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Mobl21

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Sep 1, 2013
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Company: Emantras, 41350 Christy Street, Fremont, CA 94538; 510-516-1939; sales@mobl21.com; mobl21.com/workflow (for free trial); emantras.com/index.html (to request a quote); http://Facebook.com/mobl21; http://Twitter.com/mobl21.

Price: Contact Emantras at emantras.com/index.html to request a quote for subscribing to Mobl21 as modified to your situation. The mobl21 app is available at phone app stores as well, and that and other useful materials are available at the Mobl21 store.

Audience: Mobl21 is intended for any age group beginning with kindergarten in which students can read and use mobile technology well enough to take advantage of it.

Format: Promotes mobile learning with a series of web-based programs and apps for desktop or laptop computers (through desktop widgets), Apple iPhones/iPod touches, Apple iPads, BlackBerries, and Androids. Students can access materials on various social networking sites such as Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter as well.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A
Ease of Use:A
Product Support:A-

 

System Requirements: Obviously students need an appropriate mobile device and teachers need access via computer for learning material creation, which is then transferred to student devices.

Description: Teachers use Mobl21 programs to create structured student learning materials. After those materials are transferred to student devices, students can use them anytime, anywhere. Emantras has created communities for sharing teacher-created materials.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Installation is straightforward and a matter of signing up for the appropriate material and making sure mobile learning devices and computers have appropriate apps and internet access. Student materials are downloaded to their mobile devices. Teachers also need to enter their classes into the system so students can access learning materials. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Mobl21 is a mobile learning application that supports dynamic, unstructured learning using some of the mobile devices that are becoming so common. Students have instant access to learning material, anywhere, anytime. Mobl21 also helps educators easily create learning material and publish it to multiple users or groups. Educators can also track and monitor content access and view student test performances.

Mobl21 teacher functions allow teachers to set up class lists and develop micro lessons on any subject, which in turn can be downloaded to student devices, enabling student access. Activities are structured in the form of study guides, flash cards, and quizzes and can be developed by editing existing material or using predesigned templates. These can include sound, animations, video clips, and more. Teachers can track usage, active learners, and scores.

The activities and the mobile devices help teachers and students connect and share learning as well as measure results and progress. Teachers can follow up with opinion polls, surveys, reminders, etc., and content can be interlinked across multiple content streams. Students can even share learning material they’ve obtained online or offline from school, a store, or other friends. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: Use of the various aspects of Mobl21 by teachers and students is aided by some knowledge of computers, the internet, and mobile devices, but Mobl21 is straightforward and well-documented. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Online support uses a ticket system. Every support request is assigned a unique ticket number which teachers can use to track support progress and responses online. A valid email address is required. A blog, FAQ, and other limited online help are available as well. Product Support Rating: A-

Recommendation: Mobile devices have become such a pervasive part of daily life that schools need to take advantage of them to promote and motivate student learning. Mobl21 is an excellent platform, and I recommend it to all schools whose students have and can use appropriate mobile devices. Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe (chasgd62@gmail.com) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Michigan. For the past 15 years, he has written articles and reviews for Internet@Schools.


 
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