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Not even one decade ago, educators considered cell phones and laptops a most egregious classroom distraction. These days, though, many tech-savvy teachers actively try to incorporate them into engaging lessons rather than snatching them away. While tablets, smartphones, and other mobile computing devices have yet to enjoy universal implementation, many in the business adore exploring emerging technologies to unlock their full potential as learning tools. Such as these folks, listed in no particular order!

  1. MOBL21:MOBL21 reaches out to students, teachers, and institutions with its platform allowing users to whip up small lessons for learning on the go. Downloadable flashcards, quizzes, and other helpers are accessible through iDevices, laptops and desktops, Androids, and Blackberries.
  2. The Mobile Learning Edge:A companion piece to Gary Woodill’s book The Mobile Learning Edge, this blog proffers advice about effectively utilizing and drawing up m-learning strategies. Stop by for reports on the latest research as well as information about the author’s consulting and speaking fees.
  3. Mobile Industry Review:While not exclusively about m-learning, any educators hoping to incorporate its tenets into the classroom still might find plenty to love and appreciate here. After all, staying on top of the latest technology can only help enhance and refine the overall experience.
  4. Tribal Labs:The team at Tribal Labs embraces technology’s potential outside the education industry, but still devotes a considerable amount of its resources on teaching. It’s well worth a follow, and offers up a nice, broad look at the role computing plays in helping humanity keep its concepts moving forward.
  5. Ignatia Webs:Explore intersections between social media and mobile learning at Ignatia Webs, one of the Internet’s more active, detailed dissections on the subject. Inge de Waard’s expert advice and opinions on getting the most out of the available technologies when teaching and keeping everything organized.
  6. Float Mobile Learning:Float provides consulting and information to developers, teachers, and schools hoping to soak up more about what mobile technology provides the education industry. Their blog not only sheds a right fair amount of light on the m-learning movement, but discusses the super neat apps and developments they’ve made via partnerships.
  7. The M-Learning Revolution Blog:RJ Jacquez offers up a podcast and blog absolutely brimming with mobile learning and education technology content. As a former Adobe and Macromedia “evangelist,” he now turns his attentions towards consulting fellow gadget geeks about what smartphones, tablets, and the like can do for their students.
  8. Spectronics Blog:Accessibility for a wide range of physical, mental, and emotional abilities remains a concern for m-learning adherents, and the Apps and Mobile Learning section of Spectronics’ massive blog addresses the issue directly. Consider it necessary reading, because no learner deserves to be left behind when it comes to infusing technology into daily lessons.
  9. mLearnopedia:This blog aggregates the best stories about mobile learning news, reviews, opinions, and developments from around the web. For the more time-strapped educators out there, the formatting may prove something of a godsend.
  10. From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning:Exactly what it says on the tin; stop here for in-depth explorations of how the education system has taken advantage of mobile technology when teaching students. Advice about what apps to try abounds, as do tutorials and lesson plans for the plugged-in classroom.
  11. than a traditional classroom, the bloggers over at focus on the role mobile technology plays in a different sort of education altogether – social justice. Learn all about how 21st century innovators teach the world about serious issues and harness mobile technology to instigate positive change.
  12. Marc Prensky’s Weblog:Futurist and gamification enthusiast Marc Prensky’s official corner of the web explodes with insight regarding mobile learning and other edtech initiatives. And with archives dating all the way back to 2003, the sheer magnitude of changes and possibilities presented proves absolutely riveting reading.
  13. DMLcentral:The Digital Media and Research Learning Hub involves more than just m-learning, but certainly doesn’t ignore its considerable impact on education. The blog makes for an excellent, broad glimpse at how technology has shaped, is shaping, and will shape learning and ought to be bookmarked for tips regarding mobile devices.
  14. uLearning Blog:Ultimately, Jonathan Nalder at the uLearning Blog hopes to see universal implementation of mobile learning strategies over time, and even wrote about his philosophies as part of his master’s thesis. Consider his musings an excellent way to watch the history of technology, education, and their intersections evolve.
  15. The Mobile Learner:It’s all mobile learning, all the time, courtesy of the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s vice president. Both students and teachers receive equal coverage here, with detailed information regarding research and recommended apps, devices, and strategies.
  16. Cooney Center Blog:Sesame Workshop runs the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, whose educational goals revolve around finding creative uses for new and digital media that will get kids more engaged in the learning process. Although not exclusively about mobile devices, its views on that plus gamification still cook up nourishing food for thought regarding technology in the classroom and beyond.
  17. Ubiquitous Thoughts:Mobile learning and the importance of information and digital literacy merge at this popular read about the seemingly limitless educational possibilities portable computers possess. Be sure to check out the publications list for detailed information about creative ways mobile technology has entranced students of all ages.
  18. Learning in Hand:No matter the mobile device, the Learning in Hand blog provides tips and tricks for effectively utilizing them in an educational setting. There’s even an entire section devoted to browsing and posting podcasts by students and teachers alike!
  19. Upside Learning Blog:The folks at Upside Learning don’t blog about mobile learning alone, but it makes up the bulk of their content. Most of their education focus comes from their experiences training outsourced employees, and the advice applies to multiple learning arenas.
  20. eLearning Blog Don’t Waste Your Time:M-learning, blogging, e-learning, and other edtech stylings converge at David Hopkins’ blog, where their applications to higher education receive a thorough inquiry. Make sure to check out the rest of the site, with information about conferences and apps, as well!

    Source: Online Colleges

Articulate launched a screencasting tool called Screenr.  It is a free web-based tool that lets you create screencasts without installing any software.


If you haven’t tried it out yet, you should give it a whirl.  Here’s what I like best:

  • Screenr is super easy to use and there’s nothing to download. You just click the record button on the website and you’re recording your screen activity and your narration.
  • The image quality is pretty darn good.  You can even watch the screencasts back at HD-quality and they look great.
  • Screenr gives you multiple ways to use your screencasts.  It works with Twitter and the screencasts play as Flash on the web.  You can also upload the screencasts to YouTube.  And you can even download the videos as MP4 files.  They also look nice on iOS.  All these options give you a number of ways to reach your learners.
  • My favorite…there’s no branding on the downloaded MP4 files.  Since you can download the videos, you’re free to use them as you wish.  That means you can use it in your elearning courses without looking like one of those MLS soccer players.  Go Sounders!
  • And of course, Screenr is free.  Free is always good.

Read the full post at The Rapid elearning blog

Athens, Greece based Aiginiteio University Hospital get their own, branded version of the TheLMSapp for iPad. Aiginiteio University Hospital provides telepsychogeriatics (telemedicine) services from their HQ in Athens to remote islands of the Aegean.
Doctors and patients can access elearning courses from Aiginiteio Hospital’s native application using their iPad devices while they can also communicate in real time using video conference.

Visit the telepsychogeriatrics websitedownload the application from the App Store.

A flipped classroom is a form of blended learning in which students learn new content online by watching video lectures, usually at home, and what used to be homework (assigned problems) is now done in class with teachers offering more personalized guidance and interaction with students, instead of lecturing. This is also known as backwards classroom’, flipped classroom, reverse teaching.”

Traditional vs flipped teaching

The traditional pattern of teaching has been to assign students to read textbooks and work on problem sets outside school, while listening to lectures and taking tests in class.

In flip teaching, the students first study the topic by themselves, typically using video lessons prepared by the teacher or third parties. In class students apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work. The teacher tutors the students when they become stuck, rather than imparting the initial lesson in person. Complementary techniques include differentiated instruction and project-based learning.

Flipping also changes the allocation of teacher time. Traditionally, the teacher engages with the students who ask questions — but those who don’t ask tend to need the most attention. “We refer to ‘silent failers,’ ” said one teacher, claiming that flipping allows her to target those who need the most help rather than the most confident. Flipping changes teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”, allowing them to work with individuals or groups of students throughout the session.

Flipped Classroom model in Corporate Training

In corporate training you first try to make the training sessions more engaging and less tedious. The social activity aspect will encourage team work, diversification and a social mindset which a business needs in order to grow and succeed.
Along with these, it also builds experience through realistic exercises, building more on the “learn by doing and experience” concept which has proven far more proficient.

Along with these, this sort of model is more flexible as well, which works more with busy professionals in a corporate training environment. If physical interaction is unneeded, educational technologies, cooperative data systems and communications technologies can be coordinated together to set up this model over the internet, where location means far less.

Coupled with the ease of implementing gamification, the flipped classroom model is a good stopgap for bringing the corporate training concept into a new age, and will serve to help wear away at old roles and preconceptions about how education should work. There are far bigger changes on the horizon, but this model is a good way of easing into giving up a lot of old ways of thinking that this will require.

sources: wikipedia, training stationelearning infographics

While TheLMSapp can manage all asynchronous training in tablet devices you may need to extend your elearning program with synchronous activities as well. There are a number of options for teleconference platforms that work on iPad devices, in this post we give you a quick guide about how to integrate with WizIQ:

The WizIQ Platform includes everything you need to take your teaching online, from a virtual classroom, to functionality to create and deliver courses with assessment tools and content sharing feature. WizIQ provides exclusive features that save time and enhance collaboration between students and teachers. WizIQ also integrates with other Learning Management Systems and websites through well-documented API, allowing anyone, whether a middle school teacher, a private tutor, a test prep company, a university, or anything in between to start teaching online.

WizIQ provides a moodle plugin allowing you to integrate it with your moodle installation and manage virtual classrooms within your moodle LMS. You can find additional information and installation instructions here.

How TheLMSapp users can gain access

With WizIQ you can insert links for joining a teleconference within your moodle LMS while users will also need to install the standalone WizIQ iPad app. Once a teleconference link is tapped within your TheLMSapp enabled moodle the user will be automatically redirected to the standalone WizIQ app to begin the WizIQ teleconference session. The selected class will automatically load in WizIQ app and the user will be in the class without any manual steps.

Have a look at the screens below for an overview of the process.

Schools are working hard to provide their students with technology-enhanced learning, but at the moment they’re falling short. CDW•G’s 2011 21st Century Classroom Report found that 86 percent of students use technology more outside of school than they do in class. A major reason is access. Although many schools provide notebook carts and computer labs, students often have to leave the classroom and go to another part of the school to use a computer or share time with other students.

A “bring your own device” (BYOD) initiative overcomes this access hurdle, much as one-to-one computing programs do, but without the capital costs associated with purchasing the technology or the need to refresh, support and train users. With BYOD, students are responsible for figuring out and fixing their own devices.

Schools that have embraced BYOD are enjoying other benefits as well:

Schools meet students’ “digital expectations.” The current generation of students has grown up with technology and want to use it in every aspect of their daily lives — including school. They have an expectation that the same technology they use at home will be available at school.

Schools invested heavily in classroom and mobile learning technologies recognize this demand and are trying to meet it. Unfortunately, it’s not happening everywhere, as the 21st Century Classroom Report reveals: Just 39 percent of high school students said that their school is currently meeting their technology expectations.

Student participation increases. Students like using their personal devices, so they become engaged in whatever it is that they’re doing with them — including classwork, which becomes even more interactive when everyone has access to technology. Unlike a school-provided device, the personal device (and the desire to continue using it) goes home with the student. In this way, BYOD enables and fosters 24×7 learning.

Student collaboration and communication increases. According to the21st Century Classroom Report, 59 percent of students use technology to communicate with other students and 14 percent use it to communicate with teachers — but just 23 percent leverage its potential for collaboration.

A BYOD initiative, paired with the development of web-based learning management systems, class-specific social networking spaces and academic applications, can provide students with far greater opportunities to interact virtually with teachers, study with online tutors and work with other students on assignments, projects and content creation.

The digital divide is reduced. Instead of spending dollars to buy redundant learning devices for students who already own such tools, school IT departments can invest that money in devices for students who lack their own.

Source: ED Tech

TheLMSapp received best educational app award at Infocom Apps Conference held in February 12 in Caravel Hotel in Athens, Greece. Mr Spiros Goumas, received the award and gave a speech about the benefits of using tablet elearning in corporate training.

TheLMSapp helps companies worldwide make their learning management systems (LMS) available from tablet devices through a native application. Students or trainees no longer need to open a desktop or a laptop computer to access elearning courses and LMS administrators administer their LMS same way they did before. TheLMSapp puts an entire LMS at your fingertips.

TheLMSapp is to exhibit within Apps World North America’s start-up village at the San Francisco show from February 5-6, in a unique opportunity offered by the show’s organisers who are supporting start-ups with complimentary exhibition space designed to encourage innovation and new businesses.

To celebrate our participation in App World we have a great offer! If you sign up in February 5, 6 or 7 you get the Basic package of TheLMSapp at only $12 per month for a period of 12 months (regular price $99/month). This means that you save more than $1.000 per year!

TheLMSapp Basic package
Make your Moodle LMS tablet accessible with an annual subscription to TheLMSapp service. Give your students/trainees the ability to access your courses from their tablet devices. Features: Use of TheLMSapp native iPad application, your logo on TheLMSapp, simple interface, plugin for moodle LMS, application updates, unlimited number of users, accessible from TheLMSapp for iPad.

Open source learning platform Moodle announces free MOOC for educators all over the world

Moodle’s first official MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) aims to gather teachers and anyone interested in using a learning platform to enhance teaching and learning. The goal: to collaboratively learn how to use Moodle to teach courses online.

Led by Mary Cooch from Moodle HQ, Teaching with Moodle: An Introduction, is a structured course delivered using the latest Moodle release, Moodle 2.5. Course highlights include:

  • Live webcast tutorials each week
  • Activity-based learning with each participant having their own free sandbox course area
  • Creating and using quizzes, wikis, forums, chats
  • The option to progress through the course at your own pace
  • The opportunity to earn badges

The emphasis of this Moodle MOOC is on engagement and collaboration. Participants will interact with one another in the various course activities such as forums, and work together in a customised environment that supports innovative teaching and learning.

Designed to provide a good foundation and context to using Moodle, the course is an excellent starting point for effective teaching in the 21st century learning environment.

Martin Dougiamas, Lead Developer and Director of Moodle Pty Ltd, said, “We love teachers, and want to support and inspire better teaching everywhere. So one of the main reasons we’re running this MOOC is to show teachers what Moodle is and the depth that it has, as well as to help them understand a student perspective, in a way that they can apply in their own Moodle courses.”

For further information, please visit the Learn Moodle website
Connect and join the conversation using #learnmoodle.


February 2014

TheLMSapp is to exhibit within Apps World North America’s start-up village at the San Francisco show from February 5-6, in a unique opportunity offered by the show’s organisers who are supporting start-ups with complimentary exhibition space designed to encourage innovation and new businesses.

TheLMSapp will be exhibiting in the Start-Up Village (Z3) at the start-up zone at the where they will be showcasing our elearning application for iPad devices.

Antonis Frigas, CEO of TheLMSapp said “We are really happy to be part of Apps World North America and we are looking forward to showcase how TheLMSapp can help companies worldwide make their learning management systems (LMS) available from tablet devices through a native application.”

Ian Johnson, founder of Apps World, said: “Apps World North America is a key event for anyone in the apps and mobile industry but it is also a change to support and promote the exciting new talent that is coming through the industry too, especially as they will evolve into the market leaders of tomorrow. We are pleased to be able to support the start-ups with dedicated areas at the show and wish them every success at the event.”

Apps World North America, which runs from February 5-6 in San Francisco, will include more than 300 speakers, attracting more than 8,000 attendees.

For further information contact TheLMSapp team: / +302107778877