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Session 3: Mobile Technologies and Assessment October 17, 2013

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Tuesday 18th October 2013

Mobile technologies is the use of equipment that is easily transportable, this includes mobile phones, iPads, handheld video recorders, tablets and a notebook.

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The use of iPads was heavily discussed within the lesson as over recent years it has been shown to be a vital resource with educational Apps being available on them. One of the major advantages of using an iPad is that it becomes more interactive for children. It can help them to be more engaged in learning, to explore more things freely and be more creative this links with Papert’s idea that computational technology can open new possibilities for children’s learning and thinking (1993, p.4) . For teachers it is a good resource as it can be used demonstrate a point or aid an activity.

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The Lesson Task:

We were given the objective to create an activity which can be used by children on the iPad that would then be put on the Resource Bank. Our group looked at the app ‘Spellosaur’ which helps children in spelling, this was useful as it gave different methods to spell and children could work on this independently. To see our final product click on the link Spellosaur. However, as this app was free we were only able to use 5 words at a time to add more words you could of bought the app.

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The class also discussed the disadvantages of using mobile technologies, these include:
Within the lesson we discussed why using technology can also help with assessing:
References:
Papert, S. (1993) Mindstorm: children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas. 2nd ed. New York: Basic Books.

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