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Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
info@shurenschool.org
510-841-8899
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

Mobile Learning Devices

I read an interesting article in KQED’s MindShift today about the exciting potential of mobile learning. You know, eReaders, tablets & even smart phones! Harvard professor Chris Dede, who’s researching the diverse dimensions of mobile learning, says ““We know from generations of work that devices are catalysts. The device never produces learning, but when coupled with changes in content, new forms of assessment, linking people together, that’s what enables learning.” I know that I have a preference for audial learning – I always retain more from lectures I’ve heard or conversations I’ve had. I’ve enjoyed watching the positive reaction my child has to listening to “books on tape” and the audio tours at the zoo and aquarium. She’s acquired quite an impressive collection of animal facts! She also enjoys reading stories on a computer, especially when there’s a the post-quiz for comprehension. The website recommended by her reading teacher, StarFall.com, is a particular favorite. And she also enjoys the occasional video-chat with her grandparents in MS and auntie in faraway Germany. Sometimes they even share songs in a sort-of global jam session! Imagine what a rich learning environment could be created with content designed to take advantage of the features of a mobile device – images, audio, video, chat / collaboration, various apps for feedback and interaction. How much more engaged could kids be? Links: http://mindshift.kqed.org/2011/07/mobile-learning-are-we-on-the-cusp-of-something-big/...