MLearn 2007, Melbourne: Call for Papers

31 01 2007

Very exciting!  The international conference on mobile learning, MLearn, is to be hosted here in Australia between 16-19 October 2007, in Melbourne (my favourite city in Australia even though I live in Canberra):

This conference will appeal to a wide range of audiences who are interested in enhancing learning, designing content and developing systems for mobile devices and wireless networks. The following objectives serve to define and guide the structure and foundation of the MLearn 2007 Conference.

  • To promote the development of mobile learning
  • To stimulate critical debate on & research into theories, approaches, principles & applications of mobile learning
  • To share local & international developments, experiences & lessons learned.
  • To promote networking & business opportunity development.
  • To encourage the study & implementation of mobile applications in teaching & learning.
  • To stimulate & assist personal professional development &  the development of new skills for educators.
  • To provide a forum for education & knowledge transfer.
  • To facilitate dialogue, sharing & networking between diverse cultures with regard to the optimum use of emerging technologies.
  • To bring together providers of technology & services with educators and instructional designers.

The conference has now issued a call for papers, which can be submitted electronically via the conference website.  I hope to see many of you there!

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Mr Manners' Cellphone Tips for a More Polite Life

30 01 2007

It’s a bit of fun, but in addition to being a good guide to mobile phone ettiquette, this podcast provides an example of a short piece of engaging audio learning content, suitable for delivery on a mobile phone, PDA, or media player.

The length, content, and style of delivery all lend themselves to mobile delivery, although the narrator speaks a little fast. A text transcript of the podcast is also provided at the Mr Manners site, which is a good example of providing the content in alternative forms, allowing learners to engage with the material in their preferred medium or style.

(via SolSie.com)

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Mr Manners’ Cellphone Tips for a More Polite Life

30 01 2007

It’s a bit of fun, but in addition to being a good guide to mobile phone ettiquette, this podcast provides an example of a short piece of engaging audio learning content, suitable for delivery on a mobile phone, PDA, or media player.

The length, content, and style of delivery all lend themselves to mobile delivery, although the narrator speaks a little fast. A text transcript of the podcast is also provided at the Mr Manners site, which is a good example of providing the content in alternative forms, allowing learners to engage with the material in their preferred medium or style.

(via SolSie.com)

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Google Maps goes Mobile

25 01 2007

Have you found yourself recently

  • hopelessly lost on a random street corner?
  • drooling over Steve Jobs’ demonstration of Google Maps on the Apple iPhone?
  • Wishing you could use navigable, interactive maps as part of a mobile learning activity for your students, without having to dish out for GPS handsets?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above (or, in my case, all three), you will be overjoyed to know that Google Maps is now available for mobile phones (other than the Applie iPhone), smartphones, and PDAs via a simple, free download and install.

With the same zoomable, annotated maps, integrated search, route planning tools, and photo views found in the desktop version of Google Maps, this mobile application puts the world at your fingertips. Download it by opening your phone’s mobile browser and heading to http://google.com/gmm, or find more information on this web page.

And if you’re not sure whether it’s worth the download, you can even try out the mobile version of Google Maps on this demo page, which works exactly like the real thing.

UPDATE: Google Maps for Mobiles does indeed work in Australia – as reported in this article from The Age!

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Beyond Mobile Learning Workshop

23 01 2007

Mauru Cherubini blogs on a workshop whose convenors include some of the world’s most respected researchers and practitioners of mobile learning:

They are particularly interested in using mobile technologies for shifting from being a ’spectator’ of media to ‘creator’ of media.

One of the pedagogical value they see in these is the fact that media creation can bring a group of participant to a negotiation of perspectives. The idea is to discuss what media creation will mean in the future.

Thanks for sharing your notes, Mauru – sounds like a fantastic workshop, which I hope you’re enjoying! Please do share more of your ideas from the workshop if you can.

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iPods for Teachers & Students

23 01 2007

iPod UsesTony Vincent at the Learning in Hand blog has created a new page on how iPods can be used for teaching and learning – and it’s not just for playing audio and video files:

Learn about functionality like syncing calendars and address book contacts, dictionaries, text files, PowerPoint slides, multiple choice quizzes, and other interactive content.

Check out his main iPods in Education page here to see all the things that iPods can do as learning tools – top rate, Tony!

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iPods for Teachers & Students

23 01 2007

iPod UsesTony Vincent at the Learning in Hand blog has created a new page on how iPods can be used for teaching and learning – and it’s not just for playing audio and video files:

Learn about functionality like syncing calendars and address book contacts, dictionaries, text files, PowerPoint slides, multiple choice quizzes, and other interactive content.

Check out his main iPods in Education page here to see all the things that iPods can do as learning tools – top rate, Tony!

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