Mobile Learning Trends

Mobile Learning Trends

Recently I wrote a technical report for ALA called Mobile Learning Trends: Accessibility, Ecosystems, Content Creation. Published in April of 2016, it focuses on three trends:

  • Natural user interfaces and accessibility
  • Multi-device ecosystems
  • Content creation with mobile devices.

There are synergies between these trends that offer opportunities for those who care about access for all. This report includes ideas for how libraries can use this information to empower their users, and resources for learning more. (more…)

50 best apps for those who use both Android and iOS

50 best apps for those who use both Android and iOS

Many people use multiple mobile platforms these days. A common situation is one where you have both an Android smartphone and an iPad.

it’s true that when you get used to certain tasks on one platform, they aren’t automatic on the other, but once you get past that, you can work seamlessly.

Why? It’s because of apps with multi-device ecosystems. (more…)

Advancing accessibility with mobile

Advancing accessibility with mobile

Photo by Marcus Kwan (aperturismo on Flickr).

Natural user interfaces are making computing easier for all ages and abilities

The widespread adoption of mobile computing is a good thing for librarians who care about access for all. That’s because mobile devices make use of “natural user interfaces,” and those interfaces are making computing easier for people of all ages and abilities.

Success stories

Have you heard the many stories of success that people with disabilities are having with mobile apps? Here’s an example.

Todd is a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and public speaker. An accident at age eight caused a spinal cord injury that left him as a C4 quadriplegic. (more…)

Apple Watch first impressions, pt 1: Glances, Apps, Notifications

Apple Watch first impressions, pt 1: Glances, Apps, Notifications

The reason I got an Apple Watch (besides that I enjoy being an “early adopter”) is that I teach courses about mobile apps for librarians and educators. So I’m interested in the future of wearable technologies, how they might be used for education, and how they could make computing more accessible.

unboxing my Apple Watch

Unboxing my Apple Watch. Comes with an extra band.

The watch taps you.

I’m also very interested in what’s happening with “haptic” technology — Apple’s “force touch” is an example of this and it’s explained on their website: (more…)

50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services

50 ideas for creative uses of mobile apps in library services

App workshops, app guides, librarians + apps

There are many possibilities for using apps in creative ways in libraries. In my online course, “The Book as iPad App,”⁠ one of the assignments is to participate in a virtual brainstorming activity about this topic.

Librarians in my course are from school, academic, and public libraries, and this list is based on the many creative ideas they came up with. Since this course was focused on interactive book apps, the ideas are mostly about those. Feel free to imagine using these ideas for all types of apps.

The list is grouped into these categories: (more…)