by the educational institutes for people of that age, or as if we knew what was going on at 20 (well, I did not).

#OEB2014 keynote debate #data corrupts #education

Ignatia Webs

For those wanting to co-author on the potential negative effects of data on education, feel free to have a look at what I call '' the big data ramble, a plea for more human indicators '' (beware that is a draft, so more chaotic than the text I bring below, but. Digital divide One of the reasons that data is currently corrupting education, is because big data increases the digital divide. But which partners are they choosing, and how does this affect the other educational institutes? Which means that all of us in education will have to become data savvy at some point.

Running race between open learning and formal higher education

Ignatia Webs

As the discussion on the future of higher education keeps on going, it is interesting to see how the presidents of colleges look upon these changes, particularly when looking at how top management looks at the pro's and con's of online learning. The public and college presidents differ over the educational value of online courses. Or web-based affordances at that. Nice report though.

#Googleglass out, other smart tech in? Where is #educational bonus?

Ignatia Webs

And with Google just releasing today that Google glasses will be reinvented, if not stopped, it got me thinking about cost and educational options. Or about those schools that purchased one set allowing students to research its functionality? All of the apps can offer educational value, but I keep wondering what the extra bonus would be. it might not be wise to invest in it?

#MOOCs change education, but jobs decline in a knowledge era

Ignatia Webs

love MOOCs, I organized two on mobile learning in 2011 and 2012 - the so called MobiMOOC , because I am a firm believer in both education and online, lifelong learning, as well as technology. So inevitably MOOCs have been and are to me a benefit (and please all the discussions on pro and cons only remind me of similar discussions when school television came out, or the internet even.

Emerging trends in education and mobile learning

Steve Vosloo

Overlapping of education trends and mobile-enabled opportunities. Why is this technological innovation different for education than previous moments (for example, the rise of television or the popularity of personal computers)? I don’t believe that technology is the single driver of education transformation, although it is certainly a key influencing factor. Education is under pressure to change because of a number of factors. Recently, a United Nations task team led by UNESCO produced a  think piece on education and skills  beyond 2015 – key points listed below.

Blogphilosophy: annoyed by genius @Thrun on education, me on a rant

Ignatia Webs

Every good teacher will be able to tell anyone that education and learning is really complex and that not two learners are the same. Because the article got me increasingly agitated the last couple of days, as Mr Engineer was simplifying education rather heavily and was surprised that his GREAT GENIUS was not able to come up with an education-for-all solution within 2 years time!

Serious #gaming conference with #education interest

Ignatia Webs

With mobile gaming getting more and more attention in education as well, this conference seems a good immersion for serious gaming. games education conferencesAt the upcoming 2 nd Annual Serious Play Conference , some of the top thinkers in serious games will be brought together to discuss big questions facing the use of non-entertainment games and sims. That sure looks promising.

#MOOC use in secondary school (k12) for non-native English/French speakers

Ignatia Webs

The last couple of weeks I have been working on a project with a secondary school ( GUSCO school in Kortrijk, Belgium ). Additionally, in Belgium 8 out of 10 schools use online learning tools (e.g. This means that in primary school those young pupils are already being exposed to online interactions, which makes MOOCs a potential next step once they move into secondary school.

Learning Solutions #LScon: indirect learning on Education

Ignatia Webs

David Metcalf from METIL redirected me to James Tooley , on his project/book 'the beautiful tree' which talks about how the poor educate themselves. His project is fabulous, he gets a micro-finance business going that offers communities in any poor area around the world to organize, set-up and deploy education. Before including the video of James talking about the low-cost private schools in the slums of India. If you have not heard of him, check out the video to get inspired on new ways of education. education k12 books mhealth ICT4D

iBooks 2 – Introducing the future textbook?


Steve Jobs reportedly spent the last few years of his life planning to shake up the textbook market, and revitalise education. Today’s event in New York is the first education-only launch from Apple in a long time. The Apple vision is by moving textbooks onto the iPad, they can be cheaper, more interactive, and ultimately more useful as educational reference tools. Absolutely!

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The Emergence Of Mobile Learning For Higher Education In Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Upside Learning

Higher educational institutes across the globe are investing heavily to advance teaching and learning to cope with students’ needs in the emerging knowledge economy and information technology world. It is now investing heavily in IT for Saudi school systems and funding Mobile Learning projects, particularly in higher education institutions. JUSUR, LMS System. 5-Year CAGR.

Should #iPad be used as a major #mobile device in high schools? David Parson makes them compulsory for a pilot

Ignatia Webs

David Parsons from the Massey University of Auckland , New Zealand has lined up the advantages and possible pitfalls for using iPad in higher education. As such David Parsons will have a pilot project looking at the iPad as an educational tool in high schools. There are also a wide range of resources that can be accessed across school boundaries (youtube, itunes.).

5 Common Mistakes Schools and Teachers Make When Implementing BYOD

Cell Phones in Learning

However, as more schools have been changing their policies to be inclusive of a BYOD policy, there have been some mistakes made along the way. want to share these common errors in hopes that other teachers and schools can learn from the trailblazers. While there was initial excitement, this also led to some students abusing the tool and using it in non-educative ways.

iPad 2: whats in it for education?

uLearning Blog

Despite being a consumer device, it has seen massive adoption by professionals in business, medicine, and education. Here are the top 3 things that iPad 2 has going for it as far as education is concerned: 1. So what does the iPad not have yet for education? We also need clarity around education use off apps and iTunes content.

The Future of Mobile Learning in Higher Education

Float Mobile Learning

Rick Oller of the Marlboro College Graduate School writes for Educause about the possible futures of mobile learning, including learning implants. Industry News Pedagogy and Learning Educause higher education

Computers aren’t so special anymore, but the kids may be better off: An introduction to mobile ‘appliance computing’ in Queensland schools

uLearning Blog

A strong case can be made that a revolution is underway in how computers are being perceived and used in schools across the world. This rapid uptake by the Australian and Queensland public is one of the two main factors supporting the belief that this country is in a position to lead the way in pioneering ‘appliance computing‘ in education. The How do we know this? see p20). phone?

Take Note: ‘Explain Everything’ app is THE top education app right now

uLearning Blog

thought that such a limitation was strange seeing as a large target market for such apps is schools that often have restrictions on Internet access or on students signing up to any old web service. For educators, it means the option to create video podcasts is now available whenever and wherever we require it. Indigenous Education and Training Futures Division | [link]. link].

Mobile Learning InfoKit [free download]


projects mobile in schools mobile development work-based why mobile reading free resources top tipsHot off the press, we are pleased to present the Mobile Learning infoKit. Thanks all!

How Text Messaging Improves Educational Outcomes for Students

Mobile Commons

The article points to multiple studies that suggest that text messaging can help students perform better in school, encourage parents to spend more time with their children in order to improve literacy rates, and coach students through college admissions. For years researchers have been searching for small yet effective improvements to current educational models. The results?

Youth, Work, Mobiles and Poverty: everything you need to know


number of factors combine to make sustainable, decent employment an enormous challenge for youth the world over, including low levels of education and technical skills, slow job growth, lack of information about available jobs, and difficulties accessing financial capital to start small enterprises. Across the world, kids are our future. What type of programming has been implemented and how?

Benefits in #mobile technology development: the implications for #education #unesco_mlw

Ignatia Webs

Panel: Mario Deriquito, Jill Attewell, Don Knezek, Jonghwi Park on mobile tech development benefits Mario Deriquito, beliefs in mobile technology for improving the educational system (works in Philipines). So there are barriers in harnessing mobile technologies for education. Its not just about kids and schools. Looking for mLearning solutions that can be mainstreamed.

Help High School Graduates Attend College with Summer Text Message Programs

Mobile Commons

In recent years, educators have witnessed a growing phenomenon called “summer melt,” where high school students who have been accepted to college fail to matriculate in a school in the fall semester following graduation. The college application process offers schools an easy way to reach students and ask for consent to send text messages to their cell phones.

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The Nexus 7: first thoughts for Education

uLearning Blog

But what will it mean for education? I’ve already seen ICT Works comment on FaceBook that its price will be great for developing nations. As it seems to strike a better balance between being a media consumption platform and a productive #PostPC device than the Kindle Fire and Nook devices do for the same price, this may turn out to be true for education worldwide. nexus_7_8gb. mlearn uLearning Android Kindle nexus postpc surface tablet

FutureLearn: pedagogical & mLearning MOOC platform - the approach

Ignatia Webs

Ever since I was 9 years old I have watched school television on BBC where the Open University UK rolled out wonderfully rich and comprehensible visual content. They understand Open Educational Resources, online dynamics, getting learners accustomed with online learning. Strong partners means, proven qualitative content and teaching approaches (admittedly old school teaching).

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Good positive coverage of tablets in Education

uLearning Blog

Want to point you all to this story published in major newspapers across Australia recently that gives a positive look at where tablets in Education are going rather than the ‘we did alright with pencils’ view thats often offered up. I was privileged to be interviewed for it: “ SCHOOL technology is no longer limited to communal computer labs and a laptop lugged in every backpack.

Free webinar on phases of Merrill's task-centered #MOOC design #EUMoocs

Ignatia Webs

You can register here (for free), and there will be two speakers: Mart Laanpere , Institute of digital Technologies, Tallinn University, Estonia Mart Laanpere received the degree in educational technology (M. degree in educational science from the Tallinn University. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Educational Technology in Tallinn University.

Students Demand the Right to Use Technology in School!

Cell Phones in Learning

Students from 5 low-income California area schools came together to fight for the right to use technology in schools, in order to have a chance at being competitive with students who come from more privileged backgrounds. All students need to be digitally literate and if the school system is not providing every opportunity, the students should do everything they can to make those opportunities happen (sometimes in the form of the students' own technologies). Why should l have to go to a library outside my school to have access to computers that are available, but limited?

free book #OER integration in #k12 for #ict4d regions

Ignatia Webs

While exploring OER with an edge options, I came across this free book published by the Common Wealth of Learning, edited by Ferreira and Gaultier, entitled Perspectives on Open and Distance Learning: Open Schooling with Open Educational Resources (OER): opening doors, creating opportunities. If we can continue to develop and maintain OER, we can continue to educate and to open doors.

The iPad mini review for Educators

uLearning Blog

WHAT ABOUT EDUCATION? He also stated earlier this year that in the preceding quarter Apple had sold 1 million iPads just to schools. In Australia the Sydney Morning Herald (1.7.12) has reported that 60% of Catholic Schools in the Sydney area have deployed them, with large official trials having been run by almost every state Education Department as well.

The future of #HigherEd and #apps & #web two free report by Pew

Ignatia Webs

On many occasions these reports are linked to educational technology or trends, which is great when you are interested in training/education with innovative technologies. But they disagree about how these whirlwind forces will influence education, for the better or the worse". mobile education research mooc applications open education future of education

Durable, rural #mLearning with the Cofimvaba project

Ignatia Webs

Rural learners, Indigenous people, refugees, nomadic travelers, all vulnerable learner groups in general still face a lot of challenges and one of these challenges always comes down to education. Education for all still has a long road to travel, but some of us keep on paving the roads to get everyone on board no matter what the challenges. they will do it!

Higher Education and the Mobile Revolution: How Texts Make Better Schools and Students

Mobile Commons

Texting Keeps Kids in School. College enrollment, grade improvements, and staying connected with student services are just a few of the advantages of higher education texting. Consider the range of activities that a text message campaign can be used for—textbook rentals and returns, last-minute schedule changes, and even student rallies—and you can see why the mobile revolution is not just here to stay, it’s changing the face of higher education for the better. Ten years ago, text messaging’s role in the classroom was a head scratcher. Mail a letter?

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2013 - free resources


Existing policies have very little to say when it comes to questions of whether and, more crucially, how to incorporate mobile technology into education. But as champions for "out of school learning" we felt that there was a large, and gaping hole. What about "out of school / adult / working learners"? The joy of momentum! See below to links to all the resources.