Monthly Archives: May 2009

Handheld Learning 2009: Research Strand Submissions Reminder


Just an advance reminder that abstract proposals for the research strand of Handheld Learning 2009 are due by June 12, 2009. Note that this is an excellent venue for young or beginning researchers in mobile learning (including students) to share their work.

In addition, if you are interested in reviewing, you can still sign up for that too. We already have some reviewers but we can always use more.

Looking forward to many good submissions!

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Future Vision of Mobile Media


Ran across this video via Andy Black’s blog. It was made by MOCOM 2020, a non-profit open think tank for mobile media and communication worldwide. It provides an interesting, provocative, and somewhat scary (a la Big Brother) look at what the future of mobile media might look like:

And, like Andy, this makes me really wonder what the future of mobile will bring for learning, and even more so for education…

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Carnival of the Mobilists #175

“This week MOBIFY is proud to host the amazing Carnival of the Mobilists! Even though USA is having a long weekend, the number of submissions from there and around the world was great. Let’s see what the best mobile blogs have in store for us this week.” So hop on over to find out!!

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Another Mobile Round Up of Sorts


News about mobile tools in education abound lately. Here is an overview of some of the most recent articles on the web:

Mobile Tools in K-16

The University of Missouri’s School of Journalism has made an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch a requirement for incoming freshman, but school officials said the rule won’t be enforced. Read the article to find out why.

The University of Virginia is wondering “When every student has a laptop, why run computer labs?” In 2007, only 4 of 3,117 freshmen showed up without one. So are the savings of not running labs worth it?

In Japan, Tokyo-based university Aoyama Gakuin gives a free iPhone to students in the School of Social Informatics. However, they use it as a tracking device. Find out here how (via CrunchGear).

As school leaders ponder the implications of new technologies for their classrooms, one dedicated New Jersey educator has turned theory into practice, using the iPod to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

This new paper describes how Australian teachers are using the iPhone and iPod Touch to A. assist them as Educators, and B. to enhance learning. As such, it presents a vital survey of apps and ideas to be shared with other teachers also beginning to use this platform. (via mlearning world).

QR Codes

We’ve been preparing for our mobile learning Forum at NECC, where we’ll make use of QR codes for learning as part of our GeoHistorian Project. Here is an interesting post about QR codes in Japan, that shows how popular they have become there.

Some examples of QR code use in education and then some more come from Mr. Robbo from Australia, with a link to Andy Ramsden’s paper about QR code use in education as well.

Another useful application of QR codes could be in libraries

Want to know more about the various uses of QR codes? Check out CodeZQR’s blog!

Despite their potential, Trendplanner asks if QR codes will ever take off outside of Japan. According to the post, the UK isn’t quite ready yet, I wonder if the same is the case for the USA.

Mobile Learning Events

In Heerlen, the Netherlands, my home country, the Surf Academy recently hosted a spring school on mobile learning. Wilfred Rubens posted some notes from one of the keynotes. The post is in Dutch, but in a nutshell, the keynote speaker, Matthijs Leendertse of TNO argues that mobile learning can aid educators in reaching four goals of education: interactivity, collaboration, anywhere anytime access, and creating opportunities for informal learning.

North Rowan High School is sponsoring an Open House on Thursday, May 21, 2009 to showcase the new iPod touch Digital Learning Environment program that began this current school year at North Rowan High for all ninth-graders.  

eLearning Africa, the 4th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training will be held on May 27 – 29, 2009 in  . The conference always has a focus on mobile learning, given the number of mobile devices available and the lack of reliable terrestrial Internet access in Africa.


And finally, here is a way to modify your standard WIFI antenna into one just like the $30 range extender antennas for about 5 cents, using a screw, a piece of wire, and a straw. Not sure how well it works, but it seems easy enough to try.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #174

Jump into the Carnival car with a bunch of rambunctious boys to tour the best blogging of the week showcased on Mobile Broadband Blog’s Carnival of the Mobilists #174.

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Handheld Learning 2009, Call for Proposals


And for good measure, here is the general call for Handheld Learning 2009. This year’s conference should be another really good one:

This year’s theme is “Creativity, Innovation, Inclusion & Transformation” recognising that 2009 is the European year of creativity and innovation, and the value these elements have to learning, whilst identifying that real transformation will only occur following universal inclusion e.g. Home Access.

Over 3 stimulating days this group will demonstrate, debate and explore how mobile technologies such as phones, entertainment devices, GPS locators, and netbooks can be deployed to enable transformational improvements in learning across schools, home, further education, training and business.

As always the conference will stage an excellent mix of inspirational talks from leading thinkers and practitioners, lively interactive debates, learners and practitioner showcases, special interest breakouts, networking and social sessions, plus an exhibition featuring the principle industry leaders.

Final date for proposal submissions is June 19th with notification of acceptance by July 31st.

This is your opportunity to participate as a presenter, facilitator or panellist at this year’s conference.

  • We are looking for examples of innovation in learning and teaching practice at all levels from primary to secondary to higher education and beyond.
  • We are interested in hearing about initiatives that clearly demonstrate, backed by evidence, improvements in attainment achieved using mobile computing technologies such as mobile phones, smart phones, entertainment devices, GPS locators, Internet tablets and netbooks.
  • We welcome submissions from all sections of the community including academics, researchers, practitioners, learners, software developers, device manufacturers, policy makers, school leaders, training specialists and those working outside of traditional learning environments.

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Call for Research Papers, Handheld Learning 2009


Learning, Teaching & Mobile Computing

The call for papers as part of the Research Strand for the Handheld Learning 2009 Conference is now active at:

This year the conference is working in association with Kent State University’s Research Center for Educational Technology to ensure that successful papers presented at the conference will be published in a special edition of the Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology (ISSN 1948-075X).

Deadlines are as follows:

  • June 12 – Abstract proposals due
  • June 19 – Notification of acceptance
  • August 3 – Papers due
  • August 31 – Reviews back to authors
  • September 18 – Final papers due
  • Oct 5th – 7th – The Conference

The abstract review process will be double blind. Additional reviewers are also invited and should contact Mark van’t Hooft ( We look forward to your participation.

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