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[28 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

A week or so ago, I gave a couple of presentations to members of the Hamilton Journey Cluster.  A slideshow of that presentation is in an earlier post here.
At the end of the presentation, a lady asked if I knew of a way to block unwanted callers from her child’s cellphone.
Today I stumbled across a solution - although only for Symbian 60 phones (later model phones using the Symbian 60 operating system).
Go to symbian-freak for more information and to download the application.

StopCall is a free application that allows you …

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[23 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

I have been trying to decide which polling application to go with when I go out in to schools next term.
I have decided to use polleverywhere over PollDaddy.
PollDaddy is great for quick polls embedded in to websites etc. However, Polleverywhere is much more flexible. You are able to embed your poll in your website or powerpoint and have participants both vote and view this way or use their website and view the poll full screen.
The other thing I REALLY like about polleverywhere is that you are able to vote …

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[19 Jul 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Yesterday I gave a couple of presentations to a group of teachers in an ICT PD cluster here in Hamilton.  The day finished off with me going to dinner with Westley Field of Skoolaberate who was the conference key-note.  This was a great opportunity for me as I hadn’t been able to make it to any of his key-notes.  Much of the reading I have been doing of late has been around the idea of the implementation of new technology in education and in particular I have been focusing on …

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[15 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

If you are interested in the basics of QR Codes and how to get a reader, see my earlier post here.
Currently, I am having a problem with navigating to web pages via QR Code.  The problem is that once the code has been scanned and it comes up with the URL you are able to connect to the website but only through the phone’s standard browser - which is hopeless unless the site is mobile optimised (most aren’t).
 
I want to change the phone’s default browser to OperaMini but this seems …

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[14 Jul 2008 | No Comment | ]

Mobile Study is a great site for making quizzes to run on mobiles.  Students could make their own quizzes and share them, or they can be teacher made.
The quizzes can be downloaded by a variety of methods although my favourite is via QR Code.  The quiz installs on the phone and you start it like you would a normal application.  Quizzes can contain images if you wish.  Quizzes can also be integrated in to Moodle information here.

Use your QR reader to download this quiz about the Olympics straight to your …

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[11 Jul 2008 | One Comment | ]

One of the biggest concerns for teachers is that of the time it takes to navigate the mobile web - particularly when both teacher and student are getting used to the mini-screen of the mobile and the command systems.
QR Codes - or Quick Response Codes, I believe, have the potential to make this a non-issue. You simply install a QR Reader application on your phone and then whenever you see a QR Code, open the application, take a photo of the code and just like a barcode your phone …

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[11 Jul 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Vodafone NZ have kindly stepped in to support my research.
They have supplied me with a class set of 30 Vodafone 715s.

It has been interesting trying to work out a system to charge them! But I have gone with 2 x 4 plug multi-boards - charging 8 phones at a time.
Today I received a courier package containing 30 x 128k Sims for my phones! It is exciting to see this project really starting to take shape! It has taken a while to organise but as of next term 2 lucky …

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[8 Jul 2008 | One Comment | ]

A copy of my research plan for viewing and PDF download is available by clicking the tab at the top of the page.