Category Archives: Mobile learning

Two More QR Markers Installed

Yesterday, Thomas McNeal and I installed two more QR code markers for the GeoHistorian Project. The former sites of the L.N. Gross Company and the Twin Coach Company now feature their own markers. A few pictures:

GeoHistorian Curriculum Now Available for Download

After many revisions and lots of editing, the GeoHistorian curriculum is now available for download on the Curriculum page. This is a major milestone in our project, which is nearing completion. We’d like to thank everyone who helped us to get to this point, including:

  • Thomas Hatch, Julie Kenworthy, Lorie Bednar, Sandy and Henry Halem, and Glennis Siegfried from the Kent Historical Society, for providing us with access to lots of great archival materials, contacting numerous community members for help, and helping us teach almost 100 fifth graders about Kent’s history.
  • The five teachers (and their students) who spent long hours preparing for and teaching the GeoHistorian unit, including Robyn Elia and Christine Lowden at Walls Elementary School and Julie Cummings, Christine Goff, and Sean Mostov at Davey Elementary School.
  • The City of Kent, especially its Maintenance Department, for supporting our project and helping us with the installation of several QR code markers.
  • The Kent State University Libraries Special Collections and Archives for access to historical materials we could not get elsewhere.
  • Several students from Kent State University’s Honors College, who assisted us in the initial stages of the project.
  • The various citizens and business owners in Kent who provided us and participating students with access to their historic locations, old photographs, scrapbooks, and memories.
  • And last but not least, the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities, who believed in our project and helped to make it happen with their generous support.

We are not completely done yet though, as we still have several QR code markers to install and are finalizing a brochure that will help publicize the project and encourage citizens and visitors of Kent to explore its rich history. The last two markers will be installed on May 11, during a special dedication ceremony at Davey Elementary School. And of course, due to the success of the project, we hope to continue it in some shape or form next year.

IJMBL Vol. 4 No. 1 Is Out

The latest issue of the International Journal for Mobile and Blended Learning has just been published. It contains a couple of articles from the mobile research strand at the 2011 Learning Without Frontiers Conference that I chaired. My introduction to those articles can be found here. It’s sort of ironic this issue is being published now, as Learning Without Frontiers 12 is taking place in London this week.

Mobile 2012 Conference

I went to this conference in Phoenix last year, and it was great, so I highly recommend it. Here is some news I just got from the Mobile 2012 organizers:

Greetings!

The Arizona K12 Center is excited to bring you Mobile Learning Experience 2012!  If you haven’t already registered and you are interested in attending again this year, good news…we extended Early Bird rates until this Sunday, January 29th!  Attached is a flyer with more information, we hope to see you there!

For registration and information visit us at mobile2012.org.

Sincerely,
Arizona K12 Center

ISTE SIGML January 2012 Webinar

ISTE’s SIGML is hosting its first webinar of this year on Tuesday, January 24. Please click on the image below for the flyer with all of the information. You can register here.

LWF 2011 Late-Breaking Papers Due by Nov. 29, 2010

Are you doing something great in the area of mobile learning? Want to present about it in London at the 2011 Learning Without Frontiers Conference? If your answer is “yes”, this notice is for you:

Late-breaking papers for the 2011 Learning Without Frontiers Conference in London are due by November 29, 2010. Details about paper formatting and submission can be found at http://www.learningwithoutfrontiers.com/research-strand/. We are no longer accepting proposals for short or long papers.

Full conference details can be accessed at http://www.learningwithoutfrontiers.com/lwf-london-2011/. The conference will be held Jan. 9-11, 2011 in London.

Papers should be submitted to mvanthoo at kent.edu (please put “LWF 2011 late breaking paper submission” in the subject line). Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at this email account as well.

Mobile Learning Presentation at Miami U Mobile Learning Summit

I presented “Putting Mobile” Back into Mobile Learning” at the Miami University M-Learning Summit in Oxford, Ohio last week. The presentation slides can be found here. The main gist of the presentation is that there seems to be an increasing emphasis on mobile learning in the classroom (oxymoron anyone?), at the cost of the affordances that mobile devices provide, i.e. mobility!!

And BTW, John Traxler recently wrote an excellent post with some of his latest thinking about mobile learning, which is very similar to mine. His argument is one of disruption, i.e. the changes that mobile tools force upon learning with regards to where, when, and how we learn…