Monthly Archives: April 2009

Picks from the App Store


Tony Vincent hosted a free professional development session for ISTE’s SIGHC yesterday called, “Picks from the App Store”. The session lasted for about an hour and was very-well attended. For more info on this session, links to the archived video and the apps that Tony demonstrated, please see his blog post.

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Handheld Learning 2009


From the organizers (and make sure to check out the research strand, which I will be coordinating):

Just a note to let members of this list know that the Handheld Learning 2009 Conference site is now online at:

This is the world’s number one conference focused on learning, teaching and mobile computing.

The theme this year is “creativity, innovation, inclusion & transformation

This years confirmed speakers include:
Malcolm McLaren, agent provocateur and artist
James Paul Gee, Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University
Gordon Shukwit, Director of IT and Learning Technologies, Apple Inc
Dr David Cavallo, Chief Learning Architect, OLPC
Sir Tim Brighouse, Former Commissioner for London Schools
Tim Rylands, Teacher and Innovator
John Davitt, International Learning Advocate
Donald Clark, e-Learning Entrepreneur

Conference dates are 5th – 7th October with the free to attend Festival Day on Monday 5th October featuring favourite sessions including:
– Learners Y Factor
– Pecha Kucha for 21st Century Educators
– The Handheld Learning Awards for Innovation

Early bird registrations receive a FREE Apple iPod Touch to keep and use during the conference.

Conference supporters include Apple & Nintendo with others soon to be announced.

Hope to see some of you there for another exciting conference!

Kind regards


This Was Supposed to Be a Day of Celebration


From CNN: “Dutch police charged a man with trying to attack the royal family Thursday after he crashed a car near a bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family, police said. Four people were killed and 13 injured in the incident in the Dutch town of Apeldoorn, about 45 miles east of Amsterdam.”

Can’t really say too much about what happened at the festivities in Apeldoorn today, other than that what happened is very sad, and will have a lasting impact in the Netherland and expatriates (like myself). What was supposed to be a festive day for the royal family and above all, the country, ended in tragedy:

Coverage from CNN, and from the NOS (in Dutch)

For background info on Queen’s Day, a national holiday in the Netherlands, see here and here.

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It’s a Busy Time for Mobile Learning, but a Good Time…


It’s been a very busy year for mobile learning, and I haven’t really had the time to write much about it. So, long overdue, here is a sampling of some of the many recent activities:

Following the Mobile Learning o9 Conference in Washington DC, I virtually participated in the 3rd WLE Mobile Learning Symposium at the end of March (some references to the symposium are here; the book of abstracts can be found here (our papers on the GeoHistorian project and mobile math are on pp. 63-68).

About two weeks later I did meet some of the Symposium’s organizers, as I served as the discussant on their forum session at AERA in San Diego, entitled “Symposium proposal entitled “Outside in and inside out: interdisciplinarity and mobile learning research”. Presentations included:

The presentations were followed by some lively discussion, as evidenced by the fact that most attendees in the audience stayed for an extra 30 minutes. For me, the forum was one of the highlights of this year’s AERA.

Today, I just finished participating in Tony Vincent’s session (archive video is here), sponsored by ISTE’s SIGHC. The hourlong session, attended by roughly 65 participants from all over the US and Canada, went virtually without a glitch, and attendees were very pleased with the content and the level of participation that allows, with live video broadcasting, chat, a twitter stream, and the possibility for members of the audience to discuss and ask questions “on the air”. I think we’ll see more of these sessions in the near future. Of course, Tony did a stellar job on his presentation! He blogs at and there are quite a few recent posts on the iPod Touch.

And speaking of blogs, Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris recently launched a blog called Tech Disruptions, hosted by District Administration. They “address topical issues that arise as technology continues in its inexorable way to engender changes in K12. Here is your opportunity to express opinions about the changes that technology has wrought.” More about Elliot and Cathie’s work in the area of mobile learning can be seen in this video by the Mobile Learning Institute.

Two new publications of note are a 320-page book entitled “Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training” edited by Mohamed Ally and published by Athabasca University is available for sale or as a free PDF download. (Click on eBook for the PDF download.); the second one is a new issue (Vol. 3, No. 2 (2009)) of the International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), providing us with a broad range of papers that are prefaced by John Traxler’s “Mobile Learning – A Snapshot of 2008”, in which he states that “Mobile learning has gained greater clarity about the significant issues and a more sharply defined research agenda” (p. 4).

Finally, I’m gearing up for NECC, where SIGHC will be renamed SIGML (Mobile Learning) and host a forum at the World War II Memorial in Washington DC (the forum is sold out already). Handheld Learning 2009  (keep an eye open for the research strand) in London and mlearn 2009 in Florida are not too far off either.


Never a dull moment …

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Carnival of the Mobilists #171

Monday came and went, and with it a new Carnival. Debuting host Abgail Adams of CatalystCode rounds up the best mobilist blogging of the week.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #170

New host Tam Hanna at TamsBlackBerry presents a very business-related Carnival 170 containing quite a few posts which are very interesting for enterprising developers.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #169

This week’s Carnival by Chetan Sharma at Always On Real-Time Access includes a selection of pictures of some of our bloggers and covers of some of the books they have written.

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