May 19, 2010
The folks over at EduCause has published another publication in their 7 Things You Should Know … series. This time it is about mobile apps used for learning and like all the other publications in the series the go through :
- What is it?
- How does it work?
- Who’s doing it?
- Why is it significant?
- What are the downsides?
- Where is it going?
- What are the implications for teaching and
February 26, 2010
I love the iLibrarian as she always posts very useful stuff. Like this morning’s post 10 Great Tools to Create a Mobile Web Version of Your Site:
Tom Walker at Spyre Studios reviews 10 Great Tools to Create a Mobile Version of Your Site. Each entry in the list includes a screenshot and features discussion. If you’re considering creating a mobile site for your organization you’ll want to check out this list as well as the suggestions in the comments.
Some of Tom’s suggestions are subscription based, but most are free to use. And the comments section has some great suggestions as well.
February 15, 2010
The European MOTILL Project has produced a searchable database
of some 50 papers on Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning. Each paper has been given an expert review and the database contains a summary and critique of each paper, as well as comments on its lifelong learning context, technology, and implications for policy makers.
The database can be searched by tags, including type of learner, learning context, and learning approach.
The database is available at www.motill.eu
Here is a list of some of the articles available:
The European MOTILL Project has produced a searchable database of some 50 papers on Mobile Technologies in Lifelong Learning. Each paper has been given an expert review and the database contains a summary and critique of each paper, as well as comments on its lifelong learning context, technology, and implications for policy makers. (read
posted by Rune Baggetun on 02/14/10 23:08:33
Edited by: Giasemi Vavoula, Norbert Pachler, Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Published by Peter Lang (Oxford). Mobile learning is an emerging field with a developing research agenda and many questions surrounding the suitability of traditional research methods to investigate and evaluate the new learning experiences associated with mobility and support for increasingly informal learning. (read
Twenty-three mLearning researchers and practitioners from around Australia attended a 2-day mLearning Research Workshop 25-26 November 2009 held at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)… (read
posted by Rune Baggetun on 01/20/10 23:43:39
posted by Rune Baggetun on 08/24/09 10:00:16
2010 HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition (read
posted by Rune Baggetun on 01/10/10 20:09:29
Mobile Learning, a Retrospective Outlook: Since its inauguration in 2005, the IADIS Mobile Learning conference series has provided a forum to present, discuss and promote international mobile learning research.
posted by Rune Baggetun on 12/20/09 13:22:17
The HCTD Research Centre is hosting a free Mobile Learning Research Workshop 25-26th November 2009 at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. (read
posted by Rune Baggetun on 11/24/09 20:02:41
There is a 20% discount (£75) at the Handheld Learning conference (http://www.handheldlearning2009.com
) to be held in London from 5th-7th October, for IAmLearn members who register online and pay before September 14th. The discount code can be found in the Members area of the IAmLearn website. Registration for Handheld Learning is at http://bit.ly/18mx1H
posted by Rune Baggetun on 08/31/09 23:12:00
Au Press has recently published “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education & Training” edited by Mohamed Ally.An online version of this book is available for free. (read
October 21, 2009
Learning with ‘e’s posted about an inspiring young Mobile Technology Evangelist called Jessica Colaco (she’s also a Researcher, TED Global 2009 Fellow and one of the top 40 women in Kenya under 40) and the projects she’s been apart of in Kenya:
M-PESA (Pensa is Swahili for money) which enables users to exchange money without the need to either go to a bank or hold an account. Tangaza is a voice based transmission service – you can update your Facebook or Twitter status through voice recordings on your mobile phone. Several other recently created apps were also demonstrated, including fish tracking devices and other tools designed to help people gain information on the move about education, health and agriculture. M-Kulima for example, can enable farmers to store and retrieve information about milk sales prices and purchase dates, where previously they would have had to try to remember each transaction.
There is also M-Guide for tourists. Take a photo of an unfamiliar bird or animal in the game reserve and your mobile phone sends the picture to a server. The server sends back via SMS a description of the animal – there are some obvious educational applications to that one.
The last part of Steve’s post holds the most truth
because Africans have been largely passed over by the first few waves of technology, they are now only just beginning to be creative with their first computing device – their mobile phones – and therefore seeing opportunities to innovate which the Western industrialised nations cannot see.
I think Africans use mobile phones in the most creative ways because we don’t have readily available and cheap internet connections.
August 28, 2009
My Modern Metropolis is a social network and community blog where trend spotters gather to share today’s best modern day experiences. They focus on five main areas – art & design, photography, architecture, hotels and events.
And they posted an interesting article on Augmented Reality today.
The reason I find it so interesting is that about a month ago I attended the annual Unisa Library Symposium where the keynote speaker, Pieter Geldenhuys, spoke about new cellular technologies that will land on South African shores soon. And one of the things he mentioned was AR – and here less than a month later I find that AR might be here faster than I though!
The post from MMM includes a few articles on AR and how it has hit the iPhone apps stores with an article from friendfeed and one from Gizmodo.
I also found quite a few videos on AR on YouTube that shows exactly how AR will revolutionise our phones! I like
August 20, 2009
I’m just at the very beginning of the adventure and torture that mobile learning and so I borrow ideas and links from experts in the field.
One such expert is Michelle Gallen from SearchFindLearn and she recently posted about her favorite tools for mobile learning and here they are in her own words:
1 Tweetie – fantastic for short bite-sized learning and gossip when your head’s frazzled at the airport.
2 Safari – it’s a proper mobile browsing experience.
3 Stanza – oh wow – over 25,000 free books for me to snuggle up in bed with!
4 BYKI French for language learnin – great for vocab but limited for grammar.
5 iXpenseit – a budget tracking app, which is helping me keep track of my spending and teaching me where I go wrong – excellent stuff (note that iXpenseit is limited, and I think there are better apps that have more capability for dealing with multiple bank accounts, your mortgage, loans etc)
6 iPod on iPhone – I’ve got over 5 hours of French and Irish language resources and audio books on my iPod – means I can learn on the go. I’ve also been using the lyrics feature for both listening and reading my Irish language learning.
7 Mail – this is one of the loser aspects of the iPhone – I can get my mail, but Apple’s Mail app is nothing like as useful or powerful as Gmail’s mail app for Symbian. I can’t search my archive, it uses up tonnes of data and is slow.
8 Google search – sometimes I want to know how to cook aubergine without leaving the cooker in the kitchen…google search + iPhone = instant knowledge while stirring a pot.
9 Google maps – bigger screen + good data plan = excellent journey planning and exploration. Also, I’m way more confident about wandering around more because I can’t get ‘lost’.
10 Calculator – I think people often take for granted the hard-working apps like the touchscreen calculator app on the iPhone – but it’s a fantastic tool – and is easy to use and access.
I def need to chech out Stanza!
July 29, 2009
Every few years PewInternet & American Life releases their Future of the Internet report (previous ones were done in 2005 and 2006) and they’ve just released The Future of the Internet 3.
Here are some of the highlight:
The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020.
The transparency of people and organizations will increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
Those working to enforce intellectual property law and copyright protection will remain in a continuing arms race, with the crackers who will find ways to copy and share content without payment.
The divisions between personal time and work time and between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for everyone who is connected, and the results will be mixed in their impact on basic social relations.
Next-generation engineering of the network to improve the current internet architecture is more likely than an effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.