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Title: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Graham on September 07, 2005, 06:06:17 PM
Ok, I've had a play with a Sony PSP with the new 2.0 system software upgrade that features web-browsing, I haven't given it a total thrashing but it works. It certainly works as well as most handheld computing devices, e.g. those powered by WinMob or PalmOS.

Over 185,000 units have been sold in the UK in the last 4 days alone.

So where does this leave us?

1) A Sony PSP costs less than £180 and every kid wants one
2) More young people have a Sony PSP than a handheld computer (although it's generally targetted at 18-34 year olds)
3) It has total multimedia built in, including DVD quality video playback and audio
4) It has nifty high speed interfaces built in including USB 2 and can connect to a PC
5) It already has an e-book reader
6) It can surf the web and has an HTML 4 compatible browser capability with Wi-Fi

(http://money.cnn.com/2005/03/22/commentary/game_over/column_gaming/psp.jpg)

Links:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4205976.stm
http://www.yourpsp.com/psp/psp.html#setlocale=true&section=homepage&locale=en_gb
http://www.i4u.com/article3136.html
http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/07/21/psp/index.php
http://www.bargainpda.com/default.asp?newsID=2614
http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/345/C4591/

One of the key bones of contention about small screen web browsers has been that site developers generally develop for big desktop screens and argue that there are insufficient installed units to justify re-scaling their sites for mobile/handheld devices. Well a mass consumer device like the Sony PSP just totally changes that argument. The question is whether it's worth developing educational material to be delivered via the web for devices such as Sony PSP, WinMob or PalmOS devices with a range of screens in the handheld space which include:

480/320x320 PalmOS
640x480 / 320x240 WinMob
480x272 Sony PSP

Whatever it seems pretty clear that the devices that kids (or adults) may be using to access learning materials in the future are unlikely to be the ones that we might be considering now.

Anybody with thoughts on this?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Graham on October 28, 2005, 08:39:15 PM
According to Gameinforwire.com (http://www.gameinfowire.com/news.asp?nid=7418), Sony have shipped a global 10 million units since launch. Given it's comparatively low price (£180) for it's capability (USB, Firewire, DVD video, Internet capability) I wonder if this is what will be in the school bag real soon?

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PSP (PlayStation Portable) Reaches Cumulative Worldwide Shipment of 10 Million Units


Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that the cumulative production shipment of its PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld entertainment player had reached 10 million units worldwide, as of October 21st, 2005. Shipment of 10 million units within 10 months since launch is the fastest penetration speed in the PlayStation platforms introduced in the past. Along with the exciting and extensive lineup of software titles for the year-end/New Years peak selling season, shipment of PSP is steadily growing in Japan, North America and Europe.

Since its launch in Japan in December 2004, North America in March 2005, Southeast Asia in May 2005, and in Europe in September, 2005, PSP has steadily been establishing its place as a new handheld entertainment platform around the world. With its overwhelming presence and impact, unparalleled in handheld systems, PSP has been gaining huge support from a broad range of consumers.

More... (http://www.gameinfowire.com/news.asp?nid=7418)

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I've used the browser and it's pretty good even though there's no Flash. It runs most sites perfectly, including this one.

I'm wondering if it can be harnessed to deliver good learning materials?

Afterall if this is what's in the bag then can't it be embraced?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on November 07, 2005, 03:09:59 PM
A slightly belated reply, I totally agree.

The PSP has real potential as an educational device.

The launch price is £180 which means that after 18 months it will be less than £100.

I think a downside is that there is no UMD drives available and therefore you are dependent on Memory Stick for distributing content (as well as wirelessly therough the browser). Though a 1GB Memory Stick is less than £70 to be able to write content to a UMD disk would be better.

James Clay
Western Colleges Consortium
http://www.westerncc.ac.uk/pda/


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: jonnyf on January 17, 2006, 02:19:52 PM
We've been experimenting with a PSP in conjunction with our online lessons and it works beautifully. Great value of course; fast, reliable wireless; and display and sound are far better than any standard PDA. The browser appears to handle everything more elegantly than Pocket IE too.
Excellent for multiple choice questions. The only real problem is that text entry is cumbersome and the screen is not touch sensitive (so no handwriting recognition or features of that sort).
Take a look here: http://www.bardaglea.org.uk/testbed/tb-media-images-result.cfm?id_upload=390&PageNum_get_all_images=2&id_subject=16#top
 (http://www.bardaglea.org.uk/testbed/tb-media-images-result.cfm?id_upload=390&PageNum_get_all_images=2&id_subject=16#top)


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on January 17, 2006, 04:15:43 PM
I would agree that the text entry is cumbersome, but no more so than a mobile phone and have you ever seen a student text...


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Graham on January 20, 2006, 08:32:27 AM
Here is a really excellent and thorough summary of the various handheld gaming platforms:

http://www.edn.com/article/CA6298268.html?spacedesc=features


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on January 26, 2006, 10:08:23 AM
Though there are ways of doing this anyhow, this tool makes it very simple to convert PDFs into images for use on a PSP.

I tried it with a Ferl newsletter, and it worked surprisingly well, it was readable and easy to scroll.

PDF 2 PSP is a simple Mac tool for converting PDF documents and print outs into JPEG images suitable for displaying on the Sony PSP handheld game console. This allows you to download e-books, game manuals, album liners, etcetera to your PSP. Once they're on your PSP, you can read them anywhere - on the bus, at your desk, or on your couch.

(http://www.westerncc.ac.uk/blogimages/pdf2psp2.gif)

Because of the extensive PDF support built right into OS X, any document you can print can be stored as a PDF and converted and downloaded to your PSP.

You can also use the tool to convert PDFs to images for use with other devices which can view images (such as iPods or portable video players).

http://pdf2psp.sourceforge.net/


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Petra on January 26, 2006, 03:06:47 PM
I would have liked trying out a PSP, but unfortunately my daughter preferred to wish a Game Boy Micro, which is definitely a gaming device.

Reading through these very interesting comments I learn that at most a PSP can be used as a reading and training device for educational content, whether it is stored or accessed form the web. But from the educational point of view I miss the individual activity of a learner - using imagination and creativity. Can you write/visualise your own ideas directly?

Even if there are sound educational benefits, would students accept that their personal gaming device is used for "real" learning? Probably it is nessessary to think about the integration of so called gaming technology because authorities are not prepared to provide students with personal devices - whether they are notebooks, PDAs or future developments. But gaming technologies vary so much that it is unrealistic to assume that all classmates will have the same. How can a teacher manage a bunch of different devices with varying operating systems?

Nevertheless it's always worth trying and studying the outcomes.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on January 27, 2006, 08:30:24 AM
Reading through these very interesting comments I learn that at most a PSP can be used as a reading and training device for educational content, whether it is stored or accessed form the web. But from the educational point of view I miss the individual activity of a learner - using imagination and creativity. Can you write/visualise your own ideas directly?

The web browser with interactive web content would allow a learner to visualise their own ideas.

Learning content (aka games) would also allow this, but they would be a lot more difficult to write.

But the student could always use pen and paper to help them visualise their ideas based on the content on the PSP.

A simple scenario, watch a video clip on your PSP, then write a poem or a short story on how the video clip made you feel.

A PSP can be used to support a learning experience, not provide the total experience.

Even if there are sound educational benefits, would students accept that their personal gaming device is used for "real" learning? Probably it is nessessary to think about the integration of so called gaming technology because authorities are not prepared to provide students with personal devices - whether they are notebooks, PDAs or future developments.

I don't think the PSP is an educational device, however you hit the nail on the head, these are devices which students have and are not ones which we provide. We certaionly should be seeing how we can take advantage of this kind of device.

I quite like the aspect of the blurring of leisure and learning through the same device as the learner will see learning as something integral to their life and not as something separate.

But gaming technologies vary so much that it is unrealistic to assume that all classmates will have the same. How can a teacher manage a bunch of different devices with varying operating systems?

Most portable devices will *play* the same content.

If you had a PowerPoint presentation and delivered it to your students.

Some would be able to use it as they had a computer with Microsoft Office installed.

Some would be abel to use it as they had a PDA which could convert PowerPoint into a portable format.

However if you saved the presentation as a series of JPGs  then users who had no access would then be able to view the slides on a variety of devices, including their mobile phones, iPods, PSPs, PVRs, even digital cameras as well as PDAs and PCs. Even some TV devices have memory slots allowing you to play digital images on the television.

Most devices have a common set of file formats which they can play, and I would recommend using these where possible.

I use Keynote on the Mac and this allows me to save the presentation as a Quicktime Movie which can then be saved or conveted quickly and easily into various formats for use on multiple devices. PowerPoint for the Mac can do the same thing.

Content on portable devices is not perfect, but compared to having no content, having some content must be better than that.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Sim on January 27, 2006, 05:15:08 PM
Hi,
I agree that it could present a challenge when students are working with different technology.
There's a game that was suggested in the Speaking and Listening strand of the National Literacy Strategy that could help. It's called Jigsaw, and the idea is that you pose a question, and each group investigates a different aspect, in a different way. One person from each group then goes forward as a spokesperson and passes on what they found out. You keep going until hopefully everyone has had a change to be a spokesperson, and theoretically all the information has been shared!
Got it? Don't worry I realise it sounds a bit complicated!! So here's an example:
Detective Question: What was life like in Ancient Egypt?
Thought shower- class come up with 6 topics.
Group 1 use a PSP to investgate e.g.pyramids, passing it round so the can investigate different questions.
Group 2 use a handheld PDA...hieroglyphics
Group 3....books....mummies
Group 4...real artefacts....fashions
etc
After a set time (depending on age of students) ambassadors are sent to next group and so on.
This sort of arrangement would allow a variety of technology to be used. Outcomes could be recorded using an MP3 player/digital recorder and added to a class concept map e.g. 2Connect.

You could maybe have a day when students could bring in their devices, and if you use flexible grouping the total number of devices wouldn't be crucial.
Just an idea anyway, I'd be interested to hear what you think....!
Grace


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Petra on January 30, 2006, 08:17:44 PM
A PSP can be used to support a learning experience, not provide the total experience. ........ We certainly should be seeing how we can take advantage of this kind of device.
I quite like the aspect of the blurring of leisure and learning through the same device as the learner will see learning as something integral to their life and not as something separate.
I agree that these devices support a learning experience as many other pieces of technology do. And you are right with the blurring of leisure and learning, but nevertheless studying is very often very laborious and not always fun. But most of us associate free time with entertainment.
Sim's presentation of the Jigsaw game is an interesting integration of a variety of technology into a project. I can imagine a group of secondary or tertiary students who are very technology literate. For younger students I see not only organizational challenges but a lot of device instructions beforehand. Not all kids know how to manage their highly sophisticated gadgets.
I would say that more than half of young mobile phoners (<30 years) do not know all features of their device and use less than one third of the features. Is my assumption realistic?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on February 01, 2006, 04:38:54 PM
I would say your assumption is realistic.

It is important that support is given regardless of the technology used.

I do come to this from a post 16 perspective, however some of the most innovative uses of handheld learning I have seen has been with primary school children and disadvantaged female adult learners.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on February 22, 2006, 10:23:39 AM
Interestingly the next release of the PSP may come with 8GB of onboard storage...

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According to market sources, Sony plans to release a version of its PSP (PlayStation Portable) using NAND flash from Samsung Electronics in the second half of this year.

The PSP will feature 8GB of NAND flash, the sources stated.

Although recent reports stated that Sony would opt not to use NAND flash in the next version of its PSP, and would instead use a microdrive, the sources indicated that Sony was stalling to negotiate better pricing from Samsung.

link (http://www.digitimes.com/bits_chips/a20060220PR205.html)

This gives it even more potential to be a device for learning in terms of how much content it can hold.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Mark van 't Hooft on May 09, 2006, 04:53:30 PM
Note that the Nintendo DS also has web capabilities now, using the Opera browser:

http://www.opera.com/pressreleases/en/2006/02/15/

and the thread by Graham /community/forum/index.php?topic=428.msg1398#msg1398

Again, I don't think it's necessarily the device that matters, but what you do with it.

As an aside, HI-CE developed educational content for the GameBoy a few years ago, mostly drill and kill though:

http://www.gameboy.hice-dev.org/games.htm


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: SUMS_Online on January 25, 2007, 11:52:53 AM
Hi,

We just released the full set of our maths resources (animated games and activities for age 5 through 14) for the PSP. You don't get the mouse control accuracy of the PDA touch screen but for kids used to playing games it takes only a minute to adjust.

It is a fantastic platform 8). If you have not tried it out, now is the time to do so.

Regards

David
SUMS Online
www.sums.co.uk


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Di Dawson on January 29, 2007, 04:47:48 PM
Hi there

As an old lady and one who used her PSP regularly I have to say that itís great!

I donít play games Ė never have Ė but I have bought a Talkman for it. Itís software including a microphone which has 3000 phrases in 6 languages. Some of the games can be shared using the WLAN. Really useful revision for any age.
 
I use mine to demonstrate the use of video for 16+ learners. I have various versions including ones Iíve taken using my mobile, some taken off DVDs and others Iíve converted from *.avi or *.mpeg4 vid files from dv cameras.  I use the Xilisoft software (DVD to PSP) but since discovered ConvertMovie which also converts to mp4 for the Ipod as well!

I also use  it to web browse  especially in the evening when I canít be bothered to turn my pc on again so I can check emails etc.

But text entry is a painÖ Can anyone recommend a keyboard which will work with a PSP?  I do find the text entry frustrating, as itís not quite logical like any of my mobiles. Iím forever deleting what Iíve just spent ages typing in!

I'm also happy to evaluate any software created for PSPs


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: mr_mahoney on February 06, 2007, 04:40:51 PM
I can imagine the following:

A student arrives to school, get's out her PSP (Sony Play Station Portable) , connects to the schools wireless network.  The browser brings up a default web page (via a firewall) The student then goes to her school's moodle site to check into class for assignments.  She then could access the google docs and spread sheets for her school work.  She can also access her files from Indiana's e-locker, Novell i-Folder, or online file storage.  The hand-held device allows the student to gain access to the web which connects her to school.

The school only needs to provide a wireless connection, firewall, and filter.

-Use the PSP for a web browser and open up the on-line Ed-World.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Tony Vincent on February 15, 2007, 08:50:48 PM
PSP in classrooms is a reality in a few classrooms.† Check out the PSP Teachers Blog:
http://pspteachers.blogspot.com/index.html

They are doing lots of great stuff, especially with RSS!


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: geoff stead on February 19, 2007, 06:39:05 PM

The school only needs to provide a wireless connection, firewall, and filter.


This is exactly right!

As somebody who has spent quite a few years trying to put really useful resources on a wide variety of different devices (including PSP) I am not entirely convinced that PSP is the only device that the student will need. See Di's comment above about text input for a start. But I am absolutely convinced that schools / colleges / employers need to acknowledge that more and more of us will be accessing our information / courses / documents from a wider and wider range of devices, connecting in all sorts of wired and wireless ways.

Whether PSP, Video iPod, Nokia, PPC or whatever.

Right now it is seen by some institutions as a "perk", but I am certain that being able to access your information from anywhere, anyhow will soon become a basic right!

long live the mobile revolution  ;)

Geoff



Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: mr_mahoney on February 21, 2007, 04:29:59 AM
online keypad:

http://www.airscanner.com/wipeout/index.html

Potential?

Anyone come up with a psp keyboard yet?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Graham on March 02, 2007, 12:35:17 AM
Yes the keyboard can be found here (http://dl.qj.net/index.php?pg=12&fid=12318) and is called TyDoPad.

(http://dl.img.qj.net/uploads/files_module/screenshots/12318_TydoPad%20v0.01.jpg)

It's a home brew set-up using the Palm wireless keyboard but it works and currently lets you type in text and save it as a .txt file on your memory stick. It's a free download and only version 0.1 so who know's what's to come?

Also video clip on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KbqaCRyVBY)

If you'd like to pick up where the developer has finished the source code for TyDoPad can be downloaded here (http://www.yousifsworld.co.nr/tydopad_v0.01_src.zip) or here (http://dl.qj.net/TyDoPad-v0.01-Source-Code-PSP-Homebrew-Applications/pg/12/fid/12339/catid/151).


Title: PSP in Education initiative
Post by: mr_mahoney on April 14, 2007, 03:16:58 PM
What is the PSP in Education initiative by Sony?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Graham on April 14, 2007, 09:01:00 PM
Try:

http://www.connectededucation.com/


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: mr_mahoney on April 16, 2007, 02:57:14 PM
This site has some good info on PSP in education:

http://www.connectededucation.co.uk/Homepage?Plugin=ConnectedED&TTU=0&thelayout=3&docname=PSPinEducation#

Check out the drop down menus


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: mr_mahoney on April 17, 2007, 06:49:19 PM
I have been collecting my research on the PSP as an educational tool on the following wiki :

http://hecc.wikispaces.com/PSP

It is amazing what people are doing with these things.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Mr Mack on April 18, 2007, 07:05:55 AM
Hi

As the Nintendo DS is out-selling Sony PSP 4:1 as well as having a touch screen and an impressive range of collaborative "intelligent gaming" software if it's not an even better platform (assuming it was a gaming device that you were going to use)?

Mack


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: wolfluecker on April 19, 2007, 04:40:49 PM
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As the Nintendo DS is out-selling Sony PSP 4:1 as well as having a touch screen and an impressive range of collaborative "intelligent gaming" software if it's not an even better platform (assuming it was a gaming device that you were going to use)?

Completely agree, the DS has a lot going for it and could be a great learning device. My take on the recent PSP craze:

  • The PSP was designed to work as a games console AND media player (video, mp3 etc). This is what people like ConnecteED/SCEE are mostly exploiting now. In their own words "a glorified Memory Stick". The DS is much more a pure gaming device in my opinion. It can play mp3s but not video, at least not 'out of the box'.
  • The PSP web browser has a cut-down Flash Player built-in, which is interesting for a lot of educational sites/publishers. It's not very capable and only version 6, but it's there nevertheless. DS and DS Lite have got the Opera web browser but no Flash plug-in.
  • Exactly because the PSP is so far behind the DS in sales numbers, Sony are probably looking for new markets. You could even be cynical and say they just want to give the device a bit of educational 'cred'.
  • Through their other products Sony have more overall credibility to the educational sector, while Nintendo are purely seen as a games brand I'd say.
  • The PSP has been promoted in education recently. AFAIK Nintendo haven't really done that although they actually have some language-learning titles and their award-winning Brain Age.

Any comments?

Wolf.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Mr Mack on April 20, 2007, 11:54:04 PM
Hmm

Doesn't it makes more sense to focus on a system that is more popular with the target users?

I've nothing against the PSP nor do I favor the DS but in a debate over the use of such gaming products in education it seems counter-intuitive to follow a device that is failing in the market. If Sony are attempting to improve sales by getting the backing of teachers then I can't see this being very credible with teenagers. Why not just give them a PDA?

Aren't parents more comfortable with Nintendo as they have less violent games?

For little more than the price of a Sony memory stick you can get the Datel media dock (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5131557) for the DS that provides video.

Does Flash have a long term future? Don't software producers develop for the largest installed base of hardware?

With Microsoft Silverlight (http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/asp/default.aspx) on the horizon and AJAX in open source who knows?


Title: PSP goes to school in Indiana
Post by: mr_mahoney on May 08, 2007, 04:41:10 PM
Putting aside which is better psp/vrs/ds, the PSP was choosen to challenge educators in Indiana (USA) to explore the potential of a handheld gaming device as an educational tool.

Official Press Release:

The Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators (HECC) Board is proud to
announce we are hard at work planning the 2007 State Conference November
29th and 30th at historic Union Station in downtown Indianapolis.

The HECC Board has debated many options and directions for the theme of
our 2007 conference. Our goal each year is to come up with a theme and
educational tool that will be cutting edge, stimulate dialog, foster
creative thinking, and impact our student's education. With that in
mind, this year's conference theme is "Technology Integration - Get In
The Game!" and the tool will be the PlayStation Portable (PSP).

Technology in the hands of today's students has allowed them to no
longer be just an observer of cyber-space but a major contributor. It is
easy to see that educational professionals can learn much from their
students. Students are often connected Whenever and Wherever with
Whatever. One such technology that is growing rapidly among youth as a
communication tool is the handheld gaming device known as a PSP (Play
Station Portable).

The Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators wish to challenge Indiana
educational professionals by presenting a handheld gaming device as a
viable educational tool. The PSP not only can be used to play
educational games, but can be also used to play recorded audio and video
as well as perform as an electronic text book. The PSP can also browse
the web via wireless internet, thus putting the power of the web in the
hands of students for less than $175.00

QUESTION: How do you think the PSP could be used to educate students?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Di Dawson on May 10, 2007, 02:29:02 PM
Hi,

We just released the full set of our maths resources (animated games and activities for age 5 through 14) for the PSP. You don't get the mouse control accuracy of the PDA touch screen but for kids used to playing games it takes only a minute to adjust.

It is a fantastic platform 8). If you have not tried it out, now is the time to do so.

Regards

David
SUMS Online
www.sums.co.uk

Picking up on David's entry previously I'd like to say that I'm currently a proud owner of David's PSP Maths resources and am busy trying them out with my son (aged 13), his friends and any colleagues I meet who might be interested in mobile techie stuff.

I must admit I had to do a scary thing by updating the operating system - which leaves you no choice to 'return to default'. This also allows a Flash player which my older version didn't have so I'm quite pleased with that.

My main point re PSPs is that I'm using mine to show people how video can be displayed on the device - that's the main reason I stood in GAME and pondered over DS Lite or PSP....the graphics capability was far superior over the DS.

I have created various types of video - using my phone, cheapy camera, Sonyhandycam, taken mpeg4s off the web, downloaded Utube video, MS Photostory creations etc - so as to discover the ease of process converting to PSP format. I wouldn't say it was easy peasy at first but now it is - just renaming files correctly is one move forward.

Why video you might ask - well I'm in the post16 sector where adults use video to support their learning for a variety of reasons. In particular video can help adults with learning difficulties remember a sequence of actions eg in a health and safety situation or I currently have a super video showing NVQ care workers how to handle elderly people

If anyone wants any of my videos for demo purposes I'm happy to deliver. :)


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: mr_mahoney on August 29, 2007, 06:19:35 AM
Well it looks like our annual conference will indeed give away a PSP to every attendee.

For $150.00 you can attend a full day of events and walk away with a brand new PSP.

http://www.hecc.k12.in.us/conference/index.cfm (http://www.hecc.k12.in.us/conference/index.cfm)

QUESTION:  What would be the top educational things one can do with a PSP?


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: Hezron on August 29, 2007, 03:12:03 PM
Hi Mr Mahoney

Here's an idea (and a plug!)

Use RedHalo (http://www.redhalo.com) to create a mobile learning environment. Adding a camera to the PSP turns it into a great device for capturing and editing pictures and video which can be "handed in" as project work using RedHalo. Also teachers can distribute images, video and other media to a school full of PSP's and other devices from a single remote location using a laptop.

RedHalo Platform Edition is free.

Running on a PSP here (/component/option,com_smf/Itemid,54/topic,834.0).

 ;)

Hezron
Product Specialist



Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: SUMS_Online on September 13, 2007, 11:17:16 AM
AND you could have your students play more than 90 SUMS maths games on it :)

http://www.handheldmaths.co.uk/pspindex.htm (http://www.handheldmaths.co.uk/pspindex.htm)

If we can get our USA distribution sorted in time, maybe we could give away a free copy with every one of your free PSPs ....

Regards

David

SUMS Online Ltd
+44 (0)1454 853539
http://www.sums.co.uk (http://www.sums.co.uk)


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: James Clay on September 14, 2007, 10:41:40 PM
...and soon the PSP will also be a phone!

Quote
Late last month, Sony Ericsson's Peter Ahnegard said the company is definitely looking into the possibility of a PlayStation Phone but that he wouldn't comment further until Christmas. Well, the President of Sony Ericsson Miles Flint couldn't wait that long.

http://www.pspfanboy.com/2007/09/14/playstation-phone-development-continues/


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: mr_mahoney on October 03, 2007, 09:10:55 PM

If we can get our USA distribution sorted in time, maybe we could give away a free copy with every one of your free PSPs ....


Please contact me.  This conference would be a great place to showcase your products and pick up a Midwest distributor.


Title: Re: Sony PSP as Educational Handheld?
Post by: SUMS_Online on October 03, 2007, 10:49:49 PM
Contact made. Another success for the Handheld Learning forums.  ;D

David
SUMS Online
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Title: 2007 Indiana Tech Conference on PSP
Post by: mr_mahoney on December 03, 2007, 02:34:06 AM
Well, we just finished the 2007 HECC conference and gave out almost 700 PSPs .  It was a great honor to visit with Darren Atkinson of Edunova and get to know such a gentleman!  You Brits were well represented and I hope to someday get to the Handheld Conference.  I also owe a great deal of thanks for David @ SUMS who helped us show their fantastic mathematic software.  I look forward to continuing my new friendships.  Thanks again for hosting the premiere handheld site on the net!  More details of the conference to come.

- I had the privilege of teaching 85 people in one room how to use the PSP.  I am sure it will be awhile before anyone will ever see almost 700 PSPs in use in one building !  Love my job !  ;D