Nice piece from ITV West on how Gloucestershire College are using PSPs to support and enhance learning.
Some related posts from this blog about how we have been using PSPs.
Last week saw the Game Based Learning Conference, we didn’t go, but that didn’t stop us from talking about using games for learning and using gaming devices to enhance and enrich the learning process.
This is the forty-first e-Learning Stuff Podcast, We’re playing a game
Interesting and informative podcast from RSC NW about St Helen’s College use of PSPs.
Gill explains how these devices came out of the MoleNet funding stream and why she finds them better than some other devices for capturing and playing back video evidence. She explains how easy to use these devices to display PowerPoint presentations, screen shots and photographs as well as capture high quality video and sound.
Often when people mention mobile learning they automatically think about mobile technology, notably mobile computers, specifically Windows Mobile PDAs and iPhones.
For me it is a different philosophy, much more about learning when mobile.
It was walking around different colleges which made me realise that when it came to mobile learning, it wasn’t about getting PDAs running learning content (though I am sure there are scenarios which they would enhance and support learning), but was much more about using the devices our students already have.
These could include
One end result of this was a presentation I gave at the 2006 JISC Online Conference, available here, which looked at how to use a range of consumer mobile devices for learning. I also made a video of the presentation which was made available to delegates at the conference for their mobile devices.
Since then, three years later, the market has moved forward quite dramatically, it is now even easier for learners to access audio, video and web content on their mobile devices. Devices such as the PSP, the iPhone, the Nintendo DSi are more widespread and are also much more connected and can play a lot more content.
One of the key factors has to be how easy is it for the learner to access that content?
Another barrier to overcome is to realise that the mobile device is only one tool that a learner may use for learning. So though a learner may listen to audio, or view video on a mobile device, assessing their learning may take place using a traditional computer or a pen and paper. For me mobile learning is not about learning on a mobile, but learning when mobile.
A (paper) notepad can be used when mobile, though mobile devices do allow for a more interactive, collaborative, engaging learning experience.
Certainly this model is how my institution is moving forward in terms of mobile learning.
So here I am down in Cornwall for the Cornwall College ILT Fair. I am down here as a MoLeNET Mentor providing specialist support for Cornwall College. I have been asked to do four workshops on mobile learning with some Web 2.0 thrown in as well.
Rather than do four identical sessions I will be doing four different ones.
I have my bag of stuff so can show lots of things. Also have a case of PSPs with cameras that will be used. Hoping to stream some of the sessions using Qik or Ustream. Will be posting to Twitter as well.
Should be fun.