Over the past four years, teachers and students in Parkland School Division (PSD) have had the opportunity to explore the use of iPads, Virtual Reality and 3D Printing in the classroom. This Mobile Learning Initiative (MLI) has sparked creativity, discussion, learning and collaboration in the various K-12 classrooms and school sites that it has entered. With further interest in Maker Education, Coding and Programming, the Mobile Learning Initiative has expanded to include even more resources!
I think it's amazing that we have access to all of these resources in our division, and it's so smart to have them shared with interested teachers across schools. This is one of the reasons that I love being a teacher in PSD!
Duffield students "BreakingOut" - an immersive learning experience for all groups.
Teachers have the ability to sign out resources from the Mobile Learning Initiative Loaner Library for 1-3 week stints. Lessons/activities are aligned with Alberta curriculum.
Once an activity/lesson is complete, images and/or video with a brief description is added to Mobile Learning Initiative blog in order to share some of the learning.
It was very easy to set up and I appreciated it being delivered to the class. The students LOVED it !
Student experiences while using Mobile Learning Initiative items
86% of teachers reported that the MLI items supported their teaching practices and 100% reported that these items allowed teachers to become aware of different resources to engage students with curricular outcomes.
The MLI program makes projects possible that I could not implement otherwise.
The resources we have access to are very innovative resources that really enable me to teacher and foster the 21st century competencies with my students.
All teachers reported that the current loaner library is filled with resources to support diverse learners. They found that items could be used at whatever level an individual student is at. Many teachers said that ALL students found ways to become lead learners and showcase their progress and work to each other. Students gained confidence in their learning which then resulted in more perseverance in daily work.
Having the MLI blog to provide ideas about how to implement curricular outcomes with the MLI items is very helpful, and having such a variety of resources allowed me to choose resources based on my grade's curricular outcomes.
Teachers really would like to see more loaner items found in the Mobile Learning Initiative. This resource library is the first stop to trialing various resources before schools themselves look at buying items for their own classrooms. Our hope would be to have monies set aside for 2017-18 in order to expand the collection.