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Mobile Learning

Mobile Learning inSecondary EducationBy Juli & Joe

In this Scholastic article by Jonathan Wylie, he discusses how digital natives learn differently than individuals from previous generations. Wylie quotes Mark Prensky, stating that “Today's students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach." The author then goes on to explain that by prohibiting mobile technology, rather than embracing it, we are not properly educating our students and preparing them for the future.

The main idea is everyone can participate even people with disabilities and the core concepts are being able to see the social skills actually being developed through these devices. It truely gives new life to those who are trapped by their disabilities.

Katy Indepedent School District is a leader incoporating technology in the classroom. In 2011, the district instituted a "bring your own device" policy, which allows students to use their own technology to connect to Wi-Fi at school and use their devices for learning.

"...rather than fight it, educators can use this to their advantage."

According to the MLEARN by the Charles Sturt University's Mobile Learning Project "The new normal is a user-centric ecosystem that encompasses multiple devices, and one where increasingly mobile comes to represent the primary device, because it is compact and affordable...The reality is that we are living, working and learning across multiple devices and mobile represents just the first wave of embedded and contextual technology. The new normal is inclusive rather than exclusive, complex rather than simple, expansive not restrictive." (Klapdor, 2013) Read all about "The New Normal" on this site.

Here we introduce our Glog and provide a navigational overview. This GLOG shows the advantages but look at this link to show you how students in New York City are not being allowed to use their own devices. I think this is such an unharnessed resource for those students and a disadvantage to them because the way in which their devices could be stolen. All around this is not a good way to handle this situation for the school system in New York. Here is a little bit of what is said in this article "The New York City Department of Education did not comment on whether lockboxes in schools were being considered. Spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said only, “We have a longstanding policy that does not allow students to use cell phones in schools. It is in Chancellor’s Regulation A-412, and there are no plans to change this.” (2014, eSchoolMedia, para. 20). Please watch the video on page 1 to show the huge problem this has become.

How mobile learning can be used at all levels of learning especially the secondary level.

This is a great resource for educators looking to mobile devices into the classroom.

How to incorporate mobile devices in your classroom. Look at pages 3 & 4 on "Tips on getting started" and "Know your mobile devices."

In the article Mobile Learning: Transforming Education, Engaging Students, and Improving Outcomes Darnell West explains that “Technology-rich activities can sustain high levels of student engagement and peer collaboration compared to less technology focused activities.” He explains that our students feel the same way. In fact, the author cites that 52 percent of middle and high school students feel that having a tablet is essential in school. Deal agrees. He explains that utilizing mobile devices allows teachers to meet the needs of our diverse learners by personalizing lessons to meet the individual needs of our students.

What are the benefits of mobile learning.

Institutions are using mobile learning successfully

Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms


  • rdroyer29 8 years ago

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    The emphasis on collaboration as a benefit of mobile technology is encouraging. For too long we have used technology primarily to access information and have blocked access to connections with people, especially other learners. The New Normal article nicely articulates that this will indeed be complex, but necessary.

  • BrianChristinaMaggie 8 years ago

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    BRIAN - Darnell West's opinion in his article regarding the importance of student engagement and peer collaboration is one that I found to be the most interesting on this Glog, and I'm glad you all pointed it out. Mobile technology is something many students at the secondary education level these days associate with being "cool" and "modern," therefore it is important that we utilize that, as educators, as a method for teaching and instructing our students. If they don't think it's cool to learn about the fall of the Roman empire by reading about it in a textbook, but they think it's cool to do so by learning about it through an activity on an iPad or tablet, then that's fantastic and it engages them so much more.

  • BrianChristinaMaggie 8 years ago

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    Christina - Juli and Joe, what an informative Glog. The article from edutopia really gives a good overview of technology and associated information. I liked it enough, I printed it out to use later. I realize this was written in 2012, but I was disappointed to see how only Illinois and New Hampshire had state initiatives that focused on Mobile Learning. I wonder if the numbers have increased in two years. I certainly hope so. I can also appreciate the statement regarding how technology rich activities improve student engagement. Its almost common sense. Look at how engaged the students are with their mobile devices; It makes sense to find what keeps the students fascinated and emulate it in education. Great work!

  • SarahKelly1 8 years ago

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    Thank you for including the Scholastic article. Quoting Mark Prensky is powerful and something that a lot of educators and administrators need to hear. Even though having students work with mobile technology can be intimidating, it's a step educators have to take for the benefit of students. The resources you've provided on your glog, such as the edutopia article, can help teachers embrace mobile learning rather than reject it.


  • AmandaRon 8 years ago

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    Ron W. - I love the quote "rather than fight it educators can use this to their advantage" and how you gave the articles in how to incorporate mobile devices in the classroom. Many educators see mobile devices as a distraction so it's great to see others that see it from another viewpoint. It goes with the saying "if you can't beat them, join them." Instead of constantly ineffectively nagging the students about putting their phones away, and that they should not be on them, why not find different routes where they are able to put their mobile devices to great use in respect to their education.

  • iammuneebqadar5ef494f00e447 2 years ago

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    Mobile learning & app development is in itself quite technical and a detailed one. You need to be specific about what you need to know here. If you are looking for the design aspect of an app or know what goes behind in creating an app from scratch, a company proficient in mobile app development Dubai can perhaps help you better.

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