Friday, January 28, 2011

Mobile Learning January 22, 2011

iPad demo by Jeff

The 2010 Tech overview - CBC - Q - 2010-12-27 Stephen Dorff (but we’re actually listening to Clive Thompson 0 - 17:10)
  • The iPad - mainly for consumption??
  • GPS everywhere and augmented reality??  
  • Net neutrality?? everything travels at the same speed
School Policy - how does your school handle Mobile Devices???

School Issues - what are they?

  • digital divide,
  • distractions,
  • parent pressure,
  • bullying

Take notes!
  • Facebook and the teacher - Q - 2010-12-21 Andrea Martin (but we’re listening to the first few minutes about Facebook and teachers). Ian Grunwald in Wpg // Anthony Marko in Hamilton

What do you think?? - pair/share/report

  • security,
  • IT support

PD and access
  • teacher PD - technical and pedagogical (teaching, learning and assessment and reporting)
  • filtering or educating

Education - What are we heading for?

Our Digital Future: Jobs of Tomorrow (TVO - The Agenda)


How do we figure out what works and what doesn’t?
BTR podcast - An Interview with Researcher and Teacher Victor Fitzgerald - Apr 08,2010 (12:00 - 16:00)
Marguerite Koole - ways to consider this “balance between the controls and constraints of social technologies and the needs of distance students.”

Figure 1. The FRAME Model
The device aspect (D) refers to the mobile devices and their physical and functional characteristics. The learner aspect (L) refers to the learner's cognitive abilities, prior knowledge, memory capacity, values, and motivations. The social aspect (S), describes social rules governing conversation and cooperation among people. When a learner interacts with a device, characteristics associated with device usability (DL) become significant. These characteristics include portability, information availability, psychological comfort, and satisfaction. Within this model, the interaction learning intersection (LS) is strongly social-constructivist in nature. As learners interact with others, they can become part of learning communities, giving and receiving feedback and building understanding. The cross-over between the device and social aspects results in social technology (DS) characterized by networking and collaborative tools. In balance, the three aspects (DLS) can function as a filter through which the learner can assimilate information environment and locate solutions to their unique problems.

These are a few of My Favourite Apps

Dragon dictate
Dragon search
Instagram ??
Angry Birds?
Veggie Samurai?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

ML Course Jan 15, 2011

Presentation sign-up page

Tom Peters on creative education
Scrolls to books , slates to paper and paper to digital - what really changes?
Finish overview presentation

Assignment questions? For an extensive bibliography see the Mobile Phone Syllabus from Columbia U. The link is on our Course page


What did you R/W/L? Poll to see what you R/W/L (This is from

How might your students have answered this poll?

Share with your table group your thoughts about what you read. Summarize and share table highlights with all of us.
 Thoughts to Consider
Anarchy - the internet as an ‘anarchist’ platform
Digital Habitats - digital stewardship
Digital bias - what do you do about this?
Social media - more or less connected? more or less safe? more or less aware (people, events, consequences)?
Digital Literacy - smarter of dumber?
Digital democracy - can we even discuss technology anymore? Anarchy?


Thoughts about device choices
Your favourite app
Demo of Ed Tool Apps:
  • Dictionary
  • Books - Kobo, Shakespeare
  • iPadio
  • Graphing calculator
  • History Maps
  • Biology - 3D brain

Podcasts from BTR on how schools are using cell phones and polleverywhere.

R/W/L for January 22
pockets_of_potential_1_.pdf,Cellular Learning website

Mobile Learning
From this collection try: K12 Online Conference (a number of videos), Digital Bloom, The Coming Age, the Rennie Redekopp Daily, Technology for Communities, A computer per student

100 apps for tech savvy teachers

Friday, January 7, 2011

Teaching and Learning With Mobile Devices - Jan 8 2011

EDUB 5220 - G51

Connecting to the wireless network - MLCourse  (mobilelearning)

Introductions - R Redekopp (U of M and TCI)
Pictures with name tags
Least/worst option???
You - name, work - job and location, reason for taking course, your mobile device (if you have one), gut feelings about ML
Contact info - phone tree or whatever for snow days/cancellations
Class structure - times and breaks

Course Outline and assignments
Class wiki (click on request access) and blog and google docs/Windows Live and sharing
Class behaviour and etiqutte re: mobile devices

Meta-Teach-Nition - what to do when you disagree with everyone else or are distracted.

What is education?

Overview (the overture!) of ML Course


Library - Dafoe library from 12 - 1. Computer lab - turn right at the circ desk and go to the last lab.