Two studies were released in an attempt to "quantify the benefits of mobile technology in education and the infrastructure needed..."
In these students students had tablets and Internet access at home and at school. Of course, I'm not sure that it is tablet computers that give benefits, Internet access, cloud computing, or a combination, but I'm sure these studies will be touted by many far and wide. Of course, remember if they had strapped the tablets to the kid''s back and hadn't used them - they would have had lower scores. All improvement is all in how technology is being USED to teach.
"The studies put Android tablets in the hands of students and their teachers in two schools — eighth-graders at Stone Middle School in Fairfax County Public Schools and fifth-graders at Falconer Elementary School in Chicago Public Schools — and provided wireless access to the students both in school and away from school. (The devices were HTC Evo tablets.) Researchers then followed the students' activities over the course of a year, with the aim of evaluating "how access to these devices for communication with teachers and classmates increases comfort with technology, extends the learning day, and allows students to develop digital citizenship skills within a safe and secure learning environment.""
My students love the Dragon Dictation app. It is free. Learn to talk into the app and you can dictate papers and more. They were so excited when I taught them how to use this app. It is a must share because students who are more verbal often prefer to dictate papers rather than type them. When I demo this app, first I open it and dictate things - saying funny things about the class and they see the words. Then, I dictate again but start saying "period" "comma" and "new paragraph" so they see how it can add those things to the text. I always end by saying "And ____ ran out of the room today screaming quote I'm afraid of zombies exclamation point end quote." Then I stop and they see how all of the punctuation works. This is a great app and an important one for all tablet and smartphone users.
Billed as a mobile search engine - this allows for quick searching from a mobile device...
"This new search app, which works universally on both iPhone and iPad, is built upon the independent search engine DuckDuckGo, which we also use to provide search through the MacStories archives. DuckDuckGo is a pretty innovative and ambitious search engine, which distinguishes itself from big competitors with accurate, plainly listed and pre-sorted search results, diversified search suggestions, and an extensive amount of useful shortcuts to quicken the search process. Bang On focuses on one specific of those syntax shortcuts: !bang. With this exclamation mark syntax, you can search specific sites like Google, Wikipedia or YouTube by entering for instance “!google” with you search.
Do you know how to protect your smart phone from hacking? Do you know most people don't have a password on their smartphone? Realize that the new goldmine for identity thieves and hackers is in your pocket and you may not even have to take it out to be hacked. Be aware and educate yourself but don't panic.
Instagram is on Android with support for Facebook Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare but not Flickr. Increasingly, pictures are being shared due to the proliferation of websites like pinterest. It is a free app and a great way to share photographs from your phone.
Scott Newcomb (@snewco on twitter) works with the St. Mary's city schools (Ohio). I was blown away by his school's mobile learning technology page. Tons of resources here for mobile learning.
The 4 C's with Mobile Learning Devices- Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration & Creativity http://t.co/q5NM0vFu #mlearning #edchat
Although this research brief is touting a particular company, the point that productive companies integrate technology, cloud computing, and telecommunications for increased productivity is ne to consider as we look at helping our students be more "productive" in their learning. i still wonder whybwe ignore telecommunications as a link to our students when it is the one technology they have with them all the time. " top performing companies were more likely to have integrated enterprise communications with other enterprise applications, and with the most current approaches to technology delivery-including cloud computing, virtualization and mobility."
Shelly Terrell has a marvelous livebinder on learning with mobile devices with tons of great resources and information. If you're looking into this, take a look.
This survey shows that iPad with the $199 price tag is a 'serious" contender for the ipad. I had someone ask me about Kindle fire vs. iPad. Definitely people are comparing it.
One of the top complaints about Droids has been the somewhat loosely managed droid store but the Kindle fire will use Amazon's app store not droid.I also had some people on Google plus point out to me as we talked about this that the droid OS on tablet device has a much better response to touch than do the smaller devices. This is one of those wait and see type things, I think.
Microblogging service built for students and teachers.
Apple was going to announce the iPHone 5 but instead announced the "4S" it lets you do a lot of things with your voice and Siri a virtual assistant is part of the device.
Order your iPhone online and get it delivered to your door. It ships free and ready to use.
Just two more days in the video contest for the best mobile learning video. This is from Mar van 't Hooft. As I looked at the ISTE schedule, one thing I noticed is that almost everything Mark has organized on the program is sold out. He is a great leader and mobilizer and understands how to network and use social networks. He networks by serving and help others (he spent hours advising us on our Flat Classroom rubrics and trust me - there's no money or acclaim in that.) Mark is what I consider a servant leader and I support what he does. If you're an ISTE member, take time to vote and head over to his blog.
Some projects to make games for windows Phones in Visual Basic from Alfred Thompson of Microsoft. (The go to guy for computer science teachers.)
Creating apps just got less expensive. Your classes and schools can create apps with a little seed money using brainbite.
Many teachers are starting to build apps or want to know more (me too!) So, here is a page that talks about mobile app builders from the read write web. I like their innovative use of Google Spreadsheets to share information and keep it updated, although I Prefer to use diigo lists.
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Groups interested in mobile