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« on: July 05, 2006, 03:53:11 PM »

Here is a paper for an MSc on smartphones and BSF/school design. Two applied case studies are described. Cool
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2006, 01:32:43 PM »

Cheesy That's great Johnny, I hope they gave you a good grade.

Johnny believes that teachers can play an important part in assessing how smartphones could impact on attainment and ascertain how to integrate them.   He points out that we need to consider what may happen if pupils can physically and virtually roam.  Some pupils already do quite well outside of school buildings and the vocational skills focus of the 14 - 19 agenda has reconciled that the benefits outweigh the dangers. He concludes that pedagogy in a public space is possible and adds that there are a many prerequisites to the successful implementation and use of smartphones as part of the Building Schools of the Future programme which include:

•   The inclusion of smartphones in the learning environment designs
•   Comprehensive deployment and ‘ownership’ of smartphones for teachers and students
•   The provision of smartphone training and support programmes for all staff and students
•   Smartphones to support clear pedagogic approaches and specific learning goals
•   A clear school smartphone usage policy
•   A clear and comprehensive safety and security policy

What do the rest of you think? Do you agree? Can you add anything?
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006, 04:14:51 PM »

Just had a quick glance through this paper and its certainly the most comprehansive document I've encountered dealing with mobile learning environments.
I look forward to reading it in full tonight.

I'm about to embark on a mobile learning project with Wandsworth schools and theres lots of good stuff to digest and inform my next steps.
My main goal for the project has been to utilise the devices ability to be always online and thereby provide the seamless 24/7 learning environment that we have been craving.
Consequently my focus has been very much on using smartphones rather than standalone PDA's.

Childrens learning has never been restricted to just the classroom, no matter what we egotistical teachers think - the playground is probably where most of what children perceive as meaningful learning takes place these days.
Traditionally, teachers have been kept out of this learning environment, but now we have the opportunity to show to pupils that all learning experiences are relevant, wherever they take place. (Actually, the pupils probably already know this and its just the teachers/establishment who need shaking up!)

People laughed at me years ago when I described my vision of one electronic device per pupil - I'm just surprised that its taken so long for the idea to have moved such a small distance!
The introduction of the National Curriculum in the 1980's killed off any idea for me that as teachers, we are the 'font of all knowledge' for our pupils - there was no way we were ever going to be able to deliver that amount of content. From there it became obvious to me that we were moving to a position where we would become more important as facilitators in our pupils learning process - providing them with the tools to successfully research, interpret, communicate and present information.

Technoligically, we are at the stage where this has become possible and a Johnny says, if we do not engage our pupils now and harness what is already their preferred method of communication, we are in danger of disenfranchising our pupil population.

Thanks Johnny for your insightful post!
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2006, 04:54:58 PM »

Wow jonny, that paper is impressive.  I have conducted research into using Tablet PCs in school and it was brilliant to read this paper as it is so well researched and comprehensive.  Schools have got to embrace the technology the pupils use day to day instead of us being separate from their lives.  Well done on this research!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2006, 09:22:53 AM »

This may also be of interest an entire book as word document...
Mobile Learning the Next Generation of Learning, by Desmond Keegan
http://learning.ericsson.net/mlearning2/files/workpackage5/book.doc
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2006, 03:41:56 PM »

I second that point by Jon - there is a hugely useful bibliography at the end of Desmond's paper
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