National Safe Places Launches Live Text Chat for Teens in Danger

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That’s especially critical for vulnerable communities, like teens in danger. National Safe Place is an incredible organization that connects teens in trouble with convenient places they can get help in an emergency – schools, fire stations, libraries, and other friendly locales where they can be safe if they’re threatened. For years, their TXT4HELP program let teens text in to find the closest safe place near them.

Top 10 Use Cases of Mobile Training Solutions

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Working conditions are at times extremely dangerous in these industries and so connected sensors, monitors and alarms on mobile devices are playing a crucial role in reporting hazardous events and circumstances.

The Next Thing… “iSmell”

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With that crowd sourced information, they could know whether a potentially dangerous condition existed and alert citizens and emergency services right away. Obviously, this could help with terrorist threats but it could also help with accidental exposure to chemicals and other dangerous conditions. Well, it’s finally happening, mobile devices are going to get the sense of smell.

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Mobile Learning Proves Valuable for Military

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I would imagine the train to memory approach would be best in a situation that could become dangerous and having a consumer favorite like the iPod will provide a comfortable learning environment for the soldiers who use it. Mobile Learning with Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The defense forces of various countries have a long history with mobile technology. In many ways, military uses of mobile technology have blazed trails for advancement in consumer mobile technologies.

Making the classroom a playground for learning (Innovations Report)

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In the past, the playing of computer games was sometimes thought to be unhelpful, disruptive, and potentially dangerous for a child’s development. Playing computer games in school may sound like the kids rule the classroom.

Teenager Ethan Davids describes how essential his phone is to him

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I am also aware that mobile phones can be a danger to the school environment; however I believe they can still have their benefits in the classroom." "An I recently read an article written by a 17 year old high school student. The article focused on why the teenager believes cell phones are essential tools for learning.

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3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

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Technology ethnographer, Tricia Wang, warns us about the dangers of only looking to big data for the answers, of only trusting large sets of quantitative data without a human perspective.

Fake News – Weekend Long Reads

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We live in an era, according to the Economist , that is post-truth. Especially in politics, this time sees “a reliance on assertions that ‘feel true’ but have no basis in fact.” ” In 2016, post-truth was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year.

Six Practices for Digital Inclusion – Your Weekend Long Reads

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million residents live in informal settlements, hard to reach because of poor road infrastructure and dangerous during flooding because of drains and rivers blocked by trash.

Teenager Ethan Davids describes how essential his phone is to him

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I am also aware that mobile phones can be a danger to the school environment; however I believe they can still have their benefits in the classroom." "An I recently read an article written by a 17 year old high school student. The article focused on why the teenager believes cell phones are essential tools for learning.

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Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Mobile Health Campaign Sends Safety Tips in English and Spanish

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Once parents have subscribed to the campaign, they receive regular tips alerting them to health risks and dangers that their children may be exposed to. Children’s Hospital Oakland has been providing exceptional medical care to children in the Northern California region for almost 100 years.

SMART Table now available - but what’s it for?

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Of course I think I know, but the danger with every new tech is that it will be used simply to do ‘old things in new ways’, rather than new things. Below (via Engadget) is some of the details of the SMART Table - the first multi-touch table of its kind available for education.

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The New York Times Loves DoSomething’s Crisis Text Line

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Text messages can give teens who are in crisis the help they need without drawing attention to them, whether they are in immediate danger or at school with their friends.

WBUR Makes a Mobile Map of Coyote Sightings in Boston

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While animal experts assured the populace that coyotes aren’t dangerous for people, Bostonians still worried about their children and their pets. After a winter filled with coyote sightings throughout the Boston metropolitan area, citizens were concerned about what all the wildlife meant for them. WBUR, NPR’s news station in the Boston area, wanted to help the community by providing residents a resource they could use – a map of where coyotes had been seen.

The Million Project!

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I was reading Scott McLeod's Dangerously Irrelevant blog post about video footage that high school students secretly took with their cell phones during class.

The Million Project!

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I was reading Scott McLeod's Dangerously Irrelevant blog post about video footage that high school students secretly took with their cell phones during class.

Enough Project and George Clooney Draw Attention to Sudan War Crimes

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In addition to the great visibility of such a big celebrity, the videos show Clooney in truly risky situations which make viewers ask themselves: “ if George Clooney is willing to put himself in this much danger for this cause, what am I willing to do?”.

Presentation given at Girl Geek Dinner Cape Town

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An example is Sisterz 2: Hidden Danger , about a teen girl’s mother who hooks up with a boyfriend that keeps walking into the teen’s room while she’s getting changed.

Mobile Citizen Activism.How about student activism?

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Another activism project is the People's 311 , where New Yorkers can post mobile pictures of dangerous situations in New York City on a local map (such as a stop sign that has fallen down).

Mobile Citizen Activism.How about student activism?

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Another activism project is the People's 311 , where New Yorkers can post mobile pictures of dangerous situations in New York City on a local map (such as a stop sign that has fallen down).

How Text Messaging Can Make You a Better Parent

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Parents who subscribe to the campaign receive regular tips alerting them to childcare-related health risks and dangers. Whether you’re a school, pediatric clinic, or nonprofit, communicating with parents about their children is important.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns Call for a National Day to Demand Action on March 28

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But in a sensible, father-of-the-house tone, he also urges voters to support comprehensive background checks, “so criminals and the dangerously mentally ill can’t buy guns.”. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns want you to Demand Action from your Congressional representatives.

How Sierra Club Used Text Messaging to Raise Smog Awareness

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How Sierra Club uses text messaging to both alert people of dangerous smog levels and to help create change. With over 2 million members, the Sierra Club is an influential grassroots environmental organization that translates national movements into legislative results.

Recent Articles and Posts on Digital Realities

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3) Parents unaware of dangers faced by children on smartphones – A news article of British families discusses how many children access inappropriate information on the internet due to insufficient monitoring from parents. Here are some recent articles and posts I have read on digital realities of society and the classroom.

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4 Ways Text Messaging Helps Individuals Recovering from Addiction

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If someone feels uncomfortable making a phone call or visiting a rehab center, text messaging can be the best way for that person to get help and prevent a dangerous relapse. Addiction is a serious problem in the United States, costing over $400 billion annually.

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Why Text Message Programs for Mental Health Are Rising in Popularity

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In cases where a teen’s life may be in danger, counselors can also reach out to emergency responders for assistance. The use of text messaging as a tool for teens in crisis is fairly new.

The Institute for eHealth Equity Combines the Power of the Pulpit with the Power of Text Messages to Help People Live Healthier Lives

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Text messages encouraged subscribers to engage in exercise, taught them new ways to cook veggies, and explained the dangers of sugary drinks like soda. Problem: How do you reach an underserved community with vital health information?

Why Patients Want Their Doctors to Embrace Digital Communication

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” Inadequate exchange of health information between patients and their doctors—and between providers themselves—is not only frustrating but also “dangerous,” he said, and “can easily be solved through the use of digital communications and technology.”

I’m sick of teaching: OR all about my new lesson plan to grow self-learners

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I’ve identified that in fact, much of the improvement I see is in danger of falling away once my regular but limited scaffolding and support is not available. Keywords: Personalised learning, challenge-based learning, digital pedagogy, iPod touch, OLPC XO laptop.

3 Ways You To Use Text Messaging During the Summer Holidays

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The Sierra Club, for instance, has a text messaging program that alerts its users to unhealthy levels of smog that make it dangerous to go outside. Summer is synonymous with fun: outdoor events during the day and into night, with a cold beverage in your hand for all of it.

Nonprofit Quarterly Features the “Elegant Simplicity” of Text Messaging

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Mobile Commons customers are cited as examples of the innovative ways nonprofits can connect with their audiences – like DoSomething.org ’s initiative to inform people of the dangers of texting while driving, or Reform Immigration 4 America’s use of text messaging to organize over 1,000 house parties around the nation.

2010: A year in review

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Makes, commenting on Sisterz 2: Hidden Danger. This is my “brag pack&# for 2010. Read the one for 2009. What I did. As fellow for 21st century learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation I spent the year focusing on my m4Lit , or mobiles for literacy, project.

mLearning-World.com: The Tao of Design

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I understand what you are saying, however, I feel that we would be most dangerous if we had unlimited resources.

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eModeration Station » Mobile learning #2: The issues

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Given the danger of assuming that mobile learning only means SMS or apps, it makes sense to at least explore rich content options, and to refer your learners to these both for in class work, and for out of class self study. Subscribe to the comments for this post? Tweet This!

matthewbuckland.com » The future of social networking – a concept investigation

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I see three dangers in addition to the ones already raised: 1. The “if you have nothing to hide there’s nothing to be afraid of&# line is dangerously naive. The future of social networking – a concept investigation Posted by matt on October 01, 2009 If youre new here, you may want to subscribe to my blog and get updates either via email or via RSS. Thanks for visiting!

The big issue: mobile phones in class | CompareMobiles.com

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Click, Click, Ring, Ring: The New Sound of American Education? | TakePart Social Action Network™

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Weaknesses of Mobile Learning | Mobile Learning

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There are many resources we can make available in a mobile form which are great for having on an iPod or sticking into a car CD player to learn from while you’re travelling between places (transitory); and other learning resources which may even be inherently dangerous to access (while driving a vehicle, for example) but are excellent resources at a destination – a searchable database of chemical safety data sheets, for example.

What will you do with your PDA? | Mobile Learning

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18 06 2006 Graham Wegner (23:10:23) : I agree that PDA’s run the danger of being seriously underused by their owners, and consequently, using them with students will go the same way. Mobile Learning An Online Reflective Journal on Mobile Learning Practice Home Winksite Store Resources About Mobile Contact What will you do with your PDA?

The Innovative Educator: Ideas for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Cell Phones Even in Districts that Ban Them

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skip to main | skip to sidebar The Innovative Educator Sharing ideas about educating innovatively.

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Given the danger of assuming that mobile learning only means SMS or apps, it makes sense to at least explore rich content options, and to refer your learners to these both for in class work, and for out of class self study.

Least (Lowest) Common Denominator is Bad? | Mobile Learning

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6 10 2006 Roger (07:22:10) : Leonard, I think it’s dangerous to compare computer and mobile phones. Mobile Learning An Online Reflective Journal on Mobile Learning Practice Home Winksite Store Resources About Mobile Contact Least (Lowest) Common Denominator is Bad?

ramblings: Learning with ‘Appropriate’ Technology in Africa: PC Labs or Mobile Phones

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skip to main | skip to sidebar ramblings Friday, 26 March 2010 Learning with ‘Appropriate’ Technology in Africa: PC Labs or MobilePhones It is important and urgent to debate and discuss the issue of ‘development’ in relation to e-learning and the issue of appropriate technology in relation to e-learning, and especially to debate and discuss these issues in relation to each other. One specific reason for this debate and discussion is that we need much greater clarity about the perceived tension between those e-learning strategies based on near-universal ownership of mobile devices amongst potential learners on the one hand and those e-learning strategies based expensive large-scale installations of static institutional networked desktop computers on the other. This discussion is also important because it is also a discussion about the balance between the individual and the institution, the community and the corporate, the bottom-up and the top-down and it is vitally important to the issue of sustainability. There are of course many competing and confused ideas about what could constitute appropriate learning technologies and systems for Africa, and about what would be the ‘appropriate’ forms of e-learning in Africa. There are also many competing and confused ideas about ‘development’ and much emotive rhetoric about ‘catching up’ and ‘leap-frogging’ This contribution aims to discuss these but, of course, any discussion of education, and any discussion of education in Africa is always in danger of simplifying Africa or simplifying education or both. Firstly, the idea of a technology system, especially a socio-technical system such as an e-learning technology system, is complex and many definitions of systems and technologies emphasise their human and social components, alongside the technical and tangible components, and also emphasise how understanding or designing a technological system crucially depends on identifying its purpose and the nature of its interactions with its environment. With anything other than the simplest system, these are complicated, unclear and often contested. Secondly, Africa is composed of widely different countries and cultures; many of the institutions and structures of formal education in Africa are still strongly influenced by the legacy of contact, most likely colonisation, with different European countries each with its own different educational traditions. This is apparent in ideas about instruction, curricula, assessment, organisation and management and may cut across national boundaries. These institutions and structures may however now be influenced by the growing globalisation of educational thinking and by the pressure of global educational technology developers and vendors. Furthermore, as in countries in other continents, the institutions and structures of education may however not be sympathetic to the practices of community and to the ideas of informal learning in the different local cultures across Africa, or even conducted in the same languages. There can sometimes also be vagueness in defining in practical terms the ‘African-ness’ that ‘appropriate’ technologies and systems are supposed to be addressing: is it sparsity, rurality and distance? Is it infrastructure, capacity and organisation? Is it national, cultural and linguistic diversity? Or is it something else? There is always a risk of making superficial generalisations but there is always a practical need to learn what can be transferred or replicated too, and a need to formulate policy. Thirdly, education systems and institutions have seldom developed their own sustainable, scalable technologies anywhere in the world. It is unlikely that any parts of Africa will be any different. Instead, education systems have appropriated or co-opt technologies, that is, they have used technologies for purposes for which those technologies were not intended or designed or sold. There are a variety of reasons for this but one must be perceptions amongst vendors and developers that education is only a small market compared to commercial and industrial markets. Nevertheless some technologies have been developed for purely educational markets – VLEs and e-portfolios are the obvious ones currently. Education systems in most parts of the world have appropriated the desktop computers and the software systems designed for the American and European corporate markets. Financial constraints make this practice virtually essential but this has clearly been problematic for the development of ‘appropriate’ educational technologies anywhere in the world. This is perhaps more problematic for education systems in the developing regions of the world since they are doubly distant from the original intended designs. Dedicated educational hardware is practically non-existent and dedicated educational software is miniscule compared to the volume of commercial and industrial software; furthermore the vast majority of this dedicated educational software originates outside the world’s developing regions so its ‘appropriate-ness’ is suspect too. Fourthly, looking at ‘appropriate’ technologies from outside Africa raises the issues of designing for ‘appropriate-ness’ rather than procuring it. Participative design and user-centred design both seem at first sight to be the tools for developing ‘appropriate’ local or indigenous technologies. However community preferences may differ from the preferences of trained or professional educators and they may also differ from the ideas of ‘progressive’ developers and theorists from the ‘developed’ regions. Furthermore, raising the issue of design implicitly raises the issue of evaluation, or perhaps M&E in an African or ‘development’ context. Evaluation methods must be aligned to design practices in order to feedback meaningfully into iterative design. And if we are concerned about sustainability, then the outputs of evaluation must be appropriate to the developer community and perhaps also to the policy and business communities in order to generate the type of evidence that will either change policy and thus secure public funding or establish a business case and thus encourage commercial activity. Seeing sustainability at a national level in these terms is by no means easy because it probably implies the kind of big government that would characterise the UK or Sweden but not the US or South Africa, the kind of big government prepared to commission and then evaluate evidence and then change policy and allocate resources. In countries with small government, sustainable educational technology is in the hands of businesses or social enterprises, and the mechanisms to support and sustain initiatives are different and less obvious. Fifthly, sustainability is also an organisational and a cultural issue. It is easy to see any discussion of educational technology in Africa in terms of physical challenges and physical deficits, to see the problem (or rather to define the problem) in terms of infrastructure, in terms for example of reliable mains electricity, broadband connectivity, secure clean buildings, modern computer hardware, up-to-date licenses and software installations. And this simple analysis suggests that once a range of these physical pre-conditions have been met, that successful e-learning will take place. We must however recognise that no technology is culturally neutral, either as it is originally designed or deployed or as it is subsequently appropriated. Every technology embodies an ideology. In the case of educational technology and of e-learning, the ideology is in part the implied pedagogy. So when institutions or countries procure and install a particular educational technology, they also install the ideology including the pedagogy that comes with it. Of course the technology and its ideology may not be aligned to their new learners or their institutions and culture. The misalignment could be at a number of levels. The educational technology may not be aligned its host institution and its ideas about teaching and learning, it may not be aligned to popular, informal or cultural expectations about learning (of course, the educational institutions may not be aligned to popular or informal expectations about what constitutes learning and how to learn either). Another dimension to the discussion of sustainability and ‘appropriateness’ is the lifecycle of projects and innovations in e-learning in both the ‘developing’ and the ‘developed’ regions of the world. In most cases and in most places, these are small-scale and fixed-term; they are usually funded, staffed, implemented and evaluated in ways that keep them isolated from their host communities and host organisations and almost inevitably they fail to embed and endure; they are evidently ‘inappropriate’ And lastly, to return to the issue of appropriation, of course people generally appropriate technologies anyway; the missed call or the please call me is the obvious example - the network operators and the handset vendors clearly did not set out to provide the world with free messaging. However there is a tension between those technologies appropriated by educational institutions, such as PCs, and those appropriated by the community, for example for informal mobile learning. Implicitly the idea of appropriation is linked to the idea of sustainability; those technologies appropriated by the community must evidently have some attributes of sustainability; those technologies appropriated by the educational institutions may not be sustainable. Any attempt to analyse educational technologies in Africa may be simplistic. Our concern is to question whether the rhetoric of ‘catching up’ or ‘leap-frogging’ in e-learning is not taking place at the expense of a discussion about what is ‘appropriate’ Posted by John Traxler at 10:43 0comments: Post a Comment Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Followers Blog Archive ▼ 2010 (3) ▼ March (2) Learning with ‘Appropriate’ Technology in Africa: Mobile and Connected - the Challenges and the Impl. ► February (1) e-Learning - The Next Wave ► 2009 (2) ► December (2) Mobile Health Care in Cambodia MirandaMod About Me John Traxler View my complete profile. Tags: mobile Africa appropriate.