Disrupting Learning Through Mobile Exploration

Excited to be facilitating a workshop on mobile learning at the CSU Symposium on University Teaching this month @CalPolyPomona! Get ready to go mobile in this session!

Here’s a sneak peek: How can we disrupt learning through discovery and exploration in ways that allows learners to engage with the world around them?

student using iPad and iPod for studying on a car road trip

Mobile Learner by kvlayton, 2015

Mobile technology allows this reach beyond the four walls of a physical classroom. In the Mobile Learning Scavenger Hunt activity, learners work together to discover and capture a variety of objects/visuals that represent motivational appeals closely tied to the emotions, needs, and values of their audience in persuasive speaking and writing.  Find out the results of students’ learning performance, as well as what they walked away with ‘beyond the grade’.


mLearner hard at work!

studying with iPad and iPod while travelingWhat better way to stay on top of her engineering homework?!

A recent trip to San Francisco didn’t stop my oldest daughter from getting homework done. Knowing that we wouldn’t have cell service, much less wifi access, on the windy roads to SF, she took several screenshots of flowcharts in her engineering course so that she could ‘take them on the road.’ She plugged into her favorite tunes on her iPod and propped up her iPad against the dashboard and got busy with her notes while looking at flowcharts. Don’t worry — she wasn’t driving!

I am always thrilled to see how truly savvy students of today are! If they don’t want to take a huge load of books with them while traveling, download/take pictures of notes, get the eText version. My other daughter, also in college, told me she loves the search feature in her Kindle app when reading her nutrition text.  She says she can go straight to the source of what she needs by using the search. Can’t do that with a hardcopy!

mLearning Apps for Education

mobile learningmLearning tools!

Padagogy Wheel for iPads in Education

Brainstorming and Collaboration

  • WikiTouch
  • GroupBoard
  • WhiteBoard Lite
  • Popplet
  • MindJet
  • iThoughtsHD
  • ShowMe
  • SyncPad (my new favorite!)
  • SyncSpace – shared drawing space in real time
  • Trell0 – collaborative whiteboard

Social Networking

  • FaceBook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn


  • VoiceThread
  • Skype
  • IM+
  • Jabber

Presentation (multimedia)

  • Keynote
  • Haiku Deck
  • deck – one-touch presentations
  • PhotoComic
  • PicCollage
  • Animoto
  • Phoster
  • PhotoMess
  • WordFoto
  • Viddme

Interactive whiteboard and document camera tools

  • Stage
  • Doceri
  • SplashTop

Screencasting Apps

  • Explain Everything
  • ScreenChomp
  • ShowMe
  • Skitch
  • EduCreations
  • Doceri
  • Doodlecast Pro
  • Explain A Website
  • Teach
  • Ask3
  • TouchCast

Educational Misc.

  • Flashcards+
  • iTunesU
  • Khan Academy
  • SmartTest Instructor (TBL interactive tests/activities)


  • DropBox
  • EverNote
  • GoodReader (annotating docs)
  • GoogleDrive
  • Vittle
  • Pages
  • Flipboard
  • Scanner Pro
  • Notability
  • Trello – organizational, collaborative whiteboard


  • Animation HD
  • VideoScribe HD


  • EarthViewer