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The advent of the Internet changed how education works forever, the widespread accessibility of mobile computing devices like smartphones, tablets, and laptops is changing everything again. There are plenty of companies making apps and online services that make it easier to distribute and consume educational materials through mobile devices, but apps are just the beginning. The entire relationship between teachers, students, and producers of educational content like books, videos, and interactive activities is transforming. Teachers at all levels, from elementary schools to universities, are experimenting with how to provide the best educational experience through mobile, Internet connected devices at school, at home, and everywhere else. Each category listed below gives a general overview of what to expect from the sites listed, and the sites haven’t been placed in any particular order.
From mobile textbook maker apps to graphical lesson planners to mobile apps that connect struggling students with apps, there are tons of fantastic ways of using mobile technology to facilitate education and learning, and some of the absolute best examples are listed here.
Tools & Applications
There’s an app for everything these days, and making educational apps is one of the most obvious ways of turning a smartphone or tablet into a tool for learning. While flashcard apps and e-textbooks are great study aids, there are also many more interactive, less obvious methods for using mobile technology in education.
The International Association for Mobile Learning is an organization focused on promoting mLearning in the 21st century. Aside from the different resource provided, the site also highlights different upcoming projects and a useful webinar series.
- Innovative Info: Projects
GoKnow Mobile Learning Solutions designs different apps for teachers to look at different parameters of their teaching, see what is effective, and better understand what is currently working. The site provides useful videos and case studies that make it very useful for teachers looking into new technology in the classroom.
- Innovative Info: Videos & Case Studies
appoLearning scores different educational apps for the iPad based on a number of features, primarily to help establish the highest quality of materials for students and teachers. Categories are broken down into many different types and then divided by what age group they primarily focus on.
- Innovative Info: Middle School
Teaching with iPad breaks down how this particular teacher uses an iPad in the classroom. He’s taught for 13 years and uses technology extensively to incorporate new techniques into his learning model.
- Innovative Info: Essential Apps for Teachers
Scribd is gaining notoriety rapidly, largely due to the vast amount of books and documents available through it. It bills itself as “the world’s digital library” and the useful features on the site certainly uphold this claim.
- Innovative Info: Fiction
Poll Everywhere is an awesome tool that lets teachers create customized polls and simply have students text a number to vote on different matters. The interface is incredibly straightforward and allows for real-time feedback on class materials, in-class quizzes, and virtually limitless other possibilities.
- Innovative Info: How It Works
Graphite is a site that reviews all the different learning apps for mobile devices and tablets, providing insightful information as to which apps are most useful by grade and subject.
- Innovative Info: Top Picks
Celly is a group communication suite for schools. Using Celly, teachers, parents, and students can easily communicate and collaborate via SMS text message (which works on any mobile phone), the Celly smartphone apps, web, and email. Phone numbers and email addresses remain hidden to ensure privacy. Teachers and educators can send polls, mass notifications/alerts, scheduled reminders, and hold moderated in and out of class discussion. Celly is an excellent tool for mobile learning and BYOD.
- Innovative Info: Celly Goes to College
GoToMyPC is a remote access tool that enables others to quickly access their own computer from their phone. The convenience of remote access from anywhere is incredibly useful to those constantly on-the-go and prompts teachers to integrate mobile technology more into the classroom.
- Innovative Info: Features
Wikireader is an intuitive device that doesn’t require Internet and allows users to search Wikipedia simply and quickly. The device is small and very portable and includes all the useful resources one would want in a handheld encyclopedia.
Book Creator for iPad is a beautiful tool for teachers to simply make colorful, engaging books for students. Additionally, it’s a tool that is useful for designers and use in the home as well.
- Innovative Info: In The Classroom
Historypin is a global community collaborating around history. Similar to Pinterest, you can pin different events and share stories through this interactive medium.
- Innovative Info: Projects
QR Code and 2D Code Generator is an online two dimensional code generator. It helps teachers make their own QR codes, connecting to useful content. The site’s World Community Grid page is particularly insightful as well.
- Innovative Info: World Community Grid
Group Tweet allows numerous people to tweet from the same account. It’s a great tool for teams to safely and effectively communicate under one name. It can be used on any Twitter client and increases the ability to communicate extensively.
- Innovative Info: Examples
Planbook Touch for iPad is a planning solution for teachers to plot out their days and do so through a colorful graphic interface.
- Innovative Info: Video Tour
Shakespeak is an innovative product that allows teachers to conduct presentations, ask questions or polls, let students respond through simple SMS texts and, in real time, share the results. It’s great for prompting more interactivity among students and connecting with others.
- Innovative Info: Team
Math4Mobile is a fantastic tool that contributes great resources to the burgeoning mLearning movement. Primarily, Math4Mobile looks at how we can use different technologies for educational purposes, specifically on mobile devices.
- Innovative Info: Live Demo
iPad Curriculum collects the best facets to educating with an iPad and uses this compilation to convey useful information to teachers and others.
- Innovative Info: Move the Turtle: Introduction to Programming for Kids
Tutor.com Mobile is changing the way those who need help receive it. The site’s state-of-the-art apps for iPhone and iPad allow students to work on problematic areas while on-the-go. This kind of initiative is spearheading the mLearning movement.
- Innovative Info: How It Works
Teach With Your iPad is fantastic for teachers looking to incorporate iPads into the classroom. The site breaks down how to use an iPad in many different subjects, largely pertaining to using it at a high school level.
- Innovative Info: New iPad Apps
iPad in Education is a go-to Wiki for anyone working on the implementation of iPads in the classroom. The site provides great information, ranging from simple guidance to in-depth explanation of more complex issues.
- Innovative Info: App Information and Recommendations
News & Blogs
Education and mobile technology are two spheres with a lot of serious bloggers, which is great for anyone who wants to read up on mobile learning, because both education bloggers and tech bloggers tend to cover the subject in great detail. These sites feature articles on all sorts of education technology, and their coverage of mLearning is especially informative.
The International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation is published quarterly and highlights the globalization of mobile learning, along with other elements to how technology is making it easier to convey education on mobile platforms.
- Innovative Info: Vol. 7
Advanced Distributed Learning Mobile Learning Resources shows some of the most useful tools in which to develop a better understanding of mLearning. The site’s useful tabs on good books, articles, and developmental tools should not be missed either.
- Innovative Info: Development
Mind/Shift Mobile Learning is a very useful site that follows the developing trends within education and how technology plays a crucial role. The site’s useful posts are very informative and engaging to readers looking for a great source.
- Innovative Info: Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow
Kevin Corbett is a mLearning advocate and has been extensively involved in education and technology for the better part of 3 decades. His site focuses on the impact of social media, online learning, and other technologies that play robust parts in mobile learning.
- Innovative Info: Mobile Learning
Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent is all about mobile technologies and their place within the educational realm. The posts are very informative and provide a wealth of knowledge for teachers to capitalize on effective teaching methods.
- Innovative Info: iPad – iPhone – iPod
Nik’s Learning Technology Blog is designed for English Teachers and provides useful ways to incorporate technology into the curriculum. The site is great not only for this, but because of its library of talks and workshops, along with EdTech news.
- Innovative Info: EdTech News
The Texas Computer Education Association Advocacy Blog helps educate members of the organization on issues related to public policy on education technology and how they can implement its use into today’s society.
- Innovative Info: About the EdTech Action Network
The Dream of Technology is Alive in Education Blog is based in Austin, Texas that discusses how to better incorporate technology into education and it also has useful iPad app lists presentations, and even a list of interactive math websites.
- Innovative Info: iPad Sammy App Lists
Technology Enhanced Learning Blog looks at the evolving ways people interact with different learning materials and what we can expect moving forward. The site’s impressive array of mLearning, eLearning, and social media material makes it great for those working in the field.
- Innovative Info: Museum Wall of Learning
Class Tech Tips is run by Monica Burns, a teacher in New York City who is very active in the EdTech community. Her blog is a fantastic tool that looks at different technologies intuitive to teachers for implementing new methods to teaching in the classroom.
- Innovative Info: Congressional Moments
Teachers With Apps is a great tool for conveying useful apps teachers can provide for students, ranging from personal educational games to apps for the classroom.
- Innovative Info: Services
Agile Learning blogs about educational technology, visual thinking, student motivation, faculty development, how people learn, and much, much more. The site is a response to the phrase “agile teaching” in which teachers are required to adapt more of an “on-the-fly” responsiveness to students.
- Innovative Info: Backchannel
Ignatia Webs is an innovative blog that looks at mLearning worldwide, along with MOOC research, how to implement it, and more. The posts present interesting perspective and the links provided are very high quality.
- Innovative Info: Merging mLearning with MOOD is a Good Idea
Inside the Classroom, Outside the Box is all about learning in the 21st century and the most effective ways to convey information to students. The posts all focus on how having the abstract versions of a classroom is much more beneficial for 21st century students.
- Innovative Info: Exploring the World Through Virtual Field Trips
Jason Rhode is the Director of Distributed Learning at Northern Illinois University. His blog is very informative and looks at different resources, trends, and other information pertinent to mLearning and integrating technology into educational methods.
- Innovative Info: My BbWorld13 Presentation Schedule
edShelf Blog helps to look at different developments in education and how technology ties to improving them. The useful layout allows for quickly browsing through many different “edshelves”.
- Innovative Info: Highlights of latest tools added to edshelf on July 21
Julian Stodd’s Learning Blog is a useful site that looks at innovative 21st century models for educating with technology. Posts look at different aspects of teaching, particularly community aspects and how technology plays a part.
- Innovative Info: Agile Technology For Social Learning
Teachbytes is run by Aditi Rao, a technology integration specialist at a high school in Houston. Her site is great through its many different resources pertaining to EdTech and how schools can better work to integrate mobile devices into educational materials.
- Innovative Info: Best Posts
21st Century Fluency Project post useful content on their Sardine Blog that looks at different developments in how technology is changing education. The content is great for gaining further insight on how teachers can connect to students through contemporary means.
- Innovative Info: Teaching the “On Demand” Generation
Wireless Campus Manager is all about the different ways that K-12 Learning can be overhauled through various burgeoning technologies. The blog highlights useful ways teachers can shed the old ways of teaching for more engaging and interesting methods today.
- Innovative Info: Getting Devices Ready for K-12 Learning in 1:1 Programs
Learnlets looks at the way people process information and underlines the best ways mobile learning can be used in the 21st century. The site is also very active in the mLearning community, frequently attending events such as mLearnCon and others.
- Innovative Info: Defining Mobile
I Teach Therefore Ipod is a blog that dives head-first into the 21st century, aiming to equip students with the best resources needed to succeed. The intent of the blog was to chronicle the different experiences with the iPod Touch Pilot Program and how mobile learning encourages students in the most effective ways.
- Innovative Info: The Technology Nine Commandments
Mobile Learning Portal is hosted by the Learning Technology Center in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin and helps students and teachers have many different tools to help promote learning through technology and mobile devices. The site breaks content down into research, instruction, and leadership, so that teachers can most aptly locate desired content.
- Innovative Info: Research
Tribal Labs shows how different software and coding can make teaching much more interactive, if only through smaller things such as infographics. The site presents many different options concerning the impact of technology.
- Innovative Info: Inspiring Ways to Create and Learn with Digital Content
Mobile Learning Guide Part 1: Designing it Right is the guide from Kineo in which they highlight many useful design tips for successfully implementing mobile e-learning and examples of how to use mobile learning.
- Innovative Info: Learning Insights Report 2012
Edutopia Blogs on Mobile Learning is an incredibly comprehensive resource for becoming a mobile learning expert and increasing the wealth of knowledge on this burgeoning field.
- Innovative Info: What Do Parents Think Of Mobile Learning?
iPodsibilities is a great site highlighting how one teacher implements iPods and iPads into the classroom. The site is loaded with quality content, including a presentation section, adaptive technology, and even lesson ideas.
- Innovative Info: iPodsibilities Blog
The mLearning Revolution Blog is a great site for looking at how mLearning is rapidly evolving and encompassing more elements of modern education. The posts each highlight a different area of the field for a comprehensive picture.
- Innovative Info: A Mobile Learning Decision Path for Instructional Designers tasked with developing #mLearning
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is a library of useful resources for improving mobile learning for educators and teachers. The site recommends useful apps and techniques worth noting when using educational technology.
- Innovative Info: iPad Resources
Spectronics Blog: Apps and Mobile Learning posts on different apps for the iPad and iPod that make for useful implementation into classroom settings. The site also posts on how to overcome some of the more common pitfalls when just starting to use the technology.
- Innovative Info: WriteOnline – Right on Your iPad
Upside Learning Blog: Mobile Learning explains useful ways to integrate mobile learning into the classroom, as well as why it is the future of education. The site breaks down the content into many useful categories, saving time, and better meeting the needs of teachers who use it.
- Innovative Info: eLearning On Tablets: What, Why & How?
The Mobile Learning Edge breaks down all the need-to-know information about incorporating mobile learning into the classroom and how to go about it in the right manner. The site reviews different mobile learning books, highlights the best apps for educating in the classroom, and also good news articles for the state of mLearning.
- Innovative Info: Mobile Learning in Practice
From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning is an incredible resource for seeing the rapid development of phones as educational tools and their more integral use in the classroom. The site’s large array of content, which looks at resources, lesson ideas, and different articles, is incredibly dense and great for teachers who are just started to get involved with integrating phones into the classroom.
- Innovative Info: Resources
uLearning Blog provides 21st century learning advice and chronicles the continued development of mLearning and its increased benefits in schools.
- Innovative Info: mLearn + EduTech Portal
its Learning Blog shows a variety of educational tools teachers can use to become more efficient and effective with their students. The posts discuss issues across the educational spectrum and break categories down into each kind of school environment as well.
- Innovative Info: Secondary Education
I Education Apps Review is perfect for teachers who are curious about different apps and want to know more information. The site breaks the apps down by grade level and also useful apps specifically for teachers.
- Innovative Info: iDevice Initiatives – Schools
Learning Without Frontiers Blog is a captivating site that underlines the different learning methods that are emerging in the 21st century and how it will largely yield more benefits for students than detractions. The posts on the site show what we can expect in the future of mLearning.
- Innovative Info: iPad a Game Changer for Learning
Atomic Learning: Mobile Learning blogs about different technologies and their use in the classroom. It’s very objective and weighs the positive and negative aspects to the implementation of each in schools.
- Innovative Info: Does Texting Hurt Grammar?
Float Mobile Learning provides mobile learning consulting, application development, as well as training and education on mobile learning. The posts all touch on different elements of mobile learning and how to best use them.
- Innovative Info: Three Takeaways from mLearnCon 2013
The Mobile Learner is an intuitive resource for painting a better picture of developments currently taking place in education. The site highlights the different ways education is moving to a more personal, “user-focused” model and the posts reflect a high quality.
Digital Learning Environments shows teachers many different tools and technologies that are very effective in classrooms. Through their wide-ranging coverage of technology’s role in education to professional development, the site is well-equipped for the 21st century teacher.
- Innovative Info: Six Ways I’m Gearing Up For My Flipped Classroom
Open Mobile Learning is a useful tool that breaks down the best in mobile learning, edtech, digital media, and their intersections with learning in the 21st century. The vast number of posts highlighting different ways technology can be of use to education are well worth noting.
- Innovative Info: An Unusual Opportunity: Implement Connected Learning
OnPoint Digital mLearning highlights different ways that mobile eLearning is situated to become commonplace in the education system. The site shows how many different apps are great for use in the classroom.
- Innovative Info: Benefits
eXact Learning Solutions Blog helps to promote the exchange of ideas and seeks to improved different learning methods in the 21st century. They largely rely on a holistic approach and the blog on the site is fantastic supplementary information.
- Innovative Info: Ten Values of Mobile Learning
Ko-Su Blog focuses on mobile learning and making it available to everyone. It helps teachers, schools, and even corporations alike better extend mobile education resources to students and equip more individuals to manage contemporary learning methods.
- Innovative Info: Record Breaking 72,000 visitors at Mobile World Congress
Spectrum > Mobile Learning, Libraries, and Technologies breaks down all the most useful ways mobile learning can be implemented in a variety of contexts, particularly how we’re seeing increased access of library materials online and through mobile learning initiatives.
- Innovative Info: UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning
St. Marys City Schools Mobile Learning Technology focuses on emerging initiatives to increase how teachers and students interact with technology today. The wide-ranging content focuses extensively on the different ways mLearning will shape the future.
- Innovative Info: mLearning Integration
mLearning World emphasizes how mobile learning is on the upswing and provides many different learning tools that allow educators to best facilitate new teaching methods to students.
- Innovative Info: The next 10 Tech Markets That Will Be Worth $1 Billion Or More – Mobile Learning Is Here To Stay
m-Learning, Lilian’s Blog is run by the director of xlearn and she’s also an award-winning mLearning and eLearning producer. She blogs about different technologies and their impact on education.
- Innovative Info: Checking and Assessing Learning with Rubrics
mLearnopedia collects all of the most pertinent information for mobile learning and is one of the most impressive sources for those looking for just about anything concerning mLearning, its development, and implementation.
- Innovative Info: mLearning is Good
Lee’s Summit R-7 Instructional Technology provides ample technology integration resources that allow any teacher to most appropriately prepare themselves for 21st century teaching styles. The site’s sections, such as “Digital Citizenship” and “Hardware and Software”, are very useful to teachers today.
- Innovative Info: Digital Citizenship
These sites offer broad insight on mobile learning and the wider world of technology in education, from flipped classrooms, where students teach each other using networked devices and interactive class materials, to Bring Your Own Device scenarios and all sorts of other technological and social innovations that work to bring tech into education, and bring education into the future.
The Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies provides many different services concerning consultancy and advice. The site boasts an incredibly large amount of traffic and is a highly recognized institution, lush with learning and performance tools.
- Innovative Info: Directory of Learning & Performance Tools
The eLearning Guild provides a wealth of information, networking tools, and a community for eLearning professionals to cultivate in. The site’s wide array of content makes it useful for anyone looking to expand the resources at their disposal.
- Innovative Info: mLearnCon
TeachThought is a great site that divides technologies into many categories, each looking at a different way it impacts education. The site features articles on mobile learning both for people just starting to learn about the field, and for those more detailed knowledge.
- Innovative Info: Mobile Learning
Teachercast Blog is an intuitive resource for teachers to help other teachers stay educated on the latest in the field concerning technology and its integration with innovative learning techniques. The site’s large scope, ranging from mobile learning to web tools, is a great source for any educator looking for new ways to promote educational values.
- Innovative Info: 5 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom
The iSchool Initiative aims to integrate more technology into school curriculums, due to the numerous benefits associated with doing so. By attempting to motivate both students and teachers to become more active digitally, learning through technology can be a lifelong process.
- Innovative Info: Learning
Text to Change provides innovative mobile solutions for social change. Their blog is very useful in highlighting different initiatives that are developing concerning technology and education.
- Innovative Info: Mobile Technology for Social Development is Just a Tool
EduFlipping is helping roll out a model for 21st century learning and provides ample resources to prepare teachers for different methods in order to succeed. The posts consist of useful articles and how technology will play a key role in moving education forward.
- Innovative Info: CoFlip Collaborative Projects
Flipping Math chronicles a math educator in Kelowna, BC, Canada as he moves his physical classroom over to a flipped classroom and explains all the great opportunities it provides students and the different ways they can overcome any obstacles with education through the flipped classroom.
- Innovative Info: The Sweetspot
Turn to Your Neighbor is a highly-rated site that discusses different developments concerning flipped classrooms and how it can increase the effectiveness of teaching through contemporary methods for furthering engagement.
- Innovative Info: Flipped Classrooms 101 – A Self-Paced Short Course
BYOT Chat is the homepage for the weekly Twitter discussion, #BYOTchat. The idea stemmed from the chat-runner’s school district and the idea to implement a 1:1 iPad Committee. They used the hashtag as a way to build a unique forum to engage with other educators.
- Innovative Info: BYO Ideas
SAS Curriculum Pathways is a software company that focuses on academia and helps design useful programs for the educational sphere. Their resources on many different subjects are incredibly useful.
- Innovative Info: Social Studies
The Floating University aims to change the way higher education works by changing how college is structured. They create different multimedia and present it in video lectures in order to grab the attention of students in an interesting way. The idea is that education is moving away from a centralized physical location and more to somewhere students can learn from anywhere.
- Innovative Info: Lectures
Flipping with Kirch aims to address different ways of teaching and learning in math classes she teaches. She uses the website to “flip” materials and extend the amount of resources students have available to succeed.
- Innovative Info: #flipclass Intro Letters and Videos
Project ABC is an effort from the collaboration of multiple universities to help use mobile phones to promote adult literacy and numeracy in Niger. The initiative has been implemented in over 110 villages in particular regions and its success is well worth being noted.
- Innovative Info: Voices From The Field
BIE’s Project Based Learning is a site that helps teachers design projects that engage and stimulate learning of middle and high school-level students. The site has a vast library of learning devices, including videos, and a great blog.
- Innovative Info: Tools
S.J. Brooks-Young Consulting helps work with schools and districts on projects such as grant writing and program planning. Their services in education consulting, professional development workshops, and presentations are incredibly useful and the site also provides great information on different social media statistics.
- Innovative Info: Live Social Media Statistics
Nesloney’s Adventures is a blog that posts different musings of an elementary school teacher and chronicles different technologies that incorporate well into education, specifically for elementary-aged students. The posts also explain very useful ways to be more effective as a teacher.
- Innovative Info: Does My Voice Matter?
Effective Mobile Learning: 50+ Quick Tips and Resources is a quality eBook that looks at different methods to improving mobile learning and further establishing innovative educational methods in the 21st century. The eBook’s comprehensive advice encompasses nearly every facet of mobile learning education.
InfoWorld BYOD is a constant stream of the latest in BYOD news and articles, largely emphasizing different ways edTech and mLearning are changing education.
- Innovative Info: TechEd Crystalizes Microsoft’s BYOD Management Strategy
BYOT Network is a meeting place for innovators who are pressing for a more DIY method of education and this is largely because of the way technology is developing.
- Innovative Info: Resources
Learning2Go is an initiative that was one of the first to start the mobile learning cause. They provide useful consulting, training, and even support concerning app selection to successfully implement mLearning. Their site is great for teachers and students alike.
- Innovative Info: Advice and Support
Mobile Learning 4 Special Needs is a great site for incorporating unique educational techniques for special needs children into schools. The site looks at different ways teachers can do this and includes a great video tutorial.
- Innovative Info: Video Tutorials
Flipped History: Technology and Critical Thinking shows how technology is being used as leverage to propel students with much more catered learning procedures and increasing productivity.
- Innovative Info: History #Flipclass Discussion
WeFi is an interesting site that connects users with the best WI-FI spots around them, often enabling users to optimize their learning resources through increased accessibility.
- Innovative Info: Data Intelligence
My Flipped Classroom chronicles one teacher’s journey of integrating contemporary teaching methods into the classroom and the results they yield. The site has really awesome content in the form of the “Inquiry Projects” and “Genius Hour” sections.
- Innovative Info: Genius Hour
Flipped Learning Network shows the benefits of individual learning and in collaborative settings. The site’s dense resources section is great for optimizing the effectiveness of implementing a flipped classroom.
- Innovative Info: Resources
UNESCO’s Mobile Learning section explains useful information pertaining to mobile learning and why it will largely shape the face of education worldwide, particularly in areas with less centralized education institutions currently. The site’s different sections on education are worthwhile reads as well.
- Innovative Info: eLearning
K12 Handhelds is a colorful site that provides schools with integrated solutions for mobile technology use in education. The interesting approach they take sets them apart in some unique ways and makes it a worthwhile source.
- Innovative Info: Cool New Stuff
Futurelab at NFER helps to foster unique approaches to education through different technology, research, and workshops. Since 2001, they’ve worked to reframe how people operate within the educational process in order to spark lasting change.
- Innovative Info: Research