AT&T, Edmodo, Kno and Samsung Mobile recently completed a pilot-test of a K-12 mobile learning platform “that combined mobile devices, connectivity and educational content with the ambition to make ‘anywhere education’ easier than ever.”
Working under the banner of Connected Nation, a non-profit organization “committed to bringing affordable, high-speed Internet and broadband-enable resources to schools,” the partners pilot-tested a hybrid shared and one-to-one mobile learning model in two high school classes over an eight-week period.
Reaching 100 students, the results were encouraging, according to the pilot-test partners:
- Most students, teachers and parents agreed the mobile learning solution enhanced the learning experience and would like to have continued using it after the trial
- Participating students using the one-to-one model reported higher levels of satisfaction by about 10 percentage points
- Participating students said the solution was easy to use, made reading more interesting, and featured helpful functions
- Participating teachers agreed the solution made them more effective and teaching more interesting.
AT&T provided the 3G/4G mobile broadband connectivity that enabled participants to use mobile devices and learning workspace software, which “helped teachers to manage their classrooms and monitor how students were using the devices.” Edmodo provided the real-time e-learning platform that allowed teachers and students “to exchange ideas and share content, homework, grades and school notices.”
Kno provided the digital textbooks used in the pilot, including educational software that runs on all major operating systems and “is designed from all different types of learners.” Samsung Mobile provided Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets, which enabled students and teachers to connect both at home and at school.
“Our aspiration is to help schools effortlessly build a mobile learning program by giving them access to preeminent companies without having to balance lots of partners,” AT&T senior VP of Government, Education, and Healthcare John Irwin was quoted as saying. “During the pilot, we were able to demonstrate that bringing technology leaders together with the end user in mind ultimately leads to an enriched educational experience for students.”
Added Brent Legg, Connected Nation’s VP for Education Programs, “When supported by quality teacher training and paired with robust broadband, we believe that tablet devices have the potential to dramatically impact education in America.”