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[26 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Thanks to my great twitter network, I had a few people forward me this fantastic link. Students are now able to turn their mobile phones into sophisticated mathematics tools.
Here is a link to a site which offers a programme you are able to download to your phone in order to turn it in to a graphics calculator.

For those who haven’t downloaded to phone before, this is a programme that runs on your phone so does not require on-going internet connection in order to use it. There are a …

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[9 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

Following a comment from Alexander Hayes requesting more info about my project I wrote a rather lengthy email about my views on this whole topic of mobile learning… then after trawling around on the web for a while I found a couple of links that backed up what I was saying and it all became clear as to what I was trying to say…
Here is an excerpt from the email I wrote to Alexander Hayes:

I am interested in the seamless integration of this technology - kids just needing information so …

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[9 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

Very cool initiative! Myartspace - Currently taken on by 3 cultural locations, at the moment they are all museums, the venues provide a class set of mobile phones to students from visiting schools.
The students are able to take photos and add them to their gallery - all ready for easy access and discussion the following day at school.  What a great idea - often in museums we are so swamped with new things we forget the first thing we see which is often just as impressive as the last …

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[8 Apr 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Ewan McIntosh has written a great article here endorsing the use of mobile phones in education and is calling for feedback to this article.  No doubt the same old arguments will come out but namely that of “text language is bad for literacy” and my ultimate favourite (which has actually been said to me of my teaching before) “we should be teaching students to interact with each other not to talk to computers or pieces of technology”.
Here is the response I wrote to Ewan’s article.
Mobile phones allow us the ability …

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[8 Apr 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

I have just been reading a fantastic blog by a mathematics teacher in India who is trying to find new ways of teaching maths to improve engagement and enjoyment in the subject.
Here is a summary of the ways this teacher is using mobile phones in their mathematics classroom - see the original post here complete with links to real student examples.
Taking photos on mobile of mathematics in everyday life.
Photographing every step of a mathematics project being worked on in the maths lab.
Short videos of maths short cuts.
Transferring data via bluetooth.
All …

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[7 Apr 2008 | No Comment | ]

Today in the NZ Herald there was an article about recycling your mobile for charity - it doesn’t matter if it works or not.  All you do is drop your phone into Vodafone, Noel Leeming or Bond&Bond.
The phones are taken to Manilla where they are refurbished (creating jobs for unemployed) and then given to people who can use them in the Phillipines.
“The functional mobiles had their covers and batteries replaced by people in the Philippines, which created employment, to make them as good as new before they were given to …

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[4 Apr 2008 | One Comment | ]

Vodafone New Zealand have kindly stepped in to support the research I am doing.
The first thing I have been supplied has been a sim card so as I can explore the web from my phone.
When I first received the sim I went a few places using the phone’s standard browser. I found this really awkward and time consuming and the novelty wore off very quickly! I went to twitter and checked my mail and checked the NZ Herald site… then I was done. Pages took a long …