August, 2010

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Rapid Prototyping for Mobile Learning Applications – I

Upside Learning

As we move more and more into the mobile space, we’ve found that there are several things very different from conventional courseware. One of the things that come to my mind right away is that in mobile, we are doing away with storyboards. Content is viewed differently, it’s data that has to be managed and rendered within the limitations placed by a variety of mobile devices. Storyboards were (are) ideal for serving as references for development of multimedia content. However as we started development on mobile learning applications, the game changed drastically.

iPad Apps for Visual Creativity

mLearning

There’s a pretty decent post over at the AppStorm blog, which has posted its reviews for the “ 30 Essential iPad Apps for Designers and Creatives “ Adobe Ideas 1.0 for iPad (a free app on the iTunes Store). The apps described in this article are great for designing charts, diagrams, graphics, illustrations, images… and more. 

Flipboard | iPad Curriculum

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iPad Curriculum make learning mobile Home About Flipboard August 4th, 2010 10 Comments Application: Flipboard What it is: Flipboard is an iPad application that takes social media and turns it into a personalized digital magazine. The way that Flipboard displays feeds is absolutely stunning. Flipboard lets you flip through Facebook and Twitter feeds or follow a specific Twitter list or user. Yeesh.

WeFi: a nice way to stay connected globally, without cost

Ignatia Webs

While traveling, many of us don't know where to find the nearest wifi spot, hence paying through the nose to get on the internet with our mobile devices (well, some of us, like me). Sometimes I know where the nearest hotspot is, but in many cases and especially in a foreign country, I need to really search intensely to get WiFi hotspot location information.

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

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why mobile changes things?

moblearn

Living in the middle of “mobile learning”, it feels totally obvious that mobile is important, and that it fundamentally changes the way we look at information … but I can’t help noticing that not everybody else shares my view! shocking, I know!) Thanks, Bryan.

Get some perspective… (a primer piece re: lofty ideals vs on the ground realities in regards to educational technology deployments)

uLearning Blog

I just found out that I’m one of about 20,000 people in Australia working in the area of information and communication technology in education ( [link] ). That’s a lot of us. My first reaction was, why aren’t we having a bigger impact? Turns out this figure is actually only 3.71% of all the nations ICT workers, so maybe thats why. You see what I did there? Didn’t see that one in the top ten trends.

Free report on Education in the Wild: geo-located mobile earning in ActionL

Ignatia Webs

For all you mLearning lovers out there, there is a clearly written, informative and inspiring report (56 pages) on location-based contextual mobile learning (mostly across Europe). The report is just published and it is edited by Liz Fitzgerald - Brown from the University of Nottingham and Mike Sharples has written the foreword. The 56-page PDF is available FREE for download here.

The Future of Reality – Controlling Objects With Your Mind

The Mobile Learner

This video from TED demonstrates new technology being developed where a human can interact with devices to control objects simply by thinking about them.  On the one hand, a very exciting development, especially when it comes to supporting children with physical disabilities.  On the other, I can’t help to feel how much this resembles the dystopian societies described in science fiction – in this case, the movie The Matrix.  While watching this, I felt, “…a bit like Alice going down the rabbit hole…&#. 

Teenagers and young adults no longer talk they text!

Cell Phones in Learning

An interesting phenomena has occurred over the last decade. According to a new article from the Washington Post , with the rise of text messaging among teenagers and young adults has come a demise of talking on the phone. The preference of texting over talking is not limited to teenagers, may adults in their 20's and 30's also prefer to text message. According to Nielsen , the national average monthly voice minutes have gone from 1,200 to 900 from 2008 to 2010. think this information is relevant to K-12 education and teachers.

Rapid Prototyping For Mobile Learning Applications – III

Upside Learning

In this, my last post in the series (continuing from Part I and Part II ), I explore what questions we’ve been asking when considering rapid prototyping tools (not just purely for mobile applications) and what we’ve learnt from it. You’ll certainly want to ask some questions before investing a rapid prototyping tool for mobile applications. Every tool has its own features – weaknesses and strengths.  Explore these fully before making the (not large) investment. Is the tool easy-to-use? Or does it have a steep learning curve? Can it be adapted across a variety of design projects?

Introducing the $35 tablet!

moblearn

I had the honour of meeting one of the Global VPs at TATA today, and getting a small insight into the extraordinary power of the Indian market for technology. One part of our discussion was about the recent announcement of a $35 Android powered tablet targeting education Yes – you heard that right. $35 ! (it is not quite that simple, of course. What do you think?

Actual real-life teachers reporting on how iPads fit (or not) into schools

uLearning Blog

Hi everyone – well the amount of schools looking at trialing the iPad has just exploded since the device came. There There is of course a bit of ’shiny objects syndrome’ going on – but here is a series of links to some trials that are happening right now that we can all learn from: Epsom Primary – current Vic DET iPad trial school. link]. US iPad school pilot program wiki. link]. iPad in schools Q&A site. link] /. UK detailed blog of unfolding ipad trial: [link] /.

Interested in Grand Challenges in Global Health in combination with Low Cost cellphones? Let me know

Ignatia Webs

In the past (and present) the Grand Challenges in Global Health from the Gates foundation have given rise to a great set of interesting projects. Interesting for these funds are only dedicated to really WILD projects that have a global impact. In a second phase we will try and work out the WILD technological solution involving low-cost cellphones. We would love to get a collaboration going.

iPods in Education Part 14: Enhanced Science Education

The Mobile Learner

True, mobile devices work well across the curriculum.  Much time as been spent in this “iPods in Education&# series on uses as they relate to Language Arts or geography instruction.  This time, I’d like to branch out and look at some uses in science.  While I myself am not an expert in the field, I find the possibilities so exciting that I feel the need to add a bit to the conversation about using mobile devices in science instruction. Firstly, I go to the apps.  There are so many apps, both pay and free, that add a richer dimension to the study of science.  notes app.

Teenagers and young adults no longer talk they text!

Cell Phones in Learning

An interesting phenomena has occurred over the last decade. According to a new article from the Washington Post , with the rise of text messaging among teenagers and young adults has come a demise of talking on the phone. The preference of texting over talking is not limited to teenagers, may adults in their 20's and 30's also prefer to text message. According to Nielsen , the national average monthly voice minutes have gone from 1,200 to 900 from 2008 to 2010. think this information is relevant to K-12 education and teachers.

Creating Successful m-Learning Strategy – Part 3

Upside Learning

This is the 3 rd and final post of the series on creating successful m-learning strategy based on the workshop I attended at mLearnCon.  You can read Part 1 and Part 2 here. In this part I am covering the Tool and Techniques discussed in the workshop. The moment you start thinking about tools the varied platforms and their differences come up as real challenges. iUI , JQTouch , & iWebkit.

I am Mobile : Where is m-Learning?Kirsten Winkler | Kirsten Winkler

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This Site has Moved

mLearning

Because the Edublogs site (which hosts this blog) now requires me to pay to remove advertisements from all of my posts, and to enable basic blog features such as the ability to embed videos in my posts (which is included with EVERY other free blogging service, and should be considered a basic essential in an educational blog) I have decided to move this blog to [link]. used to just keep a backup of this site over there, but after this move I’ll be updating the site over there with all of the content from this blog, as well as reinvigorating my posting!

Lifting conferences to become real learning environments

Ignatia Webs

Many conferences tend to leave their participants a bit weary after the (too) many, rather passive sessions. Thanks to Wilfred Rubens (Dutch), I got hold of an enlightening presentation by Jeff Hurt that promotes a different conference approach. We hope to push the boundaries of the conference format and get some real informal learning going, also inside the sessions.

The Mobile Web: Consider the User

Mobile Commons

Thirty-eight percent of American mobile phone users — 120 million people — access the web via their mobile device; fewer than 30 million are iPhones or Android phones. Mobile Access 2010 Pew Internet and American Life Project). This percentage increases dramatically among the under-served 30% of the population without reliable non-mobile Internet access (Pew). The growth of the mobile web will continue to be very rapid in the coming years — and will have substantially more reach than iPhone or Android applications. Not so with the mobile web.

Book-Poor, but Mobile Phone-Rich? Look to M-Novels

Steve Vosloo

Book-Poor, but Mobile Phone-Rich? Look to M-Novels is a guest blog post that I wrote for the World Bank’s Educational Technology Debate. It is part of a broader debate around The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nick Carr, but seen within a developing country context. The m4Lit project is discussed

Rapid Prototyping For Mobile Learning Applications – II

Upside Learning

As I mentioned in my last post about Rapid Prototyping mobile apps , I’ll be discussing levels of fidelity and how you could determine which level works for your mobile application design project. Fidelity indicates how closely a prototype resembles the final product. The term ‘fidelity’ is also commonly used in simulations and means essentially the same thing. There is a range of fidelity and mobile app prototypes can be placed along that range from low to high. When considering prototyping, think of the aspects of the applications that you’d typically want to model.

Mobile learning gaining traction

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Skip Links Go to home page [Accesskey 0] Go to content [Accesskey 1] Go to main menu links [Accesskey 2] Go to sub menu links [Accesskey 3] Go to news links [Accesskey 4] Go to footer menu links [Accesskey 5] Home Course Catalogue About Us About our courses Development Groups Hosted solutions Pricing Consultancy Distribution and re-selling Epigeum Insights Jobs at Epigeum Contact Us Mobile learning gaining traction After a decade of conferencing, journalling, researching and much discussion, mobile learning finally seems to be gaining traction. The use of podcasts is becoming widespread.

Simple voting boxes to enhance learning

Ignatia Webs

From this academic year onward, voting boxes (= Audience Response System = ARS) will be used to enhance courses. We have to reasons to do this: a technical reason, and an educational research driven reason linked to pedagogical benefits. Enabling the teacher to respond to feedback of the ARS, by tailoring to the gap of knowledge that it displays. Activate participation in the complete group. 2009).

mLearn conference in Malta, if you can go, join and let's meet

Ignatia Webs

The city of Valletta on the island of Malta will be the venue of the 9th mLearn 2010 conference. The mLearn conference is one of the top mobile learning conferences around and it features high quality academic research (which reminds me I still have to post some information on mLearn2008). The nice thing about this conference is also the very open atmosphere of sharing knowledge. anyone interested?

open academic education: people with an open PhD and master? Yes, they do it!

Ignatia Webs

Luckily for me the combination of procrastination and serendipity resulted in a wonderful, unexpected answer to a question that has been on my mind lately. Currently I am dabbling with the idea of a PhD. Although my mind keeps telling me to go for it, it also tells me to keep in mind to make a difference and not to accept 'a regular one'. but what captured my eyes was her mentioning 'open PhD'.

AR mobile quest part 1: first steps taken for mobile augmented reality with Android phone

Ignatia Webs

Sometimes the steps in between a learning applications are not mentioned, however all the steps leading up to a result or to the use of a tool can be interesting and possibly helpful. So I decided to take hold of all the steps leading up to a new Augmented Reality (AR) mobile learning application. Why do I look at AR? to add a virtual layer of information to the real world. So what did I do today?

Mobile Learning: An Upside Learning Point of View

Upside Learning

Upside Learning has moved into providing solutions that include mLearning in some form or the other. In some cases, the solution revolved purely around mobile technology. We often answer the same questions repeatedly – where do we use it? How do we use it? What devices are suitable? While the answers depend a lot on the context in which the question is asked, there is a fair bit of common ground in each answer. I’ve written about the issues and considerations often, here on this blog. You can download the paper from here. Hope it helps you with your mobile learning strategy. More questions?

Yoza: Launch and one week

Steve Vosloo

On the 22nd of August Yoza Cellphone Stories launched. Yoza is the flagship project of m4Lit , which I lead. Here is the press release , the short description of the project, and some very last-minute guerilla user testing done the day before launch. One week later we have 37,000 subscribers and 3,600 user comments have been posted. Not bad at all