Being Mobile | Blog

Here you'll find analysis and views on mobile computing in elementary and secondary education by two outspoken technology advocates, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris. Being Mobile is published four times per month; a new post appears each Monday in this location.


K-12 Needs Social Learning!

“Social” as an adjective — as in social gaming, social media and social networks — is everywhere these days, and for good reason! We constantly engage in social learning: learning from and with each other. So is K-12’s current love affair with “personalized learning” a mistake? Hmmm.

Help Wanted: Write Curriculum to Support Collaborative Learning Using Technology

If collabrified apps are truly going to make a difference in the classroom, then teachers need curriculum that shows them how to use such technology. This week’s post is an open invitation to join our team of writers in creating a new generation of curriculum that explicitly leverages collaboration technology.

A Brief Critique of Mastery/Competency Learning

The mastery/competency learning movement is picking up massive amounts of momentum in K-12, but its reliance on an old method of instruction will, in the end, not result in creating students who can solve “uncharted problems” and learn how to learn.

A Hot New, Free Resource From the Feds: A Guide for Educational Software Developers

The U.S. Department of Educational Technology has just published an excellent resource for educational software developers. In our review of the guide, we point out that it makes the case that the Rubicon has finally been crossed: Technology is making (and will continue to make) a profound impact on K-12 education.

Helll-ooo! Watching Videos Does Not Necessarily Lead to Learning

Watching videos is fast becoming a canonized instructional method in K-12. But a young researcher from Australia has some provocative, scientifically based research that ought to give video proponents significant pause. But, all is not lost, as we report in this week’s post.

'Mobile-First' Is Everywhere — Except in K-12

The biggest technology companies in the world are racing to position themselves as “mobile-first" because people are using mobile devices all the time, everywhere. Going mobile-first is in — except in K-12 education.

A New, Free App Helps Students Explore Social Learning

The latest, free app in the Co.llaboration Suite of collabrified apps, Co.Xplore supports students in learning with each other by sharing the photos they take on their mobile devices.

The Missing — But Critical — Educational App

With zillions of apps in Apple's App Store and the Google Play store, how could there be an educational app that is not there? As you will read in this week’s blog post, there is an app that needs to be built — an app that we built for the Palm Pilot and PocketPC 10 years ago — that needs to be resurrected now!

“Why Should I Change the Way I Teach?”

Singapore’s Ministry of Education provides a clear answer to the question raised by a third-grade Singaporean science teacher: It’s no longer about preparing children for the Industrial Age. It's about preparing children for the Age of Knowledge Work. Okay, American education: Time to enter the 21st century!

App Security: Yet One More Thing Teachers Are Being Held Accountable For

As documented on the front page of the New York Times, teachers are being asked to make decisions about the data privacy and security aspects of the apps they bring into their classrooms. With the current district/school policies, it is only a matter of time before a parent will sue a teacher for allowing a child’s data to be published on the Internet. Something is wrong here!!

Being Mobile | Podcast

The Being Mobile podcast series features Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris at their outspoken best, having lively conversations about a different mobile technology topic each month.

  • Bringing Down Barriers to Mobilism

    Fresh from UNESCO Mobile Week in Paris, Elliot and Cathie report on how students in developing countries are using feature phones for education. April 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,919 KB Length: 04:00 Listen Now

  • One Tablet Per Child?

    Falling prices for computers and data plans could have a major impact on K-12, but is your infrastructure ready? March 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,039 KB; Length: 02:48 Listen Now

  • What Does "Successful" Mean?

    When it comes to using mobile devices in class, Elliot and Cathie caution against mistaking engagement for achievement. February 2013; File Type: WMA; Size: 2,757 KB; Length: 03:47 Listen Now

  • Welcome to the Podcast

    Mobilists Elliot and Cathie introduce their podcast and explain why mobile technologies are becoming an inescapable part of the classroom. January 2013; File Type: M4A; Size: 7,246 KB; Length: 03:39 Listen Now

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