Monthly Archives: October 2014

Checklist: Are You Ready for iPads In Your School?

Checklist: Are You Ready for iPads In Your School?

By Sam Gliksman The following is the third of a series of excerpts from Gliksman’s book iPad in Education for Dummies .

It seems that every school is considering purchasing iPads these days, and Apple has reported that iPad sales to schools are currently outselling MacBook sales by a […]

Determining Whether You’re Ready

There’s no point in purchasing iPads if you don’t have the technical infrastructure to manage and deploy them. Consider the following questions before going down that road […]


Extending Mobile Models

Extending Mobile Models

Clark Quinn presented on October 21, 2014 to a group of MDDE623 Intro to Mobile Learning students at Athabasca University (taught by Aga Palalas).  It was an excellent presentation – very informative and thought-provoking. We all learned a lot. Thank you, Dr. Quinn.

Below is a resource Quinn shared with us:

In preparation for a presentation, I was reviewing my mobile models. You may recall I started with my 4C ‘s model (Content, Compute, Communicate, & Capture), and have mapped that further onto Augmenting Formal, Performance Support, Social, & Contextual.  I’ve refined it as well, separating […]

The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote

The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote

With language learning incorporating e-portfolios for practice and assessment purposes, Evernote can serve as a powerful Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL) tool.

By on October 20, 2014

Although Evernote already is a fairly well-known app, very few educators realize its potential building and sharing student portfolios. Having a well-organized e-portfolio is important: It can follow students from one grade to the next and prepare them to record their future accomplishments. There are plenty of ways to […]

Gender and Mobiles Newsletter

Gender and Mobiles Newsletter

(Volume 3 Issue 5)

sourced and compiled by Ronda Zelezny-Green and Alexandra Tyers

As one of the pioneering organizations to use information and communication technologies for development in the dawn of the Internet era, OneWorld has a long history of working with vulnerable populations in countries including Rwanda, Mali, Senegal, Morocco, Egypt and Cambodia.     “Learning about Living” (LaL) is a cross-media OneWorld program that leverages the ICTs most appropriate to the context of implementation. Frequently, mobile is a medium for LaL activities, which focus on young women’s empowerment for teaching and learning about sexual reproductive health and life skills:

To date, a question and answer service on sexual and reproductive health and rights accessible through SMS, e-mail, the web, and Facebook has received 1.5 million queries, primarily from mobile phones […]

PhotoMath app

Instant results PhotoMath reads and solves mathematical expressions by using the camera of your mobile device in real time. It makes math easy and simple by educating users how to solve math problems. Step by step solving Learn how to solve captured expressions and equations through ‘human like’ solving […]

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Interactive Video: The Next Big Thing in Mobile

Interactive Video: The Next Big Thing in Mobile

by Paul Clothier, posted at Learning Solutions Magazine

For 20 years we have had an interactive web with links to all manner of content, including videos; this model is duplicated from the desktop to mobile devices. With the evolving possibilities of interactive video, we may soon see this turned on its head. The new canvas won’t be […]

Video and interactivity: their impact on learning today

So, what is the impact of video in learning right now? Do you know which search engine is the second most popular today? No, it’s not Bing or Yahoo… it’s YouTube. Why? Because people like to get their information in short video format. They want to watch moving images and listen to someone speak  […]

How to Select and Implement ESL Mobile Apps?

Key Questions to Design and Implement a Mobile Learning Strategy

From an understanding of the mobile learner to the design and evaluation of your first prototype, this checklist covers the main aspects you need to consider.

Understanding the mobile learner

What mindset and habits does the learner have? What information, resources, or support does he need? When and where does he need that information? How and where does he want to access that information?

Understanding the needs

Is there a performance problem in your organization that could be solved by providing immediate information to employees? How can you foster peer collaboration, concept reinforcement, and better professional judgment by using just-in-time information? Do the employees need to collect and use input from the field? How can you help them become more productive? How can you enhance their knowledge? […]

Towards a Framework for Evaluating Language Learning Mobile Apps

Content and mobile: Four key considerations

Content and mobile: Four key considerations

I recently participated in Mobile Web Africa 2014, sitting on a panel about Mobile content, users and consumption. Below are the four key points that I think are important when thinking about content and mobile today.

Content is back

  • It used to be important, then it became cheap, throw-away. People created sites and services with bad content, flooded the mobile web. In education there are SO many apps, so many mobile learning services and products. Are they all good? No.
  • People are coming back to the notion of quality content. It stands out. It is appreciated. Whether this is financial or not is another story.
  • Quality content is a differentiator…