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Best practices in mobile learning

Resources on school-wide mobile learning

UNESCO is committed to support Member States in effectively incorporating ICT into school education. To this end, an online collection of resources is developed to guide the planning and implementation of school-wide mobile learning initiatives.

Resources are curated into five categories. The content documented in the collection are synthesizes from the Best Practices in Mobile Learning case study series, recommended by the expert group members of the project or critically selected based on desk research.

For any comments and inputs to the collection of resources, please contact fazhengproject@unesco.org.

E-school frameworks

The DigCompOrg framework provides a comprehensive and generic conceptual framework that reflects all aspects of the process of systematically integrating digital learning in educational organisations from all education sectors. The DigCompOrg framework has seven key elements and 15 sub-elements that are common to all education sectors.

As part of the “e-Schools: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools Pilot Project”, the Framework for the Digital Maturity of Schools is a document which defines the areas and levels of the digital maturity of schools. The Croatian Framework for the Digital Maturity of Schools consists of five areas of the digital maturity of schools, including leadership, planning and management; ICT in learning and teaching; development of digital competences; ICT culture and ICT infrastructure.

Future Ready Schools Framework provides a structure for digital learning visioning, planning, and implementation. The framework focuses on seven key areas: curriculum, instruction, and assessment; data and privacy; robust infrastructure; use of space and time; personalized professional learning; budget, and resources and community partnerships, with student learning kept at the heart of all decision-making process.

Digital Schools of Distinction is a programme that aims to promote, recognise and encourage excellence in the use of technology in primary schools in Ireland. The programme develops a set of criteria for a digital school in five aspects, including leadership and vision; ICT integration in the curriculum; school ICT culture; continuing professional development, and resources and infrastructure.

The Smart School Roadmap 2005-2020: An Educational Odyssey provides a guiding framework for the expansion of the Malaysian Smart School Flagship initiative. The Roadmap identifies the key stakeholders and their responsibilities in order to ensure a smooth migration to ICT-mediated teaching-learning processes. Built upon the outcome of the Pilot and the Post-Pilot phases, the Roadmap describes in detail the key responsibilities of the School, Community, MoE, State and the Industry stakeholders throughout the process of making all schools in the country “smart”.

Tools for e-school planning

The Future Classroom Toolkit enables teachers, school leaders, education policy-makers and technology suppliers to create and implement Future Classroom Scenarios. A Future Classroom Scenario is a narrative description of teaching and learning that provides a clear vision for innovation and advanced pedagogical practice supported by technology. The toolkit can be used to introduce or scale up innovative use of digital technologies in a school or across a number of schools within an education system. The rationale for this process is to bring about incremental but sustainable change in the education system.

As part of the “e-Schools: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools Pilot Project”, the Framework for the Digital Maturity of Schools is a document which defines the areas and levels of the digital maturity of schools. The Croatian Framework for the Digital Maturity of Schools consists of five areas of the digital maturity of schools, including leadership, planning and management; ICT in learning and teaching; development of digital competences; ICT culture and ICT infrastructure. Schools can use the Framework for Digital Maturity as a guide in the planning and implementation of mobile learning programmes.

The Guidelines on the Management and Use of ICT in Gauteng Public Schools is an online platform that assists schools in planning and managing the use of ICT in schools in Gauteng province, South Africa. By measuring schools’ current development in the use of ICT against a set of guiding criteria, this platform helps schools to identify trajectories for advancing the effective integration of ICT and school education.

Assessment tools for e-schools

SELFIE (Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies) is a tool designed to help schools embed digital technologies into teaching, learning and student assessment. It can highlight what is working well, where improvement is needed and what the priorities should be. The tool is currently available in the 24 official languages of the European Union with more languages to be added over time.
SELFIE gathers – anonymously – the views of students, teachers and school leaders on how technology is used in their school. This is done using short statements and questions and a simple 1-5 agreement scale. The statements cover areas such as leadership, infrastructure, teacher training and students’ digital competence.

  • Opeka
    Developed by: Finnish National Agency for Education | Scope: Finland | Retrieved in November 2019

Opeka is an online tool for teachers and schools to measure and analyze their usage of information and communication technology in teaching. It provides teachers as well as school and municipality representatives information on how their ICT usage compares to other teachers, schools and national levels. Opeka is used to evaluate how teachers use ICT and the ICT environment and culture in the school using the following perspectives: technological readiness; procedures; attitudes; pedagogical use and ICT-skills.

The School Transformation Survey is a free, online survey that measures educators’ and leaders' perceptions on the current state of innovative teaching practices in their school or class. It is a self-assessment and serves as an important step in bringing about awareness of the current state of transformation of the teaching and learning experience.

As part of the “e-Schools: Establishing a System for Developing Digitally Mature Schools Pilot Project”, the Framework for Digital Maturity is a basic document intended for the development of an instrument for the self-evaluation and external evaluation of the digital maturity of schools. The Croatian Framework for the Digital Maturity of Schools consists of five areas of the digital maturity of schools, including leadership, planning and management; ICT in learning and teaching; development of digital competences; ICT culture and ICT infrastructure.

Tools to support mobile learning spaces

  • Moodle
    © Moodle Pty Ltd. | Available on iOS devices, Android devices and desktops | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 3.7.2

Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. Moodle provides a comprehensive and flexible tool-set that support both learning and teaching. Moodle provides learners with a variety of features including easy access to course content, individualized learning plans and event calendars, as well as discussion forums. Moodle is provided freely as Open Source software, under the GNU General Public License. Anyone can adapt, extend or modify Moodle for both commercial and non-commercial projects without any licensing fees.

  • Google Classroom
    © 2019. Blackboard Inc. | Users can sign in from any computer or mobile device | Retrieved in November 2019

Google Classroom is a free, streamlined, easy-to-use tool that helps teachers manage coursework. With Google Classroom, teachers and students can sign in from any computer or mobile device to access class assignments, course materials, and feedback. Google Classroom enables students’ personalized learning and allows teachers to create classes, distribute assignments, grade and send feedback to students.

Tools for school-family communication

  • Bloomz
    © Bloomz Inc. | Available on iOS devices, Android devices, desktops and SMS | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 3.17

Bloomz is a free app that facilitates teacher-parent communications and creates a supportive classroom community. Bloomz makes it easy for teachers to securely share photos, classroom updates and reach parents instantly through messaging, as well as to coordinate events. With Bloomz, parents can read posts in their preferred language with one-click translations (80 languages available), as well as communicating with other parents for play dates, carpooling and more.

  • ClassDojo
    © ClassDojo, Inc. | Available on iOS Devices and Android Devices | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 6.4.3

ClassDojo is a free app that connects teachers with students and parents to build classroom communities. It supports more than 20 languages. Teachers can bring parents into the classroom experience by sharing photos, videos, announcements and instant message with parents. ClassDojo is used in the Colégio Monte Flor primary school from Portugal, featured in the UNESCO-Fazheng case study series.

  • ClassTag
    © ClassTag, Inc. | Available on iOS devices, Android devices and desktops | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 1.21.9

ClassTag is designed to enable streamlined, personalized and easy to stay in-sync parent-teacher communication. ClassTag’s smart messages can reach parents on any device and in whichever language they prefer. It also allows parents to respond to sign-ups, parent-teacher conferences, and volunteer opportunities in one click.

  • Classtree
    © Bytters Pte Ltd. | Available on iOS devices and Android devices and desktops | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 3.1

Classtree is a web and mobile app that provides secure and private communication channels between teachers and parents. It incorporates features including e-signature, real-time reporting, event reminders, photo sharing, etc. Classtree is recommended by the mSchools Programme from Spain featured in the UNESCO-Fazheng case study series.

  • Edmodo
    © Edmodo, Inc.| Available on iOS devices and Android devices | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 7.6.0

Edmodo offers free tools for schools to create a community by involving administrators, educators and families. The platform simplifies communications among teachers, parents and students as individuals or groups by providing tools such as Posts and Messages. Edmodo also fosters information exchange and peer learning within a broader teachers’ community.

  • Livingtree Engage
    © Snowflake Technologies, Inc. | Available on iOS devices and Android devices | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 6.5

Livingtree Engage is a platform designed for family engagement. It helps schools and educators build relationships with families and promote engagement in student learning through easy-to-use social features available on web browsers and mobile applications. The platform provides a set of services including conversation feed, post creation, language translation, and directing messaging between educators and families.

  • Seesaw Parent and Family
    © Seesaw Learning Inc. | Available on iOS devices, Chromebooks, Android devices, Kindle Fire, and desktops | Retrieved in November 2019, Version 7.1.8

Seesaw is a digital portfolio that gives parents real-time glimpses into students’ school day. With Seesaw, students can use intuitive tools to capture and demonstrate learning in a portfolio, which enable teachers to get valuable insights into what students understand. Seesaw also engages families in conversations centered on student learning. By connecting families to see student work and celebrate progress, Seesaw helps parents stay in the loop and gives them an opportunity to support students’ learning at home.