Monthly Archives: January 2010

ISTE SIGML Video about Mobile Learning


To gear up for its first annual video contest, SIGML just posted a short video about its Forum at the 2009 NECC Conference in Washington DC. Participants used mobile phones, QR codes, and digital content to explore the World War II Memorial and learn about its importance today:

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2010 Online Spring Focus Session

It’s turning into a busy year for mobile learning events already! Here is another one:

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2010 Online Spring Focus Session

Although mobile learning has different meanings for different communities, we know that learning is deepened and enriched when students have options for their learning for multiple paths through course content. Mobile technology not only enables students to take their learning with them beyond the physical walls of the classroom, but it also makes possible a new array of interactions in the classroom as well. Mobile learning encompasses participating in learning activities anywhere, at any time, and utilizing mobile technologies that are rapidly evolving. Possible applications of mobile technology include enabling authentic learning engagements (such as real-time data collection), spontaneous mash ups (such as populating a map with local data), synchronous interactions with classmates and subject experts, and a rich variety of interactions with course content. Precisely because of its fluidity and independence from physical boundaries, mobile learning offers vast potential to enhance all types of instruction: face-to-face, blended, and online. The goal of this focus session is to re-assess the potential of mobile technologies and identify new ways in which mobility can contribute to the learning experience.

Join us March 3-4 for “Mobile Learning 2.0: The Next Phase of Innovation in Mobility,” the 2010 ELI Online Spring Focus Session. Hosted inside an Adobe Connect learning environment, this virtual event will be much more than just a “usual” online seminar. You’ll exchange ideas and collaborate interactively with the ELI community—all without leaving your campus. You’ll also receive all the resources and guided activities you need to help frame discussion and organize team events locally in your department, college, or institution.

For more information and registration see

Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation: Breakthroughs in Mobile Learning

Got this from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center via Liz Kolb yesterday:

We are thrilled to announce that the Cooney Center Prizes for Innovation in Children’s Learning and are now accepting applications! We are hoping to get applications from a large and diverse group of researchers, developers and entrepreneurs from around the country. For our largest prize this year, we are awarding $50,000 to an innovation in mobile learning.Breakthroughs in Mobile Learning and Breakthroughs in Literacy Learning. Up to five finalists in each category will be invited to pitch their ideas to media industry and education leaders at an event held at this year’s E3 Expo. This year’s prizes include $50,000 in the Mobile Learning category and $10,000 and the opportunity to work with Sesame Workshop to turn a literacy idea into a product for national dissemination via Sesame Workshop’s revival of the iconic literacy show, The Electric Company.

The national competition is intended to identify, inspire, nurture, and scale breakthrough ideas in children’s digital media and learning.  The competition will award cash prizes and provide ongoing business planning support to innovators in children’s educational media.  The Cooney Center is challenging innovators in two categories:

Looks like an interesting competition….


Well, what was supposed to be a brief break from blogging turned into a three-month hiatus. Here is a good reason to start up again though, the SIGML book study:

The book study has started. Chapter 1 discussion questions have been posted on the book study Ning at This week’s discussion is led by Louis Loeffler. It’s not too late to sign up and participate!

Mohammed Ally’s Mobile learning: Transforming the delivery of education and training was chosen by SIGML members for the 2010 book study. It can be downloaded for free from If you’d like a hard copy, it can be ordered from Athabasca University at

So far we’ve got a good group of people but we can always use more. So head on over to the book study Ning and sign up!

Lots going on in the world of mobile learning. More on that in the next few days…