Day 2 – M-learning devices and apps

Day 2

Good m-learning device?

If I were to use the Koole (2009) framework my mobile phone would be considered a good m-learning companion. However, I only use it for that regard if I have to, which is practically often. However, I use it more for reading and answering short blogs or responses. For responses requiring longer messages it is not very user friendly, regarding typing and navigating websites quickly and efficiently. My mobile provider has merged with a company offering 4G and I do have a data package hence I think this would improve. However, typing is still quite inconvenient as is viewing of material. Also, when using the Vista LMS pages do not always load well and replying to posts are not always that simple. Critical also, in this multimedia learning climate is that my data package does not include watching of videos, which would increase my bill, unless I have access to a wireless connection. Therefore, it really is just a stop gap.

Mobile App Evaluation

1. Pearson Language for Kids

Problem targeted – Targets language skills for children in both English and Spanish

Affordances of mobile – The app relies of the ability for viewing flash content

Non-mlearning methods –  include textbooks, games, cd roms.

Comparison – The App offers multi-media and interactive capabilities, not found in texts but found in games and cd roms. Games offer fun elements but the mobile app also includes song and interaction that increase the fun factor. The mlearning capabilities offer increased accessibility and portability and the ability to link many other support processes easily, such as instruction, rewards, interaction, levels and quizzes.

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2.      Blackboard on Android

Problem – creating LMS (online learning) for access on mobile phones

Affordances – connection to university system, creation of widgets

Non-mlearning methods – Online LMS and CMS systems particularly open source systems.

Comparison – The App offers more user friendly and organizational elements in managing and interacting with content. For example, the creation and use of widgets and opportunities to organize courses according to favourites/ more frequently accessed. It also offers more social elements by allowing options to view groups associated within the University et al.

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