We're Goin' Mobile
Mobile technology plays a key role in the everyday lives of the people we serve. Ask your students how many own laptops or computers. Then ask how many own cell phones. You will likely find more have cell phones. And what about smartphones? Early on we realized the educational potential for smartphones. When we first examined the prospect of integrating mobile technology into instruction, smart phone technology was in its infancy and few students or teachers had them. This has been rapidly changing. We recently completed a survey of some classrooms in Boston. We found that 38% of adult learners surveyed own smartphones. Now add to these ipads and tablets, and it is easy to see that mobile technology is clearly part of our learners’ lives. Why not leverage the tool they use on a regular basis for the purpose of increasing literacy!
Why mobile learning?If you are not yet convinced of the educational value of mobile technology, consider the following:
Mobile learning applications
What are we doing?One of our current projects is to develop and pilot two apps (for use on standard feature phones and smartphones) that accelerate learning of academic and health career-related vocabulary and concepts for adults preparing to enter postsecondary education and technical training.
With funding from Nellie Mae Education Foundation, World Education’s National College Transition Network is recruiting six adult educators in New England to pilot a new mobile phone project, called Words2Learn.
Whether students work in groups or individually, in or out of the class, the core strategies of the apps will include:
The pilot ends in December 2013, so we’ll be sure to let you know our findings after that.
World Education has been studying the viability of mobile technology in education for years. Here are some other examples of the work we have been doing:
Steve Quann is Senior Advisor for Technology in Education at World Education, Inc. In his role as instructional technologist, he designs, develops, and evaluates e-learning projects. He taught English language learners for many years and co-authored books on integrating technology with English language learning.
This article was published in the February 2013 edition of the World Education/U.S. newsletter. Go to our newsletter archive to view the rest of the current newsletter as well as earlier newsletters, or sign up for the newsletter here.
|Related Project: Words2Learn Mobile Learning Project (2013)|