There is something that happens in K-12 education. Movement. Revolution. A paradigm shift. Call what you can, but something definitely changes. Because of the lack of a better phrase, it is already called "Mobile Learning". You've probably heard this concept that bandied around at various K-12 technology forums already. What does it really mean?
I've been thinking about this change and what it means to students, teachers, and parents. I realized that this was a movement only when I attended the 2011 mobile conference. There were K-12 teachers, managers, technicians and even programmers at the conference. As a founder of Mobicip, you could say that I was one of the early changes who believed that students were going to use mobile phones instead of textbooks, laptops, and basically changing their backpacks. As much as I believed I knew this change, I did not fully understand the consequences of this change until I listened to Graham Brown-Martin, founder of Cross-border Learning and Organizer at the London Handheld Training.
On his mobile phone 2011, Graham had an interesting impact on mobile learning.
Think about what the car did to the stables wagon. That's exactly what mobile learning means to K-12 education. Indeed, the phrase "Mobile Learning" in itself is only misleading. It's not about mobility, although it's an important factor. This change is a ubiquitous, fair relationship and access to student information & # 39; fingers were. What makes such access? It gives them access to high quality communication that enables them to learn by doing, learning by practicing, learning by repeating, learning by enjoying a game, learning from the moment about the nature of the relationships. If you have any reason for doubt, talk to Travis Allen, founder of iSchoolInitiative.
According to Graham, mobile learning will ultimately lead to the Napster Confirmation of how K-12 students study. Let's take care of this for a minute. The diligent student would seek information, app and content that she wants at the time she wants it. Given that there will be an amazing number of options available, she would try to look for the best quality learning experience available. There is no question that high quality content is available online. Consider some examples.
1. MIT Open Courseware
According to its website, OCW is "web version of all the MIT MIT content courses." OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT function.
2. iTunesU  According to Apple, iTunesU has a "unbelievable, it's not, and it's not just MIT." Several universities have tracked the example and created online services that are accessible to anyone with browsers. more than 350,000 free lectures, videos, movies and other resources – all over the world. "All Free.
According to the Connexions Web site, it's" one of the most popular open kennels in the world. There are more than 17,000 study materials or units in storage and over 1000 collections (textbooks, magazine articles, etc.) used by over 2 million people a month. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is simply encouraging because it's amazing that one person has created 2100 videos that have been viewed 44.3 million times and count. To learn more, watch the video of Sal Khan on TED 2011.
5. App Store
But of course. The App Store has brought all new levels of instant interactivity to learning that was not possible before. The most common recurring theme in the mobile phone 2011 has been about amazing programs that people use. Every school, every teacher, every student has a personal list of favorite programs that they are more than happy to share with other worlds.
Clearly, Graham has something when he says that mobile learning is about instant access and connectivity. But I have the feeling that all that is covered in Mobile 2011, each backlinks, each article on this blog, put together, is still the tip of the iceberg. If Grah's prophecy is true, ubiquitous relationships and instant access change the basic definition of learning as we know it. The flow of education, from institutions to students, will be irreversibly withdrawn. The student now becomes a student, an applicant, a perfect judge of what quality learning experience means for her at a personal and individual level. The teacher, especially the good, will be incredibly precious and thoughtful and will manage revenue that is commensurate with their value for society. A new category of "mentor / coach" might arise as a friend, philosopher and counselor to the student, but with little power to instruct why and what, but simply guiding how. The role of the organization will be carried out in the transformation of the coordination of high-quality study materials, as it lives in the merit of a challenging student. Organizations that do not transform themselves will be left next to the joy of old times.
Will Graham's prophecy come true? Will it be a disturbing change in education as we know it? Is it simply unavoidable as a result of truly "mobile" learning ?
Only time will tell. Mobile 2011 will then be seen as harbinger of the coming era.
Thanks for organizers for a wonderful and inspiring conference.