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Handheld Learning 2009: Award Nominations


Dear Colleague

Are you a practitioner, service provider, organisation, developer or manufacturer doing something innovative or transformational in learning, teaching or training using mobile computing technologies?

Do you know of someone or an organisation that is?

We very much want to hear about them as part of the Handheld Learning and Innovation Awards 2009, otherwise known as the “Handys”!

Nominate here.


The Categories

There are award categories for

  • primary learning
  • secondary learning
  • tertiary & higher learning
  • training & business
  • special needs

In each category we are seeking a practitioner and an innovation. There is also a special achievement award for the individual who it is believed has had the most impact on learning, teaching and mobile computing during the past 12 months.

Now in its second year the Handys is a rare opportunity to celebrate the hero’s who are often at the sharp end of innovation in the world of learning and teaching practice – where real innovation is often not recognised or rewarded.

Rather than being a stuffy dinner jacket affair, like so many back-slapping award shows, the Handys is almost unique in its accessibility for real practitioners to attend (it’s free) and the democratic and unbiased way in which finalists and winners are found.

That doesn’t mean that it’s a slapdash affair. Far from it. More than 600 people attended the 2008 Handys and enjoyed an evening of spirited entertainment, snacks, dancing, socialising and a good hearted celebration of each others achievements in one of London’s most agreeable, award winning venues. See the pictures here & find out who won last year here.


How does it work?

Nominations can be made by anyone for anyone including themselves. It is the same process for organisations or businesses.

You can make as many nominations across all categories as you wish although duplicate nominations for the same person or organisation won’t affect the shortlisting process.

Nominations must be received by Friday July 10th.

After this date an independent panel of judges will shortlist the nominations and the finalists will be announced. Then all awards, with the exception of the special achievement award, will be subject to public vote via SMS.

The winners will be announced at the party on the evening of Monday 5th October.

Ask anybody who came last year, this is one party not to be missed!

So what are you waiting for?

Get nominating & good luck!

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Carnival of the Mobilists #176

According to Vero over at the Taptu blog:

This past weekend was beautifully sunny in the UK, and the air is full of positive vibes, great hope and the smell of BBQ as we approach the Summer Solstice. This Carnival seems to breathe that same air of growth and progress in bringing people together through mobile technology.

To contribute to the Carnival, send your entries to

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Handheld Learning 2009, Learners Y Factor



Dear Colleague

Do you know of learners under the age of 16 that are doing something innovative, different and interesting that gives their learning the “Y” factor?

Would they like to share their story with others and enter a fun game where the final will be held in London on Monday 5th October?

Apply here.


What is the “Y” Factor?

Well, it means different things to different people ranging from ” Y bother?” to “Y it works” or if you want to be a smarty pants you could say that it represents a learning style characterised by Millennial learners or learners of “Generation Y” – the children of the digital revolution.

But whatever the meaning, here is a great opportunity to showcase the innovation and ingenuity being demonstrated by young learners everywhere who are using the latest digital technologies to enhance their formal or informal learning.

Such technologies might include:

  • inexpensive mobile computers, including netbooks
  • social media
  • smart phones
  • mp3 and personal media players
  • game consoles

But feel free to “innovate within the rules” because that’s the key to the game – a bit like British politics! 😉


How to enter?

It’s all free!

The Learners Y Factor takes place as part of the free to attend Handheld Learning Festival in London that precedes the annual Handheld Learning Conference – the worlds largest conference about learning, teaching and mobile computing. A free iPod touch for every delegate (conditions apply).

Entries may be from individuals or teams of up to 4 players who are aged between 6 and 16 on October 5th 2009.

Entries will be reviewed and those successful will be invited to London to present their work to a panel of judges and a live audience. Those invited will receive gifts and the entry that, in the opinion of the judges and audience, demonstrates the most “Y” factor will be invited to present in the main Handheld Learning Conference on October 6th.

Closing date for entries is July 10th.

See last years winner – Radstock Primary School – here

For more information and to make an application click here

Good luck!

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