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20 October 2007 5 Comments

Well, here it is, my first post on my brand new blog site! What better way to start than with TED.

Jan Chipchase is a researcher for Nokia and this presentation is about his research about what the future of mobiles will look like.

He speaks about a world that is ever changing and the way people - particularly people on the streets of very poor countries - adapt mobiles for their own uses in a way that he could never predict. However, he says that it is his job to listen to them, to find out what they are doing and work with that. Interesting when you consider that Apple is doing everything they possibly can to lock down the iPhone so that it can only be used for the purpose which it was intended.

As teachers I have always maintained that we are preparing our students for their futures not ours… We should start listening to our students…

A couple of key phrases stood out for me from this presentation:
- Mobiles are “Transcending space and time in a personal and convenient manner”.
- The way in which mobiles are providing “Immediacy of objects”. My own example of this is that with access to wikipedia on-line via mobiles, our students have more than the equivalent of Encyclopedia Britannica with them at all times (plus much much more of course!)

5 Comments »

  • Marg said:

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog post Toni. Here’s to more posts in future :o)

  • Nigel Frater said:

    Great blog layout- nice and clear. I read somewhere recently that the trend in Africa is to ring people and instantly hang up so that they called you back to save money this is called “beeping”- mobile companies are trying to work out how to charge people for this service. It is accepted practice if the person you are phoning is wealthier than you! This link looks interesting- http://www.commissionforafrica.org/french/report/background/scott_et_al_background.pdf
    Also http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p14434_index.html?type=info
    Check out radar on my blog post- I use it to post photos straight to facebook from my mobile- a neat little app. Opera is a lifesaver too whenever I am out and about! http://www.opera.com/products/mobile/

  • Nicola Avery said:

    What a great fine ! I’m doing some personal experimenting with mobile phones, plan is to look probably at performance support (possibly more formal learning) for a carpentry/construction role and depending on whether anything useful comes out of it, will be looking to see of use to vocational areas of education.

  • leonardlow said:

    Great start Toni! I’ve already added you to my reader, so I’ll be reading all your posts from now on! Good luck with your explorations of m-learning: there are plenty of terrific ideas and approaches for you to try out and explore, and I hope you find it as exciting - and challenging - an area for education as I do. :)

  • Artichoke said:

    Congratulations on the e fellowship Toni - an opportunity to deeply involve yourself in an idea for a year - such tantalising opportunity - I will be interested in tracking where your new thinking takes you -

    Mobile technologies are an appropriate future focus - more so than future worlds I suspect -

    You may enjoy exploring the education case stories - and the rest of the stuff at http://www.shareideas.org/index.php/Main_Page and also keeping an eye on Teemu’s blog at http://flosse.dicole.org/ when you are doing your research

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