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1  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Hero Innovators - Tell us your story on: June 17, 2008, 07:39:08 PM
This means anyone using mobile phones in their teaching instead of banning them - come on folks!
2  General Area / General Discussion / Re: Partners in Learning - Lewisham on: June 17, 2008, 07:32:16 PM
Interesting about the parental involvement - this was a noted feature of the first Learning2Go project too - I wonder if it is being maintained?
3  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Social Learning Environments created though Action Research on: March 27, 2008, 10:03:40 AM
We are particularly interested in understanding what and why enhances learning - when you say the feedback is good - is there any sense of what exactly is important to learning?
4  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Research Gaps on: March 27, 2008, 09:57:42 AM
Impressed with the cyclical and wide ranging discussion that starts with a ref to pedagogy and Sharples, hurtles through more practical aspects and the circle is closed by both Mikes - thanks but . . . .

I would challenge the originally proposed role of activity theory which is often used as a way of framework for describing learning with ICTs. The cognitive learning theories - Papert, Malone - of constructivism, challenge, control and curiosiity  are much more relevant to understanding the art and science of learning through mobile devices. My challenge is now to relate these to the notion of conversational learning. Which paper is (Sharples et al. 2007)?
5  General Area / News & Events / Re: Soapbox on: March 27, 2008, 09:35:42 AM
i am with Dave re the importance of a device 'in hand' at your side for teaching and learning as opposed to 'on lap or desk' and in your face.

It is true though that how teachers implement teaching and learning will weigh more heavily than the device (whichever one ) affords. What I am not seeing is teachers in secondary education with time and space to develop teaching and learning strategies to utilise the flexibility of the PDA. I also see Graham's point about willingness however, when teachers can see what's on pupil's devices eg I gather data projection displays from mobiles and PDA wi-fi control of the classrrom data projector are both feasible or through software like  Synchroneyes I think attitudes will change
6  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Social Learning Environments created though Action Research on: February 10, 2008, 10:38:38 PM
Jo -  can you please tell us more about how the site is being used by mobile learners - do you evaluate it?
7  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Education Goes Mobile on: February 10, 2008, 10:32:33 PM
Perhaps Aled you could let us know a bit more about the results of your trials?
8  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Final project report on: February 10, 2008, 10:29:11 PM
Thanks for that Geoffe - the conclusion re not worrying about damage and loss in loan schemes or even running them made sense to me - my offer of 2 yr old PDA loans is now rejected as "my 'phone does most of that and has a better camera"
9  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Assessment as a barrier to learning? on: October 13, 2007, 04:55:49 PM
There is no law banning the photographing of people, you just need their permission (and if they are under 18 the permission of their parents/guardians).

' Fraid it's not so simple? What about the child in the class who's parents won't / can't be bothered to sign - can you edit them out at a later stage? What about the person in care with learning disabilities ? What if you wish to evidence your care of a patient with a disfiguring wound?
10  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: New to this forum...iPods as handheld devices on: October 13, 2007, 04:43:40 PM
Welcome  - if you search http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/ for "ipod" or "MP3" you'll find a wealth of activity north o' the border
11  General Area / General Discussion / Exploding PDA on: September 03, 2007, 09:15:18 PM
Got back to the office after a week away to discover the PDA (Qtek 2020) in 3 pieces! It was left on charge as the OS is Pocket PC 2003 and loses all stored info if battery uses up all charge. The battery had swollen and burst the case  Sad. Has this happened to anyone? The battery is rechargeable "Li-ion polymer" - have I a fire hazard or is this the expected end of life after 3 yrs?
12  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Doncaster South CLC Evaluation Report on: June 21, 2007, 10:47:30 PM
Well found - thanks Graham, this finding dovetails with the projects I carried out - the benefit of the PDA is its instant on access to information/knowledge bases anyplace you happen to be, much of their functionality isn't as good as the specific tool for the job but it can help out anywhere, anytime. Any news on cheaper mobile phone costs yet?
13  General Area / News & Events / long term mobile phone use and tumours on: January 29, 2007, 10:01:40 PM
A link between long term mobile phone use and tumours was reported in several UK newspapers this week. See http://www.microwavenews.com/. Apparently,  the study of 4,000+ found no evidence of mobile phone use influencing the incidence of glioma, but if .... only those who had used a phone for more than 10 years are included (all 222 of them), there is a match at a level the report's authors describe as "of borderline statistical significance". Is this making sense to you? Anybody read the original study?
14  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Learning2Go Phase 2 Final Autumn 2006 Report on: January 15, 2007, 09:30:40 PM
Thanks Dave,
Just for folks to note that is the report entitled "Phase 2 Full report Autumn 2006" (i think). I'm intrigued by the clear postive impact in the Learning2Go schools on attendance. Anybody in the schools remark on it?
15  For learners and educators / Teaching for mobile learners / Re: Late night rant... on: November 13, 2006, 10:26:39 PM
More ranting I'm afraid. how are we ever going to sell the idea that mobiles have great potential for learning to teachers when kids use them to take photos of their teachers that they paste superimposed on nudes at MySpace and then publically rate them at http://www.ratemyteachers.co.uk/schools/england. I'm all for accountability and creative use of new technologies but with rights come responsibilities.
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