This Week on #TalkTech: Games That Subconsciously Train, Math Apps in the Classroom, Mobile Learning Uptake

#TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats. We publish all the topics a few hours before the chat so you can show up at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST on Thursdays ready to discuss. We discuss three topics a week and the chat lasts around 30 minutes.

We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Every couple of weeks, a guest curator will be picking our topics and leading the discussion. Not much will change format-wise… we’ll still publish the weekly post here and the topics will still be tweeted by @BLPIndy, but a guest curator (besides yours truly) will pick the topics and be ready to lead the conversation during the chat. If you are interested in being a guest curator for TalkTech, let me know!

Topic 1: Can popular mobile games be used to subconsciously teach job skills?

An infographic produced by Mindflash shows how 11 popular games (Angry Birds, Cut The Rope, Flight Control, etc) actually can be used to subconsciously teach various job skills. Fight Control, for example, requires players to “multitask” by routing and rerouting planes that would otherwise crash in to eachother. Temple Run, mindless as it might seem, actually reinforces quick decision making under pressure. Do you think games like this can really be used to improve performance on the job? I expect we’ll have some differing opinions on this one.

11 Mobile Apps that Subconsciously Train Employees

11 Mobile Apps that Subconsciously Train Employees - Courtesy of Mindflash

Topic 2: How can teachers use educational apps to improve mastery of Algebra?

The US Department of Education awarded a $740,000 grant to multiple universities in order to create a series of apps high school students can use to learn algebra. Students in the State of Oregon have especially struggled with mastering algebra… and these apps aim to improve test scores before the State requires a math test as a prerequisite of graduation. What do you think the best method is for using iPad apps in the classroom? Are they a reinforcement tool, a vehicle for the main lesson, both? Also… what can corporations learn from the educational innovation going on in schools?

Algebra Apps Help Kids

Topic 3: How quickly do you think mobile learning uptake is happening in the workplace?

A new report from Towards Maturity states that 70% of Fortune 500 companies now have a plan to implement mobile learning within the next two years. That is a huge number… yet the pace of change can seem slow and more deliberate in some sectors. Take a look at the report and weigh in on how you see mobile learning adoption growing.

Mobile Learning at Work – A New Towards Maturity In-Focus Report

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