Monthly Archives: November 2008

Carnival of the Mobilists #151 Returns Home

This week’s Carnival, hosted by Judy Breck at the Golden Swamp, gazes into the future. The most interesting post to me is the one by “Helen Keegan of Musings of a Mobile Marketer said, as she does in this post, that there is no future to mobile, providing then 6 reasons why that will be true if we carry on the way we are going,” followed by Ajit Jaokar’s, who looks to the cloud emerging as huge for the future. Read these posts and much more in this week’s issue of the Carnival.

It’s good to see that the number of submissions to the Carnival is going up again. If you want to contribute, don’t be shy and send your blog posts to

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Taiwan Trip, Day 4, Chia-yi (Oct. 22, 2008)


As quickly as my trip to Taiwan went by, it’s taking me a long time to actually finish writing about it. Day 4 of the trip was Wednesday, and we spent most of the day in Chia-yi. First we visited Lantan Elementary School, where we received another very warm welcome by school officials, teachers, students, and even the deputy mayor! The interesting thing about Lantan is that it has a substantial astronomy program. In fact, the school has its own observatory as well as planetarium. We got to see both facilities, and I have to say that I was very impressed, especially with the fifth graders who showed us how to run the large telescope. Here are a few pictures of our visit:










Following the tour of the school and various presentations by teachers and students, we spent some time with local teachers and students, mostly playing icebreaker types of games to learn each others’ names. It was actually a very pleasant part of the visit (and of course there was food!).

For lunch we took a quick ride over to one of the other schools in Chia-yi, Min Syong Elementary. Again, we got a tour of the campus, which was large and very well maintained, like all of the other schools we visited during the week. Saw some interesting stuff here, including kickball, and a separate classroom for Scouting!









And after a delicious lunch (the same that the students ate there that day; much better than the American school lunches), off we were to Tainan!

Carnival of the Mobilists #150

From the Mipping Blog: “A nice round number for the Carnival with a bumper stack of posts from a wide number of areas in the mobile space.”

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Handheld Learning 2008 Proceedings and Events for 2009

One more from the folks at Handheld Learning:

Online Proceedings now ready!

Dear Colleague
This years Handheld Learning Conference was the biggest and most successful yet with more than 1,700 attendees, 1,000 conference delegates and 600 attendees at the Handheld Learning Awards.

Handheld Learning 2009
We sincerely hope that you’ll consider participating next year when we reconvene for Handheld Learning 2009 and return to The Brewery, London from Oct 5th – 7th.

This years event sold out very quickly and we already have many surprises in store for Handheld Learning 2009 so please guarantee your place by pre-registering here. Pre-registration is free and you will be the first to know when we open registration and call for papers.

Game Based Learning 2009 


For those delegates who have a deeper interest in the game based learning themes presented at this years Handheld Learning we have a special one day international symposium on March 20th, 2009 called Game Based Learning 2009 that will also be held at The Brewery. Our keynote speakers and call for papers will be made shortly but spaces will be limited so please register your interest here.
Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you soon!
All the best,

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

We have reworked the conference website as a free to access online resource of digital proceedings. Here you will now find video recordings of the main room sessions and keynotes, a huge gallery of photographs, presentation slides, papers along with links to delegate discussions and reflections about the event that are ongoing. You will find everything under the Conference menu. To visit click here.
Naturally we welcome your continued participation in the event and if you’re not already a member of the Handheld Learning Community we invite you to register here and share your thoughts and reflections with the rest of the membership.


Taiwan Trip, Day 3, Chia-yi via Beigang (Oct. 21, 2008)

 After we left Lugang we got on our way to Chia-yi, the site of our next school visit. We got there by way of Beigang, the site of a very large Matsu temple. It was too bad the entire temple was covered in corrugated sheet metal and construction materials, but nevertheless we got to see some beautiful stuff in there. A few pictures:








Once in Chia-yi, we ate dinner in a local joint and walked around in some of the busier shopping streets. Even at night, Taiwanese towns are bustling with life, and definitely an overload on the senses that takes some getting used to:



Taiwan Trip, Day 3, Lugang and Wenkai Elementary (Oct. 21, 2008)


The day at Wenkai Elementary turned out to be an extremely busy one. We saw a brief presentation on digital technologies used at the school, and how Wenkai has done quite well with relatively little (Lugang is in a rural county, Changhua, and doesn’t have as many resources for education as some of the more urban areas like Taoyuan County or Tainan). The entire school has 41 computers in one lab, and one computer with Internet connection in each classroom. All of the equipment has been donated. Students in grades 3-6 have one computer class per week (40 minutes), which isn’t much, especially considering that a lot of time is used to teach typing skills, both in English and Chinese (and believe me, typing in Chinese is much more difficult, as individual characters are formed with multiple keystrokes. However, in addition, the school offers workshops for teachers as well as the community. For the latter it is offering basic computer literacy training, and parents are taking advantage of this. Since 1999, the school has won many awards for various contests, including the APEC Cyber Academy.

We saw several musical performances, starting outside at the school gate with a Lion Dance, then a puppet show, Taiwanese traditions (music, theater, calligraphy), learned some calligraphy, learned how to play with tops. Student performers came from five different local schools. We took lots of group pictures as the morning progressed. Then of course, there was lunch…




Following lunch was a tour of the school, including a visit to the teachers’ office and the computer lab, where we saw a typing skills class. We ended our visit with tea in the principal’s office, and off we went …




Teachers’ Office



Carnival of the Mobilists #149: A Quiet Fall Festival


This week’s Carnival is a fairly quiet one, as there were fewer submissions than usual (but then, quality is more important than quantity…). In addition, the US Presidential Elections are over (finally!), as Barack Obama posted a decisive win by sweeping most of the swing states, including mine, Ohio. Moreover, it was a quiet week for me, as I’ve finally gotten back into my normal routine following back-to-back trips to England for Handheld Learning 2008 (for great round-ups of posts, videos, and presentations, see here and here) and Taiwan for the APEC Cyber Academy Conference.

Let’s take a look at this week’s contributions. Money and the economy seem to be the main theme here.

The folks at the mjelly blog list 7 reasons why the mobile internet and mobile 2.0 can survive the credit crunch; definitely a timely post!

Andreas Constantinou at Vision Mobile points out that “Mobile software is critical to the function of both the handset itself and the mobile industry as a whole. But the revenue potential of mobile software is changing in a very symmetrical way: it’s migrating from embedded pre-load software, to downloadable, post-sales software.” Make sure to catch the comment section at the end of this post as well.

M. Raddedas sent a post on iSkoot’s investment to build an applications platform for AT&T – “it’s a little cynical but I think a cash injection of that size for those aims in this financial climate deserves a little cynicism :)” Hop on over to the Techype blog, which provides a “cynical insider view of the mobile industry, sorting the wheat from the considerable chaff in one of the most overhyped tech sectors of today using a blog – the favoured communications tool of the other most hyped technology of today. Expect no mercy, but we will be nice when it’s deserved and constructive in our criticism.” (just had to add this tagline 😉 ).

Dennis Bournique at WAP Review contributed an extensive review of another event, the 2008 Mobile 2.0 event in San Francisco. It looks like it was a great event. Unfortunately the links to Part 2 of this review did not work, so Dennis, if you read this post, please fix them, I’m sure Carnival readers (myself included) would love to see what else you wrote about Mobile 2.0.  [update: the links to part 2 now work. Thanks for fixing them!!]

Ajit Jaokar from the Open Gardens blog makes the argument that it is much more important for telecoms to know their customers than owning them and that three things are needed to do so.

Dean Bubley submitted not one but two posts. The first one is entitled Mobile broadband – O2 highlights dissatisfaction and returns management, discussing O2’s recent struggles with its mobile broadband offerings. Dean’s other post, “Redefining “Telco Grade” for the Mobile Internet era“, has him “wondering whether concepts, which are heavily rooted in a world where telecoms was all about voice sessions and dialtone, are in need of a serious update.”

Finally, from the world of education and learning, with some election coverage thrown in for good measure are the following posts: 

Judy Breck proposes in her contribution that the future smartphone arena for learning is the Internet. I would definitely agree with her on that one (and this is my pick for post of the week), as learning while mobile seems to depend increasingly on the convergence of mobile, wireless, and connectivity. A case in point would be the recent Presidential Elections, as discussed in various posts on the SmartMob blog, including a “Smart Guide to the U.S. Elections” by Mark Kramer and Judy Breck’s analysis “Why this Presidential election is historic” In fact, it seems that public participation in the government (post-election) is increasingly facilitated by web-based (and mobile) technologies, as is discussed in “User generated dialog with the President-Elect.

And there you have it, another Carnival for the books. Next week’s Carnival is hosted by Mippin Blog. For details on the Carnival, how to contribute, and how to become a host, please visit the Carnival of the Mobilists website. As usual, please send your contributions to