Great handheld panel this morning moderated by Julie Lindsay. Panelists included Judy Breck, Jan Kelly, Graham Brown-Martin, and Tony Vincent. Here is a recap, blogged live.
Julie Lindsay’s talk. She started by talking about:
The small print of using mobiles
- Acceptable use
- Learning using technology
- Living with technology
The HIFE project:
Importance of compatibility, tech support etc. The goal for next year is to broaden the program from one device to multiple devices, making it more student driven with regards to choice of technology use, and making allowances for different learning styles. (I like this idea, as it seems that being device agnostic when it comes to mobile tools is going to be the way to go. That way students can choose what tool to use and how to use it. This takes differences in learning styles into account, and takes the burden off of schools for supplying the hardware).
Julie then showed an example of student work that shows how they envision the use of mobile phones in 2020.
Judy is a proponent of open resources on the Internet.
The mobile web will create personal learning spaces for individuals. It will bring an intertwingled world to individual devices.
Whether you’re a non-user or an expert, if you’re a teacher, you are often told what technology to use and how to use it. Even though standards impact technology use, the technology standards that states have are not tested so maybe not taught.
She proceeded to talk about how with even old and simple mobile devices you can do quite a bit. The key is that you use what works and what you need, given the context you’re working in (e.g. technology or administrative restrictions). It’s about students talking work to their seats, instead of going to the computer (students are not physically tethered to fixed technology.
Technology emerges through what we do; we don’t do what we do because of the technology. Students have a voice in the process, students make choices that will help them in making life-long learning decisions.
Barriers: economics, protective barriers, technology may not align with district technology visions.
A question was raised about recycling devices by corporations. The panel responded that it would be something to look into, but that in the near future with mobile phones there may not be a need to do this because devices will be free or almost free (also means that students, not schools, will provide the devices).
Learning while mobile: not mobile learning. The learner is mobile, the technology follows them.
Vision: every child with a personal computing and communication device within 5 years.
Mission: to make learning personal and universally accessible. Believes that this is achievable using low cost consumer technologies and innovative web programming.
Then showed video of the Learning2Go Project. Teachers, parents, and kids talked about pride, motivation, access, and learning (independence, collaborative learning, choice).
The landscape in which we operate: by 2012 the death of the desktop as we know it; laptops are on deathrow. Client-server types of models will take over, with clients being mobile (server and data warehouse with a variety of devices conncting).
There is a future with lots of different devices, but what about now? Talked about what different devices can and cannot do (Palm, Pocket PC, iPod). Palm has good ed software, syncs with Macs, but hasn’t been updated in two years and have a weak web browser. Pocket PC has StyleTap but cannot be used with Macs. iPods are great for podcasting, has large storage capacity, but has not text entry, and no third party software; also no real student interaction (no input).
Wi-fi is going to be big. Showed the Blazer browser. Talked about free services like mob5 and winklink. iPhones are going more the browser direction, i.e. creating browser-based, not device-based apps.