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iBook, iAuthors and the iTunesU from Apple, a great step towards changing the education system. For those who underestimated the announcement, this was a huge wake up call! Apple have been busy doing what they do best and that is innovating! Though targeted at schools and colleges and students right now, the impact that this could have on higher education companies, publishers, universities and colleges is mind boggling!
iTunes U and iAuthor may impact mLearning – sooner than you think? | eNyota Learning Blog.
Technology around us is evolving at a rapid pace and is in turn affecting a speedy evolution of learning technology. Work is changing and, to keep pace with it, training is changing too. Which of these technology changes will impact training the most? I think mobile applications are the game changer for training.
Let me explain why I think that way.
Will Mobile Apps Change Training Forever? | Upside Learning Blog.
At Mankato Public School System in Minnesota, students bring their homework, their lunches, and books to school like most students across the country. But they also bring whatever tech devices they own — and they don’t have to hide it or turn it off when they walk into class.
Mankato has joined the growing Bring Your Own Technology movement that allows students to use their own Netbooks, laptops, and tablets — anything that connects to the school’s wireless network — during class time.
In Some Cash-Strapped Schools, Kids Bring Their Own Tech Devices | MindShift.
1. Find a problem with learning or performance first, think about learning next, and mobile learning last. This is somewhat analogous to “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Look for a learning/performance problem and analyze carefully if mobile learning is a possible solution and not the other way round. Ask if there will be a real benefit for the user. Ask if the user job profile involves individuals being substantially ‘mobile’ and not tied to a centralized location. Also factor in their use of and comfort with mobile devices.
Five Practical Mobile Learning Tips | Upside Learning Blog.
Over the last few years technology implementations in the K-12 sector reached record levels with tablets, laptops, social networking, and other e-learning technologies making their debut in classrooms around the nation. The frenzy is expected to continue in 2012 as districts implement e-learning tools that impact all aspects of the educational and administrative experience. To find out what’s on tap for the next several months THE Journal conferred with several academics and instructional technologists who revealed the following top five trends to watch in the year ahead.
5 K-12 E-Learning Trends — THE Journal.
Many of us grew up thinking we knew what it meant to “go to school.” In the past, just about every student would pile up their books, head to the local school bus stop, and wait to be brought to what those in the 20th century would call a “building.”
Those of us in the 21st century, of course, still call them buildings, but just how many of them are actually necessary to teach students in the modern age has been brought into question by an almost singular sensation: mobile technology. Specifically, the mobile application has allowed online schooling — even for public schools at the high school level — to become a serious option, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Piyush Mangukiya: How Mobile Apps Are Changing Classrooms and Education.
Want to integrate cell phones into learning? You can involve your students with this planning lesson where students will focus on cell phones as learning tools. With an overview of the educational uses of cell phones (the Gr8 8, below), students will determine how they will choose to use their cell phones for educational purposes. Contracts for tools will be developed by students and the result will be a plan for educational uses of cell phones.
The Innovative Educator: Creating a plan with students to use cell phones for learning.
All signs continue to point to a near future where mobile devices will surpass desktop PCs for how we connect to the Internet, shop, and most other things, including learning. I believe we are getting very close to a ‘mobile-first’ approach to developing content and I can’t wait to see we can come up as a community when it comes to mobile learning design.
These Stats Bode well for Mobile Learning | Trends in eLearning & mLearning by RJ Jacquez.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — While K-12 schools around the country search for funding to provide iPads to every student, an education researcher in North Carolina has found that even a single iPad can make a huge difference in the classroom.
With Just One iPad, Teachers Improve Classroom Lessons – MarketWatch.
Mobile is truly established as a key formfactor that needs to be addressed in so many ways in the higher ed space:
“1. Expanding university apps and mobile web
Universities around the world have learned the value of mobile devices, publishing iPhone and Android apps, mobile-optimized sites, and more, that have allowed students and visitors to find campus news, maps, and other helpful resources right in their phones. Colleges that made a big step into using Blackboard for class organization and participation have taken another step, often embracing mobile Blackboard functionality as well. Apps, like the one from Brandeis University, make it easy to get emergency help in a flash, or just find information from the campus library. Others, including Princeton‘s app, allow access to the university’s iTunesU, which shares lectures, videos, and more. Students can even access the school’s course catalog within the app.
New 9 Ways Mobile is Moving into Academia – Stephen’s Lighthouse.
A year ago, electronic textbook publishers turned down David Johnston’s big idea: the first interactive marine science textbook.
Johnston, who runs a marine biology lab at Duke University, wanted the digital tome to show undergraduate students what his scientific field has to offer. But e-book publishers said the subject matter was too niche and the requested features too expensive to make financial sense.
“When we approached them, they essentially told us we were too small,” Johnston said. Frustrated by the experience, Johnston set out to create open source software to publish the book himself.
Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students | Wired Science | Wired.com.
Apple’s announcement last week about its new iBooks2 and authoring app created big waves in education circles. But smart educators don’t necessarily need Apple’s slick devices and software to create their own books. How educators think of content curation in the classroom is enough to change their reliance on print textbooks.
How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple | MindShift.
When Apple announced its textbook initiative on Thursday, there was a rush of excitement among educators. Textbooks from major publishers, which can cost $40 to $75 dollars in print, would be available as interactive e-books for $15 or less. The new iBooks Author application could turn anyone into a publisher, with its simple interactive e-book creation tools.
But then there was the small print: In order to buy and read these textbooks, each student will have to own an Apple iPad. No computer, off-brand tablet, or even iPhone or iPod touch will work. Books made with the new iBooks Author application are only viewable on iPads in the iBooks 2 app, can only be sold through Apple’s iBookstore (where the company takes its customary 30 percent of the sales cost), and cannot be exported as ePubs, the standard open format for all e-book files.
How schools are reacting to Apple’s entry into education | VentureBeat.
More and more schools are jumping on the digital bandwagon and adopting iPads for daily use in the classroom. Apple’s education-related announcements yesterday will no doubt bolster the trend, making faculty tools and student textbooks more engaging and accessible.
iPad a Solid Education Tool, Study Reports | Gadget Lab | Wired.com.