This post is geared toward my ED 610: Mobile Educational Technology students. I suspect few, if any of them will read this since I failed miserably at consistently posting to my blog. Even though I promised that I would keep up… I failed.
Throughout the Spring 2014 Semester, my ED 610 students have posted a plethora of amazing mobile apps for educators and education. I’ve compiled them into Word documents based on the module for which they were posted, but I wish I could do more. I’m considering some sort of searchable database or website in order to share these apps with the world. Does anyone have an idea of a good way to keep these apps available? My only idea right now is to create a Google Form for data entry, then the apps would be stored in a Google Spreadsheet.
I’ve concluded that requiring one app every week from the students was probably a little too much for a 15-week class. When I taught the class during the summer, 5 weeks was more reasonable. I suspect that the students tired of doing that assignment each and every week, and it became obvious that many students were only doing it at the last-minute. I might consider changing this assignment in the future. However, the list of apps the resulted was astonishing. There were some duplicates, but do the math… 19 students posting a new app every week for 15 weeks. Whoa!
If you are reading this post as a current or former ED 610 student, I would enjoy your suggestions on what you might find important to teach in the Mobile Educational Technology class. What is important? What is not important? What did we miss? What did we overdo?
Finally, if you are reading this post for no reason other than because you follow it, what might you hope to learn in a course about Mobile Educational Technology. I tried to stay out of the technical realm of how things work and also avoided the topics of how to get mobile devices in the classroom. We just focused on what’s available for a variety of educational purposes.
Thanks for reading.