Mobile learning for teachers
January 3, 2011
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This paper discusses the use of mobile devices by teachers to support their professional development. It reviews practices such as recording in the classroom and sharing mobile-created artefacts for collaborative reflection (although it doesn’t elaborate on how this was achieved). It also notes the value of mobile learning for the school environment, where teachers are required to move between (often isolated) teaching locations on a regular basis, and gives examples of using mobile devices to create resources which can be used with learners in the classroom, to provide feedback and celebrate achievement.
The paper also discusses the ethics of both recording and sharing, for teachers and for pupils.
You will need:
- a mobile device with a camera (video or still), and/or audio recording functionality. This could be a mobile phone, a handheld device like an iPod touch, a camera, or a dictaphone.
- Tool(s) for sharing. The possibilities here will depend on the availability of an internet connection. You could upload resources to a shared web space, preferably access-controlled (e.g. in the VLE), send them phone-to-phone via MMS, connect your device to a projector to present in class, record audio files to CD, or print images out on paper.
Aubusson, P., Schuck, S., & Burden, K. (2009) Mobile learning for teacher professional learning: benefits, obstacles and issues. ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology 17 (3), 233-47.
Available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0968%2d7769&volume=17&issue=3&spage=233 [Accessed Jan 2011]