Monthly Archives: August 2009

Free Chats on Mobile Technologies for Education

It’s been quite busy on the web lately with free online chats about mobile technologies for learning. We just had

Mobile Devices Within Instruction (free webinar), August 19 2009, 12:00 PM PST (3:00 PM EST)
Archived presentation and pdf. Sponsored by: T.H.E Journal and Speak Up.

The Strengths and Challenges of Mobile Learning (online session), August 24, 2009, 1p EST.
See or for details.

The next two sessions will be:

EdWeek: Emerging Mobile Technologies for K-12 Learning, Free Online Chat, September 3, 2009, 11 am EST. for info and sign-up. Featuring Shawn Gross from Project K-Nect.

Tony Vincent’s Podcast Picks, free session, September 30, 2009, 3pm PST/6pm EST See Tony’s blog for all of the details.

It’s good to see there being so many resources out there for educators, and especially because they are free!

Handheld Learning 2009 update


As things are slowly starting to heat up for HHL 2009, here is an update from the conference. I’ll be part of the research strand this year:

The conference programme for this groups Handheld Learning Conference has recently been updated and we think that you’ll find that it presents one of the most powerful and provocative speaker line-up’s to have ever been assembled for the learning, teaching and training sectors.

Whether your interest is for learning in the Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Business or Military arena’s you will not be disappointed and will find examples of important, leading edge practice demonstrating improved learning using mobile technologies plus the opportunity to mix and network with a cross-section of thought leaders and practitioners from other sectors.

Please review the latest programme at:

The first day of the conference is the free to attend Handheld Learning Festival that features unconference meetings, fringe groups, presentations by young learners, best practice and industry showcases and ends with an evening international awards party for innovation in learning, teaching and training using mobile technologies.

Day two is the beginning of the main conference for registered delegates opening with 4 reflections on learning from

• Zenna Atkins, Chairman of Ofsted
• Malcolm McLaren, Artist
• Yvonne Roberts, Senior Associate, Young Foundation
• James Paul Gee, Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, ASU

In the afternoon there are sessions on creativity and innovation (with examples from the education, entertainment and military sectors), games for learning and social media for learning.

The evening features a social networking session over drinks.

Day three features a main morning session on inclusion covering work using mobile phones in emerging nations to home access in less affluent homes using netbooks followed by an afternoon main session on transformation that presents three examples; bridging the digital divide in South Africa using cell phones, transforming the workforce within a major US corporation, integrating mobile technology into one of the leading US universities.

Other optional sessions during the day including an extensive International Research Strand, a UK Policy Strand (supported by TDA, SSAT, LSN and PfS), Spotlight Scotland (supported by Learning & Teaching Scotland) and a session on emerging technologies and new practices.

If this wasn’t enough the conference ends with a look to the future with a 45 minute closing keynote presentation from inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil ( )

More than 1,500 delegates will attend this event over the 3 days.

The last places for the conference are now available and we recommend that you book now to avoid disappointment as we always end up having to reluctantly turn people away in the last weeks before the conference and the venue has a restricted capacity. There are no registration facilities at the venue.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #188


Hosted by Judy Breck at, Carnival #188 is a celebration of the Frog Days of Summer, featuring this week’s featured mobilist blogging that is is brimming with ideas and information.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #187


Host Jamie Wells at tells us it is typical with most summertime carnivals for the heat to bring out the passion – and Carnival #187 will not disappoint.

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Carnival of the Mobilists 184, 185, 186


They sure pile up quickly!!

#184: by the Punchcut team at

#185:’s first Carnival of the Mobilists

#186: at

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