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Handheld Learning 2007 - Review
Written by Tony Vincent on Friday, 26 October 2007
mobileOctober once again brought me to London for the annual Handheld Learning conference. Traveling 4,300 miles from Omaha, Nebraska, USA was worth it as the 2007 conference was even larger than last year's.

While handheld computers were still a major topic at the conference, the focus was certainly learning. In fact, the theme this year was "Learning while Mobile." Mobile doesn't necessarily refer to the devices, but to learners. Students use a variety of computers in different shapes and sizes to learn wherever they happen to be. The ones I heard mentioned most were mobile phone, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Sony PSP, the One Child Per Laptop computer (OLPC) iPod, and Pocket PC.

In fact, the conference kicked off with product announcements for mobile learning. RM and Samsung announced inexpensive mobile computers that were created with input from Handheld Learning 2006. I found it promising that the vendors in the exhibition hall seemed just as interested in getting product feedback and suggestions as they were in making sales of current products.

One of the things I enjoyed most about Handheld Learning 2007 was using Twitter. Twitter is a free micro-blogging service that allows users to send “updates” via SMS, instant message, email, the Twitter.com site, or Twitter software. Updates can be up to 140 characters long and can be received in the same way they are sent.

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Handheld Learning meets mLearn 2008
Written by Bob Harrison on Friday, 26 October 2007
/bob-harrison.jpgThe first time I presented at a mobile learning conference was in 2002 at the first mLearn organised by Mike Sharples at Birmingham University and about 50 of us shared a variety of mobile learning experiences and perspectives.

My presentation was entitled “learn to go” and featured 12 Toshiba laptops in a heavy trolley that I had to take up to the presentation room in the lift!

Now even I would have to agree with Graham that I would have had difficulty convincing the audience that this pedagogical development could be described as “Handheld”

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