Mobile Learning Best Practices

mobile 9EnglishCentral  has released its Android and iOS apps to big applause! Find, download and install them HERE.

Mobile learning definitely adds a lot and the convenient access will mean more engagement by students and more learning!

Teachers need to think of a number of important things when adding mobile learning to the school’s curriculum. This article outlines these very well:

1. Keep the focus on student outcomes independent of the device. Mobile access is only another way for students to access content. The focus is always the content itself and most importantly your goals and expectations for student learning.

2. Communicate with all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, community) regarding the new mobile offerings and access. Reach out transparently to let everyone know the goals and the reason why you believe allowing mobile learning is important.

3. Stop for a moment and think about the issue of equal student access. Many students might not yet have a tablet or a smartphone. How will you help those who don’t? How will you deal with issues of unfairness and students who might complain about not being able to complete assignments?  Don’t let it stop you from using mobile but think through the issues. With EnglishCentral, we have a full solution with books, mobile and web – so students can complete assignments without a smartphone or tablet.

4. You’ll have to give up some control and trust students to become independent learners and self-directed. This is good. But beware that you’ll need to deal with this as a teacher, as a program. Trust is a big part of the new educational paradigm.

5. Have a plan to measure the effectiveness of the mobile access.  Is it working? What benefits is it giving students and teachers?

There are great advantages to using apps and mobile access in education. We’ve found student time on task and motivation increases greatly. This infographic explains this a little more.

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Comments

  1. M learning (Mobile Learning) is the trend. Who is not connected on the move you miss many opportunities. It is great to know English Central is going to be available on the move.

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  2. “You’ll have to give up some control and trust students to become independent learners and self-directed.”

    So that means that you will not be able to track what students will do from the mobile app? Is that it. The way the info about the considerations on mobile, I’m sorry I could not follow some of them. Could you clarify on what exactly will the students be able to do?

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    • Rinaldo, No. The Teacher Tools and LMS will still remain as they are but only accessible by teachers on the web. Teachers will get all the reports and data of student study through our apps. But they only can view this by way of a computer/browser.

      Students will be able to study all the video lessons teachers assign through the apps. Teachers will continue to get reports on that study.

      The advice about “give up some control” is directed to the fact that with mobile apps – students will be doing more and more self-directed study. Teachers can’t look over their shoulder or be sure they are always on task and not checking their FB or messaging. So teachers/schools will have to trust students. But EnglishCentral will always be there with reports to verify students have done the work!

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      • juniorwarrior says:

        Awesome. That’s fair enough and I like it. I’ve already gone ahead and shared this will a whole bunch of students. They are going bezerk with this new bit of good news. Thank you so much English Central. I was looking forward to this day!

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  3. Vicki Curtis says:

    I’m thrilled, and I know my students will be thrilled to have the ability to access English Central on mobile devices! We have been waiting for this! Yea!!!’

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    • Yes. It has been a long wait but fortunately it will be very worth while. Will be interested to know what your students think. We’ve got great feedback in our testing at schools. The feedback and functionality is less than with a browser but students appreciate less options and more of a gateway/funneled learning path.

      David

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  4. Heidi Zülau Jørgensen says:

    Hi
    Is the App already available? Or do we have to wait a little longer. I work at a school where all the pupils have iPads, so it is very relevant to us.
    Best regards Heidi

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  5. Albert P'Rayan says:

    It will be great if teachers who have experimented m-learning in the ESL/EFL classroom share their experience. I’m carrying out research on m-learning. I have reviewed many English learning apps and published in Edex, a higher education supplement with The New Indian Express. In many educational institutions in India students are not allowed to bring mobile devices to the classroom. In my view, not allowing the students to use mobile devices in the classroom for educational purposes is like clipping the wings of birds and depriving them their right to fly. I welcome your comments. You can follow me on Twitter @albertprayan .

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    • Hi Albert,

      Thanks you for the information and yes, that is perhaps the largest barrier at present – students simply being able to / allowed to take advantage of this powerful tool. It’s terrible. We’ll be sure to follow you and look forward to any comments you have about our apps.

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