Is anyone paying attention? Can mobile devices rescue our Learning Environments? #mLearning #mobile #edtech #edchat

I recently completed several graduate courses where I noticed (more than usual) the prevalence of laptops in the instructional space. Half of my peers had open screens for most of the class. I found myself wondering, what are they typing? What are they looking at? Facebook? Twitter???? The eyes down, clickety-clack of the keyboard MUST …

Oregon Trail: Single UX to Multiple UX #edgaming #edtech #UX

Remember Oregon Trail? dysentery, cholera, broken wagon tongue... good times right? Even after the 12 years I've been using the Oregon Trail (OT) Game in my seventh grade classroom it never ceases to amaze me how excited my students always get about such a simple game. A blogger referred to the Oregon Trail game as …

Paradigm Shift: #mLearning meet #PD

mLearning Mobile learning (mLearning) is rapidly gaining acceptance internationally for users in many contexts. Smartphone users expect that their device will deliver content anytime, anywhere on-demand. A culture shift is occurring where anecdotal, scheduling, and calculating knowledge is no longer carried as cognitive space since mobile devices are effectively and efficiently bearing that burden. Is …

Gaming in the Classroom #edtech #edgaming #angrybirds

Incorporating the novelty of gaming into an instructional atmosphere can be tough and will definitely come under scrutiny by colleagues. Realizing the attention grabbing implications, I've been exploring how to effectively and efficiently bring in gaming to my classroom setting. Last night, I received an email from a parent (also a teacher) about my use …

mLearning & Activity Theory

mLearning and Activity Theory The mobile learning (mLearning) community is in the process of a paradigm shift comparable to the transition of static internet (web 1.0) to the present-day dynamic internet (web 2.0) where interactivity, file sharing, and access are becoming more ubiquitous. Successful mLearning atmospheres must be designed to incorporate dynamic attributes that will …

Teacher Centered Technology Integration in K12 Instruction: The Missing Link in K-12’s Evolving Digital Learner?

Teacher Centered Technology Integration in K12 Instruction: The Missing Link in K-12’s Evolving Digital Learner? Successful technology integration is not so much a question of “Sage on the Stage” or “Guide on the Side” rather… it’s a question of prioritized preparation and implementation. This post explores how to best facilitate effective technology integration with educators …