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Leveraging the Power of Mobile Learning

Mobile learning used to imply laptop computers. But now, with a host of new and more powerful mobile learning devices available (including tablets and smart phones, with all kinds of corresponding learning “apps”), the definition of “mobile learning” has expanded tremendously.

This opens a new world of possibilities for extending the learning time for students, and making learning more participatory for them. For example, whereas with laptops you needed to be in range of a Wi-Fi network to get internet access, with a smart phone or tablet with wireless 3G connectivity you can get online from virtually anywhere. This truly delivers on the promise of “anytime, anywhere” learning.

Yet, as the choices now available to schools have multiplied, so, too, have the questions and concerns. With the generous support of AT&T, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives to help you understand all of your options for leveraging the power of mobile learning to enhance teaching and learning.

—The Editors

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Leveraging the Power of Mobile Learning

Survey highlights changing teacher opinions on ed tech

A new survey reveals evidence of a major shift in educators’ opinions regarding technology as an educational tool, which might be attributed to the increase in educator and…

‘Bring your own device’ catching on in schools

Mobile devices are now found in the hands of most children, and school leaders are using that fact to their advantage by incorporating devices that students already own…

Experts give advice on mobile learning

At this year’s Consortium for School Networking conference in New Orleans, not only did most attendees carry their iPads and smart phones from meeting to meeting; the annual…

CoSN’s crystal ball: Get ready for mobile learning, cloud computing

In one of the highest attended sessions of the Consortium for School Networking’s annual conference in New Orleans, CoSN, in collaboration with the New Media Consortium (NMC), on…

Mobile learning, online communities take the spotlight

During its annual conference in New Orleans March 15, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched two new initiatives: one to help school leaders understand how to lead…

Mobile learning: Not just laptops any more

Not all that long ago, the term “mobile learning” implied laptop computers and mobile carts that were wheeled from classroom to classroom. Now, as a growing number of…

Kineo: Like an iPad, but made for students

As more school leaders look at using iPads and other tablet computers as learning tools, the Florida-based company Brainchild has developed an iPad-like device that is designed specifically…

Ore. district says iPods fire up kids for reading

While other school systems across the nation have banned personal cellular phones or mobile internet devices, Oregon's Canby School District is one of a growing number of districts…

Electronics show to bring fiercer competition to iPad

Apple Inc.’s popular iPad is getting its strongest competition thus far as consumer-electronics manufacturers unveil tablet computers with bigger screens, front-facing cameras for video chatting, and other features…

Launching a Mobile Learning Program: What Every School Leader Should Know

Date: December 15, 2010 Time: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PST. Duration: One hour. Today’s students are wired. They have grown up with technology. They have integrated…

Survey: Mobile learning at a tipping point

According to a recent national survey, access to mobile technology in the classroom has more than tripled among high schools students in the past three years—and even more…

e-Rate administrator: New rules should help fund more applicants

The head of the agency that administers the federal e-Rate program had strong words of support for new FCC rules that he said would further streamline the program…

Virginia using iPads to teach social studies

In a huge step forward for K-12 education's move toward an all-digital curriculum, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with education publishing giant Pearson, is implementing…

Are computers for every student a wise investment?

Daily technology use in core subject-area classes, frequent technology use in intervention courses, and a low student-to-computer ratio can play a critical role in reducing dropout rates, new…

Program uses smart phones to increase math scores

Two years ago, public high schools in North Carolina began a pilot project to determine whether smart phones, in conjunction with curriculum resources, could be leveraged to increase…

Securing K-12 networks for 1:1 computing

The adoption of 1:1 computing programs and online K-12 learning programs are driving an industry-wide move toward accessible network access. In East Grand Rapids Public Schools, and in…

Summit: Mobile computing is education’s future

Speakers at a recent education technology industry summit had a key piece of advice for the company executives who make and sell products for schools: Go mobile.…

Speech recognition, mobile apps help build reading skills

Students’ scores on a national reading assessment have remained relatively flat for nearly 40 years. As educators work hard to bring that average up, many are excited about…