Here’s a brief description of the presentations in this afternoon’s Emerging Technology session at Handheld Learning 2008 that I participated in.
Richard Crook: Praise Pod
Child Mental Health Specialist: NHS Rotherham
This presentation was about promoting a culture of praise for a 21st century learning community. Seems somewhat familiar to Character Counts in the US. It’s about ICT connecting communities, including parents, local businesses, faith groups, and community organizations. It works by sending families videos of kids doing something good at school, or they can be played on whiteboards in class, etc. Richard showed some nice video examples of how this actually works.
Tony Vincent: For Kids, By Kids: Valuable Tips for Podcasting with Students
Tony’s stuff originated with Willowdale’s Radio WillowWeb in Omaha, Nebraska. The key to podcasting is that the audio/video is a series of files automatically cataloged on the web and downloadable (by subscription).
Podcasts are pretty professional, kids seem to enjoy it. Tony had us listen to a couple of examples of audio podcasts, including Radio WillowWeb and Our City Podcast.
Four phases of podcasting: Pre-production, creation, post-production, publication.
You always need to think about copyright and privacy.
My presentation on the GeoHistorian project
Link to video (as soon as I post it…)
Lilian Soon: Xlearn project (gadgets empowering students with disabilities) with awesome ppt slides!
Using PDAs for taking pictures and video, and interviewing each other. Advantages: convergence of digital capabilities in one device. Kids learn quickly so they can help each other.
Hull College uses mobiles in combination with headcams, to do stuff with electrical engineering (handsfree technology!).
Joseph Priestley College: use of RedHalo to collect evidence and then create mindmaps to link the evidence together. Also using PSPs for deaf learners to make and watch signing videos.
Mobile phones and QR codes for simple quizzes and flash cards, and as a media player. Also using the calendar and notes functions and Bluetooth exchange of files.
Oaklands College: Students are also using phones for blogging (voice, video, pictures).
Use of Wii and DS: pictures and video on SD card (Wii), health and safety exercises, puzzle function, making a Mii. Use of cut and paste function on DS. Use of PictoChat on DS.
Use a flash card to play video, mp3, pictures (like a hack for the DS).
Jacquelyn Ford Morie (USC Institute for Creative Technology): Case-Based Learning with Critical Thinking Skills on Mobile Devices
Training for US military: flexible operating environments and not enough time for training create a need for embedded 24/7 training independent of human instructors, mobile devices, etc.
Use of mobile devices: can maximize “lost moments” for training, besides the 24/7 mobile access.
AXL Net: Army Excellence in Leadership:
- Web-based training system
- Case-based methodology
- Designed to develop critical thinking and analysis skills
The FORCE: one-click downloads to mobile platform (iPod). Video/text combination (looks like a conditional branching type of set-up).
Paul Quinn: Using the PSP for athletes
Harefield Academy in London for Watford FC “scholars”, elite gymnasts, table tennis players, swimmers…
Use of PSP (10 in pilot, about 30-40 kids have them too). Use of camera for Sports Video Project (are also using http://yacapaca.com for assessment on the PSP). Students can video tape themselves, do frame by frame analysis (immediately), and get lesson information (ppt jpegs).
Mobiles are interfaced with desktops and network for further work on videos etc.
Other resource: http://www.ictgcse.com
Sally Drummond: New Practices in Flexible Learning
Australian Turning Point Project (mobile film making): http://flexiblelearning.net.au
Digital Mini Film Fest for Youth: one minute films shot on mobile phones, displayed on iHubs (kiosks with touch screens and Bluetooth) on the streets of Melbourne (sharing via Bluetooth).
Initial tech and interaction research done on minimum tech requirements as well as use of Bluetooth.
John Traxler: mLearn 2008 look-back
Theory: does our work extend or enhance existing theories of learning or e-learning? Does our work tell anything general or transferable?
Evidence: can we demonstrate something transferable and trustworthy? Are we looking for proof-of-concept, outcomes, or scale and sustainability? How do we evaluate and disseminate? There is a gap between the smaller projects and what large funders (i.e. government) would like to see. We have more technologies and systems and more case studies.
Technology: rapidity, diversity, power. How do we cope with this? What’s the bigger picture? (Mike Short). Social impact of longer-term predictions (Mark Prensky).
mLearn 2009: Florida
mLearn 2010: Malta
Image Credit: My camera