Yoza Cellphone Stories wins NetExplo Award

Steve Vosloo

Yoza Cellphone Stories won a Netexplo Award in Paris. Me receiving the NetExplo Award for Yoza Cellphone Stories. More information about the award and the presentation I gave is on the Yoza Project site. Uncategorized award yoza

Teens and their cellphones

Steve Vosloo

Over the last few months I’ve interviewed a few South African and Zambian high schoolers about their cellphones, mobile IM and school. Download the video: WMV (37MB) or Flash (17MB).

Exploring Cellphones as Learning Tools

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Dean Shareski blogged a case study for the use of mobile phones in school teaching, with some good insights into the proportion of grade 8/9 children with cellphones at school, how they used their cellphones, and how learners without cellphones were considered.

Let’s ban malls! Rethinking cellphones in education

Steve Vosloo

The presentation urged them to rethink banning cellphones at school and to consider their value for learning, assessment and administration. By: Steve Vosloo, Shuttleworth Foundation, steve.vosloo@shuttleworthfoundation.org. Presented at: Gauteng principals conference, NAPTOSA (National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa), Johannesburg, 31 July 2009. Download presentation (PPT).

Create free quizzes for cellphones/ Facebook/ Moodle

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Here’s today’s awesome m-learning find: a website where anyone can create a multiple choice quiz which is compatible with the vast majority of current mobile phones (it runs as a Java application, which most of today’s cellphones support).

TVO’s Search Engine Podcast Episode: “Class, Turn on Your Cellphones”

The Mobile Learner

The link below will take you to the September 28th, 2010 podcast episode from TVO’s Search engine where host Jesse Brown interview’s Royan Lee, a teacher with the York District School Board in Ontario, Canada. The discussion is around a project that Lee has participated in where students in his class use their cell phones and other mobile devices for learning. Click here to begin playing the audio podcast. Link to the episode on TVO’s website.

Successful Education: Wave of the Future: Cellphones as Instructional Tools

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Sunday, July 26, 2009 Wave of the Future: Cellphones as Instructional Tools While scanning over the July 15, 2009 Education Week,an education newspaper,notice for an upcoming webinar sponsored by Sprint caught my eye. The topic: Cellphones as Instructional Tools intrigued me. 1 week ago Followers Blog Archive ▼ 2009 (12) ▼ July (9) Wave of the Future: Cellphones as Instructional To.

It's about reading, not paper vs pixels

Steve Vosloo

What our youth do have, however, are cellphones. The project that I lead, called m4Lit (mobiles for literacy), takes this book-poor/cellphone-rich context of South Africa — indeed of most of Africa — as a point of departure. If cellphones are what’s in the hands of young people then that is what we have to work with. True, a cellphone needs a charged battery, but today’s kids have a habit of finding power one way or another. Viva the cellphone!

Blog Talk Radio.EASY cell phone Podcasting

Cell Phones in Learning

Thanks to a twitter forward from Adam Sutcliffe , I have been playing with a new cell phone podcasting tool called (CINCH) Blog Talk Radio. This is probably the easiest podcasting tool that I have ever used. You do not even have to create an account before doing a podcast from your cell phone! You simply call the international number of 1-646-200-0000 (so easy to remember), and you just say your podcast after the tone.

Mobile Active.A mobile world

Cell Phones in Learning

One of my favorite blogs is called Mobile Active. The site is devoted to topical issues concerning ways that social organizations and citizens are using their cell phones globally to advocate for a cause. I believe this is a great example of a site that believes cell phones can have a large impact on society for the good.

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Mobile Student Organization and Management Tools

Cell Phones in Learning

Lately I have come across a lot of free mobile applications that could be used for student organization and management. I notice that many of these applications couple with Jott (see earlier post for tutorial) so that you can call in your reminders and have them post to a calendar or "to do" list. I thought I would go ahead and share a few of them. In most schools students are given an "assignment notebook" where they are ask/told to keep track of their assignments and schedules.

Create Enhanced Podcast Movies for a Cell Phone with PowerPoint

Cell Phones in Learning

Recently I posted about putting PowerPoint slides on Cell phones (see Doug Belshaw's blog , he created a wonderful tutorial). Since then I have been "playing" with the idea and have developed a way to create PowerPoint Enhanced Podcast movies for cell phones. So an enhanced podcast includes images along with narration. The history site on Colonial Williamsburg is a great example of an enhanced podcast.

mLearning-World.com: Jozi college goes mobile- mLearning & Learning 2.0 w/ MobilED

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w/ MobilED IOL: Jozi college goes mobile By Sholain Govender While cellphone use is banned in most South African schools, a Centurion college has decided to embrace the technology and use it to educate pupils. Cornwall Hill College, in collaboration with the Meraka Institute of the CSIR, is developing research-based models and scenarios on how cellphones could be used to empower pupils and aid teachers.

2 articles.one conclusion.reasons to include cell phones in learning

Cell Phones in Learning

cellphone positive articleI just want to send a big "Bravo" to Craik High School principal Gord Taylor, Grades 8-9 teacher Carla Dolman, and Dean Shareski who are true trailblazers by taking a risk and integrating cell phones into learning! The article Phoning It In , describes how one school in Canada decided to "embrace" their students excitement and interest in cell phone use outside of school and bring it into the classroom.

Cell Phone Remote Control with Voicethread

Cell Phones in Learning

cellphone social studies voicethread mathI am a big fan of Voicethread for use in education. Not just because Voicethread gives educators free accounts, but because now they have added a "telephone" option for commenting and controlling the Voicethread presentation. It is so easy, see the tutorial here. Besides commenting via phone, you can also use your cell phone as a remote control with Voicethread and navigate through the slides.

Eyespot=Instant video blogging!

Cell Phones in Learning

eyespot cellphones youtubeI have been using the Eyespot website for the last 2 years. I love the online video editor, so that my students can edit videos from anywhere at anytime on any computer. They do not have to worry about storage. Eyespot is a nice alternative to iMovie and Moviemaker.

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Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cellphones in School - The Learning Network Blog - NYTimes.com

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Region Business Technology Science Health Sports Opinion Arts Style Travel Jobs Real Estate Autos April 19, 2010, 1:27 pm Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cellphones in School By SANDHYA NANKANI AND HOLLY EPSTEIN OJALVO George Osodi/Associated Press At an electronics market in Lagos, Nigeria, cellphones appear in great profusion, as they do throughout poorer lands. Teachers | Do you use cellphones in your classroom? How do they see students using cellphones in school?

Australian uni goes mobile!

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Straight Talk only? Owning more than 1 cell phone

Mobile Learning Edge

When he worked at a Southern California law office, Luke Cocalis had one cellphone, a Samsung Galaxy. With work and home lives more interweaved than any time in recent memory, a few individuals are attempting to keep up a reasonable line between the two via conveying two cellphones. The double gadget propensity comes as cellphones have turned into a point of convergence of every day life.

Yet Another Global K-12 Success Story

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Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris recently blogged Hong Kong School Leads the World in Cellphone Computer Use after visiting Pui Ching Middle School in Hong Kong. Students are currently using cellphones to help learn English and current events, but are also moving to use them for math and Chinese. Pictures are available here. It is easy to see how engaged and happy the students appear to be.

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Social Studies! Next Assignment.send a video message to presidential candidates cell phones!

Cell Phones in Learning

After reading about this opportunity on PicturePhoning , I thought this would be a great assignment for any social studies class studying current events, following the 2008 election campaigns. Students could research an issue of their own interest (such as stem cell research, the best way to get out of the current "recession", healthcare, global warming.etc), and send a video message through Mogreet the Vote to any of the presidential candidates personal cell phones.

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Utterz.All-In-One mobile blogging! Free! Finally!

Cell Phones in Learning

While there are some fantastic mobile blogging resources on the web, such as Gabcast , Gcast, Eyespot , Radar , Flickr , Jott , and Go@blogger.com , none of them allow you to post video, audio, text, and photos directly to a blog from their account. For example, Gabcast only posts audio, and Eyepsot posts video, while Flickr only will post images.

Cell Phone Remote Control with Voicethread

Cell Phones in Learning

I am a big fan of Voicethread for use in education. Not just because Voicethread gives educators free accounts, but because now they have added a "telephone" option for commenting and controlling the Voicethread presentation. It is so easy, see the tutorial here. Besides commenting via phone, you can also use your cell phone as a remote control with Voicethread and navigate through the slides. One classroom application I can see would be to project your Voicethread on the classroom screen/wall.

2 articles.one conclusion.reasons to include cell phones in learning

Cell Phones in Learning

I just want to send a big "Bravo" to Craik High School principal Gord Taylor, Grades 8-9 teacher Carla Dolman, and Dean Shareski who are true trailblazers by taking a risk and integrating cell phones into learning! The article Phoning It In , describes how one school in Canada decided to "embrace" their students excitement and interest in cell phone use outside of school and bring it into the classroom.

Location Blogging for Free without Software!

Cell Phones in Learning

Finally! After much research I have found a great and free web2.0 application that couples with cell phones for location blogging. It is called Flagr. Flagr allows anyone to create an account. And Flagr works with just about any basic cell phone (no smartphones needed), and no need to download software! In Flagr you can participate in the large global community Flagr map (similar to the Twitter public timeline) OR you can create your own maps.

MTV Generation, Mobile Journalism, and Election 2008

Cell Phones in Learning

I just read on PicturePhoning that MTV's Choose or Lose campaign to get younger voters involved in politics has started a mobile journalism campaign. MTV has selected 51 student reporters (one for each state) to report on election coverage in their state and send updates to young voters tailed specifically for mobile devices.

Location Moblogging.Resources? I've exhausted my search.

Cell Phones in Learning

From a post on Mobile Learning (Thank you Leonard Low!), I got the idea to start researching "loco mobloging" or location mobile blogging, where you can use your cell phone to immediately pinpoint your location on a map and post to the internet. I think location moblogging could be a very useful resource for social studies teachers who are doing local history projects or science teachers studying geographical distances and features.

The Youth Activists of the Future: Via Mobile Phone

Cell Phones in Learning

A recent article in the Financial times , some Albanian youth have been using their mobile phones to gather evidence (photos/video) against the local police who have been corrupt and failing to help with the poverty and crime in Albania. The youth movement called Mjaft! or Enough! which started in 2003 with 4 students has now grown into a full-fledged civic movement with 30 staffers who are armed with cell phones to communicate and document activity.

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Create a numeric mobile address for any webpage!

Cell Phones in Learning

DigitURL is a new easy and free resource that will allow anyone to convert a URL address of a website into a mobile address for cell phones. The best part of DigitURL is that it makes the mobile address numeric, no letters.

Mobile Citizen Activism.How about student activism?

Cell Phones in Learning

There has been some discussion in the local papers about mobile citizen journalism, where everyday people capture breaking news stories with their cell phones. While I think that students can definitely participate in their own citizen journalism around their community, I also think mobile phones provide a wonderful opportunity for student activism. One example of an activist movement is Friends of the Earth.

Create Speech to Text blogs/Calendars from your cell with Jott!

Cell Phones in Learning

Jott is fast becoming one of my favorite organizational tools for cell phones! I think there are strong connections for student and teacher organization as well. Jot t has created this new feature called "Jott Links" where you can send a speech to text message to a lot of popular 3rd party applications such as Twitter, or Livejournal. Thus if I want to add an event to my Google calendar I can simply use my cell phone, go to my Jott contact number and call in the event.

Uploading movies to Cell Phones.

Cell Phones in Learning

While there are many sites that allow you to download images and video from your cell phone, such as YouTube, Eyespot, Flickr, Facebook, or MySpace, less commonly known are websites that allow you to upload images, sound, and video into your cell phone. One of the reasons is that cell phones are more particular about the file types that they accept (for example to view a movie on a cell phone it must be a 3G format, not the common.mov or.wmv file types).

Would you like to play a Cell Phone review game?

Cell Phones in Learning

One of the most popular ways to reveiw material in classrooms today is to use a jeoprady type game. When I started teaching I would use an overhead and have student's raise their hands when they knew the answer. There was always some confusion over who had their hand up first. One simple solution to this is the cell phone. On the mLearning-world.com blog , they suggest using cell phones as game "buzzers" and using Microsoft applications to help collect and store data.

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Scavenger Hunt with Cell Phones!

Cell Phones in Learning

So I have been thinking about Classroom Performance Systems (often called the "blue clickers" by my student teachers), and wondering if a cell phone can do a similar function. Since the CPS systems often cost a good deal of money, many school districts cannot take advantage of them. In addition, I think that using cell phones would help "connect" students with their everyday lives outside of school and the tool they are using for class activities.

PowerPoint for Cell phones!

Cell Phones in Learning

A really neat idea created by Doug Belshaw is to convert your PowerPoint to a mobile Ready device such as a cell phone. Doug has posted a really easy tutorial on his blog. I would only extend the tutorial by saying that once you convert the slides, you can use an easy free uploading site such as cellfish to send them to your cell phone. You can also use this tutorial to convert your slides to iPod-ready format for itunes.

The Murmur Project: Cell Phone Oral Histories

Cell Phones in Learning

In Canada an interesting project is being conducted on capturing "instant" oral histories using cell phones, called the Murmur Project. Basically people call in to Murmur from different geographic locations and walk around to recite recollections or more formal oral histories about their own experiences (or others that they interview, sometimes in real time at the location) in that particular geographic location.

Eyespot=Instant video blogging!

Cell Phones in Learning

I have been using the Eyespot website for the last 2 years. I love the online video editor, so that my students can edit videos from anywhere at anytime on any computer. They do not have to worry about storage. Eyespot is a nice alternative to iMovie and Moviemaker.

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Debate.Should Cell Phones Be Allowed in Schools?

Cell Phones in Learning

On the America's Debate website , they are contemplating both sides of whether Cell Phones should be allowed in schools. It is a great way to read about all different perspectives on this issue. Probably one of the most cited reasons for allowing cell phones in schools is "student safety" and not for learning. I think this may be because many are unaware of potential learning opportunities that can occur from coupling cell phones with classroom content.

Hurray! For Gcast Podcasting.

Cell Phones in Learning

I want to share an article about one of my former Master's students. Pat Sattler is an innovative and very creative technology teacher in Southeastern Michigan. She works at a Catholic K-8 school where she wanted to do podcasting, but did not have lots of cash for equipment. She turned to the cell phone coupled with Gcast so that her students could podcast and create Radio Theaters.

The Mobile Learner » Two Steps Foward, One Step Back…

The Mobile Learner

On mobiles for teacher development and edutainment: Interview by Russell Southwood of Balancing Act Africa

Steve Vosloo

The second part is about the power of interactive and “edutaining” content via mobile devices, for example through the Yoza Cellphone Stories project. [I Below is an interview by Russell Southwood of Balancing Act Africa on mobile learning in Africa. The interview has two parts: the first video is about how mobile learning can tackle the global teacher shortage and the impact of mobile learning on the education system.

Text-message course helping newcomers learn English

mLearning World

Text-message course helping newcomers learn English A pen and paper aren't necessary in an Edmonton classroom where students are learning English with a new tool — text messages on their cellphones. Athabasca University, a long-distance post-secondary school, created the cellphone lessons for those wanting to learn English as a second language (ESL). Student Fadieh Al-Kaloti said cellphone learning works well for her. "

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Kontax, a teen m-novel in a local African language

Steve Vosloo

Standing for “mobiles for literacy” the project aims to explore whether teens are interested in reading stories on their cellphones, whether and how they write using their cellphones, and whether cellphones might be used to develop literacy skills and a love of reading. There is a research component to the project, with teens being interviewed to understand their literacy practices, cellphone usage, digital literacies, and thoughts on Kontax.