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[29 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]
Podcast on Virtual Staffroom

Chris Betcher recently organised a podcast between myself and Liz Kolb.  Liz is pioneering the way for cellphones in education in America and you can read more about what she is doing in schools on her blog.  Chris managed to find a time to suit all of us across 3 time zones for a Skype chat.  He live streamed our conference call through his ustream channel which was fantastic as we had a live audience with whom we were able to interact.
The podcast sounds great.  For me it was awesome …

education, featured, information literacy, opinion »

[28 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | ]
Information Literacy

Currently there is a great deal of hype around the area of 21st century learners and a myriad of buzz-words floating around. Genetically, students have not changed. However, the world they will be entering when they leave school has changed and therefore the skills they need to contribute to the work-force do need to be taught in schools. The skill that stands out to me as having the most profound effect on the way we teach is that of information literacy.
Never before have students had so much access …

mobile, opinion, students »

[19 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Stuff posted this article about the findings uncovered by Australian television documentary researchers about Aussie teens and their cell phone habits.
“Teenagers are increasingly spreading around homemade porn on their mobile phones …

For an episode that will air in mid-October, Cannane’s team investigated how young Australians consumed porn and he said they were blown away to discover how rife homemade porn was among teenagers.
“We went down to the back of Town Hall steps and the first guy I went up to, a teenager, ‘I said do you have porn on your …

mobile, opinion, research, students »

[19 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

I find it astounding that people assume just because you may choose to use cellphones in your classroom that it means that you allow your students to text throughout your lesson.
You have got to be joking me.
It doesn’t matter what type of learning task you develop for your students - whether it involvers butcher paper and pens or cellphones, it is up to the individual teacher to manage the behaviour of their students in a way that allows them to gt the most from the learning experience.
Currently students already are …

devices, education, mobile, mobile web »

[16 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

I have been lucky enough to have my hands on a developer iPhone from Vodafone for the past few weeks. It has led to hours of much fun and much procrastination!
Whenever I tell people about my research, the first thing they want to know is what do I think about the iPhone and do I think it will be the next big thing in schools.

I am undecided.
Unless you have held, touched and played with an iPhone (or an iPod Touch) you really can not begin to understand this little …

Uncategorized, mobile, mobile web »

[8 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]


you can go to telecom directly to be confused by their plans yourself here.

Mobile Data - $3/MB
See information on their site here
To me, Vodafone’s plans make sense - they are still too expensive for many New Zealanders, but the $1 a day casual rate certainly makes dipping in and out of the mobile internet on an as needed basis realistic - and will in time hook people in to using the mobile web and then they will probably move on to plans.
To Telecom,  I can not for the …

Uncategorized, mobile, mobile web, opinion, resources »

[8 Sep 2008 | One Comment | ]

The other day Chris Betcher - aka betchaboy on twitter - messaged me to find out if I was interested in creating a podcast with Liz Kolb.  Absolutely!
So - to deal with the power of Web2.0 part of this post’s title I will explain how we got to this point…
I follow Chris (betchaboy as I know him) on twitter.   Recently there was a whole heap of discussion on-line about a press release from PLC about using mobile phones in classrooms which resulted in a lot of negative feedback from readers.  …

devices, mobile »

[3 Sep 2008 | No Comment | ]

I blogged a while back about tiny little projectors that were being developed for use with mobile devices - the one I had seen a prototype for was a tiny little hand held projector.
Well the future is here people!  The first cellphone with a built in projector has officially gone on the market.

The user interace looks suspiciously like that of an iPhone and is a full touch screen - I am wondering why you need the phone button on the screen which presumably brings up the touch pad when you …

education, mobile, research, students »

[2 Sep 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Last week I visited an intermediate school in Napier.  I felt very privileged to be invited in to work with a class of students for an hour.   

The classroom was bright and welcoming.  I loved seeing all of the examples of student work lining the walls and hanging from the ceiling!  It felt like a great space to work in.
The students provided me with some wonderful feedback and I very much enjoyed working with them - they were extremely polite and very welcoming.One very interesting finding that came out of the …