The program for the Mobile Learning Experience 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona will be online soon. In the meantime you can read about some of the 40+ fantastic sessions participants can look forward to. In addition to breakout sessions, there’s an opening keynote dinner, sharing sessions, scavenger hunt, panel discussions, and a game show. Keep in mind that Early Bird registration closes Friday, January 7 and regular registration closes in March.
Mobile Movie Making
Presented by Tony Vincent, AZ
See how an iPod touch can be used to film, edit, enhance, and publish short videos. Tony shares apps and techniques for making excellent educational videos. Learn about tips and tricks for helping students memorize lines, improving sound quality, changing camera angles, and much more. Best of all, be inspired to guide students to make movies that are so well done that you’ll want to publish them as a podcast so the world can enjoy the masterpieces!
Putting Mobile Back in Mobile Learning
Presented by Mark van ‘t Hooft, OH
Recent critics of mobile learning have argued that the mLearning revolution has merely provided “mobile learning in the classroom” (Nash, 2009), which is an oxymoron at best. While mobile tools provide 1:1 access to digital tools in formal classroom settings that is relatively cheap and affordable, it is their mobility that creates the most powerful opportunities for learning. This presentation will discuss the importance of “mobile” in mobile learning, illustrated with examples from a variety of projects.
iPad iTouch, iPhone Therefore iLearn
Presented by Katherine Burdick, AZ
Katherine will review over 30 apps for the elementary classroom looking at those for math, language arts, science, social studies, and for making presentations. Strengths and weaknesses as well as tips and strategies for use are highlighted.
1:1 Netbooks: Then, Now, and in the Future
Presented by George Lieux, AR
Over the past three years, Fort Smith Public Schools District in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has purchased over 4,000 netbooks for K-12 classrooms and trained 224 teachers to use them in their classrooms. The coordinator of the program will discuss all aspects of the program in this session. Topics include educational gains, netbook and other equipment used and their costs, selection of teachers, initial and ongoing training of teachers, evaluating the program, and tech support.
iPod touch School-wide Users Panel
Panel Includes Jennifer Wivagg, TX, Phil Hardin, NC, Susan Wells, NC, David Hogan, TX, and Suren Ramasubbu, CA
iPod Touch is increasingly being adopted as a mobile learning device by schools. The ecosystem of applications, device management, and wireless connectivity is making the deployment of these devices in the classroom possible while enforcing school policies. At Rowan-Salisbury, every student in participating 21st century classrooms carries a school-issued iPod touch. Teachers have found inventive ways of utilizing these devices to support educational needs. At Comal ISD, English language learners have been issued an iPod touch pre-loaded with specific applications and tasks designed to align with individual learning objectives. At Culbreth Middle, students use the iPod touches for a variety of project-based learning tasks. In this discussion, the panel will talk about the challenges faced from different perspectives – leadership, technology, budget, policy, deployment challenges, device management, classroom use, and results.
Is there a Magical Device for School?
Presented by Scott Meech, IL
iPod, iPad, notebook, netbook, smartbook: these are just some of the gadgets schools can choose from today. Is there an “ideal” device for student or teacher use? Do we set a school standard or let users choose their own? Join this team of experienced education leaders as they look at the positives and negatives of the different options, examine how to match hardware purchases with instructional and professional development needs, and describe how their schools are using the mobile devices they’ve chosen.
Presented by Jason Rhode, IL
Mobile microblogging involves users easily sharing text, photos, recorded audio, and even video using a single mobile app. During this hands-on session we’ll explore several free microblogging tools, including Posterous and Tumblr, and we’ll use their free accompanying mobile apps that make it possible to easily post text, photos, video, and even voice notes to these microblogging platforms from any mobile device. We’ll also discuss pedagogical possibilities of integrating mobile microblogging in the classroom and share sample learning activity ideas. Prior to the session, please sign-up for free accounts on Posterous at posterous.com and Tumblr at tumblr.com and download the free apps for both of these services on your mobile device from your device’s mobile app store.
iAuthor an iBook!
Presented by Meg Wilson, CT
Learn how to become an author in minutes by using an ePub template to create an iBook that can be viewed on an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad in the iBooks app. Discover how to embed audio, photos, video, and web links to make a personalized multi-modal iBook. iBooks are great for both students and educators to assist in the creation of books, reports, papers, lesson unit outlines, or other classroom reading materials.
Learning Differently Using Mobile Devices
Presented by Derek Keenan, Alberta, Canada
Explore critical thinking and authentic learning with mobile devices. This session will feature a description of the ways that we can enable students to think differently about course materials, and modify traditional learning structures to match new ways students want to interact with materials. This session will show the value that many modern teachers see in mobile learning, but may not be able to yet articulate or implement.
10 Apps You Can’t Graduate Without
Presented by Travis Allen, GA
The iSchool Initiative shows educators and students practical ways to use devices like the iPad and iPod touch in the classroom. They will go over some of their favorite apps and ways they as students all use this technology in their college courses. The focus is on the student perspective: What do they as students think of this technology and how do they feel it can better their education.
Web 2.0 and Technology Standards
Presented by George Lieux, AR
This session will align numerous free, online tools with ISTE’s Technology Standards. Suggestions for teacher and student use will be given for each of the tools.
Mobilize for Productivity
Presented by Tony Vincent, AZ
As a busy school leader, you receive dozens of emails a day, deal with scheduling meetings, and have an endless to do list. Never fear! There are tools, apps, and strategies to help you keep your head above water by keeping organized and connected. Productivity is described by guru David Allen as “advanced common sense” and by applying some simple strategies, you can unclutter your inbox, browse the web more efficiently, keep a centralized to do list, manage voicemails, and much more, all while being mobile.
Special Education App Development
Presented by Lisa Brandolo Johnson and Jeffrey Johnson
After developing iOS apps for two years, Lisa and Jeffrey have a unique perspective on app development and special education. In this session, they will outline what they’ve learned from this experience, give tips and tricks for your iOS devices, and give an intro to some of their products – iCommunicate, iReward, and My Pictures Talk. Come prepared to ask any questions about app development, differences between devices, or how to use any features of iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touches.
Appsolutely Changing Special Education: Leading the iPad Revolution
Presented by David Ligon, AZ
The iPad is fundamentally changing the way we need to look at funding, organizing, and deploying technology, as well as how this device can exponentially improve special education. The presentation will focus on the possibilities, management from a school perspective for teachers and tech staff, and successful implementations of the iPad. The discussion will cover an overview of iPads as Assistive Technology (AT) and a case study of iPads currently being used to service special needs students in PreK-12 schools. The session also includes a question and answer session about iPads as Assistive Technology and the Volume Purchase Program.
Making History Local, Digital, and Relevant: The GeoHistorian Project
Presented by Mark van ‘t Hooft, OH
The GeoHistorian Project is an initiative from Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET), aimed at educating K-12 students to become local historians, reducing the barriers between schools and community resources, giving students opportunities to create mobile digital content for their community, and investigating the potential of mobile tools for learning in informal settings. Currently in its first year, the project provides teachers with interdisciplinary curriculum and associated professional development. Student-created digital, and local historical content will be available online and freely accessible by way of QR codes (2-dimensional bar codes) that will be placed in relevant community locations and can be scanned with wireless mobile devices. This session will provide an overview of the GeoHistorian Project, including curriculum examples and some preliminary student-produced digital content.
Mobile Motivation: Using the iPod Touch in the Foreign Language Classroom
by Cori Araza, AZ
The iPod Touch is a great tech tool, with loads of potential in the classroom. Explore apps designed for foreign language teachers (mainly Spanish and ESL) and learn how to focus student attention on the app “at hand.” View lesson plans that use iPod touch and find out how to manage a mobile learning environment. See what these 21st century skills can do for student motivation and target language fluency.
Evolution & Evaluation: Planning & Implementing a Statewide mLearning Initiative for Workforce Development
Presented by Michael M. Grant, TN
In June 2010, the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) launched a plan to explore mobile teaching and learning in Tennessee. Inviting postsecondary faculty from over 25 workforce development centers across the state, exploration about the impacts of mobile teaching and learning with iPads to workforce development was the goal. This session will present the evolution and evaluation of this ambitious project. We’ll consider the planning, professional development, implementation, feedback, and data we have collected to date, as well as the lessons learned from the scope of this program.
Hey, Don’t Forget About Me: Mobile Learning for Special Education Students
Presented by Mary Keeney, AZ
For most students, technology can make things EASIER. For students with disabilities, technology can make things POSSIBLE! This session will highlight a number of device and apps that can be used to support special education students in the classroom and at home. Supports for reading, writing, math, organization and communication will be included. Attendees will also examine the features of popular devices and apps and learn to critically analyze them as they relate to the characteristics of students with special education needs. Learner characteristics may include impairments in fine motor skills, vision, hearing, cognition and language. There will be opportunities for hands-on exploration at the end of this fast-paced session. General education teachers will find that many of these resources may be used with “typical” students or as part of Response to Intervention.
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