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« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2004, 10:00:09 AM »

Greetings!

I'm an educational technology researcher at The University of Birmingham, funded by Microsoft.  I am currently working on a project called CAERUS (www.caerus.bham.ac.uk), which is a context sensitive software system for visitors to outdoor tourist locations and educational centres.  One of the key features is the ability for tourist site administrators to manage their own location-based content and activities.

I have also co-authored a literature review commissioned by NESTA Futurelab entitled "Mobile Technologies and Learning".  It will be available free for download from their website at http://www.nestafuturelab.org/research/lit_reviews.htm in January 2005.

Broadly, I am interested in providing easy to use tools (desktop and handheld) for educators and students to create and deliver their own experiences on their mobile devices, including location-based games and treasure hunts, gathering themed multimedia 'collections' and other small group and whole class activities.

Looking forward to talking with you all further!

Laura Naismith
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www.msprojects.bham.ac.uk
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2004, 10:31:21 AM »

Hi All,

Again, thanks to Graham for inviting me to join the forum. And what a lively, enthusiastic forum this is turning out to be!

I'm also a Kathy, but to avoid confusion with Kathy Scrock, call me KathyT or Kath, or anything you like.

My interest in PDAs started when I first spotted the Newton, but at time I couldn't afford many gadgets so was never destined to own my own  Cry . The next time was in about 2000, when I decide to spend my birthday money on an electronic dairy (as, like Mo, I kept missing appointments!). On wandering around the shop, we came across a Palm IIIe and that was it - hooked! (The other half of 'We' being Jon, who has already introduced himself above.)
My next PDA (m105) was provided by the Open University, where I was a part-time (mature  Wink ) student, as part of the project by Waycott and Kukulska-Hulme investigating the use of PDAs as eBook readers in education. I happily bandy this about when trying to presuade people that it IS possible to read text on a small screen!

I've been working with educational technology since the late 80s. At the moment I'm working as an e-learning developer at Glasgow Caledonian University in the e-Learning Innovation Support Unit. Previously I worked in the Nursing & Midwifery School, where I repeatedly failed to get anyone else interested in the use of PDAs for learning! :-) Just now, with our Business School, I'm investigating supporting flexible delivery for students out on placement, though we've not got fully started yet. http://elisu.gcal.ac.uk/flexiblemobile.html.

Nice to meet you all, and 'Season's Greetings'.

Kathy
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« Reply #17 on: December 25, 2004, 07:15:29 PM »

Wow, I'm definitely a tadpole in a very large pond.  I wandered in from Tony Vincent's invaluable site (thanks, Tony), and I guess if I lurk in the background and am very quiet, I might learn something.  I teach 4th grade in rural Western North Carolina, USA.  Two years ago a federal grant fell in my lap, and I was handed 25 m105 Palms to teach with, my rather rude introduction to handheld computing.  Now, we have 180 m500s in grades 4-6, which are used in varying degrees of success across the curriculum.  My students adore them, and beg to use them.  I am currently looking for information to start a classroom blog, and for any appropriate, exciting, software or ideas to continue incorporating handhelds into teaching and learning for me and the students.  I especially am looking for ideas for using handhelds with English as a Second Language students and autistic (high functioning) students.  In addition to the m500s, I bought Zire 71s for the teachers, as well as a Tungsten C with WiFi.  (My principal still razzes me about pronouncing it wiff-fee!)  Anyway, if any of you big leaguers feel mentorly and have any ideas for us, please let us know.  We don't want to leave any child behind, but I am being left behind in the technology race.  My kids deserve the best, and you're out there, so tell me something good!  Thanks for your help.
Elaine aka hedgehog
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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2005, 09:40:54 PM »

Thanks Graham!
Hello friends and all I look forward to meeting! I started my intro before the holidays, but my two “short little people” demanded my attention. Now they are back at school I am again thinking and communicating with adults. A New Year with new hope of completing thoughts without interruption. Thanks for letting me join this much needed group! I see many friends here including Christine, Kathy, Tony and new friends I look forward to growing professionally with. I look forward to professional dialogue to help us all make the most of handheld computers.

I live outside Chicago and work with Christine on a large project placing handhelds in the hands of over 3000 students. We have learned a great deal, wrestled some tough problems and after one year we have positive assessment results. See Christine Tomasino’s intro for more details!

My current research includes blogging online and on the handheld, rss feeds, podcasting just to name a few. In between research I work with teachers exploring the many ways to transform teaching and learning in the 21st century. I look forward to learning more!
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« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2005, 12:01:31 PM »

Hi - Thanks Graham for your unsolicited email invite!

I‘m Will - Creative Director of Node, we're a tech-media company based in Bristol, UK.

Frustrated with the restricting handheld computers on the market, we've developed our own funky hand held media player as well as software to create location aware multimedia experiences for indoors as well as out. For more details please look at our site: http://www.nodeexoplore.com

So far we've been working in the heritage and entertainment sectors but are now focusing on opportunity in Education. We're keen to establish relationships with ‘like minded’ innovators- and this forum looks like the perfect place.

A bit about my background - I've been working within interactive media for over 12 years, developing solutions for education, training, entertainment and corporate communications, 6 of these years were spent at the BBC as a senior designer developing broadcast and online 'edutainment'.

I look forward to the discussions

ps - we'll be at the BETT conference in London next week if anyone wants to come and see us - we'll be at stand SW106.

cheers

Will


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« Reply #20 on: January 07, 2005, 12:03:59 PM »



Hi Will, afraid I can't get the URL to work? (page not found error, or is it me? :-) )

Kathy
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« Reply #21 on: January 07, 2005, 12:13:30 PM »

Ah, got it, you've no www

http://nodeexplore.com


Cheers, Kathy :-)
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« Reply #22 on: January 07, 2005, 12:28:48 PM »

Hi Will

Glad you could make it!

I gave your kit a bit of a plug here by the way Smiley

It looks really interesting and I think a lot of the members of this forum would want to know more about your experiences (good and bad) about using this kind of equipment in the field (no pun intended).

I'm planning to be at BETT on 12th by the way so hope to see you there, any one else going?

Cheers

Graham
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« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2005, 11:02:39 PM »

Hello everyone.  Thanks for the invitation to join this forum.

I teach Webmastering and A+ Certification at Capital High School in Boise, Idaho.  I became interested using PDAs in the classroom when I attended a session at a past NCCE convention that Karen Fasempaur of K12 Handhelds was giving.  I was surprised and intreagued at the possibility of using PDAs after attending this session.  I then took a class from her in the summer to learn if it was possible to do all the things she mentioned with a PDA.  I discovered you could!

Once back in school I wrote a grant proposal to my District for a PDA pilot using two science classes, which as carried out second semester of last year.  I am in the process of completing the report on this pilot now.

I'm convinced that PDAs are a better answer for a personal technology tool in the school rather than a desktop or laptop computer.  PDAs are so inexpensive compared to computers that eventually each student can have one.  In our District, and I know many other that are similar, there is not enough money for technology, even though we get $3 mil per year for 26K students.

That said, I am interested in learning if and how the rest of the world views the use of PDAs in the classroom and if their use is becoming more widespread and if so, with what success, if any.  I'm really looking forward to learning what you all have to say.

My PDA Pilot Report will be found from our school web site www.boiseschools.org/schools/capital.

Mike Luque

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« Reply #24 on: January 09, 2005, 05:03:37 PM »

Best wishes for a New Year!  Kiss

A perfect idea to install a Handheld Learning Forum, thank you Graham.

I'm a middle school teacher for 10-15 year old students of widespread abilities and multi-cultural backgrounds in Vienna, Austria. I teach English ( "ETL" = English as a third language), Geography and ICT.

I have taken up a post-graduate for Educational Technology and am in my finals for a MSc. Since a fieldtrip to SITE Conference (Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education) in 2003 I am a Palm user, a handheld addict and convinced that a handheld is an enhancement to teaching.

For my thesis (PDA macht SCHULE- mLearning in der Sekundarstufe; the first German MT on teaching possibilities with Palm Handhelds) I did a lot of research on mLearning, hard- and software for educational purposes, curriculum ideas and lesson plans.

Thanks to Tony Vincent (his website is admirable with innumerable, inspiring examples), Kathy Schrock (always up-to-date) and Elliot Soloway (the Handheld Guru) I have many arguments to back up the practical aspects of my thesis, that handhelds are a sound resource for mLearning.

I have also submitted a PDA Pilot for secondary level education with the Austrian Ministry of Education.

Petra
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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2005, 04:23:06 PM »

Thanks for the invitation! This is a great discussion tool..the technology is terrific! I have been using handhelds since the first Palm and have taught workshops and given introductions to handhelds for the last three years. We are looking at ways to use Palm OS handhelds in teacher education here at the Center for Teacher Education at the University of Alaska Southeast.  I'm glad to have another resource to turn to.

Marsha
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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2005, 03:49:58 PM »

Hello everyone, my name is Frank McPherson. I am the author of How To Do Everything With Your Pocket PC, Third edition. (http://www.pocketpchow2.com/htde3.html) I also maintain the PocketPCHow2.com web site. Many years ago when I was in college I obtained secondary ed. certification from Michigan Technological University, along with a B.S. in Computer Science. Today I work for EDS in the Detroit area. I've presented at the Ohio Schoolnet Technology conference on the topic of using Pocket PCs in classrooms, and I am always happy to help people with using their Pocket PCs.
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« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2005, 07:02:03 PM »

Thank you for the invite to join this discussion.  I'm Jason Cring and I teach Special Education at Hilton High School, in Hilton, New York; which is a suburb of Rochester, NY.  I first started using handheld computers with my students in 2003 after buying enough used Palm M100's for each of my students with my own money on EBay.  The students liked using them so much that by the end of that school year each of my students had a brand new Handspring Treo 90 loaded with Documents To Go and other software, provided by the school.  I too have a website that deals with using handheld computers in a high school setting.  The link to my website is: 

Mr. Cring's Classroom
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« Reply #28 on: January 25, 2005, 06:37:21 PM »

Hi all,
It's great to see another handheld forum! To introduce myself: I'm Mark van 't Hooft, originally hailing from the Netherlands. I currently live in Kent, Ohio, USA, and am a researcher and tech specialist for the Research Center for Educational Technology at Kent State University. My specialty is mobile computing in K-12 education, especially social studies. We do quite a bit of research and professional development in this area. I'm a licensed trainer for both palmOne and AlphaSmart. We've done two handheld conferences and published a CD-Rom two years ago, of which we distributed 5,000 copies worldwide. I'm also finishing up my dissertation and hope to be done in August of this year.
It's good to see many of my American compadres have already responded to this list. I hope though that this forum will be a truly global enterprise. I'll contribute what I can. Thanks, and nice to meet all of you.

Mark
http://www.rcet.org
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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2005, 02:39:58 AM »

Hello everyone!
My name is Mike Curtis. My first experience with handhelds was as a graduate student with the Highly Interactive Computing in Education research group out of the University of Michigan. Basically in 1999, we were trying to see what these handheld things might potentially offer education. Now I work with a company called GoKnow, and my specialty is working in the areas of Curriculum and Professional Development. I'd have to conclude that handhelds are realizing their potential in many ways. I also strive to be multidexterous in that if it can fit in my hand I will use it. Palm, Pocket PC, Game Boy, it's all fine with me. By the way, what's a Newton? Just kidding.  Wink

My shameless plug for the day would be to mention that we have a few handheld related books published through ISTE at www.iste.org/bookstore. I look forward to being a part of this community and more of the discussions I've seen so far.
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