Monthly Archives: April 2010

SIGML Video Contest Entries Due Soon!!

Only three more days until the entries for the ISTE SIGML video contests are due!! For all the details, please visit http://sigml.iste.wikispaces.net/2010_video_contest.

We already have a few entries, and you can see them on the SIGML video contest channel on YouTube. We hope to see a lot more by the deadline, Friday, April 30, 2010, midnight PDT. Judging will commence shortly thereafter.

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Mobile Learning on the Kent State Campus

From Kent State’s e-inside, here is some information about the May 4 Walking Tour to be dedicated next week as part of the 40th anniversary of the May 4, 1970 shootings on the Kent State Campus. The walking tour will be amplified with digital content to be made available via mobile phone….

Kent State University will host a dedication ceremony for the historic May 4 site’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the opening of the new May 4 Walking Tour. The dedication will take place Monday, May 3, at 3 p.m. beginning in Room 214 of Ritchie Hall.

About the May 4 Walking Tour

The guided walking tour includes interpretive panels installed at seven stops along the walk on the historic site. The panels feature pictures, maps and written descriptions. Each trail marker focuses on different key aspects and events from May 4, 1970. A video documentary and audio complement the tour trail markers. Notable civil rights activist and NAACP Chairman Emeritus Julian Bond narrates the tour for the documentary and audio. The documentary will be demonstrated on handheld mobile devices on May 1-4. Information about these special tours will be posted at http://www.may4.kent.edu. Visitors can listen to the audio narration at any time by calling 330-672-MAY4 (6294). 

 

The walking tour is part of the Kent State May 4 Visitors Center, which will be located in Taylor Hall. Visitors may view the draft design in Room 101 of Taylor Hall from May 1-4 and follow progress at www.kent.edu/may4. Fundraising for the Kent State May 4 Visitors Center is currently underway.

About the National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation, added the May 4, 1970, site at Kent State to its list on Feb. 23, 2010. Patrick Andrus, the reviewer with the National Register of Historical Places, commented that for a site less than 50 years old to be listed acknowledges the exceptional importance of the site at Kent State.

The May 4 site covers 17.4 acres of the Kent State campus, comprising the Commons, Blanket Hill, the Prentice Hall parking lot and the Practice Field. The site is an area where the Ohio National Guard, student protestors and an active audience of observers and/or sympathizers ebbed and flowed across a central portion of the campus, beginning at approximately 11 a.m. and ending at approximately 1:30 p.m., May 4, 1970.

For more information on the 40th anniversary of May 4, 1970, at Kent State, visit the May 4 Newsroom at http://may4newsroom.kent.edu. A complete list of commemoration events is available at http://www.kent.edu/about/may4commemoration/events-listing.cfm.

 

SIGML Book Study Chapter 13: Mobile in Teacher Education

The SIGML book study is covering the last chapter of “Mobile training: Transforming the delivery and of education and training” this week. The chapter, written by Jocelyn Wishart, describes

a small-scale project, funded by the UK Teacher Development Agency, where all teachers and trainee teachers in one secondary school science department were given handheld Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) for the academic year. The aims were to build m-learning and m-teaching capacity, to enable school based associate tutors to join the e-learning community linked to the local initial teacher training course, and to encourage reflective practice amongst trainee teachers.

To find out whether or not this was successful you’ll have to hop on over to the SIGML Book Study Ning. Next week we will wrap up our discussion of the book with its editor, Dr. Mohamed Ally from Athabasca University.

There is still time!! To join the discussion, please register for free at http://sigmlbookstudy2010.ning.com/. You can download the book for free at http://www.aupress.ca/books/120155/ebook/99Z_Mohamed_Ally_2009-MobileLearning.pdf. If you’d like a hard copy, it can be ordered from Athabasca University at http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120155

Carnival of the Mobilists #220

Hosted this week by VoIP Survivor, and covering topics including Apple, the state of mobile, services, and other mobile related items.

Carnival of the Mobilists – the weekly line-up of top-notch mobile blogging from experts and mobile passionatas — the Carnival exposes you to the very best posts of the previous week, all written about mobile and gathered together in a central place. You can read the summary on the host’s site and click on any story that catches your eye. Each week, it’ll be hosted at a different site, so you can visit the Carnival and experience both new writers about mobile, as well as all your old favourites. To contribute to the Carnival, send your entries to mobilists@gmail.com.

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Carnival of the Mobilists #218

This week’s edition of the Carnival is hosted by mobsessed:

Mobilists of the world, welcome to Mobsessed, and the 218th edition of Carnival of the Mobilists. Its my first ever hosting of COTM, so feel very privileged to be part of its ongoing success.

We have quite the eclectic mix of posts this week, and for those of you who read this blog more regularly will be glad to hear there is no iPhone bashing from yours truly this week. Le’ts get the ball rolling….

Carnival of the Mobilists – the weekly line-up of top-notch mobile blogging from experts and mobile passionatas — the Carnival exposes you to the very best posts of the previous week, all written about mobile and gathered together in a central place. You can read the summary on the host’s site and click on any story that catches your eye. Each week, it’ll be hosted at a different site, so you can visit the Carnival and experience both new writers about mobile, as well as all your old favourites. To contribute to the Carnival, send your entries to mobilists@gmail.com.

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SIGML Book Study: Chapter 11 Mobile Learning in an International Distance Ed Program

The SIGML book study is now in week 11! This week’s chapter discusses the development of an m-learning component for a distance education program in Southern Africa. This component is based “on the integration of constructivist, situated, collaborative, and informal learning theories and activities” (Ally, 2009, p. 224). The argument is made that m-learning is part of a blend of approaches that are relevant if they help to solve identified problems and shortcomings of the existing approach.

To join the discussion, please register for free at http://sigmlbookstudy2010.ning.com/. You can download the book for free at http://www.aupress.ca/books/120155/ebook/99Z_Mohamed_Ally_2009-MobileLearning.pdf. If you’d like a hard copy, it can be ordered from Athabasca University at http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120155

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