Our presentation at this year ED-Media Conference in Vancouver about „Mobile Phones and Learning – Perceptions of Austrian Students, aged 11 to 14 Years“ is now online available. Here are the slides:
This research study investigated the prospective teachers’ purposes of using mobile phones and laptops, as well as the significant differences across genders and grades. Furthermore, the frequency of connecting to Internet via both mobile devices was investigated comparatively. The study was designed based on cross-sectional survey and casual-comparative methodologies in order to first determine specific characteristics of the relevant population, and to determine the possible causes for differences in terms of variables investigated. A total of 650 prospective Turkish teachers participated in the study. The results point out that, compared to mobile phones, laptops were used more frequently for various purposes, particularly the educational ones. However, in-class use of both laptops and mobile phones for educational purposes was not very common. Mobile phones were used less for educational purposes, but more for communication and entertainment purposes. Though there were statistically significant differences in terms of some purposes, given the lack of practical significance, both male and female prospective teachers can be said to use mobile phones and laptops for various purposes with similar frequencies. The same was also true for the grade variable: all prospective teachers from first to fourth years used mobile phones and laptops for various purposes with similar frequencies in practice. The present study also revealed that, for prospective teachers, connecting to the Internet via mobile phones is not very common and even significantly less common than doing so via laptops. The findings in general suggested a need to raise awareness among prospective teachers about the mobile learning potential of mobile phones in general and in-class use of laptops in particular.
Reference: Süleyman, N. S., Özlem, G., Ebner, M. (2016) Prospective Teachers – Are They Already Mobile? In: Mobile, Ubiquitous, and Pervasive Learning Fundaments, Applications, and Trends, Edition: 1st, Publisher: Springer, Editors: Alejandro Peña-Ayala, pp.139-166
Our contribution to the book „Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice“ titled „Mobile Learning and STEM – First Experiences in a Public Secondary High School in Ghana“ got published.
The publication provides preliminary findings of an interdisciplinary project, where working in teacher-student teams was experienced as a solution to exploit the capacity of mobile devices for learning in combination with launching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) interventions in order to enrich activities in learning and teaching. In three workshops it was investigated how mobile devices can trigger creativity and initiate shifts in education-practice at a Secondary High School in Ghana. Teacher-student collaboration was identified as stimulation for content development and tackling cross-disciplinary learning activities.
Reference: Grimus, M., Ebner, M. (2016) Mobile Learning and STEM – First Experiences in a Senior High School in Ghana. In: Mobile Learning and STEM: Case Studies in Practice. Crompton, H, Traxler, J. (ed.) Routledge. pp. 1-16
Expand your multiplication skills.
You can start a short game over ten rounds or an online game.
If you reach enough points at the short game, you unlock the next level with higher complexity.
Or our Online-System creates your multiplications. The system enables you to see your calculations and errors online.
So you are able to analyze your errors and improve your skills.
If you play the online mode, you need an account from the learning lab of the TU Graz.
Um den Übungsmodus spielen zu können ist eine Registration bei https://schule.learninglab.tugraz.at notwendig.
Our chapter about „A Contribution to Collaborative Learning Using iPads for School Children“ as part of the book „Immersive Education“ got published.
Collaboration has a very positive effect on students’ learning experiences as well as their social interactions. Our research study aims towards enhancing the learning experience, stimulating communication and cooperative behavior to improve learning. Making use of recent technological advancements (tablets) and gaming as a motivational factor, a prototype application in form of a multiplayer learning game for iPads was designed and developed. In a face-to-face setting, connecting up to four devices, the players (learners) have to solve word puzzles in a collaborative way. Furthermore, a web-interface for teachers provides the possibility to create custom content as well as to receive feedback of the children’s performance. A first field study at two primary schools in Graz showed promising results for the learning behavior of school children.
Reference: Ebner, M., Kienleitner, B. (2015) A Contribution to Collaborative Learning Using iPads for School Children. In: Immersive Education. Ebner et al (Ed.). Springer. New York-Berlin-Heidelberg. pp 3-16
Our publication at this year ED-Media 2015 conference „Collaborative Learning Through Drawing on iPads“ is now online available.
Teamwork and collaboration skills are very important for improving learning efficiency and experience. Therefore an innovative iPad app, called Teamsketch, was developed to provide a collaborative sketch environment for devices with which pupils can simultaneously draw one sketch together. Up to four pupils can take part in a session and train collaboration just by drawing a sketch. First of all different features and issues of state-of-the- art applications were evaluated. Afterwards a prototype from scratch using Apple’s new programming language Swift has been implemented. Additionally, a web service, a web interface and also a web site were programmed in order to provide an evaluation tool for teachers. Furthermore, pupils can upload and download their drawn sketches and profile pictures. A first field test was carried out at the primary school Graz-Hirten. This test showed the potential of the app for training and evaluating team and collaboration skills.
Reference: Spitzer, M. & Ebner, M. (2015). Collaborative Learning Through Drawing on iPads. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2015. pp. 633-642 Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
Julia Schönhart hat in ihrer Diplomarbeit „Mobile Applikationen in der Grundschule“ den Einsatz des Lesetrainers in einer Volksschule untersucht. Dabei gab es spannende Ergebnisse, die sie in ihren Folien bei der Masterarbeit gezeigt hat:
Der MOOC „Gesellschaftliche Aspekte der Informationstechnologie“ auf iMooX geht nun in die siebte Woche. Diesesmal sind die Expertin Margarete Grimus und der Experte Michael Kopp an der Reihe. Die Themen? Mobile Learning und MOOC. Ich denke spannend genug um mitzumachen.
Also unbedingt vorbei schauen und mitdiskutieren – der Einstieg in den MOOC ist jederzeit noch möglich.
[Link zum Kurs]
Our publication about „Learning and Teaching with Mobile Devices: An Approach in Higher Secondary Education in Ghana“ got published in the International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning.
While many developing nations find Internet-based e-learning unsuitable for their needs mobile learning methods – specifically those involving the use of mobile-phones for both formal and informal learning – hold great promise for them (Grimus et al, 2013b). In this paper chances and challenges introduced by mobile devices to support improvement and transformation of education in a Senior High School in Ghana are examined. The field-study draws attention to the local situation, looking at infrastructure and teachers and students attitudes in using digital learning material. This paper presents results of a pilot project at a Senior High Technical School in Ghana, by addressing the issue how mobile devices can be integrated in learning and teaching. Based on our results we conclude that teachers and students hold great promise for using mobile devices for learning. Together they developed content based on the national curriculum, available for eReaders and mobile phones.
Reference: Grimus, M., Ebner, M. (2015) Learning and Teaching with Mobile Devices: An Approach in Higher Secondary Education in Ghana. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning (IJMBL), 7(2), 17-32. doi:10.4018/ijmbl.2015040102
My contribution about „Mobile Applications for Math Education – How Should They Be Done?“ as part of the book Mobile Learning and Mathematics. Foundations, Design, and Case Studies got published.
Math education in elementary schools is a necessity. In this publication we introduce different math applications for iPhone and iPad developed by students at Graz University of Technology. Both, the technical as well as the pedagogical strategy of these apps are described. Furthermore, a close look at the HCI guidelines are taken and finally enhanced with some crucial facts that in principle an app is able to serve as a learning app for elementary school children. It can be summarized that the successful use of math apps in classroom is more than just a playing with the first app that comes along; it is about a careful design of a didactical approach based on an appropriate learning strategy.
Reference: Ebner, M. (2015) Mobile Learning and Mathematics. Foundations, Design, and Case Studies. Crompton, H., Traxler, J. (ed.). Routledge. New York and London. pp. 20-32
btw, Happy Easter to all 🙂