Tools for mobile learning
There are an overwhelming number of mobile learning tools out there. The good news is that they are becoming more affordable and readily available for educators, kids, and schools. Once you decide what you want to do with the device, you can choose the device best matches your desired outcomes. Then you’re left with the challenge of finding applications (apps) that enable you to meet those goals.
Here is some information about the Big 3: Smart phones, E-Readers, and Tablets. No reviews, just info to get you started. Another great way to get more info on specific devices and apps is to ask your network – send your questions out on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Or just do a search using Google, Bing, or Alta Vista.
There are new smart phones phones every day, so check your carrier for the latest. I just upgraded to an HTC Incredible from my Blackberry Bold for $1 at Best Buy, I couldn’t say no. So the competition between providers is giving us excellent opportunities.
Blackberry, Android, and Apple are currently the most popular operating systems for smart phones. The following links will give you a start on identifying apps for your phone and your students’ phones. Once you identify the app, use your phone to access and download it. Look for free apps first – there are plenty out there.
- Blackberry: http://bit.ly/dF8wlV
- Android: http://bit.ly/gPPNnq
- Apple (iPhone, iPod Touch, etc.):http://bit.ly/gLPcf4
The choices for this tool have exploded in the past year. Now with all the new devices, which do you choose? And once you have it, what can you do with it? Here are some links that lead you through those decisions.
- Choosing an e-Reader: http://bit.ly/gISNxE
- Ideas for using e-Readers in education:
- Kindle Lending Club: http://bit.ly/hvSxx4
New touch screen tablets, like e-Readers, are coming out in droves. There are three basic operating systems, Apple, Android, and Windows. Take a look at these resources:
- Comparisons: http://lifehac.kr/eZUWeD and http://bit.ly/dTMDHa
- Getting apps for Android devices: In keeping with my commitment to make my learning transparent, I haven’t been able to find any good links, so I suggest that you use the Market on your device. As the devices are used more in education, you’ll see more blog posts sharing the apps.
- Getting apps for iPads: here’s one example of the types of blog posts you can find – http://www.appsforipad.net/
Hopefully, this post gives you a place to start. Please add any info to help us develop an effective resource.