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Running head: SELECTING AND IMPLEMENTING

Selecting and Implementing a Mobile Device for Learning Introduction Scott A. McKee EDU627 Manage Instruction and Technology Kathy Milhauser Post University Module 5 2013

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Introduction Edudigitalteacher.coms purpose for this project is to select and implement the use of a mobile learning device to help create a digital learning environment in community court schools. Creating a digital learning environment requires the use of technological devices and tools to be utilized for instruction and facilitate learning. When selecting a mobile device it is necessary to find a device that can be used within the site infrastructure, meet the needs of the educator and students, and have access to appropriate software and online technology tools and resources. The implementation of a mobile device requires professional development for the educator, facilitated supervision for the students, and time to acquire the skills to make the most effective use for teaching and learning. Todays 21st century learner needs; 21st century teachers and 21st century learning spaces to develop 21st century skills, even in juvenile hall court schools. Crowell, K. (n.d.), Executive Director for the GOAL Academy, was quoted, with mobile learning technology and initiatives, we can keep our at-risk kids in school and improve their chances for success in the future. According to Moeller, B. & Reitzes, T. (2011), because technology is both highly customizable and intrinsically motivating to students, it is particularly well-suited to expand the learning experience. Mobile Device Selection The initial step in creating a digital learning environment is to acquire the technology, software, and develop the site infrastructure in order to develop the learning platform. In order to do this, one must determine the needs of the environment and select an appropriate mobile device to meet those needs. A needs-analysis will take place after which a list of appropriate mobile device options will be generated after product review and analysis of a variety of

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Windows driven laptops, netbooks, tablets, and chrome books that meet the needs within the proposed budget. The selection process will also include the selection of a wireless mobile computer cart with ability to charge the devices and will undergo a similar process as the mobile device. The mobile computer cart will be used to move the mobile devices from one classroom to another to facilitate a 1:1 digital learning environment for the students. According to Webster, A. (2013), if you choose the right device, students will be more engaged, attendance improves, and learning is recognizably more independent and more thorough. Choose wrong and things wont get worse, they will simply stay the same. Mobile Device Implementation After the mobile devices and mobile computer cart are purchased the Information Technology Department will assemble and test the mobile computer lab. The teacher assigned to pilot the use of the mobile lab will participate in professional development to be prepared with enough time to plan integration into math and science. Implementation will begin the 2014-2015 school year and will undergo continuous formative assessment by the teacher and quarterly summative assessments throughout the school year by the teacher and project management team. Project Stakeholders Merced County Office of Education (MCOE) Students, Teachers, Parents, Principal, District Assistant Superintendent, District Superintendent, and Information Technology Department Merced County Probation Department (MCPD) Probation Officers, Program Managers, Assistant Chief of Probation, Chief of Probation, Juvenile Justice Judge, and the citizens of Merced County, CA Instructional Designers/Trainers

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References Lepi, K. (2012). The current state of mobile learning in education. Retrieved from http://edudemic.com/2012/08/state-of-mobile-learning-education/ . Moeller, B. & Reitzes, T. (2011). Integrating technology with student centered learning. Retrieved from http://www.nmefoundation.org/getmedia/befa9751-d8ad-47e9-949dbd649f7c0044/Integrating-Technology-with-Student-Centered-Learning?ext=.pdf . Webster, A. (2013). How to choose the best mobile device for your school. Retrieved from http://edudemic.com/2013/03/how-to-choose-the-best-mobile-device-for-your-school/ . Cox, D.M.T. (2009). Project management skills for instructional designers: A practical guide. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.