Stefanie Hausman | April 16, 2013
What’s all the fuss about 1-to-1 (one-to-one learning)?
Why are schools going to lengths to purchase individual devices for students? How can a 1-to-1 learning program benefit schools? Is it worth the cost or how can the cost be avoided? These are some important questions when considering a 1-to-1 learning program for your school.
1-to-1 represents a 21st century classroom. 1-to-1 is about personalized learning. It’s about convenience, communication, and control. For digital natives, it’s about meeting the needs and expectations of a generation who take technology for granted. When students have their own devices, they can more easily use technology for research, communication, data collection, content production, productivity, and entertainment – everything that most adults use in their daily professional and personal lives – and that many students are accustomed to outside of school.Read more...
Thor Prichard | February 9, 2013
About this time two years ago, while thinking about the growing void of quality mobile apps for education, an idea for a way to help fix that was born: EdAppCamp. The idea was simple, easy to implement and would spark interest in a problem that needed attention. And the perfect domain name was registered: edappcamp.org/net/me/com/mobi (we thought it was going to be big, right?). Unfortunately, with only 24 hours in a day competing with other priorities, the idea slowly fell by the wayside… until today.
Before the domains expire and get auto-registered from some remote corner in cyberspace, we’d like to transfer them (for free!) to an organization ready to carry the idea forward. Read more...
Thor Prichard | October 25, 2012
At a recent conference, my suspicions were confirmed: no one else really has a clue to what the future of mobile learning looks like. The solution is getting more ideas out on the tablet.Read more...
Julia Fischer | September 25, 2012
I finally took the plunge and joined the group of Smartphone users. Of course, I had been using a laptop when many were tied to their desktops. In January we got an ipad which made travelling with technology that much easier until I got my Smartphone. Last week I purchased an iPhone 5 and it has revolutionized my life – not just because it is an iPhone – but because of all its capabilities as a smartphone. Read more...
Thor Prichard | August 22, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to provide feedback and suggest revisions to a draft report about a yearlong pilot of Android tablet devices in a 5th grade classroom. The lessons learned, obstacles avoided and learning opportunities revealed reaffirmed two things for me:
- teaching is always unpredictable and rewarding all that the same time; and,
- that mobile technology enriches and empowers the learner.
Thor Prichard | May 13, 2012
Teaching and learning using mobile devices is fundamentally changing classrooms everywhere. These devices are shifting how students read, communicate and think (and have been for a while now). The potential for using these devices for learning really caught on when the iPad was introduced in April 2010.
While there’s significant effort to bring the textbook to the mobile learning medium with immersive, multimedia experiences, there’s not much yet available for other instructional purposes. A wide range of factors may account for this education “app gap”, and I wanted to call attention to a few in this post.Read more...
Lisa Fisher | May 7, 2012
An educational trend that is gaining momentum among school districts across the United States is BYOT: Bring Your Own Technology. This type of program allows students to bring their own mobile devices to school- everything from iPads to iPhones. Instead of confiscating prohibited electronics, like the Nintendo 3DS, teachers are embracing the potential that these devices hold for students’ learning.Read more...