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While the primary function of a mobile phone is for voice communication, we all know that the humble mobile phone is no longer so humble and actually comes fully loaded with a whole raft of tools. Generally most phones come bundled with a basic calculator, calendar and games. More sophisticated phones are now coming with far more sophisticated tools like video and photo editing programmes…

This page will provide a list of educational downloads that I recommend for your mobile phone to turn it in to a fully customised pocket tool - kind of like the swiss army knife of mobiles!

Opera Mini

opera-mini3G phones are now some of the cheapest mobile phones on the market - meaning that most of the new phones purchased today are web capable. However, in my opinion, the standard mobile web browser that comes pre-packaged with the phone is clunky and very difficult to use. My recommendation is OperaMini. A fantastic browser from Opera. You can also download the main Opera browser as your standard everyday browser on your computer and synchronise this with your mobile. Click here to try the live online simulator
Download here.

Kaywa Reader

Kaywa LogoA quick and easy little 2-D barcode reader that allows you to create and distribute a code that when scanned by a mobile phone camera a range of information is presented, it could be an e-mail address, a web link, phone number or text information.

Download here.

XCalc

XCalcThis great FREE little application turns your mobile phone in to a full graphics calculator. It is very impressive and so easy. Once again, you can choose to download it directly to your phone (which incurs your telco’s data charge) or if you don’t want to pay - or don’t have a 3g phone, download it to your computer then send it to your phone via bluetooth or USB.

Download here.

Math4Mobile

Math4Mobile A suite of FIVE free applications - you can choose to download one or all. These applications provide a variey of graphing tools for viewing quadrilaterals and solving equations. I imagine that this would be a very inexpensive solution for mathematics teachers who might need a very specific tool for only a short amount of time in place of an expensive graphing calculator.

Go to the download page here.


Google Maps for Mobile

GMM

Another application that is FREE to download - simply type this URL into your phone’s browser m.google.com/maps or go here to read more about it from your computer. Google Maps is an incredible piece of mapping software. It works out your location to within 1500m. You can get directions to a specific location, view places in a local area eg. restaurants, hotels etc and of course get directions to these places. The programme is free but does require a data connection to get the map information.

2 Comments »

  • Conrad Hametner said:

    Qipit is a free service that turns camera phones and digital cameras into mobile copy centers. Qipit provides a convenient way to scan, copy and share anything written or printed. It is perfect for making a copy of whiteboards and flip charts in a classroom setting. This allows students to concentrate on learning the material, rather than franticly writing. The results can be published online or downloaded as a PDF. It is also handy for doing research in the library or in the field, where access to a copy machine is not always convenient and can be pricey. Qipit can also fax documents, right from the phone or from the web interface.

  • Richard said:

    FRING - is a mobile internet community and communication service that allows friends to connect, share experiences and enhance their online communities together. Using a handsets internet connection you can interact with friends on all your favourite social networks including Skype®, MSN Messenger®, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®. You can listen to music with your Last.fm friends, check out what each other are up to on Facebook, receive alerts of new Google Mail™ and tailor make your very own fring by adding more cool experiences from fringAdd-ons™. USES WIFI. http://www.fring.com/download/

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