Learning with mobile media

This morning I read a post on Teaching with Technology, by Ben Rimes, which outlined ideas for teaching and learning for teachers, but also ideas for parents.

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Under the heading "Supporting Your Child's Learning with Mobile Media", he suggests:
  • "Load up on digital content before a new topic or unit of study – If you can look at your student’s syllabus or assignments ahead of time for a class they’re taking, try to load up their mobile device with podcasts, videos, and other digital media that pertain to the topic coming up. You now have a digital handheld library of content that serves as a good starting point for reference.
  • Small “infobytes” can be just as helpful as longer content – Often all learner’s need are small pieces of information to help support their learning. Having longer pieces of media in the form of audio lectures and videos can be helpful, but often with a mobile device you just want a few minutes worth of an explanation or demonstration of a topic.
  • Capture learning moments all around you – A lot of learning takes place in the real world, away from the classroom. Many mobile devices have cameras and microphones built right in, so you can capture audio, still images, or video whenever you come across a “teachable” moment. Students can use it later for studying, sharing with their classmates, or just as a valuable reminder of application of their learning in the real world.
  • Play a little – When approaching the end of a unit or learning objective, students have much more to rely on when it comes to reviewing. Audio podcasts, videos, and apps are helpful, but increasingly games and other “play based” forms of review on websites and in mobile apps are playing a role in learning. Allow time for your child to play games and simulations related to the content on their mobile devices.
  • Know when to put the device down – Although mobile devices are everywhere, don’t let them dictate every aspect of learning. Sometimes it’s good to put down the devices, get your hands dirty, or communicate with others face to face. Make sure to balance time spent “plugged in” with time spent communicating and interacting with others without the mobile device."
ISOCS parents can follow our program of inquiry at this link, and can keep up to date about what's happening in each class room through our class blogs (links are in the side bar of this blog, under "ISOCS Class Blogs").  ISOCS keeps a list of bookmarks about iPad apps for Primary Students on Diigo. It is by no means complete, or exhaustive, but lists apps and information sites which seem to be appropriate for younger students as they are discovered by our staff.
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