SAS® Mobile Learning Guide Helps Educators, Parents, Developers Navigate Complex Mobile Education Landscape

CARY, N.C. -- The booming mobile education market offers tremendous promise for improving student learning, but  students, educators and parents often struggle with what devices and content to use, and how. And mobile app developers have difficulty pinpointing best practices. New from the SAS® Curriculum Pathways® team, Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Developers, Educators and Learners shares expertise gleaned from developing, evaluating and integrating mobile learning resources. SAS Curriculum Pathways interactive educational resources, which debuted 15 years ago, launched its mobile learning resources alongside the first iPad® in 2010.

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The handbook outlines how mobile devices present unique opportunities to engage students and make learning fun. It provides developers with practical tips on creating applications that students and teachers need. And it advises parents and educators on how best to use mobile learning resources inside and outside the classroom.

Authors Scott McQuiggan, Lucy Kosturko, Jamie McQuiggan and Jennifer Sabourin combine diverse expertise in educational technology. Jamie McQuiggan is also co-author of a book on how to improve statewide longitudinal data systems.

“The mobile learning marketplace can be overwhelming,” said Scott McQuiggan, Director of SAS Curriculum Pathways. “We want to help teachers with limited time and resources decide which apps will help their particular students build appropriate skills. We also give parents guidance toward choosing the best resources for their kids and offer developers a hand in cracking this highly competitive market.”

Chapters cover all aspects of mobile learning, including creating and managing a digital classroom, and enhancing learning at home. The book also helps developers better understand the needs and constraints of the educational app market, and highlights opportunities for collaboration between education technology providers and educators.

An additional chapter is devoted to how mobile devices can help in educating students with special needs, and how developers can better meet those needs. The authors also shed light on controversial topics such as data privacy, digital citizenship and the screen time debate.

Finally, “The Great App Checklist” helps guide educator and parent decisions on which apps are most appropriate and effective for their students and children.
SAS® Curriculum Pathways® mobile apps and online learning resources

Available at no cost, SAS Curriculum Pathways mobile learning apps include SAS Flash Cards, SAS Gloss, SAS Data Notebook, SAS Read Aloud, SAS Reading Records, SAS Writing Navigator and SAS Math Stretch.

In addition, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides online resources in English language arts, mathematics, sci­ence, social studies and Spanish for traditional, virtual and home schools. Built for how students learn, SAS Curriculum Pathways curriculum resources have been proven to increase student learning and teacher effectiveness by targeting higher-order thinking skills. More than 275,000 teachers and students already use the free digital resources for K-12.
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