Education on the Move

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Nov 24, 2013 (4 years and 7 months ago)


Education on the Move

Mobile Computing and Instruction

Presented by:

Dr. Jan Vanderpool

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Exactly what is mobile computing?

Mobile computing affords the user the ability to carry on with their
computational activities wherever they happen to be. These activities can
include checking and sending emails or Tweets, checking, setting or conducting
calendar activities such as exams, office hours or student support

Who uses mobile computing?

Teachers, students, homemakers, businesspeople, office workers, anyone
who has a need to connect with anyone else in the world

What are some of the components of
mobile computing?

Mobile computing frees you from the

The elusive electrical or network connection is no longer a hindrance to

Reach out to your students from
wherever you happen to be.

Use your camera phone to record photos or short vides of current events
that may be pertinent to your lessons.

Send these to your students or post them to customized social networking
sites such as or

Instantly send messages to your whole

Instant Contact

Send “tweets” to your students to inform and alert

Tablet Computers

Tablet computers are a product of the evolution of the
notebook computer and have been
around for several years. The defining feature would be
their ability to be used as a handheld slate with the
capacity for pen or touch screen direct input.

Lately, innovations in technology have allowed for an
extreme compression of computing power into
previously unheard of smaller sizes. Improved
computing circuitry, more efficient heat release and
greater storage capacity have all melded together to
create this new breed of computer.

First Generation Tablets

Current Tablet Makers

There are a wide variety of manufacturers of
tablets today. Among some of the more popular

Apple (iPad)




Samsung (Microsoft Windows 8)

Hewlett Packard


And a host of others

Apple iPad

iPad and iPhone

Kindle & Kindle Fire

Kindle Keypad

Netbooks, Notebooks and Laptops

While tablets and smartphones are in and of
themselves wonderful mobile devices, some
applications require the power, capacity and
flexibility of a classic desktop. Presently
netbooks, notebooks and laptops offer some,
if not most, of these desktop features in a
lightweight, portable format.


Typically netbooks are set apart from tablets by the presence of a
tactile keyboard and a folding case. The processing power, storage
capacity and peripheral devices are limited by their size. Netbooks
typically weigh less than three pounds.


Notebook computers tend to have greater processing power and storage capacity
than their netbook kin but still significantly less than the features found in a fully
complemented desktop computer. These units weigh in at between three and seven


Laptops tend to be the largest and most powerful of the portable
computers often boasting processing power, memory, storage capacity
and displays rivaling those of many desktops. Full
featured, large
laptops can weigh as much as fifteen to twenty pounds.


What defines a smartphone

Operating system

Android from Google

Windows CE from Microsoft

Blackberry from RIM

iOS from Apple

Symbian OS from Nokia


Powerful processors

Abundant memory

Independent applications

Multiple components, ie. Camera, LED Flash, wi
fi, touch screen,
GPS, calendar, email


Some popular smartphones include: Blackberry Storm,
Motorola Droid, Verizon Android and Apple iPhone

Smartphone Apps

What are Apps?

Apps refer to programs developed especially to
run on specific phone operating systems and
within the confines of the phone environment

Generally Apps designed to run on one phone
operating system such as iOS will not run on a
competing operating system such as Blackberry

Popular Apps

iPhone Education Apps

Blackberry Education Apps

Android Education Apps


Apple iTunes hosts an amazing site known as
iTunes U, an educational portal to podcasts
from some of the top educational centers
around the country. Lectures are recorded and
published as podcasts which are available to
whomever visits the particular school’s virtual
lecture halls.