mLearning: ideas to use in the classroom

My good friend and colleague, Skip, has provided a wealth of mLearning related links that I like to archive here. The annoying thing is that most of them were posted in 2008… which means we are 3 years behind!

  • Touch: Touch is a research project that investigates Near Field Communication (NFC), a technology that enables connections between mobile phones and physical things
  • 6 uses of Twitter in a Classroom: one blog that jas links to 6 success stories of using Twitter to enhance learning. One interesting idea that I might use is tweeting as a note sharing in the class. One projector shows the tweets, while the other shows the class presentation. Another good idea is to replace email with twieeting and use blogs to submit work, then tweet about it. Worth a try!
  • Prof Intille: This is an MIT professor who combined Health Sciences and Computers in his studies and emerged as a guru in mobile devices that focuses on health issues. His work is phenomenal.
  • mLearning Demystified: a nice, bit old video, about the use of mobile devices in the UK.
And these are few links I found that relates to the use of mobile devices in environmental sciences:
  • Enhancing Learning: A study on the use of mobile devices to improve collaboration and sense making. It focuses on the use of LillyPad application.
  • Scitable: is a free mReference library that offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about science and collaborate on enhancing this knowledge.
So far, this is what I have in mind to do with my next Computer Course I will teach:
  1. Promote the sense of community among the students. They need to understand that they have to teach each other… and teach me as well.
  2. They need to come up with a communication method among them that involves me. From my end, I will ask them all to join a FaceBook group (GrowTechnically), agree on a tweet hashtag (#GrowT), create a blog site for them using WordPress or Blogger.
  3. Use Moodle as the assignment announcement and submission. Most submissions need to have links.
  4. Use Google+ (if released) as the cloud entity.
  5. Ask them to bring their own laptop/iDevice to do the work in the classroom.
  6. Use Scitable to generate a report about an environmental issue.
  7. Demonstrate how mobile devices can contribute to enhancing our environmental surroundings and address its issues.
This is just the start. The ideas will develop as we progress.

Possible Outcomes:

  1. Use mobile devices to enhance sense making.
  2. Use mobile devices to capture and share notes about findings in the field.
  3. Working with the cloud to collaborate and produce information from data.
  4. Monitor climate change using a mobile device.