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Mobile Learning: Effective Anytime, Anywhere Education

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Mobile learning is growing by leaps and bounds, and mobile learning devices are no longer restricted to the classroom. Most students, including young students, own or have access to cell phones, iPods, tablets, or other handheld devices—and school administrators are quickly realizing that students can use those devices to access school websites, classroom assignments, and other educational resources from both school and home.

But for mobile learning to break through barriers of time and space and enable true 24-7 learning to occur, school leaders need the right policies, support structures, and platforms in place to extend the learning environment from school to home and in between.

With the generous support of Blackboard, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives, along with other relevant resources, to help you make sound decisions about how best to deploy mobile learning in your schools.

—The Editors

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Experts outline mobile learning tips

Experts outline mobile learning tips

Mobile learning and the ability to give students anytime, anywhere access to school resources are high on every educator’s list, but the technology brings with it valid concerns—including…

With mobile device management, schools can rest easier

With mobile device management, schools can rest easier

When you’re handing out 27,000 iPads and iPod Touches to your students and staff, having an easy way to manage all the devices—pushing out just the right applications…

75 percent of youths text daily; one in four has a smart phone

75 percent of youths text daily; one in four has a smart phone

More than three-quarters of all U.S. teenagers have cell phones, and of those, a growing number have smart phones—cell phones that are always online.…

Teachers share tips for using smart phones as learning tools in class, at home

Teachers share tips for using smart phones as learning tools in class, at home

For years, schools have banned the use of cell phones in schools. But today, some schools are cautiously embracing smart phones as a student-friendly technology that can enhance…

Report examines ‘school to home’ communications

Report examines ‘school to home’ communications

A new report has identified key trends and issues when it comes to how teachers, parents, and students communicate, and it indicates that the growing prevalence of mobile…

Educational apps for early learners see huge jump

Educational apps for early learners see huge jump

As mobile learning devices crop up in classrooms from coast to coast, the market for educational apps appears to be thriving, with educational apps for pre-schoolers and toddlers…

Tips and success stories for effective mobile learning

Tips and success stories for effective mobile learning

More and more schools are using mobile learning devices to help boost student engagement and achievement, and a new monograph from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) examines…

Panel examines ed tech, personalized learning

Panel examines ed tech, personalized learning

Education policy in the United States should change and adapt to digital technologies that make personalized learning a reality, agreed a number of panelists during an Oct. 6…

‘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…

Additional resources

Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Courses

Best Practices for Mobile-Friendly Courses Learn ways to optimize the learning experience and to provide the most universal access to course materials for mobile users.

Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile!

Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile!Read about emerging trends, implementation considerations and strategies for implementing mobile learning initiatives. This report, written by Project Tomorrow, compiles data from the annual Speak Up survey about 21st Century Learning Trends.

Leverage Mobile Technology In Your District

Leverage Mobile Technology In Your DistrictIs it becoming more difficult to keep students and parents engaged and informed of critical information? Discover how to impact teaching and learning and extend online learning by giving students and teachers access to course content, and the ability to view documents in multiple formats, post announcements, create discussion threads and posts, and comment on blogs and journals. Also, learn about a dynamic communication tool that gives students, parents, and teachers on-demand access to district-wide resources and essential information such as directories, calendars, lunch balances and course schedules on the mobile devices they already own.

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