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« Reply #105 on: March 12, 2007, 12:33:29 AM »

Hi all.

My name's John Valentine and I'm the IS Manager for one of the Manchester Metropolitan University Faculties. We are a very large Faculty with almost 6000 students and 600 staff.

I'm here to look at other peoples use of mobile devices in education, especially UMPC's.

I saw the Samsung Q1 for the first time a year ago and loved it. A few months later I got hold of a few and began evaluating it for staff use.

We got a new VC last year and he spotted the Q1 in one our departments new technology centre. A little while later I got a call requesting that I demo the device to him and a few other interested parties. The demo went well and to cut a long story short, we now have £30k to spend on a pilot scheme for our students.

I would very much welcome comments from anyone who has successfully (or unsuccessfully!) implemented such devices.

Cheers,

John.

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« Reply #106 on: March 13, 2007, 05:29:26 PM »

Hi John

Just along the road from you at UoM. I am looking at putting learning objects on handheld devices like mobile phones, I present ed on this at Handheld Learning 2006 as well as my 'day job'.

Always good to know of fellow enthusiasts locally, so if you fancy meeting up for a coffee let me know (same for anyone else in the Manchester area.)

Cheers

Stu
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« Reply #107 on: April 12, 2007, 10:05:16 AM »

Hi Graham,

We met at BETT07 - where we spoke about my work with Oxfam - and discussed ideas to bring our work together.

An ex-ICT coordinator in primary schools - I have worked in some of the biggest educational publishers in the UK and the National Strategies.

I now work with content providers in the UK schools market to help them make the most of the possibilities of digital media www.ezekiels.co.uk

I have been lurking here for a while - but am going to be a lot more involved over the next few months - as I try to work with Graham to build this Oxfam project.

Cheers

Eylan Ezekiel


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« Reply #108 on: April 26, 2007, 02:03:46 PM »

Though I have been lurking (and posting) for a bit, time for my intro piece.

I am James Clay, Director of the Western Colleges Consortium, a group of four FE (post 16) Colleges in the West of England. ...


Since I posted this intro, things have changed and I have changed jobs, so another introduction with added new information, I have also take the opportunity to update and change my forum profile from iFelix to my real identity!

I have been interesting in handheld learning ever since I purchased a Toshiba Libretto 50 back in 1997 or 98. Still probably one of my favourite computers of all time. I used it often as a presentation laptop, though the projector back then was huge (carried in alarge metal suitcase).

Working for at-Bristol I worked on a project with HP looking at using HP Jornadas as a interactive device for visitors using JetSend IR technology and a wireless network to squirt URLs to the devices to provide additional information on exhibits on webpages (via the wireless network). Certainly was interesting and then HP cut development on JetSend with the potential growth of Bluetooth over IR. Using the Jornada I was impressed with the usability and usefulness of the device. When I moved to the WCC I was disappointed to find when I came to order a PDA that the Jornada clamshell was no longer available so I ordered an iPAQ instead. I did a lot of work on mobile learning, and presented at a few conferences on mobile devices.

I am currently working at Gloucestershire College of Arts & Technololgy (Gloscat) as their ILT and Learning Gateway (read LRC) Manager.

My current interest with regards to handheld learning is in learning on the handheld devices that learners have. So how can we create learning activities which work on mobile phones, iPods, PSPs, PDAs, digital cameras, PVRs and others... I also like small sub-portable laptops and have evaluated UMPCs in the past.

Regards

James Clay
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« Reply #109 on: June 28, 2007, 09:36:08 AM »

I just want to say hi and that I look forward to being involved on this forum.
A friend referred me to this forum and I'm excited to learn and be involved with the discussions here.

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« Reply #110 on: July 09, 2007, 02:24:17 AM »

Hello. Thanks for accepting me here. I am glad I found your site. More conversations would be a lot of fun. Marian
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« Reply #111 on: July 10, 2007, 08:01:07 AM »

Hi Graham and others.
Have just written my biography and thought a quick posting here would help too!
(It's a touch formal but it saves me re-writing something!!!)

Michael Wilkinson (MA, BSc) is the director of i-education ltd, an innovative educational company who bring together the experience and expertise of a number of educationalists, learning technologists and media professionals; to consult on a wide range of projects and productions. i-educationís partners range from government funded organisations to local authorities, city learning centres and schools.

With an increasing number of projects focussing on the use of ubiquitous technologies to support teaching and learning, strong bonds were formed with Learning Everywhere Project; leading to the formation of a new company arm, Ďm-learning ltdí. The premise of m-learning ltd. was to devote resource solely to research and development for mobile learning, working collaboratively with key partners to realise our shared aspirations.

Michael brings a together a deep understanding of learning theory, combined with the practicalities of developing for learning. Michael has actively researched the use of ubiquitous technologies to support personalisation through 1:1 ownership, learner centred education, developing upload cultures through supporting digital literacy and harnessing of social praxis.

Current research interests surround the harnessing of social praxis and associated skills for the purpose of enhancing learning opportunities, together with the notion of Learning Objects with specific relation to learning with mobile technologies.

--that's the formal piece! On the surface I am actively involved with the Learning Everywhere project with much of my activity being within the Yorkshire region, although this has started to expand alongside the Learning Everywhere project.

I look forward to contributing a little more actively, learning and being involved with the discussions within these forums.
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« Reply #112 on: October 12, 2007, 02:49:09 PM »

Hi there
Ian Cavey, IT Director at Harcourt.  Great forum btw  Grin
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« Reply #113 on: November 07, 2007, 04:53:54 PM »

Hi there!

Firstly allow me to introduce myself my name is Aled and I am a representative of 'Education Goes Mobile', a partnership of companies designed to provide schools with handheld mobile devices for use in the classroom and pioneer the use of handheld learning. We are currently running a number of trial sites in schools across the North West and are looking at extending further a field.

The 'Education Goes Mobile' partnership has devised a way of providing mobile PDA devices to every pupil at no cost to the schools themselves. The handsets are of the latest technology and run Windows OS 6 and OS 6 pro, all handsets are bluetooth and WiFi enabled and provide the ideal platform for educational software and internet use within the classroom. Along with the handsets we can provide both technical support and teaching support to ease the transition for the school, the teachers and ultimately the learners. All devices are fully insured and are renewable as technology changes.

As I previously mentioned we are looking at introducing more trial sites across the country and are keen to work with progressive schools, for further information on the Education Goes Mobile concept please do not hesitate to contact me on the listed email address.


Aled Seeney

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« Reply #114 on: February 06, 2008, 01:21:26 AM »

I am new here. I am Ian Lou...
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« Reply #115 on: April 15, 2008, 11:43:42 PM »

Hi

I am Martin Baker and have launched a new service the delivers educational SMS texts to mobile phones. The text can be pre written or can be written by a teacher or tutor.

Was previously involved in TutorVista the on-line tutoring company.

I am looking for a school/college to test the service, you can see the service here

www.tutorbytxt.com

Drop me a line if you would like to test the service

Martin
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« Reply #116 on: May 25, 2008, 10:10:37 AM »

Hi Graham and others.
I'm Paolo a PHD at Glasgow University.
My research includes multi agent systems and social networks.
My background is from informatic engineering and I'm an hard coder too.
I'm managing an online service for free sms, based also on a couple of java mobile midlets.
I'm a java supporter both for mobile and desktops.

My actual non-academic works consists on sms integration and services.
Hope to see Graham in London for the hl08, going to submit a paper.  Wink
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« Reply #117 on: June 09, 2008, 07:15:52 AM »

david here - windows mobile fanatic. currently have the htc wizard, planning to upgrade to tytn2 when this device dies on me - though i doubt that will happen anytime soon (worst case scenario, a firmware flash does the trick). anywho, happy to be on board.
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« Reply #118 on: July 25, 2008, 05:29:53 PM »

Hi Sharon Tonner here,

Just finished working in a private school - High School of Dundee in Scotland as a primary teacher where I spent the last 4 years teaching ICT to all children aged 4 - 12 years.

I am now about to embark on my new role as Primary ICT Lecturer at the University of Dundee where I hope to develop globalisation and handheld learning.

My love of gadgets goes back to the good old ZX81 days where I spent many frustrating hours trying to create programes that did not work!

Looking forward to learning from others.

http://tecnoteacher.blogspot.com/

http://hsd-juniors.blogspot.com/

Sharon
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« Reply #119 on: August 28, 2008, 03:03:25 PM »

Hello Everybody!  Cheesy

Just thought I'd say "Hi" to everyone!

I am working on a project that promotes the effective use of technology within education by timely consideration in Capital Investment.

Handheld Learning is seen as the way forward to engage learners most effectively, both with rich content, but also at learners' own level.

I look forward to reading the posts and collaborating with all of you,

Dave.  Grin
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