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Mobl21, from Emantras, Inc.

By Charles G. Doe - Posted Jan 1, 2011
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Company: Emantras, Inc., Mobl21 USA, www.mobl21.com. Louis Stricoff, sales director, louis.stricoff@emantras.com (610) 449-5899

Price: A free limited version is available, or individual student and teacher licenses can be purchased for $24.99 or $49.99 a year with optional extras. Contact Mobl21 for other licensing arrangements, including educator accounts, which are institutional accounts that have unique features such as a master administrator, multiple authors, and greater content capacity.

Audience: Mobl21 is for teachers and students that are middle school age and older. There are some elementary and early childhood applications as well.

Format: Using an editor similar to a word processor, teachers and students can create and share learning assets such as topical study guides, flashcards, and quizzes. These are accessed through “touch points” that include mobile devices and desktop computers.

System Requirements: Mobl21 requires internet access and a mobile device such as an iPhone and/or a desktop computer. It will work on many computers, but the faster the internet access and the newer the computer the better.

Description: Mobl21 is an easy-to-use platform enabling educational mobility. With the editor, individual teachers, students, or institutions can create and share learning assets that complement formal courses, extending learning through the use of desktop widgets, social networking sites, and devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch. Facebook, iGoogle, Android, BlackBerry, and Flash Lite apps will be available soon.

****Report Card

Installation A

Content/Features A

Ease of Use A

Product Support A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Installation is a matter of purchasing the license and downloading the material. The process was very easy. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Mobl21 helps educators take advantage of the huge number of mobile devices being used by students rather than fighting the trend. Studies indicate that nearly 75% or more of today’s students are using a mobile device of some sort. Rather than forbidding their use in schools, educators need to take advantage of them to make courses more interactive.

Basically, Mobl21 is a mobile learning platform that makes that possible. It works by providing material for the creation of learning assets, managing content and access, and publishing resources globally—which means to all access points in one operation. Material can be created by students, teachers, or publishers to be used with formal text and online courseware.

Videos, audio narratives, and images can be incorporated using Mobl21’s study guide option. It can even be used to create digital storybooks using audio and video for early childhood education. Math and other courses can be authored using study guides to demonstrate principles behind the rules or theorems. Flashcards can reinforce that knowledge, and quizzes can aid in assessing the success of the lesson.

Mobl21 subscriptions are very flexible and can be expanded and enhanced with optional material available separately. Students can even work with each other in study groups. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: The features and tools take a bit of time to learn, but experienced users will have no problems at all. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Not only are the usual product support options available, including webinars, but help with Mobl21 can be found on the Community page on the website where people can share ideas, problems, and resources. The Community can be accessed on Facebook, Twitter, and other places as well. This makes product support excellent. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Mobl21 is an excellent resource that I recommend for nearly any educational setting to incorporate mobile technology into more traditional learning environments. Recommended.

Reviewer: Charles Doe (charliegd@sbcglobal.net) is a 39-year teacher, including 10 years as elementary media specialist in Hastings Area Schools in Hastings, Mich. For the past 12 years, he has written articles and reviews for MultiMedia & Internet@Schools.


 
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