Category Archives: Technology

Tweet for EdTech Today (May 12, 2010)!!

Join the campaign! Today, advocates from across the country are tweeting for education technology funding.  Funding for classroom technology is in jeopardy, but together we can make our tweets heard and urge Congress to fund the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program at $500 million for FY 2011.  President Obama provided no funding for the program in his budget, but Congress does not have to agree with this recommendation.

Tweet these sample messages throughout the day, or create your own. Encourage your neighbors and colleagues to join the twitterfest, and if you have a blog, spread the word that way.

Here are some sample tweets, mostly under 100 characters so there’s room to retweet and personalize a bit.  Or, make up your own!

*   @TomHarkin #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
*   @DavidObey #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
*   @ThadCochran #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
*   @RepToddTiahrt #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
*   Our schools need 21st century education, #EETT. Fund #edtech at $500 m
*   No funding for #edtech? No prep for 21st century. Fund #EETT at $500m
*   I support #edtech. I vote. Fund #EETT at $500m in 2011
*   As a principal/teacher/parent I know our kids need #edtech skills. Fund #EETT at $500m

Thank you for joining the effort!  Together, we can make our voices heard!

Via ISTE and ETAN

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The Mouse Turns 40!

250px-mickey_mouse_svg 

No, not that mouse, but the computer mouse, as originally designed by Douglas Engelbart in 1968. Here is the story from MSN with some interesting images. Cool stuff. 

Image Credit: http://disneycollections.blogspot.com/2008/03/mickey-mouse.html

Carnival of the Mobilists #128: The World’s Greatest Game!

This is the second time this year that I have the honor of hosting the Carnival of the Mobilists, a collection of some of the best writing about mobile over the past week. I decided to make it a sports-themed carnival this week, as Euro 2008 is in full swing and there is a carnival-like atmosphere in many of the cities of Austria and Switzerland where some very highly mobile soccer teams are playing their matches (not to mention the fact that I’m a diehard Holland fan and their performance against Italy and France so far has been nothing short of spectacular). But, we’re getting off-track. So let’s flip a coin, pick sides, and have some fun with this week’s overview of the latest happenings in the world of mobile…

Commerce

Andreas Constantinou at VisionMobile takes the opening kick-off by explaining the key revenue models used in mobile open source, a total of seven to be exact.

A quick pass to the mjelly blog reveals a very colorful post that analyzes Gaviscon’s (indigestion medicine) ads on the London underground for a branded “Journey Planner” mobile application through advertising a shortcode on the ad. Are they convinced it works? Read the post to find out.

Next, Peggy Ann Salz of msearchgroove attempts a shot at goal when pondering if there is money in mobile search syndication as she reviews BooRah, a restaurant search engine that aggregates restaurant review content and buzz to let users search for what they want how they want it. Does she score? Jog over to her blog to find out. 

New iPhone

After an exciting opening, the remainder of the first half is devoted to a dazzling display of passing and teamwork in all areas of the pitch, as the crowd is heard chanting, “iPhone, iPhone”.

Michael Mace at Mobile Opportunity shares some thoughts on the 3G iPhone announcement. He focuses on what was NOT announced, as well as things that stood out to him such as “lower” pricing and developer limits. In addition, he asks, “what’s next?”

He passes on the question to Jason Devitt at Skydeck, who gives us his predictions for the iPhone 3G (you will need to scroll down a ways as he first gives us a long list of his previous predictions. His first prediction is that Apple will blow through its original target of selling 10 million phones in 2008. For the other predictions you will need to read his post.

Andrew Grill gets in on the game by letting one of the London papers do the talking with regards to the new iPhone.

Peter Genuardi at the Connection Cafe has an attempt as well and states that improved browsing with the new iPhone will open the doors for online engagement.

Tomi Ahonen from the Communities Dominate Brands blog then responds on the counter by arguing in a long post that despite the new iPhone’s GPS capabilities, mobile services that are based purely on location based services will still not work. Read his excellent post to find out why, and what to do instead.

The folks over at the FoxTrax Blog respond with a well-played one-two this week. iPhone, therefore iAm discusses the impact of the new iPhone on companies like Garmin and TomTom. The post is countered by Pat Responds: iPhone, therefore iAm, in which the author argues that the new iPhone will not necessarily become a GPS killer.

Phew, that was a great half, time for a break!
 

Mobile Communication

The second half kicks off with mopocket’s Justin Oberman Mordy Gilden (Did I get yellow carded on that one!!), who asks what makes a smartphone smart, and comes up with a few definitions at the end of the post. Whether or not they are useful or just add to the confusion is up to you to decide.

Sachendra Yadav also submitted a dazzling one-two. The first post lists eight reasons why mobile video calls haven’t taken off. This is followed by a post that argues that there may be a niche market for mobile video calls after all.

Igor Faletski at Mobscure asks what the world would be like if every mobile had a standard service like Twitter.

Education and Mobile

Judy Breck proposes her  plan for education of the future in Whither Education? A 3-Part Policy: No more pencils, no textbooks, no more searching gobbledygook. What does she mean by this? Jump over to the Golden Swamp to find out. This post scores the winning goal for me!

Mobile Conferences

Dennis Bournique over at the WapReview squeezed in a last minute attempt at goal with his post about Mobile Camp SF 2, a well-written summary of this “unconference” and it just shaved the crossbar! That’s the end of the game!!

Thanks for stopping by at this episode of the Carnival of the Mobilists! The final whistle has been blown and the excitement has subsided for the time being. However, next week’s edition will be hosted by Rudy de Waele at mTrends. You can send your submissions for Rudy to mobilists@gmail.com.

Image Credits: Euro 2008 mascot from
http://www.fcfootballblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/euro-2008-mascot.jpg

“Holland – Fans” from chrchr_75’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/40826712@N00/2576670139/

“Euro 2008” from nullnullminus’ photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/nullnullminus/2565054497/

“Euro 08 – Vienna FanZone, Day 1”, from webguruAT’s photostream,
http://www.flickr.com/photos/webguru/2559786926/in/pool-euro2008people

“Euro 2008 – Holanda 4 – Francia 1” from BLOGARJONA’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/blogarjona/2576452192/

“Faces of Victory” from nacaseven’s photostream,
http://flickr.com/photos/nacaseven/2574596603/

Carnival of the Mobilists #125

Matt Radford hosts this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists at his blog allaboutiPhone.net. Nice job as a first-time host!

Image Credit: Carnival of the Mobilists, Logo:
http://www.mobili.st/images/cotm-button.jpg

Handheld Learning Presentation Proposals Due Soon!!

handheldlearning 2008

On Friday, May 30, to be exact. I’m still working on mine, how about you?

So far, all indications are that Handheld Learning 2008 is going to be the best handheld learning conference yet. The list of keynotes is first-class, and it’s worth attending the conference just to see them. However, I’m mostly looking forward to see what will happen when 1,000 people or so all have access to the same device (a Nintendo DS) for the duration of the conference.

You can register for the conference here.

 Submit your presentation proposals here.

Image Credit: www.handheldlearning2008.com

Carnival of the Mobilists #124

Hosted by Tarek Ghazali, this week’s Carnival comes to us from Egypt. The number 19 seems to be a recurring theme. Want to know why? You’ll have to read Tarek’s post to find out!

Image Credit: Carnival of the Mobilists, Logo:
http://www.mobili.st/images/cotm-button.jpg

Carnival of the Mobilists #123

First time contributor Bena Roberts over at the GoMo News blog has done a nice job of summarizing this past week’s blogging about mobile topics. Head on over and take a look!

Image Credit: Carnival of the Mobilists, Logo:
http://www.mobili.st/images/cotm-button.jpg