Apple Applies for Patent for iPhone Dock

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.

Obsolete Mobile Devices and Mobile Learning

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.

Why the Future of Adult Learning is Mobile

Dr. Joshua Kim lists these factors to support his conclusion:

1. Portability
2. You can study in small bursts on mobile devices.
3. You can study in between gaps in other things you are doing.
4. You can download all your study materials onto your mobile device.
5.  Formative assessment – Short bursts of questions over the material you are studying.

Five Reasons why Pokemon Go will Change Education and One Reason why it Won’t

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.

Googe App Turns Phone into Mobile Science Lab

Google has released an app that will turn your smartphone into a mobile science lab. It is from the journal Science, and uses the sensors built into the phone to record data about the environment and test hypotheses. It also serves as a notebook where students can record data, run trials, and set up experiments.

Adobe Spark

Adobe has unified all its tools for creating stories with text, graphics, audio, and video  into a tool they call Spark. The Spark app now includes the mobile apps formerly called Post, Voice, and Slate. These apps are now called Page, Post, and Video.