Week 13 Mobile and Virtual

For Class Discussion (to prepare in advance):

Mobile and virtual learning will continuously grow expanding the horizon of promises, innovations, revolutions, and challenges. Distinction between mobile and virtual learning can be subtle, and video/online games and virtual worlds also make clear understanding difficult. Despite challenges, adoption and use of web connected mobile phones and devices will grow, and their daily use for everything including web access and collaboration will expand. Mobile and virtual learning try to leverage location based learning, ubiquitous learning, and authentic simulations.

  1. Mobile Learning Environments by David J. Gagnon
  2. Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile App
  3. Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Android
  4. The Official Google Blog: The Future of Mobile by Steve Kolowich
  5. Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Virtual Worlds
  6. Video Games and the Future of Learning by Kurt Squire
  7. Sharing: The Moral Imperative by Dean Shareski (26 minute video)
  8. Questioning the Future of the Open Student by Vicki Davis

Further Resources – These are for those who want to explore further…

  1. Free as in Freedom: The Power of Pull – John Seely Brown by Sumeet Moghe
  2. The Mobile Campus (#2 and 3 illustrates the current practices, challenges, and needs of proper research)
  3. Educause: From Distraction to Engagement: Wireless Devices in the Classroom
  4. From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning a blog by Liz Kolb. Please explore her site. It includes a lot of videos about innovative uses of cell phones and web tools.
  5. Educating the Net Generation, Chapter 12, Learning Spaces
  6. Educating the Net Generation, Chapter 15, Planning for Neomillennial Learning Styles: Implications for Investments in Technology and Faculty (You can choose either the pdf or html version (with diigo highlights) of Chapter 15)
  7. “Living Epic”: What the title means and what it implies by Roger Travis. Be sure to read parts 1-3 (the links appear at the end of posts 1 and 2)
  8. My Personal Learning Network in Action by Karl Fisch
  9. Cell Phones in the (Language) Classroom: Recasting the Debate by Peyton Jobe
  10. Social Media in Africa, Part 1
  11. Social Media in Africa, Part 2: Mobile Innovations
  12. Social Media in Africa, Part 3: Democracy. Want to know more about the impact of mobiles in the developing world? Check out this 38 minute presentation by Nathan Eagle of MIT (not required), “Crowd-Sourcing on Mobile Phones in the Developing World

Popular Tools – Course Google Site at https://sites.google.com/site/idt351spring2016v3/

  1. PhoneGap – Open source mobile framework for developing/downloading apps
  2. Portable Applications (Many applications are search-able by topics and categories)
  3. Second Life, OpenSim
  4. Scratch – Easy to use remixing tool from MIT (video 1 min)
  5. Game development: Unity, GameSalad, Sharendipity, Alice (3D programming)
  6. National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
  7. Siri – Virtual assistant
  8. Foursquare – Others can check where you are and where they have been, info around you
  9. ClassSpot and TeamSpot from TideBreak.Inc

You can comment on any of the following:

  • Which tool was your favorite? How did the tool compare to others introduced in this week? If you plan to adopt the tool, for what purposes will you use it and how often? If you don’t plan to use, why not?
  • Do you think a school or workplace must actively use tools introduced in this week? Anything to consider in adoption or implementation at school or work?
  • Or your reflection on anything related to the course (material, assignment, clarity, usefulness, suggestion, reaction to others, etc.)
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Week 12 Social and personal network

For Class Discussion:

We are all familiar with social networks, such as Facebook. It is big and here to stay, and who knows, the next big thing can be something other than Facebook. Compared to all those tools covered so far, applying a social or personal network for teaching and learning may be more informal and less structured (but most IDT professionals agree, designing learning environments or leveraging communities is becoming more important). For adopting social network for education or development, you should have clear purposes and plans (especially for how to co-evolve the space with and by users), and also, if considered at the organization level, strong leadership is a must. Think about two different organizations, one bans using Facebook during work/school, and the other encouraging Facebook for social learning. Regardless of your opinion or preference, our students and learners use these tools very actively, so you must know what they are and what benefits and pitfalls they have to guide proper use.

  1. Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom an Alan November video (13 minutes) – The concept of a student, learner, and contributor
  2. Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Personal Learning Environments
  3. Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Facebook
  4. Educause’s 7 Things You Should Know About Facebook II
  5. I’m So Totally, Digitally Close to You by Clive Thompson, NYTimes
  6. Comparing Social Networking to Online Communities by Lee and Sachi Lever
  7. Spectacle at Web2.0 Expo… from my perspective by Danah Boyd

Popular Tools – Course Google Site at https://sites.google.com/site/idt351spring2016v3/

  1. Facebook (can sign in with yahoo account)
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Wiggio
  4. Ning
  5. Google Plus  
  6. Of course, if IDT majors, Adobe Communities
Further Resources – These are for those who want to explore further…

  1. Social Networks for Educators (looking for sharing as members of educational network(s) worldwide? This is it!)
  2. Sharing: The Moral Imperative by Dean Shareski (26 minute video)
  3. My Personal Learning Network in Action by Karl Fisch
  4. Questioning the Future of the Open Student by Vicki Davis
  5. Kiva.org – Microloans for less fortunate
  6. TakingItGlobal.org – connects you to social issues that affect us all
  7. Mashable – latest news and trends on social media
You can comment on any of the following:
  • Which social or personal network did you focus for what purpose (e.g., personal development, informal learning, civic engagement, etc.)? What is your thought about social or personal network? If you are asked to design one, or facilitate/promote participation, how will you do it? Do you think a school or workplace must actively use tools introduced in this week? Why or why not? If you are the designer or teacher, what should you consider in adoption or implementation?