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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 http://www.learningwithoutfrontiers.com/research-strand/. We are no longer accepting proposals for short or long papers.

Full conference details can be accessed at http://www.learningwithoutfrontiers.com/lwf-london-2011/. The conference will be held Jan. 9-11, 2011 in London.

Papers should be submitted to mvanthoo at kent.edu (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.

GeoHistorian Website Is Online!

As part of our NEH-funded GeoHistorian Project we’ve created a website that will serve as a repository for teacher lesson plans, materials, and project-related odds and ends. The site can be accessed at http://www.rcet.org/geohistorian. Please take a look and let me know what you think!

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…

RCET Receives NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant

Reposted from the RCET site:

The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced 28 new awards for the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program to support innovative projects in the digital humanities. RCET received one of these grants for its Geo-Historian project. The Geo-Historian project is aimed at educating K-12 students to become local historians who create digital content for an audience that transcends the walls of their classrooms. Project activities will include the creation of curriculum on how to do digital, local history, training teachers how to apply it in their classrooms, and implementation in local schools. Student-created digital content will be accessible in relevant historical locations in the City of Kent via QR codes that can be scanned with mobile phones.

The project is scheduled to begin in September 2010 and run through March 2012. Project partners include the Kent Historical Society, the Kent City Schools, and students from Kent State University’s Honors College.

For the press release and a list of all NEH awards, please click here.

As one of the project directors I’m really looking forward to getting this project started, now that it’s finally received the funding it deserves. We’ve got lots of ideas of where to go with this one, so stay tuned!

ISTE SIGML Video Contest Winners

In case you haven’t seen this yet:

The votes are in and counted!! The top three videos of the 2010 ISTE SIGML Video Contest are (in no particular order):

First, second, and third places will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the SIGML Business Meeting in Denver on Monday, June 28, 2010  (3:30-4:30 pm; CCC 303). Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated.

All video entries are available for viewing on YouTube. To see contest details, please go here.

Image credit: www.iste.org/sigml

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.

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.