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Learning Without Frontiers 2011: Mobile Research Strand Agenda Now Online

The new page with the program for the Research Strand is up at: http://www.learningwithoutfrontiers.com/research-strand/

Short URL is: http://bit.ly/lwf11-rsm

It’s also in the interactive guide at: http://lwf-london-11.sched.org/ which will soon be an iOS/Android/Blackberry App first week in January 2011. We’ve got a great line-up of speakers, so go check it out!

Handheld Learning 2009 Awards Voting Is Open


Great excitement as the finalists for this years Handheld Learning Awards for Innovation & Best Practice have been announced and are now online for public voting via non-premium rate SMS. This means that for those people who have free txt messages as part of their phone contract voting costs nothing, the system also accepts SMS votes from Skype and in an effort to be fair to those voting from overseas we count every vote from a non-UK origin phone as 2 votes.

You can review the finalists and voting details at:

Information about the awards event can be found at:

Voting ends on Monday 28th September and the winners will be announced at the Handheld Learning Awards Party hosted by Jason Bradbury on Monday 5th October so put this date in your diary!

Please show your support and appreciation for the innovation of international practitioners and tell us who you think should take home the most prestigious awards in the field of learning, teaching and mobile computing.

The Awards party brings the 12 hour, FREE to attend, Handheld Learning Festival to a close on Monday 5th Oct before the main Handheld Learning Conference begins on the 6th Oct.

If you’re not a delegate for the conference but would like to come to the free Festival then please register at:

There are still full conference passes available as well as day passes for the conference on Wednesday register at:

Review the amazing programme – from Malcolm McLaren to Ray Kurzweil at:

Confirmed speakers at:

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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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Handheld Learning 2009 update


As things are slowly starting to heat up for HHL 2009, here is an update from the conference. I’ll be part of the research strand this year:

The conference programme for this groups Handheld Learning Conference has recently been updated and we think that you’ll find that it presents one of the most powerful and provocative speaker line-up’s to have ever been assembled for the learning, teaching and training sectors.

Whether your interest is for learning in the Primary, Secondary, Higher Education, Business or Military arena’s you will not be disappointed and will find examples of important, leading edge practice demonstrating improved learning using mobile technologies plus the opportunity to mix and network with a cross-section of thought leaders and practitioners from other sectors.

Please review the latest programme at:

The first day of the conference is the free to attend Handheld Learning Festival that features unconference meetings, fringe groups, presentations by young learners, best practice and industry showcases and ends with an evening international awards party for innovation in learning, teaching and training using mobile technologies.

Day two is the beginning of the main conference for registered delegates opening with 4 reflections on learning from

• Zenna Atkins, Chairman of Ofsted
• Malcolm McLaren, Artist
• Yvonne Roberts, Senior Associate, Young Foundation
• James Paul Gee, Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, ASU

In the afternoon there are sessions on creativity and innovation (with examples from the education, entertainment and military sectors), games for learning and social media for learning.

The evening features a social networking session over drinks.

Day three features a main morning session on inclusion covering work using mobile phones in emerging nations to home access in less affluent homes using netbooks followed by an afternoon main session on transformation that presents three examples; bridging the digital divide in South Africa using cell phones, transforming the workforce within a major US corporation, integrating mobile technology into one of the leading US universities.

Other optional sessions during the day including an extensive International Research Strand, a UK Policy Strand (supported by TDA, SSAT, LSN and PfS), Spotlight Scotland (supported by Learning & Teaching Scotland) and a session on emerging technologies and new practices.

If this wasn’t enough the conference ends with a look to the future with a 45 minute closing keynote presentation from inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil (http://bit.ly/eHwzg )

More than 1,500 delegates will attend this event over the 3 days.

The last places for the conference are now available and we recommend that you book now to avoid disappointment as we always end up having to reluctantly turn people away in the last weeks before the conference and the venue has a restricted capacity. There are no registration facilities at the venue.

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Handheld Learning 2009 Deadlines

Dear Colleague

This newsletter is to remind you about some important deadlines that are fast approaching for this years Handheld Learning Conference – the #1 event for innovation in learning assisted by mobile computing technologies from smart phones to netbooks and the technologies already embedded in the lives of learners.

  • Early bird registration, free iPod touch & save £100* >>>
  • Handheld Learning Awards for Innovation >>>
  • Learners Y Factor >>>

*conditions apply

Early Bird Registration before July 31st

Register by July 31st for £325, save £100 and receive a free iPod touch!

We have just 750 seats for the main conference this year, more than half of these places have already been taken. Please book now to avoid disappointment.

For international delegates we also recommend early booking of flights through our official airline carrier, Virgin Atlantic, who are providing at least 5% discount off lowest published fares.

Register here

Conference programme here.

Confirmed speakers here


Nomination deadline: July 10th

One of the best award parties of last year with a refreshing, benchmark setting, approach to identifying and celebrating innovation amongst international practitioners and organisations.

See photo’s from last years Awards here

Without commercial or agency bias, anybody is free to nominate themselves or those individuals or organisations who they believe have innovated to improve learning, teaching or training using mobile computing technologies. A panel of independent judges produce a shortlist of finalists from these nominations, then the winners are decided by public vote using non-premium rate SMS.

Winners are announced at a free to attend party for 600 people on Monday 5th October.

This is your opportunity to celebrate your colleagues and the fast paced innovation happening in this area.

Please nominate here


Submission deadline: July 10th

A very successful part of our free Handheld Learning Festival day where 5 teams or individuals aged 6-16 are selected to present their innovative learning techniques or projects to an audience of up to 100 delegates and a panel of friendly judges.

See photo’s from last years Y Factor here

A terrific way of involving learners in the conference whilst providing the opportunity to share some of their experiences and knowledge of the technologies that are already embedded in their everyday lives. All participants receive gifts with the winning presentation being given the opportunity to present to the main conference the following day.

If you know of young learners that are doing something wonderfully new and innovative then please encourage them to make a submission and get involved, it is entirely free and great fun.

Make your submission here

Thank you for reading. Please help us spread the news about this event by forwarding this email to your colleagues and do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

Register now and see you October!

The Handheld Learning Team (meet us)
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Proposal Submission for HHL 2009 Research Strand: Only One Week Left!!


This message serves as a friendly reminder that there is only one week left to submit your abstract proposals for Handheld Learning 2009. We are looking forward to receiving a substantial number of quality proposals by Friday, June 12, 2009. We currently have enough reviewers. If you have any questions about the paper submissions, please contact the chair of the HHL 2009 research strand, Mark van ‘t Hooft, at mvanthoo@kent.edu. Details about submitting a proposal as well as the online submission form can be found here

Thanks for looking (and submitting)!!

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Handheld Learning 2009, Learners Y Factor



Dear Colleague

Do you know of learners under the age of 16 that are doing something innovative, different and interesting that gives their learning the “Y” factor?

Would they like to share their story with others and enter a fun game where the final will be held in London on Monday 5th October?

Apply here.


What is the “Y” Factor?

Well, it means different things to different people ranging from ” Y bother?” to “Y it works” or if you want to be a smarty pants you could say that it represents a learning style characterised by Millennial learners or learners of “Generation Y” – the children of the digital revolution.

But whatever the meaning, here is a great opportunity to showcase the innovation and ingenuity being demonstrated by young learners everywhere who are using the latest digital technologies to enhance their formal or informal learning.

Such technologies might include:

  • inexpensive mobile computers, including netbooks
  • social media
  • smart phones
  • mp3 and personal media players
  • game consoles

But feel free to “innovate within the rules” because that’s the key to the game – a bit like British politics! 😉


How to enter?

It’s all free!

The Learners Y Factor takes place as part of the free to attend Handheld Learning Festival in London that precedes the annual Handheld Learning Conference – the worlds largest conference about learning, teaching and mobile computing. A free iPod touch for every delegate (conditions apply).

Entries may be from individuals or teams of up to 4 players who are aged between 6 and 16 on October 5th 2009.

Entries will be reviewed and those successful will be invited to London to present their work to a panel of judges and a live audience. Those invited will receive gifts and the entry that, in the opinion of the judges and audience, demonstrates the most “Y” factor will be invited to present in the main Handheld Learning Conference on October 6th.

Closing date for entries is July 10th.

See last years winner – Radstock Primary School – here

For more information and to make an application click here

Good luck!

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