Since the iPad first appeared in stores in April of 2010, I’ve been looking for a clear approach to when and where apply tablets in the teaching and learning environment. I’ve attended several workshops on “iPads 101” or had coffee with friends to discuss our favorite apps, but it’s always to been an indirect path at best. At the 2013 eLearning conference in San Antonio, I attended a workshop that changed my view for the 1st time.
The workshop iPad Apps: Moving Beyond Getting Started, presented by Matthew Evins of Miami University in Oxford Ohio focused on apps for learning that are based on the categories of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The presenter shared his favorite iPad apps that would support student learning in each category of Bloom’s Taxonomy. All of the recommended apps were either entirely free or started initially free with a pay-option for expanded features.
Below is a link Matthew’s list of mobile apps:
Another workshop we attended was Apps, Apps, and More Apps, presented by Joan Osborne of Northern Virginia Community College. Joan took a similar approach in her presentation by grouping various mobile apps in categories of use. This type of categorization made for a much easier experience when selecting what value certain mobile apps offer. One of the most difficult things to do for mobile users is sifting through the overwhelming number of apps on the market and determining which ones are worthwhile. One of Joan’s criteria for selecting apps in her list was that faculty had previous experience with them and had provided a recommendation.
Blackboard Mobile Learn
Last July members from Chemeketa Online traveled to New Orleans for the annual Blackboard World conference. Mobile Learning was a repeated theme throughout the keynote speakers and workshops. During the conference keynote presented by Blackboard CEO Michael Chasen and President of Blackboard Learn Ray Henderson, the following video was shown.
Blackboard now offers a mobile application called Blackboard Mobile Learn that connects students and faculty to their online courses on their mobile devices. Now more than ever students and faculty have opportunities to supplement their teaching and learning while on the go.
Chemeketa Online is currently working on a project to develop a mobile app for the college. Our free mobile app keeps you up to speed with campus news, events, videos, images, social media and more. Navigate the college campus using maps and places right on your mobile device. For more information about the Chemeketa Mobile project, visit: http://go.chemeketa.edu/mobile
Mobile learning is a reality and not only the future, but the current. As Chemeketa moves forward into the world of mobile education, we can learn from this session how to help faculty frame their perspective of the role of mobile devices in the teaching and learning environment.