UMPC: Mobile Learning through Adventures with Cartoon Characters

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Synopsis
• • • • • multi-subject, pupil-centered approach can be applied to all levels of learner task-based learning collaborative learning problem-based learning

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What is an UMPC?
• Ultra-Mobile Personal Computer • a hold-in-your-hands computer • offers the freedom & flexibility to communicate with others • enjoy digital media • access information
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What is mobile learning? learning
with portable technologies across subject mastery

Learning that happens across locations, or takes advantage of learning opportunities offered by portable technologies.
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Cartoon Characters
• sketch / drawing • similar to illustrations / animations • often used in reference to programs for children
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Encompasses abilities: • capacities to reason • plan • solve problems • think abstractly • T adapt instruction to address different • comprehend intelligences ideas • content should be represented in ways that • use language capitalise on as many of the
intelligences as possible • efforts on helping students understand their strengths weaknesses in each of the dimensions

MI

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Why did we combine UMPC, cartoon characters, mobilelearning and MI into our lesson?
It is in line with MOE’s IT Masterplan 2.

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CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT
• enhanced connections between curriculum, instruction & assessment • responsive, dynamic curriculum • embedded assessment in instruction

• •T as facilitatorspart of a community of • organises & sources for practice •interpreters of Ps’ knowledge • practices grounded in learning • creates & produces • co-learners theory knowledge • co-investigators • ethical & legal use of IT • engages in collaborative • experimental & learning innovative use of IT in • engages•in authentic & ENGAGED customisable teaching and learning learning immediate • actively involved in feedback LEARNING • customise & digital create rich research action content • multi-modal, multi• lifelong sensory learning • multi-modal, multilearning sensory teaching • anytime, anywhere learning • infusion of IT into curriculum

PUPIL

TEACHER

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Profile of pupils
English lesson (Fractured fairy tales)
• Age: 10 years old • Level: Primary 4 • Ability: Mixed • No. of boys: 9 • No. of girls: 7

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Profile of pupils
Malay language lesson (Folktales)
• Age: 12 years old • Level: Primary 6 • Ability: Mixed • No. of boys: 6 • No. of girls: 8

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Where can they get involved?
• Indoors
– Classrooms – Special rooms (AV Room, Science lab and etc)

• Outdoors
– School compound – During learning journeys
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Step 8: Pupils write reflection with regards to the activity Step 7: Presentation of completed tasks Step 6: Pupils will need to complete task using UMPC at all times Step 5: Transfer PowerPoint presentation to UMPCs Step 4: Plan tasks requiring movement around various places Step 3: Derive story using cartoon characters involving PBL/TBL Step 2: Source for cartoon characters Step 1: Discuss lesson idea

Step-by-step guide to creating your own lesson

A big hello to the smart pupils of Ms Wati. I’m Troy and pleased to meet you. She has given me 5 challenging tasks to complete. As you’ve already know, I’m in need of your big favour to win Princess Gabriella’s heart.

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Now, we need to proceed to Room ST-01-01 for our first task.

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Look for a CD player in the room. Ahhh, there it is. You will need to listen to a song from the player. Finally, complete the lyrics to the song found in the file named Room ST-01-01 in UMPC2. Do type in your answers there too.

Don’t forget to save the file, ok!

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Hmm, it’s not that challenging after all isn’t it? Hehe Now, let’s go and meet Sharpay for the next task.

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Troy had designed some emperor’s suits for Princess Gabriella’s father. However, she was not at all pleased with his creations. She wanted a more attractive suit. Open the file Room CL03-05 in UMPC2. Use the ‘AutoShapes’ function to design the emperor’s suit. You can only use the readilyavailable shapes to design the suits. Let’s look at the 5 suits he had created.

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CATEGORY Attractiveness

4 Makes excellent use of font, colour, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the product.

3 Makes good use of font, colour, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance to product.

2 Makes use of font, colour, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation content. Uses other people's ideas (giving them credit), but there is little evidence of original thinking.

1 Use of font, colour, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the presentation content.

Originality

Product shows a large amount of original thought. Ideas are creative and inventive.

Product shows some original thought. Work shows new ideas and insights.

Uses other people's ideas, but does not give them credit.

Presentation

Well-rehearsed with smooth delivery that holds audience attention.

Rehearsed with fairly smooth delivery that holds audience attention most of the time.

Delivery not smooth, but able to maintain interest of the audience most of the time.

Delivery not smooth and audience attention often lost.

Workload

The workload is divided and shared equally by all team members.

The workload is divided and shared fairly by all team members, though workloads may vary from person to person.

The workload was divided, but one person in the group is viewed as not doing his/her fair share of the work.

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The workload was not divided OR several people in the group are viewed as not doing their fair Temasek Primary School ~ share of the work.

Video Presentation

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Feedback on lesson

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Survey Findings
Survey: UMPC - Mobile Learning through Adventures with Cartoon Characters
120 100
100

Percentage of pupils

80 60

75

75 63

77 69 69 69

81

Pre-lesson(%)
44

Post-lesson(%)

40 20 0 Group dynamics Info search Oral skills ICT Cartoon cha.

Component

Issue/challenges encountered
• Limited battery life (approximately 1.5 hrs)
– To get extended battery life (up to 8 hrs)

• Inavailability of wireless internet access
– School is going wireless next year onwards

• Pupils’ time management
– Pupils took too much time to complete

Teachable moments
• Some pupils were still not able to locate certain locations in the school, despite being here for 4 – 6 years. • The lesson teaches pupils on the importance of following instructions and order of steps when completing a task. • Pupils had to figure out on their own the exact location of the USB port in

Q&A session

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THE END
Thank you for your kind attention
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References

• Moreno, R., & Mayer, R. (2000). A learner-centered approach to multimedia explanations: Deriving instructional design principles from cognitive theory. • Levie, W.H, & Lentz, R. (1982). Effects of text illustrations: A review of the research. Educational Communications and Technology Journal, 30(4), 195-232. • Linda L. Lohr. (2003). Creating Graphics for Learning and Performance: Lessons in Visual Literacy. • Dr. Spencer Kagan & Miguel Kagan. (1998). Multiple Intelligences: The complete MI Book. • Paul Eggen & Don Kauchak. (2004). Educational Psychology: Windows on Classrooms. • Gigi Carlson. (2004). Digital Media in the Classroom. • http://www.intel.com/products/mid/index.htm#anchor3 • http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-umpc.htm • http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/umpc/default

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illustration • http://www.nospank.net/stillwtr.htm Temasek Primary School ~ • http://groups.google.com/group/sci.psychology.misc/browse_thread/ Engaging Minds, Enriching Lives

Presenters: Nur Ain Binte Mohamed Amin Vikirawati Binte Mohammad Nordin