Posts tagged mobile
I have an iPhone 3GS with the current version of iOS. By the iTunes storage meter, I’m an app hound. I love apps. Have more on my phone than I ever use. I even have some apps on my phone exclusively for the opportunity to demonstrate a capability of this (or other mobile devices) – for educational, professional or personal use. More >
Mobile Delivery of Content. Perhaps the simplest form of “mobile learning,” simply making content available to learners via a mobile interface: through a proprietary interface like Blackboard Learn or a mobile website developed in house.
Mobile Communication. In addition to mobile delivery of content, mobile learning can take advantage of anytime/anywhere and always on communication channels to enable increased communication: learner-to-learner, learner-to-faculty, learner-to-group, or learner-to-public.
Augmented Reality. Rather than simply delivering traditional content through mobile devices, augmented reality learning leverages mobile technologies to juxtapose information and content with an out-of-classroom type experience. For example, having learners use Art, an iPhone application, to access content and information while viewing select pieces by an artist during an individual museum visit. More >
I’m interested in recommendations for iPhone Apps – educationally related or otherwise. This is what I currently have installed, in simple alphabetical order for easier comparison of app lists. The vast majority of these are only installed because I explored them initially and just haven’t removed them yet, and the exploration could be education related or not. Are there any apps you use on a regular basis that I currently don’t have? How do you use those apps? How could having the app and using it the way you use it be helpful for me? More >
But, it’s not mine to keep . . . yet ;-) It’s part of a demo program; the explicit purpose of the demo is to identify specific curricular possibilities for an undergraduate educational technology course, an alternative teacher certification program, and an educational technology faculty development program. I hope to blog regularly – near daily if I can maintain that pace – over the next month to document what I’m doing and considering with the iPhone.
First up. Which apps am I downloading? Why? More >
As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve recently been given the opportunity to explore and work with the Amazon Kindle. The goal of the short term project is to identify possible use cases for the Kindle within the organization. I’m going to focus on the instructional, classroom uses we’ve brainstormed and/or identified through research via the web; by “we,” I’m referring to several conversations @sherrymn and I have had over the past couple of weeks. We are definitely interested in any thoughts or use cases with which you may be familiar.
Content Access. First of course, eBooks and, at some point, eTextbooks could obviously be delivered via the Kindle; hopefully, More >
Attending ITC eLearning 2009 Conference earlier this week, the last session focused on The Nature of Mobile Learning delivered by Jeff Kissinger. Generally, the session focused on the design principles and implementation logistics behind a mobile learning project completed with a division of the armed services. I spent much of the session asking and discussing several questions that came to mind. I wanted to repost some of the themes through the live blog and my questions/thoughts in this space for broader feedback and discussion. Several resources may be useful. Sherrymn, Evinsmj and others liveblogged the session via CoverItLive, and Sherrymn tracked down a version (perhaps a little older) of the presentation Jeff used during the session.
Device Specificity. One of the characteristics of early mobile learning efforts Jeff described was the tendency to develop content for a specific device; in fact, it was mentioned twice on one of his early slides. More >
A couple of articles and blog posts I’ve read recently are perc’ing.
Sarah Robbins blogged recently about a lesson to be learned from Scrabble-maker toy companies Mattel & Hasbro’s collective lack of foresight regarding how technology may be used to promote their product. In short, Mattel/Hasbro “missed the boat” on the opportunity presented by technology to extend the reach of their product (Scrabble). Sarah’s blog is worth a read, and so are the sources she links to. At the end of her post, Sarah asks,
Are there tech communities in which your product/service could do well but you’re hesitating because you’re unsure or uptight? Could someone else compete with you in those spaces if you wait too long? How much will the damage to your reputation cost if you allow someone else to deliver your product better?
My first thought was to put a more specific, educational spin on her questions. There’s no question technology is impacting many businesses – their processes, products, services and more importantly, their ability to compete and profitability. As an educator and, more specifically, an instructional technologist, many educational institutions are slower to react. While most higher education institutions now have online admissions and registration, how many business processes beyond that have been impacted? How many insitutions have mobile support for email access, instant messaging? What about in the classroom? When I very informally survey my 30-60 students per semester with a list of 25 tech-related activities, why do they indicate they engage 20+ on a daily or weekly basis outside of class but indicate, at the same time, that they engage fewer than 5 for the vast majority of classes?
And, this is only going to become more critical for educational institutions. A recent report from Juniper Research (via Daniel Nations @ About.com) suggests there will be 1.7 billion mobile internet users in the next five years. We – education – have barely caught up with the first iteration of the internet (online learning); we seem – as an industry – largely behind on versions two (Web 2.0) and three (Virtual Worlds). What is going to happen as the increasing mobile market begins forcing new business models within education? Two notable quotes of which, as Sarah’s post suggests, education should take notice:
Established mobile players face increasing competition from web-based brands and will have to adapt their commercial strategies to accommodate greater collaboration with other members of the value chain, if future revenue growth in the mobile web 2.0 space is to be achieved.
This marks a fundamental shift for the industry towards the D2C (direct-to consumer) model and places growing pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) and handset manufacturers in particular, to relinquish some of their control over the value chain . . .