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http://asiasociety.org/education/resources-schools/partnership-ideas/25-apps-global-mobile-learning

Mobile learning with smart phones is becoming very popular and useful to students who have smart phones. I, myself have even used my iPhone to pull up information from the Internet when I needed it right then and there for class. I can even look up Powerpoint slides and use it to read off of from my phone. iPads are also very useful because there are many apps that can help with learning. Dictionary.com is a very useful app for students who are having trouble with defining words.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/classroom-innovation-bett/smartphones-iphones-androids-education-apps

Smartphones is a horrible idea in the classroom. Its too much of a distraction. There is no centralized management of smartphones yet, so children couldn’t be monitored, there would be a difference in pace and it would be difficult to measure.  I do think that more technology is needed but smartphones or even tablets isn’t a good idea.  Those are consumer “play toys”. They have the capability to tech something but they do not mimic learning habits.  Maybe if a pure educational device was invented the it would be different.
The good that could come out of that is individual teaching. For example if one student grasps a topic faster then that student can proceed without having to wait for the rest of the class.  Same goes for a student who is behind.  Another good would be the collaboration and crowdsourcing between teacher. The reality is that some students pick up faster depending on the teaching style of the teacher. Others learn a different way.  Smartphones could bring other teaching styles to students.

Student analytics would be the best benefit to smartphones. Teachers, parents etc.. could see realtime how their student is doing, behavior and academically.

The Importance Of Mobile Phones In Education

This article argues that although mobile phones are disturbing both students and teachers, but the benefits of phones outweigh the dark side. The author lists several points including that phones make student reachable and more safe, various phone applications make books, paper and pen replaceable, and phones can benefit workers and journalists, so they are good for students too.

I do agree with him for the first two points, because there is no doubt that phones bring big convenience to our life, but since these two reasons are boring and nothing new, so the arguments are weak. For the last reason, it is more like a false analogy to me.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/sci-tech/hitech/smartphones-and-e-books-now-replacing-pencils-and-paper-schools-738

This article talks about how e-Books, iPads, smartphones, and other technological devices may replace the established paper and pencil in classrooms. A huge amount of elementary schools now have these devices so students as young as five can use them. While I understand that technology is changing our lives for the better, I personally believe that these devices should stay out of the classroom. Schools already have computers and projectors so why do we need the baby boomer or younger generation to start using e-Books and iPads? I guess that is the sinner in me. I was born in a generation where all I used in a classroom were a pencil and paper with some markers and a pen.

Despite my complaints about this, I cannot deny the role that smartphones have had on education. There are a plethora of educational apps not only for youngsters but for high school students and college/university students as well. If I am not mistaken, De Anza College and San Jose State University are just two of the many colleges and universities that offer free podcasts on the iTunes store. Students can easily download these podcasts for whatever class they are taking and use them for reference or to take notes. So, while I do believe that smartphones and other technological devices do play a huge role in education, using them in a classroom provided by teachers is not a safe way to go.

http://www.brainshark.com/ideas-blog/brainshark-articles/elearning-trends-mobile-learning-2012.aspx

This article discusses the mobile learning trend and how it is changing the direction of education. One thing I liked about the class is that with the right phone the catalyst site was available in the phones browser. I unfortunately realized this too late for it to be of use to me. But I was able to make some of my post via the browser on my phone. The adoption of tablets is growing and will make mobile learning even more convenient in the future.

http://www.baselinemag.com/c/a/IT-Management/College-Campuses-Embrace-Mobility-194636/

Many college campuses are beginning to embarace mobility more and more. In this example, the college has just upgraded their wireless network on campus so more students are able to access the internet from their laptop, smartphone and tablets. By doing so, network performance should improve drastically for users so they could do their work more efficiently. Next, the college is looking into developing applications so that students can check their grades, register for classes and log into their learning management system. Finally, the college is looking into cloud services and remote computing.
All in all, I think the part that could potentially be the “game changer” for mobile devices and higher education is for students to be able to use their learning management system. If I were able to log into moodle and use all the features (with them working properly), I think I would be able work more productively because of the “anytime, anywhere” motto. Also, I like that the university isn’t simply ditching the concept of learning in a classroom but these are all things students were able to do on the computers that they could do on their mobile devices now. I know I have my busy days at work and whatnot and it’s great if I could log on from my phone to get a quiz or an assignment done during my break. It would help with flexibility that much more.

Smartphones as a catalyst for individual learning

This ten page PDF file describes in detail, teh study that we should implement on a small scale all around Universities nationwide. It was made in 2007 in the UK and there are many blogs and sites that tie into it, describing how much better we could implement this in the U.S. There is growing interest in finding out how mobile devices can be used to enhance teaching, learning, and to understand how mobile learning can mend with different aspects of educational teachings on an much larger scale rather than in individual classes. However, a major barrier to the start of the new technologies in teaching and learning is the lack of knowledge some teachers may have when it comes to smartphones.
http://oro.open.ac.uk/16621/
http://oro.open.ac.uk/16621/2/mLearn2007_AKH%26JP.pdf

http://themobilelearner.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/on-five-difficulties-in-mobile-learning-implementation/

This is an interesting article that talks about the difficulties surrounding the implementation  of mobile learning in our current education system. I think it is important that we not overlook just how difficult it is to move to a mobile learning solution when we still haven’t “mastered” online distance learning in it’s current capacity, and as the article points out there several hurdles that have to be overcome in order for mobile learning to become a reality:
1. Cost
2. Changing attitudes
3. Dealing with the discipline issues
4. Access at school
5. School board policy

I think the idea behind mobile learning is essentially a fundamentally great one, however I do think that we need to really have a plan before we start trying to implement such ideas too quickly.

As more people advance with technology, they may find themselves more busy and unable to visit classrooms or sit at computers. Everyone or at least just about everyone uses mobile phones so it will only be the next biggest dynamic move to execute Mlearning. Here are a couple of sites that I found to be pretty interesting. One is about a social app called “Tappestry” which will be the first social network designed to enhance mobile learning.

To go hand in hand with that the other link is to Float Mobile Learning is “the only mobile learning consulting firm that combines strategy, mobile application development, and technical know-how that guides organizations to harness the power of mobile learning.”

http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/954/enterprise-social-learning-app-float-mobile-learning-debuts-tappestry

http://floatlearning.com/

Can Smartphones Make Kids Smarter?

http://www.education.com/magazine/article/smartphones-kids/

This article talks about advantages of mobile learning for kids such as encouraging anytime and anywhere learning and access to education for those geographically or economically disadvantaged kids. It also gives some suggestions to parents on how to choose the appropriate learning applications for kids.

However, I don’t think that this article really answers the tile question “can smartphones make kids smarter?” It mainly explains the conveniences brought by mobile learning, but it doesn’t provide any further explanations on how it can promote kids’ intellectual development and boost their IQ to maker them smarter? It also doesn’t discuss the potential problems concurrent with mobile learning. For example, though kids may learn more knowledge (numbers, letters, etc) through mobile learning, will it prevent them developing their creativity which maybe be better obtained from free play as well as their communication skills which may be better improved by playing with other kids or in real classrooms?

Students with Smartphones Study More – Dec 3, 2011

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2454/students_with_smartphones_study_more.html

Who says smartphones are not smart for students to use. Most professors or teachers find smartphones as a major distraction. However that might not seem to be the case as students who are studying for subjects that are not interesting has been using their smartphones to study. There are mobile apps that helps memorizing like using flashcarts while waiting for their coffee drinks from the local starbucks or on public transportation.

“Smartphones don’t make students smarter, and they don’t make studying any more fun. What this research indicates, though, is that smartphones make studying more convenient and enable students to study any time and anywhere, making it significantly more likely that the studying will get done.” – Tony Bradley, PCWorld

I will be loading up on those helpful notes apps on my smartphone and my Nexus Tablet.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.chrome&hl=en

The role smartphones have in education is that they are getting better at providing the same internet browsing experience that one would get from a computer. By allowing a person that is learning to have quick access to information, they give the student a tool that can be used to increase the student’s knowledge and give them information that they previously did not have.  The Chrome browser is one of many supported on mobile devices that when used is able to support learning and staying mobile while doing so.

http://www.scidev.net/en/new-technologies/icts/features/paving-the-path-to-mobile-learning-in-latin-america.html

Using mobile phones in education is a growing trend, but there are challenges to making it sustainable. Mobile learning has had a positive impact on education in Latin America. In the future, governments are going to face realities that there will be all sort of different devices being used in schools and by students, there will be traditional desktop computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and a variety of other technologies. Despite the barriers and challenges, experts are optimistic about the potential of mobile learning to improve and facilitate learning, especially in communities where educational opportunities are restricted.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/16/technology/16phone.html

This article is about how in San Francisco they are trying to have it so classroom have like these specially equip phones in their rooms. They are talking about smartphones are more convent and is a device that students are used to so in the long run it is easier for them to use smartphones rather than computers because most know how to use a smartphone so they can skip the step in teaching them how to use it and save time. They say in the article “the only difference now between smartphones and laptops, they say, is that cellphones are smaller, cheaper and more coveted by students. ” Although, is true a cellphone does not have a battery powerful enough to last the student. They would constantly need to charge it and would not be able to switch back between tabs as easily and sharing information that they find on the web although would be more convenient would be small. Apparently, in North Carolina in a low income school the students were actually given these special cell phones to help them. According the article “the students used the phones for a variety of tasks, including recording themselves solving problems and posting the videos to a private social networking site, where classmates could watch. The study found that students with the phones performed 25 percent better on the end-of-the-year algebra exam than did students without the devices in similar classes.” I was shocked when I read this although is true that we spend a lot of time on our phones, but from articles I have read in this class most people only really remember the steps they took to get the website that helped them learn the material not the material itself. This article actually makes me wonder should we replace our laptops and computers in the K-12 schooling with special smartphones? Will it really help them learn better? But then it makes me wonder with all of the budget cuts we have on the education system how could we even make this happen? What would we lose to gain these phones?

I had the same initial reaction as did John but after reading this article it really did hit me that we are living in a digital age. Maybe I feel a little against incorporating too much technology in education because that’s not the way I learned? My generation was the last generation to know what it was like before the internet, cell phones, tablets and other current technologies were around. I guess it’s not so bad. Society is evolving and merging with technology and all we can do is try to keep up.

Mobile Learning

Kids can take notes on their phones and later transfer it to their computers/laptops or find podcasts if they want to learn more about a certain subject. No more cracking open a dictionary or encylopedia, it’s google or wikipedia for these kids.

Mobile Learning Experience in Singapore

I cannot believe people are trying to integrate Smartphones into the education world.  I think we are not ready for this movement yet because if you give a student the option of entertainment or education, they are most likely going to choose entertainment.  Having the use of a Smartphone can be great to look up information really quickly but I do not think they belong in the classroom.  I cannot wait to see the results of this experiment and I honestly hope it is beneficial, but I just do not see it going that way.  This experiment in Singapore was initiated in April 04, 2012 so I do not know if it has been put into action or will be in this coming year, so I will be on the look out for that.

I think Smartphones can be used for education if it is used by the right person.  I do not believe everyone is equipped to learn from a Smartphone, or technology for that matter.  Some people can learn through technology and some cannot, that is just how we are built.  I think society is trying to push us all into the stage where technology can rule our educational system, and I think it can be beneficial, but I do not believe we are quite ready for that shift just yet.

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