The exponential growth of smart devices means that learners of diverse abilities may be participating in study without a desk, a desktop computer or cable internet. Designing learning activities with this in mind makes them more accessible to all learners, regardless of environment or device platform.
"Blended learning is a potentially powerful way of mixing the power of asynchronous access with face-to-face facilitation and instruction.
It’s this mixing of old and new that makes it tempting for many schools and districts wanting to dip their toes in the water of eLearning and far-reaching technology access while still depending on the expertise and training of human teachers."
The media capabilities of student devices (including but not limited to iPads) open up a diverse spectrum of rich assignment formats. This Notre Dame site contains helpful exemplars and instructions for those starting out in this new field of both formative and summative assessment.
Kit Hard is an education technology consultant, Universal Design for Learning evangelist, and educational blogger. He specializes in classroom technology integration and facilitating professional development.
28 things you need to consider when implementing BYOD in schools Many schools are looking to implement Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) to give students and staff access to personal devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones in classrooms.
iBooks are an easy way to make your content appealing and accessible on the iPad. Embedding self-assessment or evaluative questions using Google forms can provide insights into the student experience and form part of a flipped classroom strategy.
As 80% of people will be accessing the internet using mobile devices by 2015 (Ericsson), organisations need to embrace mobile learning quickly if they are to keep abreast of student expectations.
According to the Horizon 2011 report, internet-capable mobile devices will outnumber computers within the next year. By adopting mobile learning, organisations can increase student satisfaction and retention, widen participation and potentially reduce costs.
Find out about some of the mobile apps and websites JISC has supported. Examples include an app that explores the potential of augmented reality in the teaching of healthcare students and an app that prepares law students for study and future employment.
We have been doing a lot of reviews of educational mobile apps. We particularly focused on the ones that work on iPad and we tried to cover almost all the fields from digital story telling to apps to teach creativity. Our purpose is to provide teachers with a repository of apps to choose from when trying them with their students in the classroom. Check out the categories below and click on any title to access the correspondent apps it contains. Enjoy
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