What is everyone waiting for? Just about every students who walks through your classroom door is carrying a powerful computer in his/her pocket. We need to start using them and stop just talking about mobile learning. And we don’t have to make it all fit in the classroom. Put those phones to use outside the classroom too. I’ve surveyed my students for the last 3 years and look at how many have cell phones. Only 1% (3 students) didn’t have one.
Ninety-one percent of my students have text messaging on their phones and indicated that I may contact them via text with important information. Yet, I didn’t take advantage of that. No, I haven’t sent one important information text message to my students in 3 years. However, they’ve undoubtedly received text messages in regards to my classes. How is that you may ask. Well, let me tell you. Many of the educational tools many of us use today, including our LMS have built in tools that allow for students to set up text alerts. For instance in Canvas, students have the option to add their phone number to receive SMS notifications. And in Canvas there are a ton of notifications that can be set up. We just have to tell them about it and encourage them to use it. Read more
I’m about one semester away from teaching a fully mobilized ENG101 course. What do I mean by a mobilize course and mobile learning? Mobile learning is learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies. Mobile gadgets are everywhere, and just about every student has a mobile phone in his/her pocket. Why not take advantage of these learning tools, as like to refer to them?
So this semester I introduced a mobile learning opportunity to my students in the ENG101 class. I created content that could be viewed, read, watched and listened to on a mobile device. Then I created this video to tell students about it. How they take advantage of what I’ve created and to what extent is yet to be seen.
We’ve been having a little exchange on our list about mobile gadgets and apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, so I decided to blog about what I have on my iPod Touch. Not so surprisingly, I have very little music. I have an iPod Video and Nano for that. The Touch is for mobile learning. I’m trying to see how this gadget can be used in education. The obvious is podcasts, both audio and video. It’s easy to find good podcasts to share and recommend with students, as well as create your own. So I have over 3 GB of video on my Touch, mostly video podcasts. One of my favorite apps on the Touch is iTalk. I can hook up an external microphone and record lectures right on the Touch. Then I can sync and have the podcast uploaded to where ever in a matter of minutes. Sound quality is really good.
- Remember the Milk (RTM)
- Twitterific & TwitterFon
- Bb Learn
These are all obvious choices. We haven’t had a chance to try out the Bb Learn app yet. District says we will be able to do so after the upgrade, which just happened, so I’ll check into that next week.
My second page of apps is a mixed bag. I have a few ereaders I’m trying out and some blogging tools.
- Kindle & eReader & GReader (Readers)
- Google Voice & GV Mobile (Paid)
- Google Talk & Skype (chat)
- Nike +iPod
These are some of the more important mobile tools for blogging, reading documents, books and RSS feeds, and communicating via chat, voicemail and text messaging.
As I move through my app pages, the apps get less and less relevant to mobile learning. So far we’ve seen lots of social networking apps and reading and writing apps. That trend continues, but I start to add more home automation and fun stuff. I mean, you never know when you will need to Tivo a show for class, right.
- myhomework (Keep track of classes and homework)
- Evernote (This could be a big elearning app)
- Shakespeare (Complete works on my iPod)
- i.TV & DirecTV & PhoneFlix (Schedule DVRs & Netflix)
- fring (IM & Skype in one/VOIP)
- Assistant (PageOnce – Acct Management)
- WSJ (Wall Street Journal)
- Ustream (watching only)
I found lots of apps that have created collections of works like the Shakespeare one. This would make teaching a lit class easy in terms of access to free books. Evernote has the biggest potential for impact in the mobile learning space. I will be exploring this a bit more this summer.
My last two pages are just a bunch of games and sports apps like for the Master’s and the NBA playoffs. Also MLB (At Bat) lets you listen to live game audio for $10 for the whole season. I also have the Stanza ebook reader, a dictionary, notes, and a calculator. That’s it. And like I mentioned earlier, I only paid for 3 apps. As I explore and try new ones, I’ll probably purchase more if they are worth it. We’ll see.
So what’s on your iPod Touch or iPhone? Leave a comment and let me know so I can add to my collection.