Exploiting mobile technologies in learning (Part One)
Wednesday 11th January.
The London Mobile Learning Group (www.londonmobilelearning.net) draws on the findings from their international research to inform the work of practitioners supporting at-risk learners. The session outlined the key principles of the socio-cultural ecology of mobile learning with particular emphasis on at-risk learners and with reference to specific mobile learning projects. The topics under discussion were: different ways of integrating mobile media into schools in constructive learning contexts; bridging the gap between the use of technologies in school and in everyday life; and harnessing the power of mobile technologies in promoting learning in informal contexts.
Invited experts who introduced the themes included Professors Norbert Pachler and Ben Bachmair, Institute of Education, University of London and John Cook, London Metropolitan University. Tony Parkin has written a summary of the proceedings. Exploiting mobile technologies in learning
Norbert Pachler, Institute of Education
John Cook, London Metropolitan University
Kevin Burden, University of Hull
Improving opportunities in school for at-risk learners
Exploiting mobile technologies in learning (Part Two)
Wednesday 11th January.
This workshop introduced practical approaches and solutions to teaching and learning with mobile technologies:
- teaching approaches, systematic change management issues and dos & don’ts concerning the implementation of mobile learning in classrooms;
- benefits and challenges of bringing tablet PCs (such as iPads) into schools ; and
- learner-generated videos and community platform specific solutions for at-risk learners.
The short presentations were followed by open discussions where participants provided their own experience and responded to questions. Invited experts were: Judith Seipold, MirandaNet Fellow (London Mobile Learning Group), Klaus Rummler (University of Bremen) and Luise Ludwig (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz); Kevin Burden, University of Hull; Ruth Lydall, Deputy Headteacher & Future Leader Programme, Andy Gill, Head of Faculty ICT, Copland Community School, Brent.
Judith Seipold, London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG).
Klaus Rummler, University of Bremen/London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG).
Luise Ludwig, University of Mainz
- Agenda Judith: General overview and strategic issues: Teaching approaches, systematic change management issues
- Agenda Luise: Classroom practice: Benefits and challenges of bringing iPads into school
- Agenda Klaus: Learning with user-generated media: Learner-generated videos and community platform specific solutions for at-risk learners
The Concept Map
The interactions in the MirandaMod and the FlashMeeting are further augmented by the use of MindMeister, a collaborative mapping tool being used to create and store knowledge created in real time. During the sessions at BETT12 – and after – contributors from across the country built this concept map.
During the sessions people followed the proceedings on Twitter, using the hashtag #MMAfA.