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Mobile Learning: Resource Roundup

From smartphones and tablets, to MP3 players and e-readers, today's students have a variety of mobile technologies at their fingertips. Here's a look at some mobile learning resources from Edutopia and around the Web.
By Edutopia Staff

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Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

Our newest classroom guide offers tips for getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future. This downloadable PDF can help you better understand how mobile gadgets -- cell phones, tablets, and smartphones -- can engage students and change their learning environment.

This Edutopia guide is sponsored by Google, provider of Google Apps for Education.

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50+ additional mobile resources -- what you need to know about BYOD, 1:1 programs, education apps, mobile devices and more.

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Filipa Estevens's picture
Filipa Estevens
8th grade physical teacher and school director staff in Leiria, Portugal

Hi there! Our school has a really great project using mobile devices in learning processes integrating several subjects...if you want to know more about it you could visit our colleagues at:

Hope to see you there!

Denise Walker's picture

Trying to download the Mobile Devices For Learning doc and having problems. It says the file is corrupted. What to do?

Raechelle's picture

We need people to be more supportive of technology integration into the classroom including that of mobile learning! There is new apps still being created! Help support the creation of this app!

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RealLive Tyrannosaurus rex is the closest you'd ever want to get to having a life-sized pet dinosaur! Using our Augmented Reality app, the accompanying image target, and an iOS or Android device, you can have a seemingly live, life-sized T. rex in your home or classroom. You'll be able to raise your own pet Rex from egg to adult, unlocking dino-related educational materials all the way!

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Did you know? In an article entitled, "Blame Barney: Students' perception of T. rex is outdated (http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Feb13/TRex.html)," Anne Ju says the following;

"Ask a college student to sketch a Tyrannosaurus rex, and he or she will probably draw an upright, tail-dragging creature with tiny arms. An 8-year-old will likely draw something similar. They're wrong, of course."

The Cornell study gives indications of the power of popular media to distort a child's understanding of the natural world, and just how long that distortion persists. It also alludes to a misunderstanding of evolution. Unlike the creators of a certain "educational" purple dinosaur (mercifully extinct), realLive relates to the end user that T. rex was most closely related to crocodiles and birds.

Unlike pop culture movie monsters;

T. rex's tongue will, throughout its length, be attached to the mouth, like that of a crocodile's
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T. rex hatchlings will have feathers, as suggested by fossil evidence
T. rex will maintain a bird-like posture consistent w/ modern day interpretations

To further demonstrate our commitment to education, educator and developer Michael Kelley will be touring classrooms in Western New York. He'll be discussing dinosaurs and technology with grade-schoolers and handing out beta versions of realLive Tyrannosaurus rex! We'll be including video of some of these events as part of our very first update!

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