[Technology 969] Re: M-learning through cell phones

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Eunice Snay ESnay at qcc.mass.edu
Tue Apr 24 11:23:04 EDT 2007


David: Do you know how the phone cost involved are paid? Does it come
out of the individuals plan? Does the program support the student use
of this technology in any way? This seems to me to be the stumbling
block for use.

Does IPod fall under this category? Especially the Video IPod that has
similar functionality.

This whole group of technologies fall under what I consider "what do
student already have and use". So the student's doesn't need to learn
the technology again, their already using it. Why not make use of what
they have for education.

I think teachers are in the same category, in that they use these
technologies themselves and it's a technology they don't need to learn
to use again. But we need idea's like these for the teachers to think
broadly for uses in their classes. I recently was asked by a teacher
that I met on the street, "How do I text Message". She had the need at
that moment, it turned into a real learning opportunity.

I like the example you used below especially becasue it's for the low
level learner. Teachers tend to discount using technologies with this
group of students. Though just the opposite should be thought of for
this population becasue technologies can assist them with their
learning.


Eunice Snay
Regional Technologist for Central SABES
508-854-4514
esnay at qcc.mass.edu

-----Original Message-----
From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov
[mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov] On Behalf Of Debra Smith
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 3:35 PM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 967] Re: M-learning through cell phones


In beginning ESL for adults, I have used the 'record' feature on
students' mobile phones to individualize instruction, recording short
sound files to let students listen outside of class to something they
were having difficulty mastering, and I have used mobiles in class to
have students practice model telephone dialogues with a tutor (My child
will be absent from school today; What time does the store close? etc.).
It's enough harder to talk without seeing a face, and sound is enough
less clear on a phone than in person, that the exercise seemed
worthwhile.
Debra Morris Smith


On 4/23/07, David J. Rosen <djrosen at comcast.net> wrote:

Marilyn and others,

Cell phones (called mobile phones in much of the rest of
the world)
are being used for learning projects in classrooms (and
outside) by
high school students. M-Learning is also being done
with young
adults in the U.K., South Africa and Australia. See:

http://www.m-learning.org/

This is a web site in the U.K. devoted to m-learning,
and it
describes a multi-year project focused on basic skills
learning for
school dropouts aged 16-24. Handhelds, especially mobile
phones, are
ubiquitous in youth culture in developed, as well as in
many areas of
developing countries. They are as comfortable to young
people as
pencils and pens. They also allow access from a wide
variety of
places, and at any time. The instruction is designed in
game format,
using appealing graphics, and with content of interest
to young
adults. The youth involved in the three-year project,
from 2001-
2004, were not enrolled in any education or training and
were
unemployed, underemployed, or even homeless. The
m-learning
infrastructure includes a Learning Management System and
a
"microportal interface" which together enable access to
m-learning
materials and services from a variety of mobile devices
plus web and
TV access.

On the web site, look at the interactive demos and the
video clips
(right sidebar menu) . Notice that some of the
m-learning projects
involved "embedded" contextualized workplace learning
http://www.m-
learning.org/projects.shtml .

Two other examples of Mobile Learning:

1. ACT (college) entrance test preparation ($20)
http://www.handmark.com/products/detail.php?id=402

2. News by phone, for example ABE News
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Wireless/ , or
CNN toGO http://www.cnn.com/togo/

Mobile learning (M-learning) is also called HDUL
(handheld devices
for ubiquitous learning, pronounced "huddle" I guess).
You can read
some research on it at:
http://gseacademic.harvard.edu/~hdul/

You'll find a pretty good bibliography of (mostly
online) resources
on m-learning at
http://www3.telus.net/~kdeanna/mlearning/related%
20links.htm

Here's an example of a project for low-literate ESOL
students that
someone could try:

Using a cell phone camera, an ESOL student project might
be to build
a picture dictionary of their own. Students photograph
objects they
want to know the English word for (the cell phone is a
handy way to
do that just when they discover they don't know the
word) and then
send the photo to a Web page. Later they -- or other
students --
look up the English word for the picture and add it
beneath the
picture, possibly with a short audio file in which the
word is
pronounced. Perhaps a creative teacher on this list has
already done
such a project and you could send us the URL.

Is anyone on the technology discussion list doing
M-learning with
adults or out-of-school youth?
I have added a page about mobile learning (m-learning,
i.e. learning
delivered to cell phones or PDAs) to The Literacy List
at:

http://www.newsomeassociates.com (scroll to the bottom,
select
"publications", then "The Literacy list," then "mobile
learning")

or

http://www.alri.org/literacylist.html

http://alri.org/litlist/mlearning.html

Anyone, please let me know if you have suggestions of
other resources
which should be included on the m-learning page (or any
other page)
of The Literacy List.

David J. Rosen
djrosen at comcast.net


On Apr 23, 2007, at 10:39 AM, Marilyn Williams wrote:

> Wouldn't it be something if our students' back to
school materials
> list one day included a cell
> phone! The cell phone is part of most/many student's
lives already,
> maybe we should be looking
> at it as an educational tool rather than something
that doesn't
> have a place in the classroom.
>
> Marilyn
>
> Marilyn Williams
> 6th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies
> Kennedy Middle School
> Eugene, OR
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Lissa probus <joyess1 at gmail.com>
> Date: Friday, April 20, 2007 10:31 pm
> Subject: [Technology 963] Re: handhelds day 2
> To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List <
technology at nifl.gov>
>
>> The cell phone thing has my attention lately. Much of
the low end
>> of the
>> digital divide access the web via cell. Mini-chunks?
Word of the
>> day via
>> text? Picture word induction?
>> Interesting.
>>
>> Lissa Probus
>> IDT ODU
>>
>> On 4/20/07, Marilyn Williams <
williams_ma at 4j.lane.edu <mailto:williams_ma at 4j.lane.edu> > wrote:
>>>
>>> I understand that there are sites doing some pretty
creative work
>>> with
>>> cellphones. An issue
>>> would be availability (would the school purchase
cellphones and a 2
>> year
>>> plan?) as well as
>>> uniformity (if students used their own, might be
difficult to
>> teach). I
>>> don't know if cell phones
>>> can upload/download the same kinds of applications
which have been
>>> developed for computers
>>> and PDAs either. The portability of a cellphone
would certainly be
>>> something to consider.
>>>
>>> Marilyn Williams
>>> 6th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies
>>> Kennedy Middle School
>>> Eugene, OR
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Mariann Fedele <MariannF at lacnyc.org >
>>> Date: Friday, April 20, 2007 1:40 pm
>>> Subject: [Technology 960] Re: handhelds day 2
>>> To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
>>> < technology at nifl.gov <mailto:technology at nifl.gov> >
>>>
>>>> This message is being posted on behalf of Kuulei
Reeser:
>>>>
>>>> What about cell phones? They appear to have
similar features to
>>>> handhelds
>>>> plus have internet access and are a lot more
affordable and
>>>> accessible
>>>> to
>>>> the students.
>>>>
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