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A Brief Bibliography on Digital Learning

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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Texting for Education

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2011 at 10:11 am

While here in the United States the number of computers still outstrips the number of cellphones, in the rest of the world it is not that way. Of the 7 billion people in the world, a whopping 4.1 billion are now wirelessly connected via cellphones. In many foreign countries, this means that the Internet connection many people have is only a cellphone. The fact that more than 6.1 trillion text messages were sent in 2010 suggests that there may be a place for short message system (SMS) or other cellphone use in the education of our youth.  A recent article by a British research group appearing in T & D magazine, quoting from a study done for the United Kingdom’s leading e-learning company emphases that mobile communication has advantages over other forms of communication.  Key mobile learning benefits: it is more convenient, it is more relevant, it can take place during down time, it eliminates technological barriers, it empowers learners, it enhances content retention, it enables speedier remediation, it leads to improved learner confidence, it results in better professional judgments, it makes for easier evidence collection, it encourages reflection, and it affords numerous social learning opportunities. (Norman, 2011) If you couple the fact that those in lower economic strata are more likely to have unlimited texting plans and sometimes better phones than those in other levels of society, it makes sense to consider education via cellphone and short messaging. Of course, convenience is the major reason for considering educating via short messages on a mobile platform. Think about it. Then talk with a few teenagers about what they think of the idea. You can say a lot in 140-160 characters. Just ask Twitter!

 

Norman, N. (2011) Mobile Learning Made Easy, T & D Magazine, December Issue.

Media Addiction

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm