Education Uses

Almost every student carries a mobile device, making it an inexpensive, natural choice for content delivery and even field work and data capture.

Some examples of how mobile learning can be used in classrooms...

ipods in Special Education Classes:

This video demonstrates how useful iPods can be in Special Education classes. It provides a bridge between home and school communication and allows students to practice and reinforce their skills when they are not in class.

Educating the Mobile Generation

In this film, Soloway and Norris take a road trip through Texas and Louisiana to see firsthand how mobile devices are being used in schools. "Mobile Technologies are going to make a bigger difference in our lives than the PC and the Internet together. The PC changed everything, the Internet changed everything-but mobile learning is even bigger than that." Elliot Soloway.

The Progress Project: Improving access to education Mobile Learning Institute (MLI), United States
Summer learning for middle school students to help engage them in learning through the use of cell phone video making.
"Take a (mobile learning) device and a formal learning setting and bring those two worlds together to provide the opportunity to give students a voice through digital story telling" Michael Quesnell

Educating the Mobile Generation - Part 2

In this video, Dr. Kenneth Pybus, assistant professor of journalism and faculty adviser of the Optimist student newspaper at Abilene Christian University, describes how mobile devices change the way in which news is delivered to the mobile generation and as educators we must change in how we deliver our information.


Inkling is a company that offers educators and publishers opportunities to use the iPad and the iPhone to deliver content to students in a mobile format. They claim to be the "first end-to-end platform for mobile learning content". They offer using these devices as replacements for texts, interactive figures, quizzes and tests, note following and allowing syncing of devices for sharing.

Poll Everywhere

This website gives the speaker instant feedback from their audience. Create polls that interact live with the learner and educator.

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The Twitter Experiment: Using Twitter to promote discussions in a lecture class at University

Twitter helped the professor incorporate a greater number of students into the class discussions as well as alleviating the stress of participating in discussion in a large class that many students may have. Due to time constraints, it allows more input from the large class, as students tweeted after class, the discussion carried on, becoming deeper and more meaningful. The professor noticed most students participate in some form in the class discussions, where as pre-twitter, only a few individuals in each class would input their ideas. The limited character space helped students be concise in their writing.

Txt Me: supporting disengaged youth using mobile technologies
The overall goal of the project was to integrate readily accessible mobile technology into a vocational learning environment for the benefit of disengaged learners. This project recognises the power the mobile phone has among youth today. The aim to use mobile learning to help 15-19 years olds who are at risk students or who have left formal schooling in hopes that, “ Using a technology that is part of their culture will assist to retain them in the learning environment, ” Sandra Robinson

PDAs At The College Level

PDAs used to address a diverse range of needs in ESL class and outreach class. The College needed something that was portable, inexpensive, did not require internet to help student gain language skills at their own pace. They also began to use them in the field to support the learning or trades.

Mobile Learning In the Workplace:

PDAs in a Nursing Student Environment:
These devices have, “ the potential to reduce medication errors, including errors that can cause patients harm; increase appropriate and safe prescribing decisions by providing information about suggested drug dosages and frequency of doses; improve the quality of medical and nursing care by providing clinicians with ever-changing management guidelines and care standards”.

Examples Of Things That Can be Learned Using Mobile Devices:
The following video displays examples of content that can be learned by the mobile learner.

Other Mobile Learning Uses:

City Walking tours with MP3s
University of Calgary Walking Tour
A narrated, guided tour around the University of Calgary campus, in a video file that can be loaded onto any mobile device.
"Bench Near Peace Lantern" Japanese Tea Garden. San Francisco, CA ****
"City Life, 1934" Coit Tower. San Francisco, CA
"Welcome to Coors Brewery" Coors Brewing Company. Golden, CO


Web 2.0 tool, Flickr, provides a site for users to upload photographs. Photos can be uploaded directly from mobile phones to Flickr, complete with text annotations and even geospatial data, identifying the exact location at which the image was taken. This data can be used by the learner – or other learners – using a PDA, GPS-enabled device, or computer, to access images relating to particular locations and contexts. Students and teachers can create informal 'groups' in Flickr, and are able to comment on others entries.