Monthly Archives: November 2007

You Don’t Always Need a PowerPoint Presentation

While not as “disruptive” a presentation as Will Richardson, for example, has been talking and writing about, one of my presentations at this year’s NCSS conference in San Diego is NOT a PowerPoint ;). I was told I had about 8 minutes to present a unit plan that a teacher and I wrote a while back for Digital Age: Technology-Based K-12 Lesson Plans for Social Studies. So instead of doing another standup-powerpoint-to-death talk, I made a short video. You can watch it here.

I agree with Will that the “traditional” presentation just doesn’t work too well in many cases. That’s why I’ve started doing a more poster presentations, because they allow for more informal, personal, (and dare I say it, customized) interaction between presenter and attendee…

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Carnival of the Mobilists #101


The Carnivals just keep on coming! Episode #101 is now online at Martin’s Mobile Technology Page. News from all over the world this week, as well as a link to a very interesting post by Judy Breck about an impending cell phone initiative in New York City schools, called the “Million” program.

What are you waiting for! Go check it all out.

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mLearn 2008: Call for Proposals


Even though it’s still almost a year away, there is already a call for proposals for mLearn 2008. I’ll be there, will you?


mLearn, the world’s flagship mobile learning conference, will take place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge,the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, in Shropshire, England, in October 2008. The conference started in Birmingham and has since taken place in London, Rome, Cape Town, Banff and Melbourne.

The aims of the conference are to bring together leaders in mobile learning research, developers and practitioners in a environment that will stimulate discussion, innovation and excitement.

Formats and Deadlines:

· Full papers: 8 pages, final date for submission for review is 14 April 2008 midnight GMT

· Short papers: 1 page, final date for submission for review is 28 April 2008 midnight GMT

· Posters: 1 page, final date for submission for review is 28 April 2008 midnight GMT

(other categories to follow)


· mobile learning, mobile knowledge, mobile societies: covering discourse, identity, knowledge and learning with pervasive, ubiquitous, mobile technologies; social, individual and cultural aspects of mobile learning

· devices, systems, technology and standards: convergence, diversity, frontiers, and trends

· mobile learning landscape: work-based, informal, subject-specific, context-aware, social

· mobile learning for all: inclusion, assistivity, scalability, embedding, participation, development, evaluation, evidence, and assessment

Review Panel:

*Dr Mohamed Ally, Athabasca University, Canada *Dr Inmaculada Arnedillo-Sánchez, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland *Jill Attewell, Research Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, LSN, UK *Dr Tom Brown, Midrand Graduate Institute, South Africa *Professor Tak-Wai Chan, National Central University of Taiwan *Dr Elizabeth Hartnell-Young, University of Nottingham, UK *Dr Agnes Kukulska-Hulme, Open University, UK *Professor Chee-Kit Looi, National Institute of Education, Singapore *Professor Angela McFarlane, University of Bristol, UK *Dr Marcelo Milrad, Växjö University, Sweden *Dr Dick Ng’ambi, University of Cape Town, South Africa *Professor Roy Pea, Stanford University, USA *Professor Mike Sharples, University of Nottingham, UK *Dr Mark van’t Hooft, Kent State University, USA *Professor Herman van der Merwe, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa *Professor Earl Woodruff, University of Toronto, Canada

We anticipate linking with two respected journal for special editions. Proceedings will have an ISBN number

The conference dates are: Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th October 2008.

Further details and templates: &

For informal queries on submissions, contact John Traxler, Brendan Riordan or Chris Dennett via the conference web-site.


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Handheld Learning 2007: A Few Reflections (Finally)


I wrote down some reflections on the Handheld Learning Conference a while back. They’re finally up on the Handheld Learning website. A couple of excerpts so you’ll go read the whole thing 😉  :

Most Interesting Idea I Heard: Moving towards a model of learning in which learners provide the mobile devices and institutions of learning. Several people mentioned this idea in their presentations, including Pekka Pirttiaho from Mobiletools. As Tony mentioned in his reflections, it is also refreshing to note that the conference’s main focus was learning.

Best New Device I Saw: Samsung’s Q1 (closely followed by Graham’s “mobile” phone from the 1980s ).

Most Obvious Absentee: Palm OS (for me this was a big deal as most of what we’ve done in the US has been with Palm OS-based devices).

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Carnival of the Mobilists #100!

This weeks Carnival of the Mobilists (#100!) is hosted by Abhishek Tiwari. Some well-deserved thank-yous, lots of news about Android, as well as some other miscellaneous news. Go check it out!


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Social Networkers Reach Out More with Cell Phones…

… which is the title of an interesting article that appeared in USA Today a couple of days ago that discusses the market potential for mobile social networking. The piece basically reaffirmed my belief that mobile and connected are strongly related and that one reinforces and amplifies the other.  A couple of quotes that struck me:

Senior analyst Jill Aldort of the Yankee Group calls “mobile social networking a hot market with lukewarm potential.” (with regards to profitability)

Jyri Engeström, co-founder of mobile blogging site Jaiku, says, “Mobile social networking is more like ‘social peripheral vision.’ You have an idea what people who somehow matter to you are up to.”

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz says its mobile user base is growing faster than the website. … “Things that are inherently social are inherently mobile.”

But location-based networking has Big Brother implications. “It’s really cool, but it’s also possibly the creepiest thing happening,” says Facebook’s Moskovitz. Privacy controls are crucial. Buddy Beacon, for one, lets you switch to a “cloak” mode to stay under the radar.

The article also sports a sidebar with a listing of some of the more popular mobile social sites, including ComVu PocketCaster, Flickr Mobile, Groovr, JuiceCaster, JumBuck and Multiply.

Finally, there are a few interesting thoughts in the string of contents, especially those that are more critical of the whole 24/7 connectivity and feel the need to be disconnected from time to time. My favorite one is by McGarrett:

Why don’t they just wire a social networking chip in our brain? Oh yeah, our brain is already wired for social networking. So why do I need this?

Thought provoking indeed ….


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NokMote – Wii style interface with your Nokia !!

I ran across this post (click on the link to get the video) on the Moblearing blog via the Handheld Learning forum. Make sure to watch the entire video. This was just too cool to let go!

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