Implementing a mobile learning initiative is a complicated undertaking, no matter how much funding or stakeholder support you have. But a new resource from the Consortium for School Networking offers an outline for school administrators who hope to launch and sustain a successful mobile learning project.
The first step, Investigating, is to determine why you want to implement mobile learning. This can be accomplished by:
- Identifying the problem that must be solved.
- Researching background information and examples.
- Identifying skills that teachers, administrators, and students must have.
- Estimating the cost of implementation.
- Considering how to facilitate acceptance and measure success.
During this step, administrators should look for an overview of plans, best practices in mobile learning implementation, and research to support the procedure.
The second step, Scoping, involves identifying core stakeholders and defining an implementation scope, by:
- Gathering stakeholders and stakeholder requirements.
- Setting preliminary goals for the implementation.
- Defining a budget.
- Identifying participating classrooms, schools, and grades.
- Deciding in-house or external development and requirements.
School leaders should be sure they come to know their stakeholders and their needs throughout this step.
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