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mobile media devices
Mobile Media Devices
  • Jayme Johnson
  • High Tech Center Training Unit for the California Community Colleges
presentation online at http www htctu net publications conferences main htm
Presentation online at:
dear colleagues
Dear Colleagues...
  • OCR letter to administrators of higher ed institutions (
adoption of mobile devices
Adoption of Mobile Devices
  • 95% of college-age students own cell phone
  • Almost 75% have iPod or MP3 player
  • Ebook readers slow growth - (<5%)
  • Tablets account for approx 3%
  • Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project (
device classifications
Device Classifications
  • Dedicated reading machines
  • “Smart” phones
  • Tablets
  • Netbooks & Laptops
  • Beware of multiplicity - many differences between devices, even within a classification
  • Data acquisition issues: on-demand vs. tethered
  • Differences between devices, OS versions, & service providers
  • 3rd Party Applications
mobile devices as accessories
Mobile Devices as Accessories
  • media
  • web browsing
  • calendar
  • communications
  • camera
  • navigation
  • games
  • organization
  • Mobile devices become VERY personal
  • Integration with many facets of student life:
accessibility concerns
Accessibility Concerns
  • Inherent accessibility challenges
  • Hardware limitations
    • Buttons, peripherals, data transfer
  • Software limitations
    • OS issues
    • App issues
android ios there s an app for that
Android & iOS: There’s an app for that...
  • Competing platforms
  • Similar capabilities
  • Communities of users (fanboys & zealots)
  • Bleeding edge of innovation
educational uses
Educational Uses
  • Note taking
    • text entry vs. audio recording
  • Reading
    • mainstream media vs. specialized formats
  • Studying

App Evaluation Criteria

  • 3+ stars and greater than 60% positive reviews for current version
  • No major bugs or crash issues in reviews or testing of current version
  • Compatibility with common desktop applications
  • Ongoing update cycle
notetaking ios
Notetaking - iOS
  • Sound Paper
  • synchronizes text with audio recording
  • Evernote
  • Cloud-based notetaking allows access to notes from different platforms
  • Auditorium Notes
  • records audio while entering text information, but not synchronized
notetaking android
Notetaking - Android
  • Extensive Notes - Notepad
  • Supports audio recordings, media attachments, and TTS
  • Evernote
  • Cloud-based notetaking allows access to notes from different platforms
  • Catch Notes
  • Capture text, audio, images, and synch with web.
reading ios

ePub and PDF reader

Supports VoiceOver interactions


ePub and PDF reader


PDF, MS Office, and iWorks reader

Reading - iOS
reading android
Aldiko Book Reader

ePub and PDF reader


ePub and PDF reader

online library support

Moon+ Reader

Supports txt, html, epub, umb, zip, opds

Full visual control of color, line spacing, font size, orientation, and more

Reading - Android
daisy players ios

Full-text/Full-audio DAISY player

Supports DAISY 2.02 & 3 formats

VOD (Voice of DAISY)

Full-text/Full-audio DAISY 2.02 player

RFB&D Player

RFB&D Audio-only DAISY books

DAISY Players - iOS
idea mapping ios
Idea Mapping - iOS
  • iThoughts HD
  • Mind Manager/Inspiration-style interface
  • Import & Export support for many desktop applications(e.g., MindManager, Freemind, MindGenius)
idea mapping android
Idea Mapping - Android
  • Thinking Space
  • Mind Manager/Inspiration-style interface
  • Import & Export support for many desktop applications(e.g., MindManager, Freemind, xMind)
flash cards
Flash Cards
  • AnkiMobile
  • Expensive, but desktop application is free
  • Supports variety of media formats
  • Study Cards
  • Text-based flash card interface
flash cards android
Flash Cards - Android
  • AnkiDroid
  • Free
  • Compatible with Anki 1.2.5
  • Many free decks available
  • Any Memo Free
  • Supports many media formats (audio & image)
  • TTS support
  • Import & Export between Mnemosyne, Supermemo, CSV, QA txt, and more
a word of caution
A word of caution...
  • Understand the difference between acknowledging the existence of mobile devices vs. actively designing and supporting any mobile technology.
  • Discrimination via technology? There’s an app for that- but only on the Palm Pixi...
  • What are you trying to accomplish?
  • What are you able to support?
  • What are the expectations of your:
    • students
    • faculty & staff
    • administrators
Develop a check-in process...and then follow it

Specify a procedure that resets the device back to original factory settings removing personal information

Choose whether to support students if they override device settings

Equipment Loans

alternate media workflows
Alternate Media Workflows
  • Text/HTML
  • ePub
  • Text-based PDF
  • DAISY (with appropriate app)
  • MP3
ePubCalibre E-book Converter, OCR applications

DAISYSave As DAISY add-in, DAISY Pipeline, online tools

MP3TextAloud, Ghostreader, AT applications

Alternate Media Tools


In order to map out the intersection of maximum benefit and minimal cognitive demands, the needs of the individual must be considered in relation to the capabilities of the technology.


Integration between mobile apps and desktop & laptop applications offers great promise, but beware of the dangers of riding the bleeding edge of technology.


Jayme Johnson

Web Accessibility InstructorHigh Tech Center Training Unit for theCalifornia Community Colleges