Week 4 Assignment 1: Educational Technologies Blog
The two mobile learning technologies I will reflect upon are I-pods and the GPS units. According to Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer, 2012c) “as we start to see little devices that you can carry in your hand, it’s going to give mobility to learning” (p.1).
With that said, Wylie (2012) illustrates that “the iPod Touch, for instance, is among the more popular mobile learning devices to hit classrooms across the country. This tactile, touch-screen device is easy for children to use, and comes with built-in Wi-Fi to access the Internet.” I feel that this is a great device that can be used with learners because of the easy access that is available for individuals to be used almost anywhere where Wi-Fi is available. For example my daughter and her classmates who are six years old use the I-pod in their class for solving math problems and the I-pad for learning the calendar, weather, and play learning games.
The rationale for why I would use this technology is because it offers a great way for learning to take place in almost any educational content due to the apps that can be downloaded in order to advance learning, I-pods can also help learners build relationships with one another if they are in a group setting, as well as making educators jobs easier when they are teaching where they can gather information and help lessen the workload of having to repeat their work if they record it.
I would incorporate using an I-pod by using applications which relate to what we were learning as a group and then having learners to participate by giving them guided directions into how to download applications making this as an assignment so they learn how to use technology more effectively.
The second way I would use I-pods in the classroom would be by storing educational lectures and assignments, diagraphs, etc. where learners could not only hear what expectations I want them to be taught but also see examples of how to also complete their work.
As for the GPS S (2010) “this is an acronym for Assisted Global Positioning System. It addresses signal and network problems by using assistance from other services. GPS uses 27 satellites (24 currently working, 3 are meant for backup, in case of failure) to enable a person to pin-point his current location.” I feel that GPS are useful due to me not having a sense of direction and it came very handy this summer when I was traveling with my daughter and it got us to the location safe and sound.
The rationale for why I would use this technology is because this could help learners locate places; learn about geography and maps, as well as learn about other people and their surroundings which promote multicultural awareness.
I would use the GPS system as a geographical educational tool where learners would have to plan a trip and provide a detailed report of how they were able to get from their destination to remote location of choice as well as sharing the strengths and weaknesses of their journey.
The second way I would use the GPS system is by having learners do a hunt and finding clues to piece together a project. For example I would have 6 clues each clue would tell how and what the students should be looking for in order to solve the next piece of the puzzle to get reveal what the learning activity is based upon.
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012c). Mobile learning. Baltimore, MD: Author.
S, Kamakshi. (2010). What is a-GPS? How does it work? Retrieved from http://tech2.in.com/features/all/what-is-agps-how-does-it-work/115142
Wylie, J. (2012). Mobile learning technologies for 21st century classrooms. Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3754742