Cellular technology is getting creeps into people’s daily lives. As smartphones, PDAs, tablet PCs and net books continue to evolve and improve in functionality, application developers are constantly experimenting and offering new applications that are not only entertaining but also increase productivity.
Elearning or electronic learning is just one sector in which mobile technology is rapidly gaining ground. The new term, learning or mobile learning, fully encapsulates the concept. It’s study anywhere, in your pocket, and at hand anytime, anywhere.
Enthusiasm for the new learning approach is being met by the increasing number of e learning writing tools being developed for mobile applications. Some of them are:
Lectora is a writing tool that isn’t specifically configured for mobile learning but the results are accessible in most mobile browsers like Safari on iPhone, iPad, iPod and Skyfire on Android. The main features of this e learning writing tool are templates which are mainly made for iPhone and iPad; Automated tools for checking spelling, HTML errors, Media Libraries, etc .; easy programming-free writing and publishing; etc.
Mobile Learning Environment (MLE)
Developed by GoKnow !, MLE allows educators to manage student activities including assessments and backing up data via mobile devices. A special writing tool made for K-12 students.
Chalk Pushcast Software
Unlike most mobile apps where iPhone and iPad take center stage, this software is tailor-made for BlackBerry smartphones. Special features include a plug-in for PowerPoint presentations where trainees or employees can review lectures or speak anywhere. The writing mode is similar to the interface and regular PowerPoint presentations may include graphics, video, or audio.
SumTotal Tool Book
SumTotal’s Toolbook includes tailor-made templates for health care training, soft skills training, obedience training, and so on. The mobile features are compatible with many mobile web browsers including Safari and Firefox, It also takes advantage of the drag and drop features of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
HotLava LMA (Mobile Learning Author)
This software supports multimedia content such as video, graphics, audio, etc. Java enabled PDFs such as PocketPC, Palm, etc. can access content as well as smartphones using XHTML like the iPhone.
Vcommunicator Vcom3D Writing Suite
Vcom3D developed a number of specialized learning applications such as Sign Smith which use 3D avatars that effectively perform correct sign language instead of just images that cannot fully convey accurate sign language. Their e learning writing tool offers Language and Culture Learning, Custom Character Development, Screenplay-Based Online Learning, and Performance Support.
Veodia is a video capture tool that uses the MPEG4 format that can be broadcast on iTunes for use on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
The iQpakk components include a management system for administrators, import and export capabilities for ecourses, multimedia support, etc.
Mobile learning writing tools allow students and trainees to continue or supplement the formal education they receive in class or in a training session. This allows for a more comprehensive learning experience as well as beneficial for retention. Mobile learning also allows learners to take advantage of their idle time such as long queues at the bank or long walks to stimulate their minds and thus, be more productive.