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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Reflector is a software application that performs like a wireless mirroring and streaming receiver. It works with both Macintosh and Android devices. “Mirror your content to the big screen without wires or complicated setups. Play games, watch movies, demo applications or present from the palm of your hand. Even send your screens directly to YouTube for others to watch live. Everything you do on your device can be wirelessly sent to Reflector!.’
This is not a product endorsement. I have not downloaded and tried out this product, I will report on it when I do.