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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 …

devices, education, mobile, mobile web, presentations, research, students »

[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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[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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[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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[26 Feb 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Wow!  When I asked for student voice, I really wasn’t expecting so much detail!  This is GREAT!
Thank you so much to Mrs McGhie’s Year 5 class in Auckland, New Zealand.   For readers of the blog - most of the children in this class would be 9/10 years old.It struck me earlier today that the students who have contributed the following information have never known a world without cellphones.  They definitely haven’t known a world without the internet and they probably haven’t had to endure dial-up connections.   It was also …