The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
The goal of the three year Making Learning Mobile (MLM) Project was to evaluate the benefits of mobile learning by providing every student and teacher with an Internet-connected tablet for use at school and at home. Specifically, this project was developed to evaluate how ubiquitous connectivity, in school and out of school, facilitated greater communication between teachers and classmates, extended the learning day, allowed students to develop digital citizenship skills within a safe and secure learning environment, and supported enhanced learning and greater student achievement. In its third and final year, the project was implemented during the 2014-15 school year with 5th grade students at an urban K-6 school, Falconer Elementary School, located on the northwest side of Chicago. Kajeet sponsored the three-year Making Learning Mobile project with funding from the Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™ initiative.
The Making Learning Mobile project is a landmark digital learning project for several key reasons including the potential impact of the findings from the three years of research. More so than ever, school and district administrators are struggling today with how to increase student achievement while also ensuring that students have the right skills to be successful in college or in future jobs or careers. Many education leaders are exploring how to leverage digital tools and content to accomplish both of these critical tasks. While early results from many studies are promising, it is becoming increasingly apparent that providing students with safe, consistent and secure out of school access to digital resources is a critical component in this formula. The Making Learning Mobile project results provide education and policy leaders with compelling evidence about how extended learning opportunities for students that leverage out of school connectivity is not only possible, but also supports significant learning outcomes.
We are pleased to provide the following best practices and lessons learned, aggregated from the reports over the past three years. To view these reports, please click on the links on the side of this page or continue reading the information below.
The third and final year of the Making Learning Mobile study builds on the foundational findings from year one and year two to more fully explore the impact of using always connected mobile devices on teacher effectiveness and student learning, and how that capability enables new ways for both teachers and students to extend learning beyond the classroom experience or school campus. To learn more about the Making Learning Mobile 3.0 study, click here.
The Making Learning Mobile 2.0 study focused on student use of the devices as essential learning tools, but also incorporated a greater emphasis on the process of teacher adoption and integration into daily instructional process. A key finding from that evaluation study was the impact of the tablet usage on students’ reading and writing proficiency. Additionally, since the second year of the project included a more focused approach to teacher professional development, the impact of that training represented a significant finding. The teachers’ increased comfort using the mobile devices was evident by the level of integration of the tablets into everyday instruction and a new project based learning orientation within the 5th grade classrooms. Subsequently, this new classroom paradigm resulted in greater student self-efficacy and more self-directed learning taking place outside of class. To learn more about the Making Learning Mobile 2.0 study, click here.
The first year of the Making Learning Mobile study (the 2012-2013 school year) focused on how the 5th grade students used the tablets at school and at home to support enhanced learning. A key finding from the first year was that the tablets increased student engagement in learning in the classroom, and the enhanced home access to learning resources positively transformed student behaviors and self-efficacy around learning. Another key finding from the first year implementation was increased awareness of the need for more teacher professional development, specifically around instructional strategies and tools to support mobile learning. To learn more about the Making Learning Mobile 1.0 study, click here.
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About Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm Wireless Reach is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.
About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow®, the national education nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering student voices in education discussions, prepared this program evaluation for Kajeet. Project Tomorrow has 19 years of experience in the K-12 and higher education sector and regularly provides consulting and research support to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education institutions about key trends and research in science, math and technology education.
The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, almost 4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.