The entire initiative was downsized from all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to a pilot program of one 3rd, one 4th, and one 5th grade class. After looking at mobile initiatives around the world, one piece I noticed that needed a renovation was the size of the initiative. In order for a mobile initiative to be successful, it needs to start small so that as a campus we can see what works and doesn’t work for us.
Another aspect I would add to the plan is a Big Hairy Audacious Goal for the teachers involved in regards to professional development.
- Teachers will engage students, appropriately use technology, and make learning relevant for today’s learners. Teachers will pursue leadership opportunities, collaborate with other educators, and consistently strive for a higher standard of individual development.
Professional development is one link that all the plans stressed with utmost importance. And I couldn’t agree more. Teachers fear technology because “too often, new technologies are dumped into the classroom with little to guide teachers about their usage or possible benefits” (West, 2013, p. 8). Teachers need training that is relevant to their classes, real to their students, and delivered right on time (Mahaley).
I looked at the two different plans that I designed for mobile integration. The original Vital Behaviors Plan and 4DX Plan can be found at the links. You can see the updated plans in the slide shows below.
To sum up what I’ve learned about mobile learning and the world around us in a few words is difficult, but if I had to choose I would say this:
- Learning must be meaningful, engaging, and relate to students in the real world.
- Teachers must grasp and embrace the technological world around them and use it in a pedagogical way to influence the 21st century students’ education.
Mahaley, David. (2013, August 11). iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s. Retrieved from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2013/08/ipad-educator-professional-development-the-three-rs/
West, Darrell. 2013, September 17. Mobile Learning: Transforming Education, Engaging Students, and Improving Outcomes. Retrieved from http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2013/09/17-mobile-learning-education-engaging-students-west