Introduction to Mobile Learning (20 min)
- Introduction to the current research on mobile learning and sharing of a list of resources available on the workshop blog
This blog is the result of a summer project titled: Going Wireless: An Exploration of Wireless and Mobile Technologies. The general purpose of my project is to continue learning about new and emerging technologies that might better facilitate teaching and learning in general. This is the result of my work.
Introduction to Mobile Learning (20 min)
Mobile Learning Showcase (20 min)
This is a quick overview of some of the features of a mobile course developed in a WordPress blog. I cover assignments, forms, quizzes, and private discussion, viewing on both the iPod Touch and the Blackberry Storm.
Below is a quick look at the mobile course in traditional blog form on the web – what it looks like not on a mobile device. This is the same website that is shown in the Mobile Learning Course Overview (Mobile Gadgets) video above. The site is built using WordPress MU. I’ll be demoing the updated version live in the workshop and will replace the video that was here soon.
How can you demonstrate learning in a photo? If you can think of a way, snap a photo with your cell phone and email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org Title your photo: MobileMCCD. Then on your mobile device, visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/professorcooper/ to see our workshop reflection photos.
Current Mobile Devices and how best to use them (30min)
There are many different options for creating content for mobile delivery, and most of those option don’t require doing any more than what you might currently be doing. For instance, if you already make videos, audio recording, pictures and text as part of your multi-media lesson, all of these items can easily be provided in mobile format by simply using a blog. Above I showed you how I use WordPress to create mobile content, and in this activity we will get a little taste of how easy it is to use.
When creating content for mobile learning, organization is key. Accessing the content on a mobile device will be limited and having clear categories and tags will help. Also consider pages for content, as well as posts.
Alternatives Ways to Create Mobile Content:
REFLECTION: Respond via Cell Phone Using Google Voice: Answer the following question by calling (602) 466-7097 or click the Call Me button below.
Questions: What would be the most challenging part of your course to adapt to mobile learning or what would be the easiest?
After the workshop, check back to listen to your response. They will be posted on the Reflection Responses page.
Accessing course content Using Apps (40 min)
Participate in a survey: Share a new app you learned about today. To participate:
Engaging students in course content (35 min)
Participants will actively participate as students in class activities using iPads and their apps.
Activity 1: Research, background information, and interview
Step 1. Using one of the news service apps, ie. CNN, USA Today, BBC, etc find a current event that has to do with your subject matter.
Step 2. In groups of 2, share your news article with your partner. The person reading the article will gather information and write down 2-3 questions they have about the article, topic, etc.
Step 3. Using the sound recorder app, conduct an interview of your partner, asking questions about the article, topic, etc.
Next steps. Share possible next steps that students could do with this activity.
Activity 2: Finding resources
Often we find it difficult to vet the numerous resources that are available to us through the Internet and apps. One of the things that we can do is have students find, share and critically review resources that could be used in class.
Step 1. Using the YouTube app on the iPads, search for a video that may be applicable to your instruction. Review the video and evaluate it to determine if you think it could be viable as a learning resource for your students.
Step 2. Think about how you might use the resource, would it be used in class or would you have students access it via a mobile device? What do you think the benefits could be to having students evaluate the resources? What could be some challenges? Share the YouTube video and its possible use with your partner.