Monthly Archives: January 2012

IJMBL Vol. 4 No. 1 Is Out

The latest issue of the International Journal for Mobile and Blended Learning has just been published. It contains a couple of articles from the mobile research strand at the 2011 Learning Without Frontiers Conference that I chaired. My introduction to those articles can be found here. It’s sort of ironic this issue is being published now, as Learning Without Frontiers 12 is taking place in London this week.

Mobile 2012 Conference

I went to this conference in Phoenix last year, and it was great, so I highly recommend it. Here is some news I just got from the Mobile 2012 organizers:


The Arizona K12 Center is excited to bring you Mobile Learning Experience 2012!  If you haven’t already registered and you are interested in attending again this year, good news…we extended Early Bird rates until this Sunday, January 29th!  Attached is a flyer with more information, we hope to see you there!

For registration and information visit us at

Arizona K12 Center

ISTE SIGML January 2012 Webinar

ISTE’s SIGML is hosting its first webinar of this year on Tuesday, January 24. Please click on the image below for the flyer with all of the information. You can register here.

Next GeoHistorian QR Marker in Downtown Kent

The QR code marker for the former Thompson Grocery store has now been installed by Sue Nelson at her design store on South Water Street:

GeoHistorian Another QR Code Marker Installed

The next QR code marker we installed for the GeoHistorian Project is located at Franklin Township Hall in Kent:

GeoHistorian: Round Two of QR Code Marker Installation Begins

We installed several new QR code markers for the GeoHistorian Project in downtown Kent this morning, including:

Ray’s Place (former Thompson Drug and Central Hotel)

Link Block

Standing Rock Cemetery


Kent Stage

One marker was dropped off at Sue Nelson Design to be installed for us, and I’ll post better pictures of the Franklin Township Hall marker as soon as the glue dries 😉

Using Twitter to Recreate WWII in “Real Time”

Real Time World War II (@RealTimeWWII) is one of the more interesting applications of digital technology for learning about history I’ve run across lately. According to sources such as the BBC, NY TimesGizmodo and TNW, the idea came from Alwyn Collinson, a 24-year-old Oxford graduate in history. According to the feed itself, RealTime WWII is

Livetweeting the 2nd World War, as it happens on this date & time in 1940, & for 6 years to come. Contact: See translations via Facebook (

I really like this innovative use of a digital technology to help users more directly “experience” a historical event. I could also see this idea being applied for use in K-12 social studies education with events of a shorter duration or more limited scope. And while others are sceptical, I for one hope that Alwyn will be able to keep posting his WWII tweets for the next five years 😉