Ways the iPad can be used to help students

Another article on some of the benefits of students using the iPad. See the link below;

7 Ways To Use The iPad To Help Students Excel At School

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Free access

For many small training providers, getting access to the types of software available to providers with larger budgets can be difficult. These include such items as web conferencing, Learning Management Systems and file sharing facilities. However, there is some free versions available. For example, see the links below;

MeetingBurner Web conferencing

Mindflash LMS

Dropbox File Sharing

There are other types available as well, and also different versions of the same type as above; these are just some that we have used/come across.

Of course, they don’t have the features of some of the more well-known ones. But they do offer a good way to get started. They are a good way to provide a service to clients and build staff skills – later, a decision can be made about other options if so desired.

Let us know if you would like help to trial or implement this type of solution.

Does education need an upgrade?

In the article linked below, Virginia Heffernan writes on the subject of whether education needs an upgrade to get learners ready for the ‘digital age’. Virginia quotes figures that indicate that many of todays learners will be working in jobs that don’t even exist today. Read the article at:

Education Needs a Digital-Age Upgrade

Did you read the comments as well? These can give an idea of the range of views people have about the subject, and they vary widely.

So what does this mean? Much will depend on your point of view. I think one of the issues is how do we design and deliver learning for something we don’t yet know. We cannot do that effectively. But we can give learners the skills they need to get ready for it, even if what we have to deliver now is limited by training packages or curriculum. One to do this is to help them learn how to learn, then they will be able to learn what they need when they need it (just in time learning).

This is best done by being a facilitator, helping the learners in ways that suit them. Use technology as a tool. Incorporate the use of technologies where appropriate, but help the leaner see that the tech is a tool to learn what is needed, not the end in itself.

Education data

Most providers capture a great deal of information about their learners, but what is done with that information? This is discussed in the article linked below:

radar.oreilly.com – Education data and analytics article

Like most things, there are two sides to this. The article makes the point that “… we have to walk a fine line in the use of learning analytics.” If it can be used to improve learner outcomes and support them in the journey, then well and good.

See what you think.

Cooperation

When we think about tech in education, its often about the devices, and then the content. A related issue is the behind the scenes tech, and there are some issues here. These include the costs associated with supporting the devices and content. The link below is to an idea from the US about the creation of cooperatives:

Schools cloud cooperative

Tech helps students

According to a survey from the US, the use of technology can help students be more productive. See the links below:

Educators see link between technology, student ‘productivity’ (smartplanet.com article)

‘Making the Grade’ – New CompTIA Study CompTIA press release

QR Codes

This week a discussion about QR codes came up. We had looked at this a couple of years ago, for a project we were involved in, and there were some issues with getting some devices to download the software to read the code. This week, we had another ‘explore’ to see what might have changed. It seems that it’s now easier to get the software downloaded, and in the (very small) test we did, it worked fine. Some information on QR codes can be found at:

QR codes – Wikipedia

How QR Codes can grow your business socialmediaexaminer.com article

Beware of malicious QR codes abc.net.au article

There is a big difference between now and a couple of years ago in the amount of data available about QR codes and how they can be used. I havent come across their use for learning as yet, but someone is undoubtedly working on this right now! How do you think they might be used?