uLearning Blog

Trending Sources

App Challenge Sheets

uLearning Blog

I’ve recently been inspired by the simple challenges created by Craig Badura that give app-using educators a simple but engaging task where they can learn a new app not just by reading about it but by making something. mlearn mlearning apps Book Creator challenge ebooks iOS

SAMR & Transformational Learning slide from my NMC Summer Conference presentation today

uLearning Blog

Click HERE to view this infographic slide FULL size. Right click or tap and hold to download. Future mlearn mlearning overview uLearning infographic NMC NMC13 SAMR Transformational Learning

Take Note: ‘Explain Everything’ app is THE top education app right now

uLearning Blog

There has been a new genre of iPad apps released lately (ShowMe, ScreenChomp) that allow one to record what happens on the screen – anything from drawing to writing to completing sums – along with a live audio narration. This is brilliant for being able to make podcasts / instructional movies anywhere anytime. What all have so far lacked is a local export to camera roll option. link].

The XO Tablet – first impressions

uLearning Blog

Its not often one gets to brag about owning the only gadget in a whole country – but as the XO Tablet is only available from the USA, and the Australia arm of OLPC aren’t touching it, right now this is the case. What I’m trying to say is that I couldn’t have been more excited to get an XO tablet that sits right at the convergence of all these interests.

New to Mobile Learning Development: 3 Big Problems and 7 Solutions

Throw Long, Throw Short

uLearning Blog

Recently the New Media Consortium  Future of Education Conference spent a good deal of time identifying just what are 5 of the most wicked problems facing Education going forward. First, view the short intro presentation I’ve created with Haiku Deck. And here is the overview of the solution to ‘re-thinking teaching’ that I’d like to present: Throw Long, Throw Short: .

Are MOOCs the technology to break the Education Cartel?

uLearning Blog

Part 1. The obligatory history lesson: It happened to the record industry first. While popular music had long been available on radio, it could be argued that a true music industry as we know it today didn’t arise until the 50‘s and 60‘s when distributable media and players became widely available. But that’s where technology turned. No it wasn’t legal, but it was what the people wanted. Part 2.

A ‘know-why’ guide to iBooks Author

uLearning Blog

Its well known that giving easy digital content creation tools into the hands of more teachers and students is a great way to encourage focus on higher order thinking skills in the curriculum. For schools with Macs and iPads, the release of Apple’s iBooks Author software in January made this even more possible. Attached to this post is 1.0  DROPBOX DOWNLOAD LINKS: iBooks file link (45mb).

iBeacons mapped against SAMR model

uLearning Blog

samr ibeacon. months in the making, this infographic aims to map the emerging uses of iBeacons in Education against the levels of the SAMR model developed by Dr Rubin Puentedura. When a new technology emerges, its early uses in education will generally follow a path that begins at a substitution level of using the new tech almost exclusively just to replace something we could already do.

UNESCO series of mLearning working papers

uLearning Blog

UNESCO are releasing several working papers focusing on different regions of the globe and mapping what mobile learning initiatives are in place, particularly in regards to policy, and teacher professional development. You can read them all at Edutechdebate:  https://edutechdebate.org/archive/mobile-learning-initiatives/. Here are my thoughts on the Latin America report: - I really found the drivers, enablers and blockers section to be very useful – a simple way to communicate a lot about what the issues are. bridgeIT videos) – I know this must change soon.

Video 24

Two new ubiquitous technologies for Education

uLearning Blog

Wanted to post about two new technologies I am exploring for their ubiquitous impact on technology that I wanted to share… Both are currently being deployed, but as it is very early days, especially for Education, the ultimate uses of them in a learning context are yet to be defined. 1. The best overview I have found so far is this video from early explorer David Kelly of the eLearning Guild.

iPhone5 review in 26 words or less

uLearning Blog

Why would I talk about a consumer device like the iPhone here at uLearning Blog? Basically because it sets a bar each year for how much advanced computing can be squeezed into a soon to become even more ubiquitous device. Smartphones are today’s PCs and give us an idea where tomorrow’s computing may be heading. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••. uLearning design iPhone review

iPad 2: whats in it for education?

uLearning Blog

So, version 2 of the device that has spurred the tablet computing market into the mainstream over the last 12 months (15 million sold) has been announced. Despite being a consumer device, it has seen massive adoption by professionals in business, medicine, and education. In Australia, there are iPad trials occurring in nearly every state, with over 500 deployed officially in Victoria alone.

iPad mini review in 22 words or less:

uLearning Blog

Like an A5 sheet of paper wrapped in aluminium and made to glow with the light of every piece of human knowledge. Full review from an educators perspective coming soon). 1:1 mlearn mlearning mobile/miniaturisation iPad mini

Keynote Speakers for Learning@hand mobile learning forum

uLearning Blog

Learning@hand is a first of its kind mobile learning forum being held in Cairns April 29-30. Visit www.Learningathand.info for more details. Download the PDF:  Learning@hand Keynote Speakers. mobile/miniaturisation Cairns indigenous mlearn mlearning OLPC queensland slide2learn Wayan Vota

The iPad mini review for Educators

uLearning Blog

“It seems to me that in the last 2 1/2 years, Apple have pretty much already done the work needed to explain to most people what the iPad is. And now, there’s a mini version – it really is that simple. Yes you might want to know its not just mini, it’s super thin and only slightly heavier than most phones. WHAT ABOUT EDUCATION? So, yes, iPad is big in education.

Apple 14

Been to Storehouse HQ, got the tshirt, glimpsed the future of publishing

uLearning Blog

I have been a Storehouse user since day one. This has been due to its simplicity, and the fascinating, National-Geographic-esque articles that users immediately started contributing. also really appreciated how, unlike many startups, several of the staff found the time to reach out to me personally following the publishing of my first stories. Community Manager Michael Kasian was one of these.

These are the Worlds 1st iBeacon Schools

uLearning Blog

(Reblogged from my Beaconsforeducation.com site). Since news of Paul Hamilton’s  first ever use  of iBeacons in a school hit the web earlier this year, there has been a gap in time as other schools and developers have been working hard to implement location-aware learning on a bigger scale. Read more about it in Geoff Elwood’s post  HERE. So all in all, things are really heating up!

The Nexus 7: first thoughts for Education

uLearning Blog

So Google has now personally joined the other big PostPC device makers (Amazon, Microsoft and of course Apple) in creating a dedicated tablet device designed to serve those consumers who choose their particular operating and media eco-systems. But what will it mean for education? I’ve already seen ICT Works comment on FaceBook that its price will be great for developing nations. https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_8gb. nexus_7_8gb. mlearn uLearning Android Kindle nexus postpc surface tablet

Some new info on OLPC ‘dropped by helicopter’ project

uLearning Blog

OLPC News has managed to dig up some more info via ITProPortal.com – its worth reading in terms of the wider debate about how ICT deployments should be executed, and where the balance between trusting the serendipitous nature of human curiosity and responsible planning for long term success lies… My comment: So they are not even XO’s? guess the 3.0 is not available – begs the next question of what version of Android they are running – not perhaps something the villagers themselves would be concerned about I suppose.

Campaign to Listen, Learn and Teach in the USA

uLearning Blog

 . [link]. My request? Let Let me help you with phone, web or face to face tech+learning support. Anyone who knows me will tell you I love to help and regularly chat for far too long than is normal about how tech like laptops, smart phones, iPads and tablets can, in balance, help make our lives better. Help me fulfil a dream to  listen, learn & teach  in the USA this June and July.

JNXYZ training site debuts

uLearning Blog

Just a quick post to let readers know I have launched the beta version of a site dedicated to those who need innovative training for their staff around technology and learning.

My new iBook ‘The iPad is not a PC’

uLearning Blog

Book Description: “The iPad is not a PC. As obvious as that sounds, if the only computer you’ve ever used was mainly a box on a desk, or ran a desktop operating system with a physical keyboard attached, its only natural that the ways you attempt to use a new device will be dictated by the old paradigm. Enjoy.

Response to a PC-era’s review of the XO Tablet

uLearning Blog

At OLPC News there are a few good articles overviewing the XO Tablet and what it means for learners and well as One Laptop per Child’s overall program. The most recent one gives a more negative view than some which is good for balance but seems to be coming from someone still thinking that PC and PostPC devices can’t both have a place. Go here to read it. link]. Am I right?

New Post at MEDIUM: ‘I was #NotAtISTE’

uLearning Blog

At San Antonio Texas the last week, 10,000+ educators & marketers from all corners of the globe gathered for possibly the worlds largest education conference – #ISTE13. Why so many? Was there a strong consensus on an important issue that brought them together like a face to face gathering of the  Bad Ass Teacher group ? Was there an important new pedagogy to be shared & workshopped?

You + students + free entrepreneur courses = seed $

uLearning Blog

I’m super pleased to announce that my E20 group (‘make education better’ – E20.net.au) has been chosen by the New Media Consortium (of Horizon reports fame) as one of only 10 NGO’s worldwide to help bring global-life.org free entrepreneur short courses to school! Its a win-win for everyone – your students can learn vital work-force skills AND receive some seed funding to start a pilot with what they learn, while E20 receives gets support to continue its mission.  Would love your support please!  Only 20 places are available at the moment.  . Use the E20.net.au/contact

Smart Watches and wearable tech – the next computing frontier

uLearning Blog

Wanted to share my recent article on this topic with you all. As the miniaturisation of tech continues, there is every chance that small wearable devices like smart watches will be the next are that we as educators explore regarding how it’s mobility and ubiquitousness can enhance learning… Read the article at Mactalk HERE.

iPad: first thoughts from an educator

uLearning Blog

Well, here it is- the much hyped iPad itself. Several observations have occurred to me in the last hour since taking the obligatory unboxing shot above that I’d like to share: 1. My 2 1/2 year old, who is a 2 year iPhone veteran, upon first seeing it, took one look and told me it was an iPhone. 2. It’s heavier than I expected. And it’s taking me a while to figure out to hold it.

Where are we at on the road to Ubiquitous Computing & uLearning? – an update

uLearning Blog

Recently I’ve re-visited the topic that was the very founding-theme of this here education and technology blog – that being, what does the dawning of a ubiquitous computing era mean for learning? These articles look at the no-longer near-future topics of ‘The Network of Things’ and ‘Perceptual Computing’ Head over to Mactalk.com.au

Good positive coverage of tablets in Education

uLearning Blog

Want to point you all to this story published in major newspapers across Australia recently that gives a positive look at where tablets in Education are going rather than the ‘we did alright with pencils’ view thats often offered up. I was privileged to be interviewed for it: “ SCHOOL technology is no longer limited to communal computer labs and a laptop lugged in every backpack.

uLearning Blog - Untitled Article

uLearning Blog

What will be in iOS6 for educators? Every year at this time, Apple has used the opening of its World Wide Developers Conference to preview what the next version of the iPhone and iPad operating system will bring. While there is nothing quite on the level of AirPlay mirroring which we got last year, these are worth knowing about and planning for. I’ll also touch on something that might be a concern.

#Slide2Learn Melbourne 2012 teaser flyer – ‘learn, unlearn, relearn’

uLearning Blog

mobile/miniaturisation educators iOS iPad iPhone iPod Melbourne slide2learn teaching

NMC K-12 Ambassador role

uLearning Blog

Hi readers – wanted to ask for an action from you on my behalf that I think would benefit the viewership here also. I’m under consideration for an ambassador role with the New Media Consortium – producers of the brilliant Horizon Reports that we all rely upon to indicate which technologies need to be on educator’s radars. Being an Ambassador means I can take your suggestions and contribute to a future K-12 edition of the report – so please visit Youtube HERE to view and ‘like’ my video to support my submission. My thanks.

One Laptop per Child Australia ‘flips’ the ICT in education deployment model

uLearning Blog

(Disclosure: Assisting OLPC Australia to support schools has been one of my primary employment duties since mid-2009). Full PDF with higher res figures can be downloaded  HERE ). There has been a new buzz word added to the education lexicon of late (as if one were needed) – the flipped classroom. This is an idea thats not so much brand new or revolutionary as it is one whose time has come.

iPad/iPod in Education beginners Guide -Latest #Slide2learn update for iOS6 now available: [link] | #iPadEd #ADEdu #mLearning

uLearning Blog

[link]. mlearning IFTTT LinkedIn

Teachers Find iPad Slide-sharing App Nearpod Like ‘Powepoint on Steroids’ #slide2learn #iPadEd @nearpod #mlearning

uLearning Blog

[link]. mlearning IFTTT LinkedIn

Can web apps swing the internet game back from native apps?

uLearning Blog

Tizen shows off the potential of HTML5 #WebApps: [link]. Future mlearn apps mobile Samsung Tizen web apps

my definition “Learning that harnesses the simple, portable, personal

uLearning Blog

#mLearn: my definition “Learning that harnesses the simple, portable, personal [link]. mlearn

Easy HTML5 Animations in iBooks using Tumult Hype and iBooks Author

uLearning Blog

I’m sure a whole ecosystem of support products will arise to help educators get the most out of the interactive features in iBooks Author – 3D object galleries etc. The tips below are even better in that it concerns a program that’s already out so you can start right now: [link]. mobile/miniaturisation uLearning ebooks iBooks iPad mlearning

Gr8 quote collection shows how often we underestimate the future #slide2learn #ADEdu

uLearning Blog

Wow, people are so often wrong about the possibilities of the future: (via DavidCV comment [link] ). “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 ” – Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949 “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” ” – Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” The device is inherently of no value to us.”