This chapter presents a tool for collaborative e-learning using handheld devices that incorporates pair communication via text and speech input. It discusses the current state of e-learning for mobiles and illustrates the lack of such tools in reading comprehension domains. It then describes the tool development as a model for interface design, communication strategies, and data manipulation across mobile platforms. It is argued that such a tool can enhance e-learning among children, due to freedom of movement and variety of input (text and speech). The design is centered on a proven paper-based collaborative learning methodology which should strengthen its effectiveness. A paper prototype test that assisted in determining optimum interface layout and confirming that speech input was preferred among children is described. The system was developed and designed using creative strategies for interface layout and data manipulation. Lessons learned and plans for additional research are discussed.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Computer-Supported Intentional Learning Environments (CSILE): Database software that provides tools for organizing and storing knowledge as a means of sharing information and thoughts with peers, supporting both individual and collaborative learning.
Collaborative Learning: An environment where students work alone or in groups to complete a set of tasks, usually lessons, where they assist each other in learning.
Mobile Learning (m-learning): Users communicating wirelessly via handheld devices in the process of learning.
Distributed Speech Recognition: The process of capturing speech on a mobile device and transporting it via wireless network to a server to be processed (“recognized”) or translated, and subsequently returning the translated speech to the mobile device.
Question-Answer Relationships (QAR): An instructional methodology for enhancing reading comprehension skills by teaching students to answer questions and generate their own questions based on text.
Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL): The study of users collaborating in a computerized environment on learning tasks.
Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW): The study of how people work with computers and how they can work with each other using them.
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