Reposted from edSurge:
For all the talk about educational equity and access, K12 has been slow to adopt mobile communication–the one technology that is indispensable to low-income families. Take a look below: this is how families see the New York City Schools website on their mobile phones. The country’s largest school district serves 875k low-income students and has a $25 billion budget.
I don’t mean to pick on NYC Schools. Of the 10 largest school districts in the country, which serve over 2.5 million students in poverty, only Chicago Public Schools’website renders properly in a mobile browser. (I’m not counting Houston Independent School District, which has a mobile-friendly landing page, but clicking on any button leads to pages that are not mobile-friendly.)
For school districts, making their webpages legible on phones is only the first step. How about making it insanely easy for families to use their phones to enroll their children in school, sign up for meals, check grades or talk to their teachers?
Mobile technology is huge – smartphones, tablets, laptops, Chromebooks – and provides some great learning opportunities. itslearning has gathered statistics from sources like the “Harvard Gazette,” Ambient Insight, and PBS regarding the effect of mobile devices on the education of Generation Z, revealing that incorporating middle school students’ mobile habits into classroom instruction can have a profoundly positive influence on their learning. Among the findings are, the small screens of mobile phones allow dyslexic students to read faster without sacrificing comprehension, standardized test scores are higher in courses where students use mobile devices than in offline classrooms, and that of the middle school students using mobile devices, 78 percent use the devices for checking grades, 69 percent use them for taking notes and 64 percent for writing papers.
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Countless reports, surveys, and studies have shown that eLearning industry isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. In fact, an increasing number of individuals, corporations, and institutions are turning to eLearning as they recognize its effectiveness and its convenience. This eLearning Industry infographic highlights important eLearning stats and facts for 2015.
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Reposted from techradarpro:
Technology has been making inroads into education for decades. But the mobile revolution is changing education in more fundamental ways than just providing a new gadget that delivers information. Mobile devices, particularly tablets, are changing the way we learn and think about learning.
Last year, a Pew Research Center-Harvard University study found that one in four teenagers in the US owns a tablet computer. According to the US Department of Education, almost every classroom has at least one computer, and Internet connectivity is also available in more than 90% of classrooms. These technology-driven trends are fundamentally transforming the way students learn. Instead of requiring students to read a lesson in a book or complete a linear module via desktop, tablets are enabling them access to engaging, interactive lessons.
As technology continues to disrupt learning, it’s important for educators to make sure students don’t become too isolated and that they have opportunities to converse and collaborate. Innovations like tablet-based tutoring can enable two-way conversations and increase collaboration, giving students the best of both worlds in a changing education environment. Here are five ways mobile technology is transforming education…
Online options are growing, and the classroom format is changing to incorporate the technology. There are a few trends on the cusp of explosive growth in the coming year, including flipped learning, mobilization, personalization and gamification. This infographic from TalentLMS projects the top 10 E-Learning Trends to Follow in 2015.
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Are the simplest phones the smartest? While the rest of the world is updating statuses and playing games on smartphones, Africa is developing useful SMS-based solutions to everyday needs, says journalist Toby Shapshak. In this eye-opening talk, Shapshak explores the frontiers of mobile invention in Africa as he asks us to reconsider our preconceived notions of innovation.
School Teams Can Apply Now for September Kick-Off; Earn CEUs From The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
Reposted from District Administration:
“The Verizon Foundation and ISTE will collaborate to develop and implement the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA), a virtual professional learning program designed to help school teams of teachers, tech coaches and administrators prepare for successfully integrating mobile technology into learning and teaching.
In addition, ISTE and the Verizon Foundation are working with The Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education (CTE) to develop the curriculum for the VMLA program. The initiative will provide selected educator teams across the country with a series of free, moderated virtual professional development modules aligned to the ISTE Standards that will earn participants Continuing Education Units from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education.
This free professional learning program is aligned with the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. ISTE is inviting school teams from across the continental United States to apply to participate in the first phase of the program. School teams are made up of one school administrator, one tech coach or equivalent and five to eight teachers. The VMLA will be offered online four times between September 2014 and December 2015. Interested teams can pre-register online at http://www.iste.org/lead/verizon-mobile-learning-academy.”