Chapter 10: U-Learning? (Opener #9: Real-Time Mobility and Portability)

Mobile Learning (Opener #9): According to Dr. Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer at Stanford School of Education, mobile learning will transform education around the planet. As of January 2009, there were 40,000 new mobile subscribers in Rwanda each week and 15.4 million each month in India. Across Africa, mobile penetration has exploded from just one in 50 people at the start of the century to more than 28 percent of the population as of March 2009. On a global basis, there are 60,000 new mobile subscriptions every hour! That equates to 720,000 more people who can learn online each day and tens of millions more people each month. In the Pocket Schoolproject, the teacher is in the pocket of migrant worker children in Latin America.

Mobile Technology Giveaways (Opener #9): Places like Abilene Christian University are giving away iPhones to incoming students as a means to attract new students as well as foster technology integration, Web access, and overall communication on campus. Not to be outdone,Oklahoma Christian University has initiated a program called InTouch to give away both an iPhone (or iPod Touch) and an Apple Macbook laptop to incoming students. Such mobile technologies are used for survey research, Web searching, uploading and downloading course tasks, and course discussions.


Watch this short video from Travis Allen, a 17 year-old high school student from Fayetteville, GA, as he discusses his plan for the iSchool Initiative. Now this is authentic assessment for authentic learning


#1 -
While we can each list a number of ways mobile computing has enhanced our lives outside of education what have we done to implement real educational enhancements?

#2 -Taking into consideration the preceding chapters, all the information and collaboration tools open and available for education, what role should mobile and ubiquitous learning play in public education?

#3 - How has your school/system accommodated mobile technology and learning for both adult and student learners? If not what is the rationale and what are future trends?

#4 - Research the viability of mobile technology as a learning and teaching tool. Search for articles, blogs, best practices on ways schools and school divisions are using mobile and portable technologies. Bookmark those key findings in the Diigo group.


Abilene Christian University: __http://www.acu.edu/__
Center for Internet Addiction Recovery: __http://www.netaddiction.com/__
Chumby: __http://www.chumby.com/__
CNN Student News: __http://www.cnn.com/ studentnews/__
ComVu: __http://www.comvu.com/__
Connected (Part 1 of 2) from Abilene Christian University: __http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Tp8fHgp0xhU__
Connected (Part 2 of 2) from Abilene Christian University: __http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=TLCTpX3tJEQ&feature=related__
Covenant Eyes (Internet Addictions and Accountability): __http://www.covenanteyes.com/ addictionsigns_old.php__
Cyworld (South Korea): __http://www.cyworld.com/main2/ index.htm__
Cyworld (US): __http://us.cyworld.com/__
Flip Video: __http://www.theflip.com/ products.shtml__
Google Earth: __http://earth.google.com/__
Google Lively: __http://www.lively.com/html/ landing.html__
Google Maps: __http://maps.google.com/__
Habitat for Humanity: __http://www.habitat.org/__
International Telecommunications Union: Digital Opportunity Index (DOI): __http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/ doi/index.html__
James Moore (CAP and Livescribe): __http://condor.depaul.edu/~ jmoore/blogger/2008/07/cap- and-livescribe.html__
Kinjo Podwalk: __http://podwalk.kinjo-u.tv/__
Korean Education and Research Information Services (KERIS) __http://english.keris.or.kr/es_ main/index.jsp__
Livescribe (Pulse smartpen): __http://www.livescribe.com/__
The Masie Center (3-minute video of the Chumby): __http://www.masieweb.com/chumby__
Mixi: __http://mixi.jp/__
Mobile ESL (from Athabasca University): __http://www.eslau.ca/__
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC): __http://laptop.media.mit.edu__
Open Knowledge Initiative: http://www.okiproject.org/
Playaway: __http://store.playawaydigital. com/__
Pocket School Project (from Dr. Paul Kim): __http://www.stanford.edu/~ phkim/project/consulting.html__
Shakespeare's Global Globe: __http://www.orbismundi.org/__
Virtual-Addiction.com: __http://www.virtual-addiction. com/__
Voice of America Special English: __http://www.voanews.com/ specialenglish/__
Wireless@SG: __http://www.infocomm123.sg/ view.123?page=wirelessmain__
World Cyber Games: __http://www.worldcybergames. com/6th/main.asp__