We'll present eight essential strategies for success in mobile learning, with examples illustrating successful use for each strategies. You'll gain insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate mobile learning initiatives. Applying these strategies will greatly increase the chances for success of a mobile learning project.
Purpose & objective
Public interest has skyrocketed in how to leverage mobile devices and connectivity to support enhanced learning. Often, though, tablets and smartphones are seen only as low-cost fixed devices for use in classrooms rather than taking full advantage of mobility to enable life-long, life-wide and life-deep learning opportunities. Through Qualcomm Wireless Reach (WR), schools and communities in locations as disparate as rural North Carolina and urban Singapore have served as learning laboratories for mobile devices. With this sponsorship and guidance, technologists, educators, parents and policymakers around the world are exploring the advantages of smartphones and tablets for transforming teaching and enhancing 24/7 access.
For the past seven years, WR has invested in nearly 40 mobile education projects. Leveraging a diversified portfolio, WR has addressed four key issues that we identified as barriers to mobile learning: infrastructure capacity, the need for teacher professional development, security and privacy concerns, and the availability of appropriate content for mobile learning. The WR projects have produced research-based lessons learned about how to ensure a successful mobile learning project from the initial planning stages to sustained, scaled replication. Also, insights about new educational models for life-wide learning are emerging from recent work.
This session describes eight essential strategies for a successful mobile learning project, based upon an in-depth evaluation of the many pilots funded by Qualcomm around the world. The eight essentials are key milestones that build upon one another to strengthen a project’s impact on student learning both in and out of school:
1. Purposeful planning for mobile device usage
2. Preparing educators effectively
3. Securing leadership buy-in
4. Leveraging content and curriculum that is mobile-empowered
5. Understanding the power of Internet access
6. Measuring project results with meaningful metrics
7. Building personal learner efficacy and capacity for self-directed learning
8. Creating an ecosystem that is sustainable and scalable
For each essential, the session describes research-based examples from some of the WR projects to ensure that participants gain a contextual understanding of both the eight milestones and how to implement that particular design principle within their own mobile learning projects.
Participants will learn design principles for effective models, based on evaluations of WR portfolio of successful mobile learning projects, which they can use to develop a comprehensive strategy and avoid the costly “re-inventing the wheel” paradigm. Participants will also receive a copy of a Wireless Reach white paper on the eight essentials. If participants bring mobile devices to the session, they will have the opportunity to access additional resources about the Wireless Reach projects highlighted in this session.
Presenters will describe the opportunities and challenges of using smartphones and tablets in K-12 education, illustrating their points with specific examples from the eight essential strategies for success in mobile learning. They will relate these insights to broader educational improvement initiatives, such as the Common Core Standards.
Introduction of presenters and Wireless Reach - 5 minutes
Presentation of the eight essential strategies for success in mobile learning, with examples and brief audience interactions for each - 40 minutes
Relationship to the Common Core Standards and other current educational improvement efforts - 5 minutes
Questions and discussion - 10 minutes
Presenters will not deliver separate talks, but will conduct a lively dialogue, including interaction with the audience and a backchannel, using frequent real world illustrations of conceptual strategies.
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