Daily Archives: April 30, 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.

Image Credit: www.ISTE.org

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.

Image Credit: “Nederland buigt het hoofd na vier doden en nog een heel stel (zwaar)gewonden in Apeldoorn” from grwsh marcel’s photostream: