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.


Teachers Who Blog About Technology: Reflective Practitioners

In this week's blog we recognize the profession of teaching. We introduce our readers to the blogs of two teachers — a veteran blogger and a newbie blogger. Both are demonstrating the highest of professional skills: reflection. If you are a teacher-blogger, tell us about it, please!

Personalized Learning, Flipped Classrooms, Video Watching: Last Gasps of the Old Education

The dominant educational model in the United States is still "education as acquiring stuff." Even when modern technologies are used to support this model, the hordes of unemployed and underemployed students — OUR children — are proof that this model is broken and ineffective.

The $100 Computer Is Here: K-12's Inflection Point Is At Hand!

K-12 is about to hit an Inflection Point – "a moment of dramatic change." The $100 computer is here; access is no longer THE roadblock. It is difficult to predict what will happen at an inflection point. Business as usual, however, is rarely the outcome.

When Will They Ever Learn, When Will They Ever Learn

Cathie and Elliot hold an intense conversation about the need for teachers to be provided with curriculum that has been built from the ground up exploiting the affordances of mobile devices using technology is going to have a positive impact on student achievement!

'Life IS Good' When Robbie Melton's Around!

If you, your school, your district is considering purchasing mobile gear, RUN, don’t walk to a site Dr. Robbie Melton (Mobile Gadget Maven Extraordinaire) and her crew have created where you will find tips, reviews, descriptions, pictures, testimonials, etc., etc. etc. on all the "stuff" involved in supporting mobile learning. But before you run off, read a fun story about how Robbie and her Magical Gadget Bag saved our bacon at the UNESCO meeting in Paris (February 2014).

Web 2.0 to Social 3.0: The Next Big Thing

While web services that supported asynchronous collaboration on sites such as Facebook and Edmodo are the hallmark of Web 2.0, Social 3.0 is ushering in support for synchronous collaboration – with the Google Docs Editor as the pioneering example. And by 2017 every app and every webpage will be Social 3.0-ified and will support synchronous, real-time collaboration. You read it first!

Bubble 2.0? Schmubble 2.0! Stocks May Fall, but Technology Is Not Going Away!

Chicken Little is out of the chicken coup! It’s Bubble 2.0! Not so! Just the opposite in fact: while the stock market may go and down, technology is tremendously more rooted in our daily and enterprise lives than it was when Bubble 1.0 occurred. Time to integrate technology (mobile, in particular) into schools; technology (mobile, in particular) is not going away.

How To Use Technology To Increase Student Achievement Is Not a Mystery!

While good news about how technology is positively impact student achievement in U.S. K-12 schools is in short supply, the fact is this: It is not a mystery how a school can use desktops, laptops and, yes, even iPads to increase student achievement. Check out our blog; we spill the beans on how Nan Chiau Primary School in Singapore is using smartphones and 1:1 to support increases in achievement -- especially in students' development of 21st century skills!

YesWeKhan: Learning Alone is History!

The data are clear: when using online resources such as the Khan Academy videos, videos from flipped classrooms, and in higher ed -- MOOCs, learners sitting at the kitchen table or in their room or on the family couch will at some point hit an "I'm stuck" bump. Instead of quitting, which is what usually happens, use YesWeKhan, an Android app, to collaborate with a buddy and work through the confusion. Currently, YesWeKhan VERYbeta supports watching Khan Academy videos -- collaboratively.

Students Owning Their Learning: A Tale of 2 Schools

From Dewey in 1916 to PISA findings from 2012, with scientific research and personal experiences in between, we know that student ownership of their learning is absolutely key. In this week’s blog post, we explore how student ownership is facilitated in a direct-instruction school (Carpe Diem schools) and a project-based school (New Tech Network schools).

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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