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Written by Graham Brown-Martin on Friday, 21 December 2007
handheldAt the beginning of 2007 the UK Minister for Schools, Jim Knight, announced an ambitiously named group, “The Home Access Task Force”. With backers including Intel, RM and Dell, its stated objective was to identify solutions that would enable home access for more than 1 million young people in the UK who do not currently have access to the Internet, and therefore knowledge at their finger tips, at home. Or so it would seem.

Call me a curmudgeon but it was somewhat ironic that the choice of venue for this announcement was the BETT show, an event where the combined investment of all the participating companies, attendees, etc could probably fund the provision of every one of those learners with a device and connectivity. Or even a couple of new schools. One wag (the founder of a large and successful technology provider) suggested that his company would be better standing outside handing teachers £50 notes. But then where would we be without the annual pilgrimage to Olympia following the holiday season? Where would we find out what was coming next and how we should invest the public purse?

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Handheld Learning 2007: And the Winner Is …
Written by Mark van't Hooft on Tuesday, 20 November 2007
handheldIt’s hard to believe Handheld Learning 2007 has come and gone. I’d been looking forward to finally be able to attend this conference, as it has built up quite a reputation during its short existence. My visit to London was fast and furious. In retrospect I have to say that the conference lived up to its expectations, and then some.

I arrived in London on the morning of October 10 and made it to the venue just in time to attend the pre-conference session called “Mobile Learning Exchange” and the Kaleidoscope Mobile Learning SIG. I won’t go into the details of these or any of the other sessions I attended; you can read about that in my blog.

Instead, I will provide my general impressions of the conference as a whole. I will do so by issuing the following awards for conference highs and lows. And the awards go to …

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