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What is driving the mobilization of learning, what levers can educators and businesses apply to surf the wave?
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Rumor: 8-inch Surface RT tablet to launch for $249 next month

Rumor: 8-inch Surface RT tablet to launch for $249 next month | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Microsoft will unveil an 8-inch Surface RT tablet for as little as $249 next month with another 10-inch model to come in the third quarter, according to reports.
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As Surface changes its size to compete with the iPad, the iPad will improve its word processing capability to compte with Surface.

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HTML5 Moodle Mobile App Comes to Android, iOS -- Campus Technology

HTML5 Moodle Mobile App Comes to Android, iOS -- Campus Technology | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Moodle HQ has released an all-new HTML5-based mobile app for both Android and iOS.
Ralph Springett's insight:

This is great for notifications and keeping in touch with your study. Now all the institutions need to do is mobilise their learning material.

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Wake Forest University with Odigia | NextGen Learning

Wake Forest University with Odigia | NextGen Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Students learn and understand more when they have specific learning goals for reading, can frequently test their understanding in meaningful ways, can anchor new information to what they already know and can choose their learning path. BioBook is the first eText that helps students do all of this. BioBook is cloud-based and accessible from any device with an HTML5-compliant browser. Its node-based framework lets teachers choose and update what content, multimedia, and self-assessments their students experience. 

 
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They have got the right idea but the whole thing is internet dependent. For a well-off American that might be okay, but for many learners a mix of dependence and independence is better. 

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Google launches Google Play for Education

Google launches Google Play for Education | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Google announced a major push to get Android apps to schools with a new version of its app store called Google Play for Education.
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If Apple and Google actually cared about learners (rather than profits) they would work together to deliver education solutions. Instead they force a choice and devide the learning community. It's the American dream?

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Why is technology taking longer to seep into higher education?

Why is technology taking longer to seep into higher education? | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Technology integration in all education is necessary. However, elementary education seems to have the most early-adopters of technology and a firmer grasp on the best ways to implement these new ch...
Ralph Springett's insight:

This is very much the case in New Zealand. The process of change in Higher Education is slower than the rate of change of technology use in education.

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The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 7 Characteristics of Teachers Who Use Technology Effectively ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

What is really interesting in this graphic is that all of these 7 habits are also the same features we find in people with " growth mindset ". If you still remember the comparison we have made between growth and fixed mindsets  and we said that teachers with the growth mindset are more open to embrace change, take risks, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as the path for mastery , and find lessons and inspiration in the success of others.

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I like this - and agree in particular with "they actively care"

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The tech divide between teachers and students - Massey University

The tech divide between teachers and students - Massey University | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
New research by a Massey University PhD student has found that many educators feel out of their depth when adopting new technology for use in the classroom.
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After reading the literature from the UK and US I see that New Zealand is at the very beginning of the mobile learning curve.

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Smartphone and tablet adoption in American Teens | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Smartphone and tablet adoption in American Teens | Pew Internet & American Life Project | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

 

Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users, who say they mostly go online using their phone and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. These are among the new findings from a nationally representative survey of 802 teens ages 12-17 and their parents which shows that:

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So with most access to the internet happening through smartphones what is happening to teens' learning styles. What effect might this have on concentration spans?

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Technology Outlook > Australian Tertiary Education 2013-2018 | The New Media Consortium

Technology Outlook > Australian Tertiary Education 2013-2018 | The New Media Consortium | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Twelve emerging technologies are recognized across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning.

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Somewhat mirrors the Horizon report, but useful reading.

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Should you buy a tablet or hybrid laptop? AMD says it’s a no-brainer

Should you buy a tablet or hybrid laptop? AMD says it’s a no-brainer | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Standalone tablets are so old school -- a senior executive from chipmaker AMD thinks that hybrid laptops are the way forward.
Ralph Springett's insight:

What is really being said here is that cloud computing is not going to be the preferred way of creating content. The thing about tablets is they lack the processing power to create content (keyboards can be attached). So, the choices are to use cloud services or use on-board firepower.

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M-Learning's dirty little secrets

M-Learning's dirty little secrets | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

At my workplace a little while ago, I created a smartphone-friendly version of our online induction course. 

Ownership of smartphones is relatively common in this corner of the world, and a large proportion of our new recruits are Gen Y. So conventional wisdom dictated that a mobile version of the course would be a smash hit.

It tanked.

 
Ralph Springett's insight:

It tanked for so many reasons. M-learning needs to be fit ofr purpose

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Learning Resources that really make learning fun and engaging.

Learning Resources that really make learning fun and engaging. | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
ReGear Learning manages the production of engaging and rich, pedagogically sound learning material based on leading edge design and technologies.
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It is bringing together design, content, and technology that creates a quality learning resource

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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"Whether they realize it or not, many people approach computers and tablets with a state of mind less conducive to learning than the one they bring to paper."

Another narrow view on tablets, suggesting that they are only used for reading text. If the resource is designed for learning and the reader knows that, they will come to it with a state of mind that is conductive to learning. 

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Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org

Peer Learning Handbook | Peeragogy.org | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

This book presents a range of techniques that self-motivated learners can use to connect with each other and develop stronger communities and collaborations. The book is addressed to everyone who is interested in how learning works, whether you’re an educator, a hobbyist, an artist, a home-school student, an employee, a parent, an activist, an archivist, a mathematician, or a tennis player.  The book was written by a bunch of people who think learning is cool.

 

 

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This is a nice idea. More of this please.

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Lean times continue for universities and students - University World News

Lean times continue for universities and students - University World News | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

For the second year running, New Zealand’s government has frozen subsidies for public tertiary institutions and found new ways to restrict spending on student loans and allowances. It has also threatened to arrest students seriously in default if they enter or leave the country.

Ralph Springett's insight:

Difficult environment for higher education in NZ. Not that much capital for investment in digital strategies - unless it shows cost savings.

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6 Items for Your Online Learning Emergency Kit - Online College.org

6 Items for Your Online Learning Emergency Kit - Online College.org | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
What if your ability to access your online learning courses was disrupted by a storm, family crisis, or unanticipated travel? Be prepared!
Ralph Springett's insight:

This is good advice. It all points to retaining some independence from an online connection with regards to the ability to study.

My productive place to study? Waiting for my daughter to complete a dancing lesson. Why? Because it is a limited amount of time and that forces concentration, and there are no internet distractions.

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Float Mobile Learning | mLearning Is Not eLearning on A Mobile Device (Part Deux)

Float Mobile Learning | mLearning Is Not eLearning on A Mobile Device (Part Deux) | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
John Feser talks about the role of performance support, unique affordances of mobile and user-generated content in mobile learning.
Ralph Springett's insight:

Mobile learning is not about being online it is about providing the resources for learning where the learner needs them. 

 

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A framework for mobile learning

A framework for mobile learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
In order to move from theory to practice in mobile learning, one needs a framework. The JISC Mobile InfoKit introduces its frameworks discussion by listing six 'course aspects' (my term) which may ...

Via Terese Bird
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I personally would change the Social Aspect to the Resource (learning material) Aspect. I think the social can be captured through the learner aspect but I see the learning material as being a critical part of the framework, especially when it comes to putting theory into practice.

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Toh Laohajaratsang's curator insight, May 9, 2013 10:32 PM

กรอบแนวคิดที่น่าสนใจสำหรับ m-Learning สิ่งสำคัญ ได้แก่ การที่ผู้ใช้ (ทั้งผู้เรียนและผู้สอน)จำเป็นที่จะต้องพิจารณาถึง มิติต่างๆ ของการบูรณาการเครื่องมือการเรียนรู้ใหม่ๆ เข้าไปใช้ในชั้นเรียน มากกว่า รู้จักวิธีใช้เครื่องมือเหล่านั้น เพียงอย่างเดียว

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Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning

Education 3.0 and the Pedagogy (Andragogy, Heutagogy) of Mobile Learning | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Education 3.0 is a connectivist, heutagogical approach to teaching and learning.  The teachers, learners, networks, connections, media, resources, tools create a a unique entity that has the potential to meet individual learners’, educators’, and even societal needs.  Many resources for Education 3.0 are literally freely available for the taking.

Ralph Springett's insight:

The theory stacks up in the world where things follow normal patterns. But in reality how long will it be before graduates are thought of as co-workers and entrepreneurs?

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The Future of Online Learning: Student Needs and Expectations - Online College.org

The Future of Online Learning: Student Needs and Expectations - Online College.org | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
A look at how multiple ongoing research projects can inform our decisions and help us meet student needs and expectations of online learning


The nature of teens’ Internet use has transformed dramatically – from stationary connections … to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day.

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These will be our future learners.

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Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium

Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States | The Sloan Consortium | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
The tenth annual survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.
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An interesting curve here, it is steepening.

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Please help me fill in my knowledge gap...

Please help me fill in my knowledge gap... | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
I will be leading a discussion on publishing eBooks, and find that I don't really know why an author would choose to build an app instead of an eBook. Would some of you be kind enough to help me not sound like an idiot when I present?
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A very useful discussion about when you would produce an app over an eBook

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Mooc completion rates ‘below 7%’

Mooc completion rates ‘below 7%’ | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Open online courses’ cohort much less massive at finish line
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And no one knows if the completions really gained competence. Great for expanding personal knowledge but try proving aa MOOCs worth to a prospective employer.

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Preeti Jasnani's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:36 AM

How much of the low completion rates has got to do with the design and engagement levels of MOOCs?

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Skills for the world's young people

Skills for the world's young people | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it
Letter: If we abandon young people, it could lead to a generation permanently scarred in terms of future employment
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If MOOC resources were downloadable to tablets and remained functional without constant internet connections, the ability of youth to offer employers an un-apprentice would add to their chances of getting work.

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12 Important Tends in the ePortfolio Industry

12 Important Tends in the ePortfolio Industry | Mobilization of Learning | Scoop.it

Extensive interviews with 14 ePortfolio vendors revealed key directions and interesting developments in that industry. Below are the 12 most notable findings.

 
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Number Five - More mobility

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