Topics covered in this chapter include
  • What is mobile learning?
  • Educational benefits of mobile learning
  • Mobile learning pedagogies
  • Motivation and personalisation
  • Activities supported by mobile learning
  • Geolocation as ‘learning locations’
  • Administrative advantages of mobile learning
  • BYOD
  • Special considerations for mobile learning
  • Technical issues relating to mobile learning
  • Your own skills and perspective
  • The distraction factor
  • The parents-school dynamic
  • Apps and in-app purchases
  • Data securit and collection
  • Loan systems, data plans, firewalls, and insurance
  • BYOD technical and legal issues
  • Access to devices

For more detail, read Chapter 17 of Using Social Media in the Classroom. A best practice guide.
Mobile learning basics
  • Also known as 'mlearning'
  • Is 'anywhere, anytime' learning, not fixed by time (schedule) or space (location)
  • Two main elements: 1) the learner, 2) a portable digital device

Activities supported by mobile learning
  • Data gathering
  • Information processing
  • Voice recording
  • Video recording
  • Image/photograph recording
  • Access to content
  • Podcasting, vodcasting, photosharing
  • Other collaborative and knowledge-construction activities

Special considerations
  • See chapter 17 of Using Social Media in the Classroom for special considerations regarding mobile learning, including technical issues, loan sytstems, data plans, firewalls, insurance, and access to devices.


Further reading