Carol M. Cram Cengage Author. Mobile Apps for Mobile Students. Overview. Define Mobile Apps Benefits and Challenges of Mobile Apps Using Apps in the Classroom Test Drive the new Illustrated App. Mobile Learning.
Overview DefineMobile Apps Benefits and Challenges of Mobile Apps Using Apps in the Classroom Test Drive the new Illustrated App
Mobile Learning Learning a variety of content and skills anytime, anyplace with a small device light enough to be carried in one hand. Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University
Questions to Consider Will mobile apps help my students learn? How can I incorporate mobile apps into my classroom?
Mobile Devices SmartPhones “Consumers use smartphones primarily for media and data capabilities, not calling features. That means they're not really 'telephones,' per se; to the average person, they are portable media devices. So why stick with a three-inch screen when you can have one three times larger?” Tablets “[SmartPhones and Tablets] mimic each other in services and features, particularly when you consider that tablets can also make video calls via Skype and FaceTime.” Source: Chan, Eric. Size Matters: Tables vs. Smartphones, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Available at http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/mar2011/tc20110316_121017.htm/. Accessed 27 February 2012.
Tablets vs. Laptops According to a new Nielsen survey, 35% of tablet owners said they used their desktop computers less often or not at all now, and 32% of laptop users said the same. Most tellingly, more than 75% of tablet owners said they used their tablet for tasks they once used their desktop or laptop for. While tablets can’t totally match laptops in terms of functionally (yet), they can get today’s students most of the way there. Source: Madan, Vineet. 6 Reasons Tablets Are Ready for the Classroom, Mashable. Available at http://mashable.com/2011/05/16/tablets-education/. Accessed 27 February 2012.
What’s a Mobile App? An app or application: A program that can be downloaded onto a SmartPhone or tablet such as an iPad via the iTunes store or a Web browser Explore installed apps On the iPad: Safari, Mail, Photos, iPod, Maps, Notes, Calendar, YouTube Browse the App Store Over 300,000 apps Which ones can help your students think, learn, and create?
Are Tablets Ready for the Classroom? Tablets are the best way to show textbooks Classrooms are ready for tablets Tablets fit students’ lifestyles Tablets have the software to be competitive Tablets integrate with education IT trends Tablets are becoming more available Source: Madan, Vineet. 6 Reasons Tablets Are Ready for the Classroom, Mashable. Available at http://mashable.com/2011/05/16/tablets-education/. Accessed 27 February 2012.
Potential Benefits Find examples of these potential benefits of using mobile apps in the classroom: Engagement Collaboration Customization
Challenges Early studies indicate that these finger-based tablets are passive devices that have limited use in higher education. They are great for viewing media and allow students to share readings. But professors cannot use them to mark up material on the fly and show changes to students in response to their questions, a type of interactivity that has been a major thrust in pedagogy. Source: Weider, Ben. iPads Could Hinder Teaching, Professors Say. The chronicle for Higher Education. Available at http://chronicle.com/article/iPads-for-College-Classrooms-/126681/. Accessed 27 February 2012.
What Do Students Need? High knowledge of skills and content? OR Problem solving Ability to handle complex tasks Creativity Ability to generate content
Classroom Management Planning What is the purpose of using mobile devices in the classroom? Training How can students be quickly trained? Implementation How can students and teachers do old things in new ways?
Learning Culture The teacher is the facilitator for personal learning rather than an instructor of facts Encourage a culture of mobility and connectivity Ensure students are exposed to appropriate social guidelines of the use of mobile devices Use the device is a portal through which much of the personalization can be attained Teachers are mentors who encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and apply them to life
Personal and Organizational Apps Bento Personal database app used to organize projects, track assignments, plan events Todo Personal planner, task manager and to-do list Sync with iCal or Outlook Good Reader File transfer and reader app used to transfer files over WiFi or by syncing to iTUnes; access PDF, DOC, PPT, XLS, audio and video files
Collaborative Apps Corkulous Idea board for iPad that allows colection, organization and sharing of ideas using a virtual corkboard; ideal tool for brainstorming Idea Sketch Draw mind maps, concept maps, and flow charts and convert into text outlines (or vice versa) Socrative – Student Clicker Students provide real time responses to true/false, multiple choice, opinion, rating style questions
Productivity Apps Pages Fully featured word processor and page layout tool Keynote Slideshow presentations Numbers Spreadsheet tool
Multimedia Apps ReelDirector Video editor for the iPad Caster Free Create and publish podcasts PhotoPad Photo editing: crop, rotate, scale
Illustrated App Videos Provides an easy-to-understand overview of the lesson Students can watch the video before they complete the steps Close captioning available so students can turn off the sound Steps Students view steps on theiPad or phone while they complete the steps on the computer Two views: All Steps and Step-by-Step
Carol M. Cram Cengage Author and former faculty: Capilano University, North Vancouver, BC Recent Titles Microsoft Office 2011 Illustrated Projects (for Mac) New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Business Analysis, 1st Edition (with Lisa Friedrichsen ) Microsoft Office 2010 Illustrated Projects New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Communicating in Business Microsoft Office Word 2010 Illustrated Second Course Microsoft Office Word 2010 for Medical Professionals (with Jennifer Duffy) Microsoft Office 2010 Illustrated: Integration Units A to F Coming soon: New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Essential Computer Skills Email: firstname.lastname@example.org