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New Book! "Cell Phones in the Classroom"

Cell Phones in Learning

My new book is coming out this September called Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators ! First it has over 16 different cases of K-12 teachers integrating student's own cell phones into classroom learning. Second, it includes many practical lessons plans to integrate student cell phones (any kind!) Finally! Their stories are inspiring!

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

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Texting is More Effective Than Email, Phone Calls, or Snail Mail. Make a phone call and the student is unlikely to answer. College enrollment, grade improvements, and staying connected with student services are just a few of the advantages of higher education texting. Higher Ed higher education summer melt These days, however, it is a no brainer. Write a letter?

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

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The students can learn just in time in their daily lives whenever they need to learn using mobile devices like Tablets and Smart Phones. 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. JUSUR, LMS System. Saudi Digital Library.

Is eLearning on Tablets Really mLearning – My Stance

The Mobile Learner

True, in the title, RJ focuses on tablets but I believe that mobile devices are also smart phones and media players (i.e. Keep in mind that my responses assume that smart phones and media players can also be used as mobile learning devices : Is the experience re-imagined for touch or is it just a conversion from something that was intended for the precision of the tip of the arrow of a cursor? Cell Phones in Education digital culture edushifts mlearning mobilelearning reflections elearningUnacceptable! It’s time to set the bar higher!…Ask iPod Touch). Agreed. 

Update: Polling by Cell Phone - Can We Completely By-Pass Clickers?

The Mobile Learner

As the break-neck speed at which development of digital technology continues to take place, and considering that my November 27, 2007 blog post titled “Polling by Cell Phone - Can We Completely By-Pass Clickers?&# is currently my most viewed post, I decided to share an update concerning the use of a cell phone, and now even an iPod Touch, as a clicker. Tags: tools clicker iPod in Education Mobilelearner cell phone clickers Cell Phones in Education polling

Embracing Mobile To Educate For Tomorrow | MobileBehavior

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Mobile Behavior: an Omnicom Group Company Home People Blog Work Events Press About Us May 12, 2010 by Caleb Embracing Mobile To Educate For Tomorrow The classroom was traditionally a controlled environment; when wireless technology began to invade, skewing the rules of time and space, teachers panicked. Lets educate accordingly. Tags: K-12 classroom education At  St.

Cell Phones in Education Part 1: Productivity

The Mobile Learner

As I stated in an earlier blog post , I an beginning a new series on using cell phones in learning to go along side my iPods in Education series.  I hope through this series of blog posts to provide practical ways teachers and students can use cell phones to help kids learn as a way to challenge the standard bias that cell phones are a useless distraction in the classroom.

Cell Phones in Education Part 2: Assistive Technology

The Mobile Learner

Connecting back to a previous blog post where I was musing on the difference between Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning , we can see that today’s cell phones are adding more functionality and are designed with the spirit of Universal Design in mind.  Let’s take the voice dialing feature on most cell phones as an example. 

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A New Series: Cell Phones in Education

The Mobile Learner

When I began writing this blog a little over one year ago, the major focus of my thoughts were around using the iPod to help kids learn.  At that time, I began a series of blog posts titled “iPod in Education&#.  In these posts, I try to offer practical ideas in integrating this popular mobile technology into classroom instruction to help kids learn and to help motivate students to want to learn.  I have completed 10 posts in this series to date and these continue to be my most popular posts. Secondly, unlike the iPod, cell phones range widely in type, form, and functionality. 

Cell Phones in Education Part 5: Instant Feedback

The Mobile Learner

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post discussing instant feedback using a back-channel titled: The Back-Channel Effect: Are Educators Ready for Real-Time Feedback. The idea of instant feedback is not new in education.  Of course, teacher may be very uncomfortable sharing their phone number with students and this is a very legitimate concern.  More about this service can be found in my blog post Polling by Cell Phone – Can We Completely By-Pass Clickers? Disclaimer #1 : The ideas suggested here use the text messaging features of a cell phone

2 mLearning articles worth reading (including an interview in Education Week)

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I was recently interviewed by Education Week, the leading education newspaper in the USA. Uncategorized africa mlearning mobile phonesThe article, Mobile Devices Address Technology Equity in Africa , is well written and provides an overview of some of the interesting mobile learning projects in Africa. For a good roundup, also check out Mobile learning in developing countries in 2012: What’s Happening? by Mike Trucano of the World Bank (follow @WBedutech ).

mobile phones: the e-readers of choice in South Africa

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have blogged about m-uBuntu before – a growing family of schools in South Africa who are using “cell phones” to transform how they teach. We have been out there a few times, and were very excited to hear it being reported on by “The Word”, a US radio channel who spent a while in Cape Town visiting two great mobile literacy projects there: M4Lit – Mobile Phones for Literacy. This is not an initiative trying to push unwelcome solutions – rather they are helping the South African Education system rise to the challenge of supporting more students with less money.

Cell Phones in Education Part 4: Learning on Location

The Mobile Learner

Disclaimer : While this post presumes the use of a smart phone, and while it is true that not all students own a smart phone, with the current shift toward smart phones, soon, smart phones will be as prevalent as cell phones are today. This is where the mobile phone comes into play. GPS locators found in many of today’s mobile phones allow students to explore their surroundings while also applying mapping skills. What happens to students who don’t have these fancy phones? The answer is simply – differentiate.

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

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In Queensland, Optus reported that by October 2011, 55% of regional phone owners (traditionally a sector that lags behind in gadget adoption) had a smartphone ([link]. 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

New Statistics on Teen Cell Phone Use

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CTIA-The Wireless Association® in conjunction with Harris Interactive has released some new research on cell phone use by teenagers (Release: September 12th, 2008). There were 100 questions about cell phones, perceptions, and attitudes. Below I have highlighted some interesting findings 57% agree or somewhat agree that the cell phone has improved their quality of life. 18% agree or somewhat agree that the cell phone has positively influenced their education. Overall a teenagers cell phone ranked 2nd only to clothing, in determining their social status.

Cell Phones in Education Part 3: Capturing the Moment

The Mobile Learner

Often educators encourage students to use a variety of evidence in a variety of formats. Even today’s basic cell phones come with cameras and voice recorders with some models even having decent video recorders. Students can use the multimedia tools already built into today’s cell phone to gather a variety of evidence in a variety of forms for their school work. The beauty of allowing students to use these digital tools is that an educator is not dictating how learning is to happen or specifying too strictly how students are to demonstrate their learning.

Use Text Messaging to Educate Consumers about the New Health Insurance Marketplaces and Drive Enrollment

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It is vital that governments, insurance agencies, health centers and non-profits educate citizens about their new insurance options and drive enrollment – both for the health of the system, and for the health of the citizens themselves. We need to reach those citizens, educate them about the changes in the system, and  enroll them in plans that work for them. Why Text Messaging?

Mobile Learning: A 5th Reading List

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You may also want to read my blog post titled “ iPods in Education Part 13: Uses in Kindergarten ” dated December 2009. 3) Important Terms in Mobile Learning – Every new idea comes with it’s set of terms and subset of ideas.  Cell Phones in Education mobilelearning mlearning mobile learningHere are 10 of the more recent articles and blog posts that I have read concerning mobile learning. Mobile Technologies and Young Children – An article on the use of mobile technologies by very young children.  Mobile Learning: A Brief Reading List.

Mobile Learning: A 5th Reading List

The Mobile Learner

You may also want to read my blog post titled “ iPods in Education Part 13: Uses in Kindergarten &# dated December 2009. 3) Important Terms in Mobile Learning – Every new idea comes with it’s set of terms and subset of ideas.  Cell Phones in Education mobilelearning mlearning mobile learningHere are 10 of the more recent articles and blog posts that I have read concerning mobile learning. Mobile Technologies and Young Children – An article on the use of mobile technologies by very young children.  Mobile Learning: A Brief Reading List.

A List of Interesting Mobile Learning Links

Upside Learning

It’s Not eLearning On A Phone. Learning in Hand is a resource for educational technology by Tony Vincent. From netbooks and web applications to iPods, iPads, and podcasting, Tony has put together practical information for educators. Mobile learning is in the air, almost everyone realizes the potential, and some companies are now taking tentative first steps. Mobile Learning.

New Statistics on Teen Cell Phone Use

Cell Phones in Learning

CTIA-The Wireless Association® in conjunction with Harris Interactive has released some new research on cell phone use by teenagers (Release: September 12th, 2008). There were 100 questions about cell phones, perceptions, and attitudes. Below I have highlighted some interesting findings 57% agree or somewhat agree that the cell phone has improved their quality of life. 18% agree or somewhat agree that the cell phone has positively influenced their education. Overall a teenagers cell phone ranked 2nd only to clothing, in determining their social status.

The future of education in Africa is mobile (BBC article)

Steve Vosloo

The article I wrote for the BBC Future site (24 August 2012) is not available to users in the UK, so here it is below … The future of education in Africa is mobile. This week, United Nation’s mobile learning specialist Steve Vosloo argues phones could be the future of education on the continent. Education systems are under stress. Yet there is a potential solution.

Use Smartphones in class, say school principals

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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. For example, in schools that prohibit cell phones, 54% of students still report sending texts during the school day (Lenhart, 2010). Recognizing the educational value of encouraging such behaviors, many school leaders have shifted their energies from limiting the use of these technologies to limiting their abuse. And then offer specific suggestions for different leaders in education.

5 Take-aways from the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week Webinar

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The virtual event, held in partnership with Education Fast Forward, debated the extent to which mobile technology can strengthen the quality of education and facilitate learning. In his projects, mobile phones were used by students to capture data from the neighbourhood, on which the students then conducted statistical analysis for their assignments. Period. Keep innovating.

Tech Innovation Now Led by Hot New Bands

Mobile Learning Edge

As you move your phone around, or even up and down, you see the action in the room in all directions. Think of the educational uses for this app! Ten years ago internet innovation was led by the pornography industry, as they tried to figure out ways to entice you to sign up for their sites. Here are two examples, both involving mobile. Enjoy, and be amazed. (GW).

CBC’s Spark: Interview on Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

The Mobile Learner

Click the link below to listen to the March 17, 2010 episode of CBC’s Spark where Nora Young interviews Marie Bjerede on how several North Carolina schools are working to incorporate cell phones into daily classroom instruction to increase student engagement and collaboration: Link to the episode on CBC’s Spark website: [link]. Direct link to the audio file: Full Interview: Marie Bjerede on cell phones in the classroom. Tags: Cell Phones in Education cell_phone differentiatedinstruction edushifts cell phone mobile devices

Mobile Learning at TEDxLondon

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Geoff Stead presents mobile learning as a tool for empowerment at TEDxLondon – a TED event dedicated to shaking up education Original slides available on slideshare Presentations by the other (amazing!) co-presenters on the TEDxLondon site Transcript: I’d like to introduce you to a word. Mobile phones have become part of our lives. Ubuntu. The developing world is catching up fast.

March Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

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Upside Learning , March 23, 2011 Infographics for Social Media - Mobile Learning Edge , March 7, 2011 New mLearning Authoring Tools – Wave #2 - mLearning Trends , March 27, 2011 iPad 2: whats in it for education? March 28, 2011 Build Mobile Web Pages That Work on Any Phone , March 24, 2011 Mobile is taking over the world: Are you ready? Getting Started With Mobile Learning?

QR Codes: Here Today, but Gone Tomorrow

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I’ve been writing about QR Codes in education for the last five years ( [link] ), on this blog, as well as in a few published and formal papers. taken with a mobile phone camera, and use that to retrieve information.  QR Code shirts I wore (+stamps and cards brought) to the 2007 MLearn Conference.

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The Innovative Educator: Ideas for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Cell Phones Even in Districts that Ban Them

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skip to main | skip to sidebar The Innovative Educator Sharing ideas about educating innovatively. Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Ideas for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Cell Phones Even in Districts that Ban Them Last week I had the opportunity to speak with colleagues interested in using cell phones to enhance teaching and learning in schools with a 21st century education focus.

May Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

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User-Centered Approach to Mobile Web Design - Mobile Learning Edge , May 15, 2011 Mobile Learning: Two Ways to Communicate With the SCORM LMS - Rapid Intake Mobile Learning , May 10, 2011 April Hot List: Mobile Learning Content - mLearnopedia on Blogspot , May 9, 2011 4T Virtual Education Technology Conference! Float Mobile Learning , May 11, 2011 Does This iPhone Make Me Look Fat?

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

Mobile Commons

Texting is More Effective Than Email, Phone Calls, or Snail Mail. Make a phone call and a student is unlikely to answer. 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.

Back from a year-long Sabbatical from Tech: 9 Things I’m excited about

mLearning Revolution

Mobile Learning in General – The Mobile revolution waits for no one and much has evolved in the past few months, Apple has bigger phones, that once again challenge everything we knew about designing for 4.7″ ″ screens, the onslaught of new Android phones continue and we need to constantly adjust how we address all of these new mobile devices in our learning design.

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mLearning-World.com: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?

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skip to main | skip to sidebar * Newsletter * LinkedIn * Facebook * 2mLearn.mobi * mLearning World Live Wednesday, December 27, 2006 Sony PSP as Educational Handheld? Ive never been much of a gamer, and only recently have I delved into Second Life, however, with more and more educational games being made for the Sony PSP, Ive decided its time to jump into the foray. learing+2.0

Geograffiti's focus on K-8 Education

Cell Phones in Learning

tool that couples with cell phones called Geograffiti. However, Geograffiti has now lifted that ban and is encouraging educators in K-12 classroom to consider using their free and innovative tool. Geograffiti couples with ANY phone that can make a phone call (Yay! No Smartphone required, but it is not a toll free number so one should use a cell phone). It allows someone to make a phone call, speak, and have their voice instantly appear on a map (at Geograffiti on the Internet) from the location where they called in. A while back I posted about a web2.0

Geograffiti's focus on K-8 Education

Cell Phones in Learning

tool that couples with cell phones called Geograffiti. However, Geograffiti has now lifted that ban and is encouraging educators in K-12 classroom to consider using their free and innovative tool. Geograffiti couples with ANY phone that can make a phone call (Yay! No Smartphone required, but it is not a toll free number so one should use a cell phone). It allows someone to make a phone call, speak, and have their voice instantly appear on a map (at Geograffiti on the Internet) from the location where they called in. A while back I posted about a web2.0

mLearning-World.com: Nokia gets educational with M4Girls pilot project. | GoMo News

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skip to main | skip to sidebar * Newsletter * LinkedIn * Facebook * 2mLearn.mobi * mLearning World Live Friday, May 02, 2008 Nokia gets educational with M4Girls pilot project. GoMo News Nokia gets educational with M4Girls pilot project. ► 07/04 - 07/11 (3) eLearning Kindle eBook From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning: Speak U. learing+2.0 Training. iTunes 7.7 Adam S.

mLearning-World.com: The iPod in Education - video overview

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skip to main | skip to sidebar * Newsletter * LinkedIn * Facebook * 2mLearn.mobi * mLearning World Live Friday, December 14, 2007 The iPod in Education - video overview //This new mLearn Vidcast looks at how the iPod can be used for educational purposes - over 7 different examples are detailed and demo’d, with practical uses of things such as quizzes, podcasts, audiobooks and more covered.

Global Mobile Awards

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The category for this year was expanded to Best Mobile Innovation for Education or Learning and drew further entries. This category was created “to highlight the rapidly increasing convergence of the mobile and education sectors, and to highlight some of the key areas of genuine innovation in learning initiatives, products, services or applications throughout the world today.”

6 Drivers Of mLearning In The Workplace

Upside Learning

Mark Prensky , in 2001, published Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants where he wrote about the conflict between generations as “Education is the single largest problem facing the digital world as our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language.