Daily Archives: October 7, 2008

Handheld Learning 2008, Tips for a Great Conference

13-15 October, The Brewery, Barbican, London

Experience Innovation. And be a part of it.

Dear Delegate,

We are looking forward to welcoming you next week to Handheld Learning 2008. This years conference is the biggest yet with a phenomenal line-up of speakers and participants.

To help you get the best out of the 3 days we are sending you this newsletter containing some useful tips.

Download and view the conference programme

The programme provides you with details of what’s happening where and who’s speaking along with their biographies. Further details of the talks can be found online
As we are not running a seat reservation system for breakouts this year we recommend that if you’d like to attend a particular session you get there in good time to take your seat.

Download the programme here

Bring your Nintendo DS with you!

Those delegates who registered early will have received their Nintendo DS or will be collecting it from the venue on Monday 13th. Please bring it to the conference fully charged as we hope that you will use it during the conference sessions to interact with fellow delegates using the built in Pictochat system.

For more information about using Pictochat please go here

Also please bring your Brain Training game so you can play with other delegates during the breaks and social meetings!

Bring your mobile phone and twitter!

Interact with fellow delegates using your mobile phone and Twitter. For more information about using Twitter at the conference please visit here

Use your mobile phone to ask questions

During the conference sessions in the main room (Port Tun) we will be using a system provided by Txttools to allow questions to be sent to the session chairs via SMS. Simply precede your message with HHL and then send your question to 88020.

Messages are sent at standard network rates.

Review the delegate list and make connections

A partial delegate list can be seen here

Collect your delegate materials on Monday 13th October

Beat the crush and collect your delegate materials at the venue on Monday 13th October. Doors open at 11:00 am and there is lots to do including:

Next Generation Learning Showcase
Learners Y Factor with Johnny Ball
Pecha Kucha for 21st Century Learners

The Pecha Kucha session is hosted by Dan Sutch from Futurelab and your participation is invited. Please contact Dan here to get your slot.

A cash bar selling refreshments and sandwiches will be available throughout the day.

For delegates arriving on Tuesday or Wednesday, doors open at 08:30 for collection of delegate materials and check-in.

Directions to the venue may be found here

Hear Lord Puttnam’s Closing Keynote

Lord David Puttnam will be delivering the closing keynote, which is not to be missed, at 16:15 on Wednesday 15th.

Our legendary prize draw follows where amazing prizes will be won including Vye laptops, RM minibooks, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, Nokia Internet Tablets, games from Slitherine and much more!

Come to the Handheld Learning Awards Party!

Celebrate with your fellow innovators and join in the fun.

The awards party is free to attend and starts with a drinks reception at 19:00 with awards at 20:30. There will be live music and videogame tournaments with great opportunities to network and socialise until 23:00. Light snacks will be served during the evening.

More information about the party may be found here

We trust that you will find these tips useful and we wish you a safe and pleasant journey to the conference.

See you next week!

The Handheld Learning Team (meet us)
The Advisory Group (meet us)

3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium: Mobile Learning Cultures across Education, Work and Leisure

WLE logo

Via Norbert Pachler. I contributed to this workshop last year even though I wasn’t able to attend. Should be well worth it again.

The Centre for Work-based Learning and Education (WLE), at the Institute of Education, London, in conjunction with the London Mobile Learning Group (LMLG), will hold the
3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium: Mobile Learning Cultures across Education, Work and Leisure
on 27 March 2009 at the WLE Centre, IOE London, UK.
The symposium aims to address different audiences, with a focus on education professionals and practitioners from school, further, higher and adult education as well as clinical settings, work and leisure. It will focus on mobile learning theory and practice in education, work and leisure and will address the following themes: „Learning across contexts“, „Cultural approaches to mobile learning“ and „Status quo, visions and conjectures“. Interdisciplinary approaches and thematic crossovers, both in theory and practice, are particularly welcome. Work in progress and international contributions are encouraged.
Registration for the symposium is free but numbers are limited. Priority will be given to authors of accepted abstracts.
Important dates:
–      1 October 2008: First call for expressions of interest and extended abstracts.
–      3 November 2008: Second call for expressions of interest and extended abstracts.
–      30 January 2009 – 27 February 2009: Registration.
Further dates and detailed information about the Symposium is available in the attached flyer as well as on the symposium website at http://symposium.londonmobilelearning.net.
Dr. Norbert Pachler (WLE Centre, IOE London, UK)
Judith Seipold M.A. (University of Kassel, Germany / Associate at the WLE Centre, IOE London, UK)
Dr. Giasemi Vavoula (Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK)
Prof. Agnes Kukulska-Hulme (Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK)

Image Credit: London Mobile Learning Group: