“Science Mobile” - Learning Science Ubiquitously with a Smartphone
Kendrew Mak and Cherry Chow
“Science Mobile” is developed as a portable learning platform to facilitate students learning science concepts across different science disciplines in real life. The learning materials are hosted in a Learning Management System which also allow teachers and students to track their learning progresses. Physical items related to those learning materials are selected from teaching facilitates and daily-life situations. QR code and RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags readable by mobile device are put on these objects to let students accessing the relevant information instantly.
Students can access the learning objects by scanning the corresponding barcodes, QR codes and RFID, or by searching with relevant keywords. Learning objects are sorted into different themes so that students can reach the objects by their interests. Videos, images and textual description of the learning objects are displayed when reaching the pages of the objects. Assessments and learning modules will be available for students to test their understanding on the topics and explore more about the objects. Teachers can upload the learning materials and the related assessment items through the teacher panels, and keeping track on students’ performance in their learning.