20 Tools for Mobile Learning

The following are 20 useful tools for mobile learning complied by B.J. Schone.

Dreamweaver
• Design and development tool for building web sites and applications
• Editor for HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and more
• Built-in standards validation (XHTML Mobile)
• http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver/
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / TESTING
Adobe Device Central
• Simulates a testing environment where you can view content on a variety of mobile devices
• http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/devicecentral/
• Used for: TESTING
PhoneGap
• “PhoneGap is an open source development framework for building cross-platform mobile apps.”
• Build apps in HTML and JavaScript and still take advantage of core features in iPhone/iTouch, iPad, Android, Palm, Symbian and Blackberry SDKs.
• http://www.phonegap.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT
Chalk Pushcast
• “Chalk Pushcast provides a multimedia-rich, trackable, and secure communication channel on BlackBerry smartphones – for priority training and communications.”
• Blackberry only
• http://www.chalk.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / SYSTEM
OnPoint Digital’s Cell Cast
• “CellCast enables companies to create and deliver mobile content directly to user's mobile phones, and track their progress and test scores.”
• http://www.mLearning.com
• Used for: SYSTEM / ASSESSMENT
Clickatell.com
• The first (and still the largest) SMS gateway.
• Enables web sites and applications to send and receive text messages.
• http://www.clickatell.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / OTHER
mobl21
• Create mobile flash cards, study guides, and quizzes
• Manage content and users
• Publish to a variety of devices
• http://www.mobl21.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / ASSESSMENT / SYSTEM
WordPress
• “A state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability”
• Thousands of plugins available, including several that format content for mobile devices
• http://www.wordpress.org
• http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/
• http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
• Used for: SYSTEM / OTHER
CertPoint VLS
• Enterprise learning platform
• “Deliver content, assessments, videos, podcasts, wikis, blogs, files directly to learner's mobile device”
• http://www.certpointsystems.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / SYSTEM / ASSESSMENT
Titanium
• “Titanium is a free and open source application development platform that lets you create native mobile, tablet and desktop application experiences using existing web skills like Javascript, HTML, CSS, Python, Ruby, and PHP.”
• http://www.appcelerator.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT
QR Code Generators / Readers
• “Quick Response” codes can be read and interpreted by many mobile devices
• The codes may reveal a URL or a description (text)
• http://qrcode.kaywa.com
• http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/
• http://www.qrstuff.com
• Used for: OTHER
LearnCast.com
• A platform for building and publishing mobile learning content
• Instant access to high quality courses created by subject experts and trusted content partners
• http://www.LearnCast.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / SYSTEM / OTHER
OutStart Hot Lava Mobile
• Rapidly create and deliver media-rich, track-able and secure mobile-casts
• http://www.outstart.com/about-hot-lava-mobile.htm
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / SYSTEM
Layar
• Augmented reality browser that allows users to see digital layers in physical spaces
• Developers can sign up to create and publish layers
• http://www.layar.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT
mobiSiteGalore
• “mobiSiteGalore is a mobile website builder that allows you to easily build, publish & share a full-fledged mobile website that is guaranteed to work on any mobile phone.”
• http://www.mobiSiteGalore.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / SYSTEM
Lectora
• High-end eLearning development and publishing tools that can output content to mobile-ready formats
• http://www.trivantis.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / TESTING / ASSESSMENT
MoSync
• Open source, cross-platform mobile development SDK
• http://www.mosync.com
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT
Unifeye Mobile
• “The Unifeye Mobile platform is the most comprehensive solution to create augmented reality applications for iPhone, Android, Symbian and WinMobile devices.”
• http://www.metaio.com/products/mobile/
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT
Detect Mobile Browser
• Detection tool that helps direct users to the correct content based on how they are browsing (i.e. mobile vs. desktop computer)
• http://www.detectmobilebrowser.com
• http://detectmobilebrowser.com/www.cnn.com|mobile.cnn.com
• Used for: TESTING / OTHER
Wapple
• “Wapple Canvas is a mobile site design and publishing platform that allows complete creative freedom using simple point & click and drag & drop controls.”
• http://www.wapple.net
• Used for: DEVELOPMENT / TESTING / SYSTEM
W3C mobileOK Checker
• Primarily assesses basic usability, efficiency and interoperability
• Also links to other validators and tools
• http://validator.w3.org/mobile/
• Used for: TESTING

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