A graduate assistant teacher of paleontology at the University of Michigan kept a written record of what she had seen on the screens of her students’ digital devices in the classroom and created a PowerPoint presentation of them. Many instructors find creative ways to let students use their cell phones and tablets in the classroom. A good example is free polling apps. Here a list of apps for teaching students about paleontology and dinosaurs.
Apple has applied for a patent that will enable users to dock their iPhone with their laptop. Samsung has announced that a dock will be available for the Galaxy 8 that will enable you to view content from your phone on a computer monitor. These two technologies could have major applications in mobile learning. We’ll have to wait and see.
A study of more than two million college students worldwide showed that students are more comfortable studying on their own and that they are not using mobile technology to access materials and lessons outside of the classroom.
In this post Dr. Joshua Kim contrasts the rapid advances we make in mobile devices with the lack of progress in mobile learning. He says that online learning courses are still designed for the browser and the laptop, not the mobile device. He makes a good point, but many students do most or all of their course work on their phones and tablets.
Dr. Joshua Kim lists these factors to support his conclusion:
An article by John Warner – Teachers have been using scavenger hunts in education for a long time. I suppose Pokemon Go is an updated version of that. Students are ACC employees are playing it on our campus this summer, as they are doing on all college campuses I’m sure. I imagine it’s a fad and will go away in a few months.