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Use Smartphones in class, say school principals

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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!

Social, mobile and hackathons…converging or diverging ideation?

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Tips for Social Networking. How the world’s foremost management experts are reinventing management using social software. What do finalists for the Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-prize for Management Innovation and the Management Innovation eXchange have to do with enterprise social networking ? The MIX started as a brainchild of Gary Hamel, visiting professor at the London Business School. The Hackathon supports collective work over individual contribution, bringing management experts from far-flung locations together in a social community. link].

Anonymous SMS Program Allows Teens to Report Bullying at Schools

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Text 2 Stop It is a program that allows students to anonymously report bullying at their school. The messages are completely anonymous, meaning that students don’t have to worry about holding back out of shame or fear from social repercussions. Information about the program is distributed to students right at the schools, allowing the hotline to be used immediately.

Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cellphones in School - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com

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Region Business Technology Science Health Sports Opinion Arts Style Travel Jobs Real Estate Autos April 19, 2010, 1:27 pm Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cellphones in School By SANDHYA NANKANI AND HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO George Osodi/Associated Press At an electronics market in Lagos, Nigeria, cellphones appear in great profusion, as they do throughout poorer lands. What are the drawbacks?

Social Media Smarts for New and Veteran Teachers

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Many new teachers are shocked (and some even a bit horrified!) to hear that the parents of their students will be looking them up on the Internet, in particular in social media sites such as Facebook (or "mombook" as some teenagers are now calling it!). They are equally disturbed to hear that many school districts also use social media searching as part of their interview process.

New Research on Teens and Cell Phones and What it Means for BYOD Schools

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Digital Divide: Access/Wealth 73% of teenagers (with phone) own or have access to a smartphone 27% of teenagers (with phone) own a featured phone (no Internet) Wealthier teenagers more likely to use SnapChat or WhatsApp over Facebook to socialize, while less wealthy more likely to use Facebook.

Twitter as a Mobile Learning Platform

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In the case of school communication, Twitter can be used: - as a communication gateway for teachers and school administrators looking to communicate with their parent community in a new and mobile way. - a place to provide parents with links to resources or supports for their children. create complex learning activities (i.e. hashtags, lists). Twitter -  not your average bird.

Emerging trends in education and mobile learning

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This change exerts a pressure on the static nature of education inside the schools walls. App development and programming is being taught in some schools. Social media bigger than ever, and growing. The NMC Horizon Report says that “Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and communicate.” Social media has grown beyond anyone’s expectation. The segment that showed the most dramatic growth in 2013 was Messaging (Social and Photo sharing included), with over 200% growth. Use social media in the classroom.

May Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

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Best of Mobile Learning May 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Prof says courses/learning was accelerated #slide2learn - uLearning Blog , May 3, 2011 Glossary III: Rise of the Smartphones - Float Mobile Learning , May 12, 2011 Other Sources The following are the top items based on social signals.

July Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

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July 1, 2011 to July 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. July 25, 2011 This American Life Asks Listeners to Text To Donate , July 25, 2011 Even More Secure Access to Accounts , July 19, 2011 Cuts to Social Security? Best of Mobile Learning. Oh My! hotlist hot July

The Future of Cell Phones in Schools.

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This could eliminate the need for schools to purchase expensive LCD projectors, instead using their own cell phones as the projection tool. How this affects schools: Students, teachers, and parents could retrieve their school files and documents anytime from anywhere! How this could affect schools: Students who do not have Internet access at home ( As of 2007; 78% of U.S.

The Future of Cell Phones in Schools.

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This could eliminate the need for schools to purchase expensive LCD projectors, instead using their own cell phones as the projection tool. How this affects schools: Students, teachers, and parents could retrieve their school files and documents anytime from anywhere! How this could affect schools: Students who do not have Internet access at home ( As of 2007; 78% of U.S.

Moving Forward with a Mobile Strategy

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Just as there are growing pains for business, there will also be growing pains for school in shifting cultural practices to include a mobile strategy.  iMovie for iPhone) or other available apps on a computer; Using social media (i.e. Schools can help families plan around school events by using mobile apps to maintain an online school calendar (i.e.

A bright future for mobiles in schools? Yes.

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//Rather than just reporting on what others have been saying about this new frontier in mLearning - that being kids using their own mobile phones for learning - I’ve written my own paper dealing with policy responses from schools and Education departments. Learning Difficulties Support Teacher, Tullawong State School, Caboolture. Keywords Mobile phones, policy, school practice, mobile learning, mLearning, ICT in Education Introduction 1.0 The first was the appearance in the early 1980’s of several ‘personal’ computers that were affordable to consumers and schools.

Moving Forward with a Mobile Strategy

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Just as there are growing pains for business, there will also be growing pains for school in shifting cultural practices to include a mobile strategy.  iMovie for iPhone) or other available apps on a computer; Using social media (i.e. Community Partners: Schools can keep parents and other community partners informed of school events by publishing relevant information online through mobile apps such as WordPress (blogging), Twitter (microblogging), FaceBook (social networking) etc. We are in the midst of another change in the world of business. 

The Politics of Cell Phones in Schools

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Edweek published an interesting article in November highlighting the problems with students having cell phones in schools. Specifically students posting videos to YouTube (and other online vlogging-type sites) of teachers and other students that were taken secretly in the schools. While the article goes on to talk about this being a reason why schools need to have policies against cell phones it also opens up a discussion about the legality of these videos being posted. Yes, a potential solution -educate our youth on appropriate uses with cell phones! Any other ideas?

The Politics of Cell Phones in Schools

Cell Phones in Learning

Edweek published an interesting article in November highlighting the problems with students having cell phones in schools. Specifically students posting videos to YouTube (and other online vlogging-type sites) of teachers and other students that were taken secretly in the schools. While the article goes on to talk about this being a reason why schools need to have policies against cell phones it also opens up a discussion about the legality of these videos being posted. Yes, a potential solution -educate our youth on appropriate uses with cell phones! Any other ideas?

Global Mobile Awards

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Additional information is available at [link] Kajeet and Telcordia for Learning outside the Classroom, powered by Kajeet for Education with Telcordia's Charging and Policy controls By providing specialized mobile broadband connected Smart devices to schools and colleges, Kajeet is helping to ensure that the move from paper-based teaching resources is accomplished fairly across all students.

Content and mobile: Four key considerations

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Content is social. There were fears, and to an extent many of us in education are still cautious, about intruding into the social media lives of learners. Kids smell school, and My Space for them means their space. However, I think that with the rise of social media, the door has opened. Social media is changing the way people interact, present ideas and information, and communicate.” Social media has grown beyond anyone’s expectation. From an education perspective, we must include socialness in learning experiences. Content is social.

2014: A year in review

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Product manager of X-kit Achieve Mobile , Pearson South Africa’s first schools mobile service, offering high school test and exam revision for learners with feature and smart phones. The content is fully curriculum-aligned, levelled for difficulty and based on a solid theoretical framework, while the service includes leaderboards, badges and social network integration.

Industry Forecast

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Embedded in the individual predictions is the continued tension between the economic value of mobile learning, along with negative perception of personal social media tools in play at work, and the value of immediate and quality support for an evolving workforce. Lisa Gualtieri, eLearn Magazine editor-in-chief, and adjunct clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine [Twitter:  @lisagualtieri ]. On the horizon: alternate reality games and other social gaming. Yesterday, eLearn Magazine published its annual list of predictions for 2011. Roger C.

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Mobile Learning: A 6th Reading List

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It has been over one year since I last provided a list of recent articles/blog posts that I have read that have helped to develop my thinking on the topic of to mobile learning.  Below is the 6th list in this series of lists.  Links to the other reading lists: Mobile Learning: A Brief Reading List. Mobile Learning: Another Brief Reading List. Mobile Learning: A 3rd Reading List. Mobile Learning: A 4th Reading List. Mobile Learning: A 5th Reading List. edushifts mlearning mobilelearning

Should cell phones be allowed during school exams?

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And just as paper allows us to offload some of the cognitive load involved in challenging problems onto a medium--[when was the last time you] tried to solve a calculus problem in your head alone?--so do computers and communication technologies; they allow us to offload even more cognitive tasks onto our physical and social environment. Do you think cell phones should be allowed during school exams? Thanks to Lindseybp on Twitter , I learned about an interesting article from eSchoolnews , Digital debate: Prepare kids for exams or life? They are just a bit older," he said.

Should cell phones be allowed during school exams?

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And just as paper allows us to offload some of the cognitive load involved in challenging problems onto a medium--[when was the last time you] tried to solve a calculus problem in your head alone?--so do computers and communication technologies; they allow us to offload even more cognitive tasks onto our physical and social environment. Do you think cell phones should be allowed during school exams? Thanks to Lindseybp on Twitter , I learned about an interesting article from eSchoolnews , Digital debate: Prepare kids for exams or life? They are just a bit older," he said.

No Kid Hungry’s #SaveSummer Campaign Wins a Blackbaud Impact Award

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Throughout the summer, they also used social media and online landing pages to continually promote their summer meals texting program.  . They promoted the program over social media and on flyers, which were distributed to students at the end of the school year. multi-channel campaign to end childhood hunger. How the texting program worked. Stand Up For Summer texting day.

Digital Giant – Martha Lane Fox on mobile web

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Martha Lane Fox drawing the links between mobile + web + social networks + mobile-entrepreneurship [link]   It is a 3:40 minute micro-interview from the current BBC series “Digital Giants”. Tags: Canada projects 3rd world interviews chinese digital divide africa Denmark primary school innovation trends Brazil rants Australia

The World’s First M-School? | Mobile Learning

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Mobile Learning An Online Reflective Journal on Mobile Learning Practice Home Winksite Store Resources About Mobile Contact The World’s First M-School? “Students will come online and enter into a dialogue with their tutors,&# said Greg Whitby, executive director of schools in the Parramatta diocese. The school will be referred to as a “learning community&# and teachers will be known as “learning advisers&# , Mr Whitby said. Technology would be a major focus of the school that will boast a “meshed wireless environment&# , he said.

Analysis piece: Mobile learning – Key principles for success

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Mobile learning: key principles for success ( pdf ) is an analysis piece written for the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship , Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. Uncategorized bertha mobile learning

New Podcast - "This Week in mLearning"

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I'm pleased to share details about a new social venture I'm supporting with my friend and colleague, RJ Jacquez ; namely, a weekly podcast titled This Week in mLearning. I'm currently writing an eBook on what I learned and why companies need Passionate Evangelist in today' Social Media world. My name is RJ Jacquez and I am a Former Adobe Senior Evangelist.

Stephen Downes – School 2.0 | Mobile Learning

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Mobile Learning An Online Reflective Journal on Mobile Learning Practice Home Winksite Store Resources About Mobile Contact Stephen Downes – School 2.0 16 10 2006 Stephen Downes’ sketch of mobile, connected, situated, contextualised learning: Click here for larger image(s). One response to “Stephen Downes – School 2.0&# 18 10 2006 Alex Hayes (22:01:23) : Nice one. Create a free edublog to get your own comment avatar (and more!) Stephen always somehow synthesises things so nicely… if not somewhat radically. Ubiquette. learning device for $60.

August Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

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Best of Mobile Learning August 1, 2011 to August 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Become our #CoP advisor - Ignatia Webs , August 8, 2011 Other Sources The following are the top items based on social signals. August hotlist hot

SMS to the Rescue for Customer Support

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Given text messaging’s ability to be prompt, clear, and flexible, it’s easy to see why 75% of people would prefer to use SMS over social media. Schools use it to reach parents. People are all too familiar with the woes that come with customer support. It’s easy to see why 79% of Americans report feeling frustrated with the current options available for receiving assistance. Why wait?

Mobile Devices and 21st Century Skills: Part 1 – Communication

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Now in 2013, not only has the use of mobile devices become much more widespread both in schools and society at large, but the attitudes toward the use of mobile devices for learning has changed. Where in 2007 school districts were banning cell phones in schools, in 2013, they are being embraced with the goal of creating new and rich learning environments for students.

Are the robots taking over? Augment your reality, don't lose it!

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our choice is how to deal with it - your mission: how to use it for good! [16 minutes] So what should we be doing differently at school to prepare for this? thinking about the skills you need for future life, rather than narrow focus on a few subjects [18:30] If you have to measure schools, maybe you should be looking 10 years down the line. How many of their graduates end up doing awesome, new jobs that weren't even invented when they were at school! That's enlightened schooling [21 mins] Singing the praises of the MAKR / maker movement. Voice control. Google glass.

Mobile learning: Ready or not! | Keeping Pace

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According to a survey released by Project Tomorrow in October, 48% of high school students and 34% of middle school students reported that they use their profiles on Facebook and other social networking sites to collaborate with classmates on projects. How can it expand the school sday? Dr. Joan E. Why don’t we give them a constructive outlet for this energy?

Triple E Framework: Integrating technology to meet learning goals

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Does the technology help students learn outside of the school day? Does the technology help student''s bridge their school learning with their everyday lives? Below are three different scenarios of social studies teachers who have the same learning goals but choose to use technology differently to meet the goals. As a teacher educator, I spent the past decade struggling to help my pre-service and in-service teachers understand the difference between randomly using flashy technology in lessons and integrating technology with a purpose towards enhancing the learning goals.

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The New York Times Loves DoSomething’s Crisis Text Line

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Text messages can give teens who are in crisis the help they need without drawing attention to them, whether they are in immediate danger or at school with their friends. The New York Times wrote a great piece about DoSomething.org’s Crisis Text Line , praising its importance and accessibility, particularly to teenagers for whom texting is the main source of communication.

Social Software, libraries & e-learning » Blog Archive » What’s all this Twittering about then?

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Social Software, libraries & e-learning Ramblings of a learning technology librarian « Future agenda for distance learning What’s all this Twittering about then? This afternoon I had a second visitor, this time from the International School in Zurich. He’s going to put me in touch with some librarians in his school and I hope there is plenty of potential for collaboration in the future. started using Twitter a few weeks ago and approached it with some degree of skepticism, thinking its another web 2.0 Have I been converted?

How Media Consumption is Changing

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The impact of television on our society has been so pronounced that it changed our communication habits, social habits, and even house design and organization. Of course, educators need to ensure that copyright and licensing agreements are adhered to – this will be dependent on local laws and school district policies. What changes have resulted? Allow me to elaborate.

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Cell Phone Remote Control with Voicethread

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The negatives of telephone commenting: 1) You do have a limited calling time for recording (non-education accounts are limited to 3 minutes). 2) Since you have to type in your number and it is an immediate call, students do have to have some sort of Internet access at home/outside of school to do this for homework. cellphone social studies voicethread math