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Centre for Research in I.T. in Education

Schools of Education and Computer Science & Statistics, Trinity College Dublin 2 Ireland

Mobile Learning

Given the actual increased availability of handheld devices, and the forecasts around their potential for learning, educators are being offered an opportunity to experiment with technology in the learning environment. While cost, adaptability and scalability are major reasons behind this opportunity – the use of handheld devices must be driven by pedagogical considerations rather then financial, logistical or technical reasons.

With this opportunity in mind, CRITE has built and evaluated a number of innovative mobile learning artefacts.


DrumSteps, a PDA version
This was a final year project to redesign DrumSteps for the Pocket PC
Emma Brennan, Brendan Tangney

Mapping Challenge
A case study in the use of mobile technology in collaborative, contextual learning
Niamh McGreen, Inmaculada Arnedillo Sanchez

Pls Turn UR Mobiles On
Short Message Service (SMS) Supporting Interactivity in the Classroom
Carina Markett, Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sanchez

Sorted! Collaboration, the PDA way
Exploring a Constructionist approach to Collaborative e-Learning Using PDAs
Michelle Clarke, Brendan Tangney

Work in Progress

Digital Narrative

A 'clubhouse' project, where young adults created their own digital story - recorded solely through XDA smartphones.
Niamh McGreen, Inmaculada Arnedillo Sanchez, David Keating, Bryan Patten


Moodle is an open source course management system (CMS), that has a strong grounding in social constuctionist pedagogy. We are currently updating appropriate ‘modules’ in moodle for using on handheld devices – PDAs, XDAs, 3G and 2G mobile phones. Current status: Txting to Moodle, Moodle on PDA & Location Aware Moodle - Completed.

Sample application. A Moodle populated with information about TCD for incoming staff members.

Bryan Patten, Niall McCarthy, Stephen Knox, Inmaculada Arnedillo Sanchez, Brendan Tangney | Last Updated May/2012 | © 2001-2018

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