SparkMobile: study notes on your mobile phone

6 12 2006

A mobile service for accessing portable, mobile study notes on demand with a cellphone can provide students with learning content on demand.

HowTo

Called SparkMobile, it’s a free service available from all MMS-capable mobile phones, doesn’t require users to sign up, and works using search terms to locate and access the most appropriate study guides:

What kinds of search terms can I send to SparkMobile?

Character descriptions (example: send Jay Gatsby)

Key facts about literary works, including…

Author GenreTime/place written

Date of publication

Publisher

Narrator

Characters Point of viewTone

Tense

Setting (time)

Setting (place)

Falling action ThemesProtagonist

Major conflict

Rising action

Climax

Motifs SymbolsForeshadowing

(example: send Gatsby symbols)

I’ll be keeping an eye on this service – it’s an interesting model for on-demand, just-in time learning.

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