Why tablets will make us smarter

The history of mankind has shown that information is the fundamental leverage factor for our mental development. The most profound moments throughout time have to do with changes in the way information was communicated, stored, processed. After inventing language and writing, the most important development was the modern communication networks. And now, the tablet.

What makes tablets so powerful is their inherent interactivity and intuitiveness. The Economist had a great article about Grace Wambui, a 14-year-old pupil in Nairobi, who was given a tablet at school. Having never touched a tablet before, she figured out how to use it within a minute or so. And she is old. My own niece, 18 months old, figured out how to see videos and photos on my tablet, after playing her favorite games. She learned how to play the infamous birds game and her favorite memory-cards game, while she could barely speak. Now, that’s a breakthrough. Continue reading

Competition Finalist 5: Learning on Tablets

This post was submitted by Rosalie Ledda. Rosalie blogs about elearning in Spanish and can be found on LinkedIn.

Introduction

With the eruption of the iPad there is plenty of questions about its use. Do we have to replace textbooks in schools for tablets? Should companies think of adapting their content to be viewed on tablets?

Learning on Tablets according to the NMC Horizon Report

According to 2012 NMC Horizon Report Higher Education Edition tablets present new opportunities to enhance learning experiences when compared with other devices.
Tablets are considered less disruptive than smartphones because there are no ringing and no incoming messages that can distract the learners.
But what the report underlines is that the iPad has revolutionized the way in which people interact with the content. People now can swipe pages, pinch to zoom in or zoom out over the images, maps or even tap on the screen and run a video or a song. Suddenly, the content has become interactive, it has become engaging. Continue reading

Competition: Love elearning & writing about it? You can win an iPad!

We would like to invite you to participate in our eLearning competition for best blog post!

The competition will take place from November 26th to Dec 17th and during that period we will accept blog entries on the following topics:

 

  • Informal learning in the workplace
  • Social learning in the workplace
  • Tablet learning
  • Performance support
  • How LMS’ save money and increase revenue
  • LMS use case studies (how has your LMS helped your business?)
  • How LMS’ help democratize learning by making it affordable to SMBs

If your topic is not covered but you would like to propose a topic in relation to elearning by all means please let us know!

During the competition period we will select the 5 best blog posts submitted and post them on the well-read eFront learning blog on December 18th. Posts will be judged according to content, relevance to topic, interest, language and expression. Blog posts must also be original and previously unpublished. The most popular post will win the competition – that is, the post with the most social shares and engagement! We will share the selected blog posts on the same day and leave them on the blog for a 3 week period from the date of posting to collect shares and comments. We will use all of our social media channels to share over the competition period!

The winner will be announced on January 10th and will be notified by email and on social media channels!

To read more and submit your blog post, please visit this page!

The mobile future

Mobile learning has been defined as: any sort of learning that happens when the learner is not at a fixed, predetermined location, or learning that happens when the learner takes advantage of the learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies.(Wikipedia) In other words mobile learning decreases limitation of learning location with the mobility of general portable devices.

But mobile learning is more than just using mobile devices to learn – it is also about the mobility of the learner. According to Mike Sharples, a leading authority in the field, mobile learning can be defined as, “the processes (both personal and public) of coming to know through exploration and conversation across multiple contexts amongst people and interactive technologies.” (Sharples, M., et al, 2007) Continue reading

iPad for eLearning

I have read several articles about iPad for eLearning and I believe that we are missing the point. Why was the iPad created? iPad was not created for supporting eLearning and (or) mLearning instead it was created as a media device that supports books, magazines, newspapers, games, music, video and web access.

So the question is, why do all the professionals involved in the e-Learning industry care about the use of iPad for eLearning? Continue reading