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This slide deck presents a small pilot study of using MOBL 21 and mobile device for teacher education.


  • 1.Mobile learning about mobile learning
    Michael M. Grant, PhD
    Michael M. Grant 2010
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2. Michael M. Grant
3. Background
4. What is mobile learning?
The intersection of mobile computing and e-learning: accessible resources wherever you are, strong search capabilities, rich interaction, powerful support for effective learning, and performance-based assessment. eLearning independent of location in time or space.
(Quinn, 2000, para. 5)
5. What is mobile learning?
The exploitation of ubiquitous handheld hardware, wireless networking and mobile telephony to enhance and ex- tend the reach of teaching and learning.
(Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNet, 2009)
6. vs.
7. A pilot invitation
8. What I did
Graduate Course: School Change & the Internet
Completely online course
Local students could check out an iPod Touch
One unit of nine
Inservice teachers & LMS certifications
Ages: 2451 (mean=36.4)All women
Survey adapted from (Motiwalla, 2007) and (Grant & Cheon, 2007)
Discussion posts about the experience
9. Demo
10. The mobile app/unit
11. 12. How did it go?
13. Lickert scale of 1:Strongly Disagree to 5:Strongly Agree
14. Lickert scale of 1:Strongly Disagree to 5:Strongly Agree
I liked it better than I thought I would. I was able to walk around with it and read more easily than with a book. But, I had to keep touching the screen to keep it lit because I was taking notes while I was reading.
Also, the font was small which was o.k., but I was wondering how someone with trouble seeing would adjust because the size couldn't figure out how or if the size could be adjusted like it can be on some other apps. I also, like the idea of it from a conservation stand point- less paper and waste.

The text was small and could not be made larger by turning the device or tapping (which enlarges the image in some apps), but I could still read it ok.

I really like the concept of this application. My husband has an i-Touch, so I was able to download the app. easily. However, we do not have Wi-Fi access on it, so I had to drive down the road a little to download the cards. After that I was able to take it to the ballgame and study.

I was not able to gain access to an Ipod . My experience with the desktop application was great. I had no problems downloading the applications or with maneuvering through the material. I liked the idea that I could quickly move from section to section without a lot of lag time waiting for it to load.

19. Unexpectations
Hey! Whered my image go?
20. Moving forward
Oh, its a three-month-old
Conversations with MOBL 21
adding Android and iPad versions
A mobile CMS mCMS?
Things to come
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21. Questions?
Twitter: @michaelmgrant
22. References & Acknowledgements
Grant, M. M., & Cheon, J.-p. (2007). The value of using synchronous conferencing for instruction and students. Journal of Interactive Online Learning, 6(3). Available at ticleID=109.
Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET ). (2009). What is mobile learning? Retrieved December 30, 2009, from
Motiwalla, L.F. (2007). Mobile learning: A framework and evaluation. Computers & Education, 49, 581-596.
Quinn, C. (2000). mLearning. Mobile, Wireless, In-Your-Pocket Learning. Linezine. Fall 2000. Available at
23. Michael M. Grant 2010