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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: realtimewwii@gmail.com. See translations via Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Real-Time-World-War-II/323597664320621)

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 😉


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!


Carnival of the Mobilists #164


It’s Monday, and time for another issue of the Carnival of the Mobilists. It’s an honor for me to be able to host the Carnival, and for the third time already. While the economy is hitting on some lean times, the same can not be said for the amount of submissions to the carnival this week. Thanks to everyone for some great contributions this week on a wide variety of topics. And off we go….

Mobile Applications and Development

Lots of interesting news in the area of mobile applications and development this week. Jamie Wells at Mobilestance wrote an interesting post about Google’s development of the Android OS, and wonders if Google is really commited to native app development or whether it will move its apps into the cloud once web app performance is more up to snuff. Tom Deryckere shares his visions for making Drupal a mobile CMS system. James at mjelly took the UCweb mobile browser for a test drive . Take a look at James’ post to read his review and download the browser for yourself.


Mobile Communication

We use our mobiles to communicate in lots of different ways, but Tsahi Levent-Levi at Radvision argues that mobile VoIP apps are “not really made to stick“; hop on over to his blog to find out why. On the other hand, Toni Ahonen posted a long and well-thought-through anwer to the question: 3 billion use SMS, what does that mean? In addition, Andrew Grill over at London Calling discusses a “Eureka moment with twitter + mobile + search that should be worrying the heck out of Google”.

Mobile Content

Besides communicating, we use our mobiles to access all kinds of content. Aaron Chua from Wild Illusions makes the case for the mobile ebook market picking up pace. However, Judy Breck questions whether we need to duplicate information that is already available online into packaged content for one app or another. Interesting juxtaposition…


Mobile Marketing

Some of the content comes to us in the form of advertisements. Matt Radford at allaboutiPhone.net discusses that advertising on mobile phones is most effective when you get consumers “to want to install it themselves”, by focusing on two movie tie-in iPhone apps that don’t need connectivity to deliver their message. And, once you’ve come up with that brilliant marketing strategy, Russell Buckley at mobhappy reveals 10 secrets to winning advertising awards.

Mobile Statistics

Of course, to be a successful advertiser you need access to demographics and statistics. Chetan Sharma’s wireless data market update is a comprehensive update of said market in 2008, focusing on the 4th quarter, while Andreas Constantinou looks at 8 Megatrends that are shaping the mobile industry in 2009. Volker Hirsch also chimes in with a post entitled Recession? Where?” Asks the Smartphone… “. There’s lots to be gained from these three posts, but even so, Barbara Ballard cautions us to be careful with your statistics, as published reports on mobile use leave her with more questions than answers.

Post of the Week

A difficult decision this week, but the honor of best post goes to Andrew Grill at London Calling, with Toni Ahonen’s coming in a close second. Congratulations to both on some insightful writing!

Next week’s Carnival of the Mobilists will be hosted at VisionMobile. Keep up the great writing and don’t forget to submit your posts for next week to mobilists@gmail.com. As always, both new and seasoned writers are welcome to contribute 🙂


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Carnival of the Mobilists #137

Another Monday, another Carnival, hosted this week by mobilejones. Lots of iPhone news and some twittering.

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