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UMPC: Mobile Learning

through Adventures
with Cartoon
Characters

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Synopsis

• multi-subject, pupil-centered approach


• can be applied to all levels of learner
• task-based learning
• collaborative learning
• problem-based learning

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What is an UMPC?
• Ultra-Mobile Personal
Computer
• a hold-in-your-hands
computer
• offers the freedom &
flexibility to
communicate with
others
• enjoy digital media
• access information Temasek Primary School ~
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What is mobile learning?

learning

with portable across subject


technologies mastery

Learning that happens across locations, or takes


advantage of learning opportunities offered by
portable technologies.

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Cartoon Characters

• sketch / drawing
• similar to
illustrations /
animations
• often used in
reference to
programs for
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MI
Encompasses
abilities:
• capacities to
reason
• plan
• solve
problems
• think
abstractly
• comprehend
• T adapt instruction to address different
intelligences ideas
• content should be represented in ways that
• use language
capitalise on as many of the
intelligences as possible
• efforts on helping students understand
their strengths
weaknesses in each of the
dimensions

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Why did we combine UMPC,
cartoon characters, mobile-
learning and MI into our
lesson?

It is in line with MOE’s IT


Masterplan 2.

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PUPIL TEACHER
• part of a community of
•T as facilitators
• organises & sources for
knowledge •interpreters ofpractice
Ps’
learning • practices grounded in
• creates & produces
knowledge • co-learners theory
• engages in collaborative • co-investigators • ethical & legal use of IT
learning • experimental &
authentic & ENGAGED
innovative use of IT in
• engages•incustomisable teaching and learning
learning immediate
feedback LEARNING • customise create
&
• actively
rich
involved in
digital
action research
• multi-modal, multi- content
sensory learning • lifelong
• multi-modal, multi-
learning
• anytime, anywhere sensory teaching
learning • infusion of IT into
curriculum
CURRICULUM & ASSESSMENT
• enhanced connections between
curriculum, instruction & assessment
• responsive, dynamic
curriculum
• embedded assessment in Temasek Primary School ~
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Profile of pupils
English lesson (Fractured fairy tales)
• Age: 10 years old
• Level: Primary 4
• Ability: Mixed
• No. of boys: 9
• No. of girls: 7

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Profile of pupils
Malay language lesson (Folktales)
• Age: 12 years old
• Level: Primary 6
• Ability: Mixed
• No. of boys: 6
• No. of girls: 8

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Where can they get
involved?
• Indoors
– Classrooms
– Special rooms (AV Room, Science lab
and etc)
• Outdoors
– School compound
– During learning journeys
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Step-by-step guide to creating
your own lesson
Step 8: Pupils write reflection with
regards to the activity
Step 7: Presentation of
completed tasks
Step 6: Pupils will need to complete task
using UMPC at all times
Step 5: Transfer PowerPoint
presentation to UMPCs
Step 4: Plan tasks requiring movement
around various places
Step 3: Derive story using cartoon
characters involving PBL/TBL
Step 2: Source for
cartoon characters
Step 1: Discuss lesson idea
A big hello to the smart pupils of
Ms Wati. I’m Troy and pleased to
meet you.
She has given me 5
challenging tasks to
complete.
As you’ve already know, I’m in
need of your big favour to
win Princess Gabriella’s heart.

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Now, we need to
proceed to
Room ST-01-01 for
our first task.

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Look for a CD player Don’t forget to
in the room. save the file, ok!
Ahhh, there it is.

You will need to listen


to a song from the
player.

Finally, complete the


lyrics to the song found in
the file named
Room ST-01-01 in
UMPC2.
Do type in your answers
there too.
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Hmm, it’s not that
challenging after all
isn’t it? Hehe

Now, let’s go and meet


Sharpay for the next task.

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Troy had designed some emperor’s
suits for Princess Gabriella’s
father. However, she was not at all
pleased with his creations. She
wanted a more attractive suit.

Open the file Room CL-


03-05 in UMPC2. Use
the ‘AutoShapes’
function to design the
emperor’s suit. You can
only use the readily-
available shapes to
design the suits. Let’s
look at the 5 suits he
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CATEGORY 4 3 2 1
Attractiveness Makes excellent use Makes good use of Makes use of font, Use of font, colour,
of font, colour, font, colour, graphics, colour, graphics, graphics, effects etc.
graphics, effects, etc. effects, etc. to effects, etc. but but these often
to enhance the enhance to product. occasionally these distract from the
product. detract from the presentation content.
presentation content.

Originality Product shows a Product shows some Uses other people's Uses other people's
large amount of original thought. ideas (giving them ideas, but does not
original thought. Work shows new credit), but there is give them credit.
Ideas are creative ideas and insights. little evidence of
and inventive. original thinking.

Presentation Well-rehearsed with Rehearsed with fairly Delivery not smooth, Delivery not smooth
smooth delivery that smooth delivery that but able to maintain and audience
holds audience holds audience interest of the attention often lost.
attention. attention most of the audience most of the
time. time.

Workload The workload is The workload is The workload was The workload was
divided and shared divided and shared divided, but one not divided OR
equally by all team fairly by all team person in the group is several people in the
members. members, though viewed as not doing group are viewed as
workloads may vary his/her fair share of not doing their fair
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Video
Presentation

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Feedback on
lesson

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Survey Findings
Survey: UMPC - Mobile Learning through
Adventures with Cartoon Characters

120

100
100
Percentage of pupils

81
75 75 77
80
69 69 69
63
Pre-lesson(%)
60
Post-lesson(%)
44

40

20

0
Group dynamics Info search Oral skills ICT Cartoon cha.

Component
Issue/challenges
encountered
• Limited battery life (approximately
1.5 hrs)
– To get extended battery life (up to 8
hrs)
• Inavailability of wireless internet
access
– School is going wireless next year
onwards
• Pupils’ time management
– Pupils took too much time to complete
Teachable moments
• Some pupils were still not able to
locate certain locations in the
school, despite being here for 4 – 6
years.
• The lesson teaches pupils on the
importance of following instructions
and order of steps when completing
a task.
• Pupils had to figure out on their own
the exact location of the USB port in
Q&A session

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THE END
Thank you for your
kind attention

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References
• Moreno, R., & Mayer, R. (2000). A learner-centered approach to
multimedia explanations: Deriving instructional design principles
from cognitive theory.
• Levie, W.H, & Lentz, R. (1982). Effects of text illustrations: A review
of the research. Educational Communications and Technology
Journal, 30(4), 195-232.
• Linda L. Lohr. (2003). Creating Graphics for Learning and
Performance: Lessons in Visual Literacy.
• Dr. Spencer Kagan & Miguel Kagan. (1998). Multiple Intelligences:
The complete MI Book.
• Paul Eggen & Don Kauchak. (2004). Educational Psychology:
Windows on Classrooms.
• Gigi Carlson. (2004). Digital Media in the Classroom.
• http://www.intel.com/products/mid/index.htm#anchor3
• http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-an-umpc.htm
• http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/umpc/default

• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illustration
• http://www.nospank.net/stillwtr.htm
• http://groups.google.com/group/sci.psychology.misc/browse_thread/
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Presenters:
Nur Ain Binte Mohamed Amin
Vikirawati Binte Mohammad
Nordin