Paper Blogging – more ideas!

30 04 2007

Sue Rockwood at the “No Matter, There” blog has had a go at the paper blogging activity, adding her own ideas to the activity such as a “blog board” which makes for a colourful and interactive display.  Her own insights into why paper-based simulations serve as a useful tool in demonstrating and explaining technology concepts, and her own ideas (e.g. for a paper-based “safe chat” simulation), are worth reading, and it’s great to hear her feedback on how the activity went for her classes.

Great stuff, Sue!  If anyone else is interested in having a go at a paper based simulation of social software, you might like to read Sue’s posts for some great ideas.

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Happy Birthday to the Mobile Learning Blog!

23 04 2007

The Mobile Learning blog has just turned one year old! According to Craig Harper, who compiles the Australian Blog rankings, the Mobile Learning blog is currently ranked at #108 in Australia, attracting some 3000 hits a day.

With our first birthday celebrations, it’s a good time to announce the winners of the Mobile Learning Blog’s First Birthday competition. Entrants had to “get social,” and create a link from a piece of social software to their favourite post in the Mobile Learning Blog.

I received some fantastic entries, and I’ve been going through them over the last couple of weeks. The authors of the following entries will be getting portable MP3 players with audio recording capability.

  • “Good” and “Evil” Sue at the “Mobile Technology in TAFE” blog created a podcast about the competition for their entry, which, as always, is fantastic!!! The result is a podcast called “What we learnt while preparing for a podcast for… the Mobile Learning Gadget Giveaway!” The Two Sues look at how you can put notes on your iPod, (even a website), and also talk about their experiences of taking the Mobile Learning blog into various mobile formats. Thank you ladies, for such a wonderful exploration of the blog… which is brilliant: I even learned quite a few things myself… WOW. And thanks for the Happy Birthday shoutout! 🙂
  • Jym Brittain at the Technology 4 Teachers blog also entered a terrific entry, which also included a link to Jym’s own presentation on m-learning, which he delivered to the Oklahoma Governeor’s International Education Conference.
  • Bruce Schalau also shared some of his directions in exploring mobile learning in his entry, which include his projects one mobile phones in the classroom, for questions and responses, and transcoding his university’s website materials for use on mobile phones.
  • Finally, Frances McLean decided to use a wiki to link to the site, from her “yourpda” wikispace. That’s fantastic, Frances, and I hope you enjoyed trying out wikispaces! Frances: I can’t find your contact details on your website, but if you’d like to email me with your postal address at, I will be sending you out your prize this week. 🙂

Congratulations, giveaway winners! I will be contacting you all to arrange delivery of your shiny new MP3 players this week!

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Keitai: Mobile Boom, Computer Doom?

17 04 2007

More advanced  means the Japanese can use their phones to perform tasks Australians still turn to their PCs for.In Japan, the number of 20-year-olds accessing the Internet with a personal computer has been in constant decline for several years. Last year, only 11.9% of Japanese 20-year-olds used a PC to go online. According to this article from The Age, one of Australia’s most reputable newspapers, “For Australian mobile phone users, who use technology evolved from – but inferior to – that in Japan, this is a glimpse into the near future. … Accessing the internet has become so fast and easy with Japan’smobile phones that many young people have forsaken computers.

Will ubiquitous handheld computing will be the dominant information systems paradigm of the next 20 years, just as the Personal Computer has been for the last 20; and room-sized supercomputers and mainframes, were for the 20 before that?

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