Welcome to The International Association for Mobile Learning (IAmLearn)
IAmLearn is a membership organization to promote excellence in research, development and application of mobile and contextual learning. It organizes the annual mLearn international conference series and manages the website to collate and disseminate information about new projects, emerging technologies, and teaching resources.
"Mobile learning is seen by many as a disruptive technology. This is because it has been identified as a technology which holds great potential to transform the learning and teaching within a classroom."
"Just a few years ago, the idea of using a mobile phone as a legitimate learning tool in school seemed far-fetched, if not downright blasphemous. Kids were either prohibited from bringing their phones to school, or at the very least told to shut it off during school hours. But these days, it’s not unusual to hear a teacher say, 'Class, turn on your cell. It’s time to work.' ”
"Whether you deliver learning or training in a blended learning environment or fully online, lecture capture technologies provide valuable tools to enhance instruction for learners outside of a classroom setting. With the capability to dive into learning material at their own pace, learners have the chance to pause, rewind, replay and access the material whenever and as often as needed in an effort to better understand and retain the information. This is particularly valuable when learning a detailed process."
"The only way we can understand something new is to create an analogy from something we know. So it makes sense that most of us think of mobile learning as eLearning on a portable device. That description, however, barely scratches the surface. Mobile is a strategy more than a technology. And its potential use is far greater than what mobile learning can offer."
"For quite a while now, I’ve been poring over mobile design books, listening to podcasts and reading online content to learn the best practices for designing mobile phone applications as I design one of my own. Strangely enough, it seems as though many gurus actually agree on the basics of functionality, usability and aesthetics required for making an effective mobile application. Here I’ve gathered up what I think are the best practices of mobile app design and applied them to mobile learning and mobile performance support when possible."
"Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker have published an eBook titled Hot Apps 4 HOTS: A Guide to Using Free Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills. The book includes nine step-by-step activities that focus on each level of Bloom's taxonomy and includes loads of links to further resources. Like the title says, Lisa and Yolanda write about free apps and most of them work on both iPads and iPod touches. Here are the apps used in the activities:"
Last week I attended a session by my colleague, Ryan Kuhl on " Replacing your laptop with an iPad ", which is something I've been wanting to try for quite a while. He has a lot of great ideas and made it all look and sound so easy.
iBook, iAuthors and the iTunesU from Apple, a great step towards changing the education system. For those who underestimated the announcement, this was a huge wake up call! Apple have been busy doing what they do best and that is innovating!
International Business TimesKhan Academy iPad App Launches With Free, Educational Videos On Apple TabletHuffington PostPopular video education hub Khan Academy launched an iPad application featuring more than 2700 free videos on March 11.
"Audrey Watters has an interesting article on early results from an assessment of iPads deployed in kindergardens in Auburn, ME. It’s a perfect place for me to get to one of the core purposes of this blog– to look at educational research results and critique them from the perspective of a fellow researcher. The goal is to help readers be more saavy consumers of educational research. My take is pretty different from Audrey’s (who I think is a brilliant ed tech journalist). I also want to start the post by applauding the team of researchers for tackling this important study, even though I disagree with their interpretation of the data."
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