Mobile learning on its way to Mars! Worldwide infographics

Mobile learning on its way to Mars! Worldwide infographics

6,1 billion smartphones in circulation by 2020, 80% of Internet traffic nowadays performed on mobile devices, almost 3 hours spent daily with our new companion of every moment…

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Mobile learning in Education is a myth…ology application!

Mobile learning in Education is a myth…ology application!

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Jean-Michel Lavallard
Co-Founder – CEO
Educ-i & Digicours

Let’s go back a few weeks in timeOn September the 29th, Jean-Michel LAVALLARD, Co-Founder and CEO of Educ-I and Digicours granted us an interview around the beneficial use of digital technologies in the educational field.

Jean-Michel then took us back a few decades in time with Digicours’s first mobile learning quiz, “Route 80” a Teach on Mars technology based application to cheerily face players in head to head matches as well as refining our 80s culture.

It’s exciting to be formed by interacting with others”, “I love the playfulness, I learn while enjoying myself”. “This is very useful, I discover bits of info here and there whenever I have spare time and do not feel like wasting it anymore”. Over 100 reviewers have already acclaimed Route 80, now available for free on the stores!*.

Encouraged by Route 80 success so far, Jean-Michel is now taking us a few centuries back, this time, to offer us a clash of titans with his new application on mythology. Why mythology? Who is the target audience? How to have the Education community’s players best realize the mobile learning value? How to implicate them in a mobile learning venture?

We asked Jean-Michel LAVALLARD to give us his proficient assent and to enlighten us on the issues surrounding the scholastic education business.

 

Jean-Michel, why have you selected the mythology theme?

The choice of mythology is in our will to show the many benefits brought by mobile learning with respect to school instruction. As such, we opted for a topic both of general interest and part of the French official secondary school curriculum. By playing with Mythology, students also revise their courses!

 

What makes you think that digital will transform education?

I spent decades in National Education. First as a teacher, I quickly oriented myself to management and consultancy roles. Education is definitely modernizing, as evidenced by the “Connected Colleges” currently blooming in France in order to foster digital usage. I am convinced that National Education will become more effective by adopting modern training practices in sync with the present patterns of the upcoming tech-savvy generation working and living together: flexible and remote working arrangements, telecommuting, telesocializing… I created Educ-i and Digicours for stepping up efforts to create a digital vocational education and training system.

 

How do you envision your contribution to Schools’ digitalization?

I identify a call for action between school financers and men on the ground. It is one thing that the French state provides schools with budgets to equip with digital; Allows these schools valuing digital kits by investing in valuable contents is another. My objective is to convince more and more players on how mobile learning benefits to the whole education community:

– Parents and students by introducing them to the mobile learning gains with fun and useful applications.

– Teachers, every day more numerous to write mobile contents and to add the mobile formula in their teaching methodology. Digicours is currently building an application for revising the French 3rd year college “Brevet”.

– Officials’, showing them with academic progression and success rates that mobile learning is a must!

 

Last but not least, why Teach on Mars?

I was recommended Teach on Mars during my search for Digicours’ technical partners. Looking for a premium mobile learning solution on the market, Teach on Mars have 100% complied with my objectives, offering a mobile learning native technology together with innovative and very effective content integration formats.

 

Thank you Mr LAVALLARD for sharing your insight.

So, until you can rob your kid’s smartphone to play with Digicours applications, we offer you to discover and enjoy a Mythology battle preview in the screencast below! Coming out soon!

Teach on Mars contents authors: Lesson #5 – Long-term memory

Teach on Mars contents authors: Lesson #5 – Long-term memory

Remember lesson #4 on short-term memory (STM) upgrading tricks? If not, let the summary table underneath help you shift it into your long-term memory (LTM)!

Statement Tips to improve your mobile learning app!
Lesson #4
STM capacity “magical #7 ” Propose just a few items by activity, to optimize STM.
Mnemonic usage Use mnemonics to increase STM storage capacity.
STM memory duration Use memorizing activities that stimulate rehearsal training.

Now that learners’ STM is at the top, let’s examine how their LTM can best take over using tailored contents and activities!

First, encourage “maintenance rehearsal” activities i.e. repeat information: Flash game, challenge, Quiz on Mars. You transfer the information from STM through repetition until it’s committed to long-term storage.

Tip: Use maintenance rehearsal learning activities to consolidate acquired knowledge

Teach on Mars illustration on maintenance rehearsal activities:

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Questions are iterated until obtaining 100% success.

 

Second, promote “elaborative rehearsal” i.e. plug newly acquired data to existing ones: When information is meaningful and references something that we already know, remembering it is easier and forgetting it becomes harder. Schemas easily allow building up associations between new and learnt info.

Tip: Use schemas that help integrate new information with existing memories

Teach on Mars illustration on elaborative rehearsal contents:

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Schemas help connect new info with known info.

 

Third, Design activities to stimulate data recognition rather than data recall: Challenge, Quiz on Mars, pick a word, fill the gap. It’s much easier for learners to recognize information, such as selecting a correct answer among  several displayed proposed values, rather than to recall it from memory, such as answering an open question.

Tip: Design activities to stimulate data recognition

Teach on Mars illustration on recognition activities:

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“Fill the gap” and “Quiz on Mars” activities offer learners to recognize the correct answer among several proposed values.

Fourth, Design concrete terms and icons: According to studies, concrete words and drawings (suitcase, sofa) are easier to store in the long-term than abstracts items (opinion, opportunity).

Tip: Design concrete terms and icons to ease long-term memory storage

Teach on Mars illustration on concrete design:

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Flash cards show concret icons to leverage storage.

 

Did you know that while sleeping and dreaming , we are reworking experiences from the day, consolidating new memories and making new associations (Daoyun Ji and Wilson theory)!

So, as per the old adage, ‘I’ll let you sleep on it’!

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Teach on Mars contents authors: Lesson #4 – Working memory

Teach on Mars contents authors: Lesson #4 – Working memory

In lessons #1, #2 and #3, we studied how oddly our busy brain sometimes analyses what we see.

The next chapters are dedicated to another key brain feature: the storage! We have so many memories, and I’m not just meaning our wildest souvenirs! Our brain is like a galactic bulge, chunking, shifting and recalling zillions of info every “zillisecond”. Everyone’s head is undoubtedly the largest repository of data in the galaxy!

So, how to best stimulate our brain storage functionality throughout the learning cycle and turn a bird brain into a Head?

Let’s dedicate Lesson #4 to the working memory. Also called STM (Short Term Memory), it consists of the information that is active in our consciousness right now, the things we’re aware of.

Do you recall frantically reciting a phone number in order to dial it straight away (yet the number is probably now drowned in the depth of your mnemonic abyss)? As per Tracy Alloway studies, the most trained the working memory (thanks to the resulting increased connections among our brain zones – prefrontal cortex, left and right hemispheres), the most successful we tend to be.

To improve it, first, and this is an advice for learners, 100% focus attention on the item(s), avoid disturbance and relax. Indeed, STM effectiveness decreases with stress and sensory interferences (a door shuts, someone talks to you…).

Second, and these are advices for our genuine authors, maximise leaners’ experience by writing contents that value the following guidelines:

  • STM capacity “magical number seven”: It is trusted that STM can store seven items of information at a time, plus or minus two items. Depending on the current thinking, this number is sometimes shortened to four. Therefore narrow down content to a few pieces of information in an activity in order to optimize the STM efficiency.

Tip Propose just a few information pieces in an activity, to optimize STM.

Teach on Mars illustration on working memory magical number seven:

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Use 4 to 9 pieces of information in an activity

  • Mnemonic usage: Leverage STM storage capacity by breaking down big chunks of information into little phrases. In the example hereafter, the 7Ps Marketing mix is chunked into 7 concepts, each P standing for one of them.

Tip Use mnemonics to increase STM storage capacity.

Teach on Mars illustration on the mnemonic usage:

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Chunk concepts into pieces easier to retain

  • Duration of memory for the STM system: You may extend the average 18 seconds length of time that you can keep information in STM by inducing (rote) rehearsal. It is the process of actively (over and over again) thinking about something in order to learn it. Teach on Mars memorizing activities, such as flash game, challenge, pick a word…,  induce rehearsing by recurrently questioning learners on a specific topic.

Tip Use memorizing activities that stimulate rehearsal training.

Teach on Mars illustration on rehearsing:

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Jamaica flag is submitted several times to stimulate rehearsing.

What’s the point in elaborating around STM if we finally end up forgetting information after 18 seconds you might ask? Well, the good news is, if the information is rehearsed long enough in STM, it is eventually transferred into our memory’s savings account, the long-term memory (LTM).

So stay tuned, rehearse on the matter and wait for the next lesson to learn how LTM can best take over on STM using tailored contents and activities!

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Mobile learning on its way to Mars! Latest worldwide infographics

Mobile learning on its way to Mars! Latest worldwide infographics

Mars is there, waiting to be reached. Buzz Aldrin.

And mobile learning is there, reaching for the sky!

Infographics below clearly demonstrate that mobile devices nowadays contribute to everyone’s lives! And more and more in one’s professional environment.

And indeed! Everyday more businesses realize their collaborators’ fast increasing skills together with substantial reduction in their training costs since mobile learning has become part of their training strategy.

Have a look and learn by yourself!

Mobile devices swamp the planet!

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What’s your favorite spot for training on your smartphone? Have a look at the top learning points!

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Organizations realize tangible benefits with mobile learning!

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Source: Brillant or Insane, Education on the Edge