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LWF 2011 Late-Breaking Papers Due by Nov. 29, 2010

Are you doing something great in the area of mobile learning? Want to present about it in London at the 2011 Learning Without Frontiers Conference? If your answer is “yes”, this notice is for you:

Late-breaking papers for the 2011 Learning Without Frontiers Conference in London are due by November 29, 2010. Details about paper formatting and submission can be found at We are no longer accepting proposals for short or long papers.

Full conference details can be accessed at The conference will be held Jan. 9-11, 2011 in London.

Papers should be submitted to mvanthoo at (please put “LWF 2011 late breaking paper submission” in the subject line). Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at this email account as well.

Mobile Learning Presentation at Miami U Mobile Learning Summit

I presented “Putting Mobile” Back into Mobile Learning” at the Miami University M-Learning Summit in Oxford, Ohio last week. The presentation slides can be found here. The main gist of the presentation is that there seems to be an increasing emphasis on mobile learning in the classroom (oxymoron anyone?), at the cost of the affordances that mobile devices provide, i.e. mobility!!

And BTW, John Traxler recently wrote an excellent post with some of his latest thinking about mobile learning, which is very similar to mine. His argument is one of disruption, i.e. the changes that mobile tools force upon learning with regards to where, when, and how we learn…

LWF2011: Deadline Mobile Learning Research Abstracts Extended

The call for video abstracts for the mobile research strand of the Learning Without Frontiers 2011 conference has been extended until Friday, September 24, 2010. Submit yours today!! The conference itself will be in London on January 9-11, 2011.

Learning Without Frontiers 2011: Call for Research Abstracts (Formerly Handheld Learning 2010)

There have been many changes in the UK in recent month, including in education. One result is that the Handheld Learning conference has been subsumed under the Learning Without Frontiers name. The call for video abstracts for the mobile research strand of this conference is now open, so click on over and submit yours today!! Abstracts are due by September 10, 2010. The conference itself will be in London on January 9-11, 2011.

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Ed Week’s 2010 Technology Counts: It’s All About Mobile!

Education Week just released its annual Technology Counts issue. This year it focuses on mobile learning! Note that there is very little content about laptops (which by many are not considered to be part of mobile learning). Here is the table of contents:

But lack of research on the educational impact of portable tech tools is a problem.
Much like the shifting landscape in K-12 educational technology, this year’s Technology Counts is changing to address the challenges of covering schools in the digital age.
Profiles: Laptops
Sustaining a laptop program at a middle school in Michigan requires a wireless vision and parent purchasing power.

EXPERT ADVICE: Wireless Issues

Profiles: iPods
Although still banned by many schools, a growing number of others are using iPods and other MP3 players as educational accessories.
Profiles: TeacherMates
TeacherMate—a Game Boy-like device—is now being used by 40,000 students in 15 states with the aim to improve the reading skills of K-2 students.

VIDEO: TeacherMates in Action Watch Video

Profiles: Smartphones
A project to use the devices as teaching and learning tools is showing promising results.
Paying for initiatives that use portable tech tools goes far beyond the initial cost of the devices.
Best practices are emerging as more educators use the devices in their classrooms.
Developing meaningful lessons that fit the constraints of small-screen devices is a challenge.
Mobile learning is gaining momentum at colleges and universities faster than in K-12.
Educators are finding innovative ways to bring education to students in remote areas.

Tracking Trends

A growing number of studies in the U.S. and abroad is helping to build a better case for using portable digital tools.
This year, the Technology Counts data section shifts its focus from a state to a district lens, offering a host of charts showing how local schools and districts are using standard and emerging technologies to improve education.

DATA: Ed-Tech Stats

Three ed-tech researchers discuss important issues surrounding the use of cellphones, laptops, and other computing devices for teaching and learning.

AUDIO Q&A: Expert Perspective Listen to Audio

Mobile Learning Round-Up, Week 36

Well, this mobile learning round-up may become a regular feature here, hence the week number on the post. We’ll see… Lots of interesting stuff again this week:

Mobile Learning Stuff:

Texting? No, just trying to read chapter 6. According to the author of this New York Times article,

IN our digital age, miniaturization rules. This is a welcome thing — in most cases. Squeezing two billion transistors onto a small chip? All good. Squeezing an enormous printed textbook down to iPhone-size? Not so good. … Once cracked open, two facing pages supply about 155 square inches of real estate … The iPhone has a grand total of six square inches of display. In my opinion, no amount of ingenuity will enable textbooks to squeeze into a credit-card-size space.

Apple uses a tagline in its iPhone commercials — “There’s an app for that”— to convey the idea that its phone is adaptable to almost any purpose. But an app that makes the double-page spread in a printed textbook easily readable on the iPhone? There’s no app for that.

And yes, there is no app for that. the makers of the eTextbooks app for the iPhone are completely missing the point. A mobile device is not designed for displaying huge amounts of texts, let alone text that seems to be directly scanned from the textbook!! (take a look at the image from the NYT article and you’ll see what I mean). Just another ploy by textbook companies to make a buck, but I dont’ think this one is going to fly.

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Mobile Learning Projects:

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Schwyz, Switzerland. As a part of a 2year mobile learning pilot project, a class of fifth graders receive a free iPhone 3Gs. The kids can also use the mobile in their time away from school. The idea of the project is to help them integrate the phone into their “learning lives”

(via the mlearningblog).

I like this concept of “learning lives”, which nicely captures the affordances of mobile technologies for learning. A cursory look at the school’s blog (translated version) shows that this is a new project that aims at the following:

The children should use the device inside and outside the school as part of their personal learning and working environment and thus emancipated, and learn to deal critically with the future increasingly available information and communication technology (ICT).

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ACU’s iPhone initiative: A year later (again via the mlearningblog), is an older post, but an interesting one nonetheless, because it reports on a conversation with the project team at ACU that to date has rolled out one of the largest iPhone projects in an educational setting. While they reported some of their earlier findings at the Mobile Learning Conference 2009 in DC, they now provide some more substantial findings (more of these to be presented in the research strand at Handheld Learning 2009 in October).


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The always prolific Tony Vincent has posted iPods Episode #18: iPod Touch Basics, a brief overview of what beginning users should know. Includes video and text transcript. Very useful…

Mobile Technology News:

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Of course the big event this week was Apple’s It’s Only Rock and Roll (held on 9/9/09 no less). It did not feature the release of a new iPod Touch with camera as many had speculated. Are there  some glitches with the device, will we see it soon, or ever? In anticipation of the event,  prices on various current iPods were slashed. The big news at the event was the release of a new iPod nano with video camera (see also here), pedometer, mic and speaker, as well as an FM radio (beating Microsoft to the punch?). Interesting choice, and it turns out that all the hype around a new iPod touch with camera was just hype, or was it? I’d have rather seen the touch than the nano with a camera for educational purposes, but it seems that Apple is really focusing more on the devices’ price points and maybe is looking for a way to build an iPod touch with camera at a decent cost. While cost was not a real focus of the presentation, it seemed to be implicitly present nonetheless.

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Microsoft, not wanting to stay behind, is trying to revive mobile, according to BBC News. Analysts are calling this effort (Windows Mobile 6.5) “lame, lame, lame, to say the least,” said Paul Rubens of”.

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Meanwhile, ASUS is planning a dual screen Eee reader, that is slated to become one of the cheapest e-book readers out there.

Image Credit: Gizmodo

Palm is following its Palm Pre with the Palm Pixi, a smaller version of the Pre. No wifi though and it seems to be somewhat less powerful.

So … all in all another busy week in the world of mobile and mobile learning!

Handheld Learning 2009, the Best Is Yet to Come…


Update for the HHL 2009 Conference:

With only weeks to go until our communities annual conference activities are somewhat hectic at our new trendy kinder bunker in Shoreditch :-), 70% of our delegate allocation for the conference has now been taken and with schools and universities now coming back on stream after the break the remaining places are sure to go.

If you haven’t yet registered and didn’t benefit from the early bird scheme we have a special code for our members which is revealed if you go to the HHL site in the Speak Easy Lounge, log-in and visit this link:

The first day of the conference is FREE to attend A full 3 day pass that includes all sessions, refreshments, lunches and social receptions is £375 A one day pass for Wednesday 7th Oct which includes the research strand, UK policy strand and Ray Kurzweil keynote is £225.

Latest news about the conference including press releases (Ray Kurzweil vs Malcolm McLaren vs Ofsted) and latest newsletters can be found at:

Finalists for the Handheld Learning Awards have been announced at:

Voting via non-premium rate SMS will start at the end of this week.

We are still seeking learners age 6-16 who would like to come to London to present on the first day of the conference (FREE to attend for ALL) as part of the Learners Y Factor. More info at

As always there’s lots of discussion on the forum so please get involved at:

Marc Prensky asks the question “Should a 4 year old have an iPhone?. What do you think?

Keep visiting the site and we look forward to seeing many of you at the Conference in October!

All the best,
Graham and The Learning Without Frontiers Team
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