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.
Resources by Topic:
- Join the Conversation
- Cell Phones in the Classroom
- Digital Books and E-Readers
- Adding Apps and iPads to the Curriculum
- Using MP3 Players to Engage Students
- Digital Divide: Closing the Gap
- Additional Resources on the Web
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Mobile Learning Discussions in our Groups:
- iPads in the Classroom (Technology Tools Group)
- Policies Covering Social Media and Mobile Devices (Education Leadership Group)
- Cell Phones in School (Education Leadership Group)
- iPads, Droid Tablets, Kindles & Nooks (Education Leadership Group)
- Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil? by Jeff Grabill (2012)
Writing professor and researcher Jeff Grabill discusses a Michigan State University study which suggests that, although students spend much of their day with cell phone in hand, their "writing lives" are blossoming.
- Texting in the Classroom: Not Just a Distraction, by Audrey Watters (2011)
Although teenagers are avid text message senders, there's still plenty of positive ways to use cell phones in the classroom. Edutopia blogger Audrey Watters highlights a few resources that may help turn that distraction into a learning tool.
- Zero-Thumb Game: How to Tame Texting, by Sara Bernard (2008)
Text message shorthand may be making its way into academic writing, but is this really a sign of linguistic deterioration?
- Learn2luvcell: A Powerful Multipurpose Mechanism for Learning, by Burr Snider (2008)
Once the scourge of classrooms, cell phones are now part of the lesson plan.
- Using QR Codes in the Classroom, by Mary Beth Hertz (2011)
QR codes for mobile devices can be utilized to engage students, points out blogger Mary Beth Hertz.
- Swipe, Tap, Flick and . . . Read? Research on Children and E-Books, by Sarah Vaala (2012)
As more and more schools strive to put an iPad in students' hands, we're still studying how e-books affect learners. Here's a look at some current research on the subject.
- How My School Is Transitioning to Digital Textbooks, by Andrew Marcinek (2011)
Blogger and instructional technology specialist Andrew Marcinek summarizes his school's transition to e-books in this five-part series.
- A Primer on Interactive Books, by Laura Fleming (2010)
Edutopia guest blogger and school librarian Laura Fleming touches on the basics of interactive e-books.
- Can Electronic Reading Devices Replace Classroom Texts? by Owen Edwards (updated 2009)
Will the next generation of learners be working and reading strictly on e-readers? Blogger Owen Edwards makes the case that that seems unlikely.
- Apps in the Elementary Classroom, by Mary Beth Hetz (2012)
Blogger Mary Beth Hetz looks at the role of apps in the elementary classroom, highlighting some of the costs and various ways they can be used to encourage learning.
- Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom, by Andrew Marcinek (2012)
Through six different classrooms in six different subject areas, blogger Andrew Marcinek features real world examples of the iPad's evolving use in the classroom.
- How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program, by Jac De Haan (2012)
At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, The Westside School implemented a new 1:1 iPad program. Here's a look at some of the strategies used in the first nine weeks to get students, parents and teachers on the same page.
- K-5 iPad Apps According to Bloom's Taxonomy, by Diane Darrow (2011)
- Teaching and Learning: Using iPads in the Classroom, by Ben Johnson (2011)
The iPad's use with kinetic learning and its ability to connect students and teachers beyond the classroom are just a few of the features that make the device so promising. Also check out Ben Johnson's blog, "How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning."
- Will the iPad and Similar Technology Revolutionize Learning? by Bob Lenz (2010)
Is the iPad destined to be a revolutionary learning tool? Blogger Bob Lenz dives into the question.
- iPod, iListen, iRead, by Milton Chen (2010)
Milton Chen covers some innovative uses of the iPod in helping young English language-learners master reading, writing, and much more.
- Tech Teacher: iPod, uPod, by Geoff Butterfield (2007)
Geoff Butterfield highlights the keys to using podcasts in the classroom.
- Pod People: Innovative Ways to Use Handhelds in the Classroom, by Cheri Lucas (2005)
Teachers found cool new uses for Apple's ubiquitous music player in the early days of the iPod.
- Should We Be Concerned About an "App Gap"? by Audrey Watters (2011)
Use of mobile technology by students is booming, but an "app gap" is growing between children from low-income and high-income families. Blogger Audrey Watters takes a look at its significance.
- Crossing the Digital Divide: Bridges and Barriers to Digital Inclusion, by Sara Bernard (2011)
Now that we’ve reached the second decade of the new millennium, how is digital access changing, and what are the implications for schools?
- The Digital Divide: Resource Roundup, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2011)
Here's a roundup of resources and organizations to help educators understand both the history and the new landscape of the digital divide.
- The Digital Divide Within: Creating a Level Playing Field for All Students, by Chris O'Neal (2007)
As the integration of technology continues to grow in schools, educational consultant and Edutopia blogger Chris O'Neal looks at the inequality of access that can develop within a school.