A Mobile Learning Community
Q. What is mobile learning?
A. Mobile learning can be 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”)
Q. Why is mobile learning needed at Ravenscroft?
A. Two words: space and availability. At present, Ravenscroft has close to 600 computers across campus with about 2/3 of those available to students. However, those computers available for student use reside in fixed spaces that are limited in number in both our Middle and Upper Schools. And, over the last three years, we’ve seen increased demands placed on scheduling those areas with computers that are not everyday use classrooms.
Q. What is the educational value of becoming a mobile learning community?
A. Having the ability to support, enhance, and, most importantly, extend the learning that takes place at Ravenscroft is of critical importance to the Office of Information & Instructional Technology. By providing students with mobile devices that are instant on, with quick access to both the Internet and the School’s new Google Apps for Education accounts, we are not only able to alleviate space and availability issues with our more traditional labs but we now have the ability to turn any space into a technology rich learning environment within seconds.
“MLearning.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web. 9 Sep 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_learning>.