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At the ITSC09 Apple in education conference in Brisbane, Australia, Jonathan Nalder, an Apple Distinguished Educator presented this workshop about the big picture of mobile learning as well as using the iPod touch in education.
1. Future citizens
What’s he thinking about you as an educator?
Students ﬂy a camera by balloon into the atmosphere.
Tullawong computer survey: Approx. 650 students surveyed
Overall %ʼs per Question:
2. Use Computer?
2B. Use twice/w?
4. Use Internet?
4B. Use net twice/w?
50 5. Mobile Phone?
5B. Internet on mobile?
6. Other mobile device?
2. BIG Picture
Students expect a learning
environment that accommodates
a mobile lifestyle, integrates
today’s digital tools, adapts to
individual learning styles, &
encourages collaboration &
- ‘A compelling model for the 21st-century:’
Apple Mobile Learning Solutions
Digital Revolution so far: CLOUD
Mainframe to Social
PC to Web P2P WiFi
mid-80ʼs mid-90ʼs 3.0
W E B 1.0 2.0 Everyware
Notebook sales Ubiquitous
Desktop: beat Desktops computing
Laptops Smart Blackberry 4G
Mobile: PDA phones email Eee PC
1G 2G 3G
- converged access
Phase 2: Connectivity goes to cloud data /
Phase 1: Computing goes mobile
mobile - Mobile Safari, Netbooks, Networks / services
- PDAs, MP3 players, podcasting
- one use, stand-alone Web Apps, 3G wireless broadband
“For many users, broadband mobile devices
like the iPhone have already begun to
assume many tasks that were once the
exclusive province of portable computers”.
A recent survey predicts that by the year
2020, most people across the world will
be using a mobile device as their primary
means for connecting to the Internet.
“Almost every Student carries a mobile
device, making it a natural choice for
content delivery and even ﬁeld work
and data capture.”
iTouch in Education in Australia?
“Preliminary research ... found students
were more willing to come to school, did
more homework and used their iPods
more than laptops or desktop computers”
- ‘Homework is fun on an iPod Touch’ www.smh.com.au
“It astounds me that after using
the iPod Touch in the classroom
since last year, there are still so
many new ways it can be applied
to my teaching, & so many new
connections to be made with
people who are starting to use
them around the world”.
Biancia Kattanach-Firebrace, Cale McCartin and Mitch Taylforth (left to right) were
given iPods to use at school while completing year 8 at Shepparton High School.
Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones
“With Studywiz Mobile students take tests,
access student galleries, download class work,
participate in polls, check their calendars, &
even join in class discussion groups to increase
the opportunities for learning in a safe,
“Teaching practices in the upper primary school have
been traditional and teacher-centred and we would like
to attempt to move to a student-centered learning
environment via the use of the iPod Touch”.
6 Queensland Educator’s talk
about using the iTouch
“My experiences so far have all been positive. It really is
a natural tool for them to learn on. Main strength are the
simplicity of its design. It is easy to access apps and
children of all ages can access the apps”.
“My 3 year old daughter loves superpoke pets where
she gets to feed, clean and play with a virtual penguin. I
really think the ipod touch has huge merits for learning
in the 21st century”.
- Dawn Clark, Cedar Creek
6 Queensland Educator’s talk
about using the iTouch
“The most signiﬁcant strength is its size, & subsequent
portability, which is important when considering devices
for integration. The device is easily managed, & can be
simply restored if mistakes are made”.
“I am seeing the rise of iPhones possessed by students.
By demonstrating productive use of the platform with
the iPod Touch I can teach students to use the device
they own in a more productive and effective manner”.
- Shane Roberts Gold Coast
Each clue is solved using a
(Record answers with screenshot)
Scavenger Clue 1: 987-634 + 29 X 163 =
Hunt Clue 2: Time Difference between Paris
Clue 3: Name of motor way near our
closest Apple store at Robina Town Centre
Clue 4: Temperature in Paris on Saturday
Clue 5: name a trending topic on twitter
(‘look under sources’)
Creating content on the iTouch
Task 1. Create - Choose an App to review:
■ Google Earth
■ PocketPhonics lite
■ iFlipr flashcards lite
• In pairs, write a review for first time users
• Focus on ease of use, and applications for
Educators and for students
• Twitteriﬁc - text/ pic screen - 140 characterʼs
• Evernote - text, screen pic, audio, handwriting
from writepad -> ALI
• email - email@example.com