Friday, November 21, 2014

Apps and Mobile Tools for E-Learning and Online Teaching (UW-Stout Tech Tips Newsletter)

Editor: Karen Franker

Leveraging Apps and Mobile Tools for Learning


Discover the leading strategies, devices, and apps to support successful mobile learning experiences in K-12, higher ed, and corporate training. Compare experts’ opinions about the merits of Chromebooks vs. iPads and explore the possibilities of wearable technology.
Managing Your Digital Classroom with Wearable Technology
Tanesha Dixon provides a fascinating look at how the Pebble digital wristwatch facilitates instant instructor –student communication and provides immediate feedback on learner progress within a 1:1 classroom.
How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom
Katrina Schwartz describes ideas for providing equitable classroom technology access in K-12 schools, regardless of income level, by creating a culture of trust and responsibility.
Using the SAMR Method to Frame How to Teach With Apps
The TeachThought staff applies the SAMR model (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) to explore effective teaching activities which incorporate apps.
Are iPads or Chromebooks Better for Schools?
Meghan E. Murphy reports on the surprising findings of a school’s one-year experiment using iPads and Chromebooks side-by-side in the classroom.
Why We are Misunderstanding the Chromebook – iPad Debate 
Tim Holt contends that the Chromebook vs. iPad conversation needs to move beyond IT management and purchasing costs to a deeper consideration of the versatility of each device, especially in light of the “bring your own device” trend.
Chromebooks in Education and Mobile Learning Wikis
Ann Bell, UW-Stout online instructor, has created a wiki repository of excellent resources for using Chromebooks in educational settings.
In addition, her Mobile Learning Wiki provides extensive links to a wide variety of mobile learning resources.
5 Ways to Choose and Use K-5 Apps, Mobile Devices 
Laura Devaney reports on five key approaches for successful implementation of mobile learning including: use of a reliable framework to evaluate devices and apps; and keeping students’ prior knowledge in mind.

Tech Tip: 8 Ways to Display an iPad on a Projector Screen


Tony Vincent has created a handy chart for comparing the features of eight different types of hardware, software, and connectors that enable the projection of an iPad display onto a larger screen.

Featured Online Course 


EDUC 641 Mobile Learning Instructional Design (with Chromebooks, cell phones, tablets and iPads)
3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Ann Bell
  • Integrate Chromebooks, iPads, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers in the classroom, library media center, professional development, training, and administration/assessment activities
  • Apply mobile learning instructional strategies and live assessment tools such as ebooks, digital textbooks, digital assessments and surveys
  • Identify mobile applications that work best for your learners (adult learners, K-12, or college-age students)
  • Learn to use mobile tools for project management tasks, differentiation, transition to flipped/blended learning, and assessment data analysis
  • Develop tools and metrics to evaluate the success of mobile learning technologies

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