Friday, September 29, 2006
Some key points (for me anyway):
1. For teachers:
social connections - e.g. http://www.linkedin.com
2. For learning environments:
Round tables, small screens
Formal and informal learning environments
3. To change Teachers:
Focus on the learners - what are the like?
Change the teaching/learning spaces - promote interaction/collaboration environments
Gain a students perspective - get them to describe how they use different tools in their lives/learning
34 million blogs
16000 blog posts per hour
Av age of online gamers = 38!
5. Students are:
They are using a mashup of springdoo, filemobile, and flickr, integrated into Moodle lms (using the Moodle 'Journal' feature - must check this out, however I think elgg may be better suited for this!) to create a mobile eportfolio system for baking apprentices. However, they still require PCs to consolidate the portfolio.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
"The Nokia N95 comes with an HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GSM radio, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 radios, integrated GPS receiver (with free maps), 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and 30 fps video recording capability, integrated WiFi radio, 3D stereo speakers, miniUSB connector, 3.5 inch standard headphone jack, microSD memory card slot, and 160 MB of internal storage. The form factor is more similar to a N80 than a N90"
Now everyone can easily record and Podcast with their phone.
Get 60 minutes FREE
Record using your phone
Post to your profile, blog or website
Search spoken words and meet new people
Use EvocaMic™ to send messages to friends
Form an Evoca group - share your cause
Record your conference calls
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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Friday, September 15, 2006
Windows Mobile users can take advantage of Yahoo Mobile: "Windows Mobile Treo users make note that Yahoo Mobile could prove a good resource for you. 'With Yahoo! Go™, your stuff is always with you and easy to use.
Click on the arrow to the right of the phone to learn more:
* Contacts — Stored phone numbers are automatically synched
* Photos — Take a picture and it’s stored online
* Messenger* — Record voice instant messages
* Mail — Get notified when new email arrives'
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Apple - iPod - Features
Interactive Flash demo of new iPod interface on Apple website.
There's also a new version of iTunes, its main new feature is the integration of the third party application 'coverflow' for album art downloading - Apple is good at integrating good third party ideas into their main apps!
Also announced today - the Treo750v UMTS Treo for Vodafone networks - Windows Mobile 5 powered unfortunately :-(
I think I'll wait for the Palm OS version (if it comes) or Symbian (Sony Ericsson M600i)
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
3.00pm Tuesday September 12, 2006
Vodafone said today it will next month launch 3G broadband services at a price competitive with Telecom's fixed line service.
The service will run ten times faster than its previous offering at a speed of up to 3.6 megabits per second -- faster than conventional broadband running over a copper wire. The average speed will be 800Kbps-1.4Mbps, 58 times faster than dial-up and considerably faster than most entry level conventional broadband services.
Vodafone NZ chief executive Russell Stanners said the big advantage for customers is the system is mobile.
The company said that mobile connectivity would quickly become the preferred way of accessing the internet and critical business applications.
Prices will start at $29.95 per month for 200MB (megabits) or 1GB (gigabit) for $49.95. The service may not be suitable for customers wanting to download large volumes of data.
Mr Stanners said the good news was this development did not rely on unbundling the local loop, which will not come to fruition until mid-2007.
Although Vodafone has around half the mobile market, he said it only had around 20 per cent of the total telecommunications market and the scope for growth was enormous."
http://www.ebible.com: "Here are some reasons for signing up (or take a tour)
FREE. It's completely free to have an eBible.com account
PERSONALIZE. Save personal bookmarks, assign topics/tags, add your own notes
COMMUNITY. Email verses to friends and add them to 'My Community' and share your bookmarks and notes with each other.
BOOKSHELF. Start building your own custom Bookshelf online. Free Nelson Illustrated Bible Commentary (limited time)
ACCESS ANYWHERE. Login and access all your bookshelf titles, bookmarks, notes, topics and community features on any machine with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world"
Friday, September 08, 2006
Treemo, which launches today, is a social network and media sharing site with a focus on cellphones. Formerly known as HyperMob, the Seattle-based startup also has a social mission - they’re encouraging users to recycle their old digital cameras and phones.
‘Media sharing’ is a fairly vague term, but the short version is that Treemo combines Flickr-like photo and video sharing with a mobile platform. You can upload photos, videos, audio or blogs via the website, email or your phone, organize your content into sets, bookmark your favorite media and view channels on your cellphone. What’s more, you can navigate the content using social filters like those on YouTube: most recent, most commented, most viewed, most favorited, top tags and featured media. The upload limit is 200MB per month. Other features include tagging, RSS, drag and drop management tools and the ability to share media with your network of friends. Another notable feature: you can embed the media in external sites like MySpace, hi5 and Piczo using the embed codes supplied.
In fact, these features are very similar to the media-sharing site Twango, and many other players, too. Treemo is trying to differentiate itself with a focus on mobile, allowing users to upload and consume media on their phones. However, I’m not sure that it’s enough: this is a crowded market to say the least. What’s more, it doesn’t bode well when lazy headline writers like me can sum it up with a comparison to another service: YouTube, Flickr, Webshots, ImageShack, Fotolog and Photobucket all overlap with Treemo, and all of them have more resources and users. The only strategy that I can propose is to become more of a niche play: targeting socially-conscious users perhaps. Because without a stronger angle, I think many of these media-sharing startups will struggle.
- Treemo User?
Mashable’s Treemo profile is HERE - feel free to add Mashable to your friends list if you sign up.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Macworld: News: CrossOver virtualization software public beta offered: "CrossOver virtualization software public beta offered
By Peter Cohen
Codeweavers has announced the release of a public beta version of CrossOver Mac, their virtualization software that lets Intel-based Macs run Windows applications, without having Windows installed.
Based on the open-source project WINE, CrossOver Mac provides the ability to run Windows applications and some games on the Mac without having to reboot or switch to a virtual machine interface %u2014 applications appear in the same Finder interface that Mac users are accustomed to. Because it%u2019s based on WINE, which translates Windows-specific code references to other operating systems%u2019 technology, no Windows operating system license is needed in order to get CrossOver to work.
By comparison, Boot Camp, Apple%u2019s Windows-enabling software for Intel Macs, requires you to install a copy of Windows. Similarly, Parallels Desktop for Mac needs a Windows operating system (or other PC-compatible operating system) in order to operate.
Codeweavers advises that CrossOver Mac%u2019s public beta %u201Cwill give you a taste,%u201D but %u201Cshould be considered an early test release.%u201D The developers promise %u201Csubstantial further improvements%u201D before the production version ships. In other words, unless you%u2019re willing to tolerate issues that sometimes pop up with experimental software, %u201Cyou should skip this and wait for notice of the production release.%u201D
The CrossOver Mac public beta is a 60-day version. Users interested in placing a pre-order can, for a reduced price of $39.95."
Check out their intro movie on their web site for an overview of Plone - looks promising, maybe not as flexible/full featured as elgg, but looks nicer, and perhaps simpler for the end-user than elgg (which I find slightly confusing for creating groups within etc...).
Metering Social Bookmarking Services: "SocialMeter looked interesting- enter a URL and it pulls some stats from major services like del.icio.us, Digg, Furl, Google, Yahoo, technorati for how many times the URL has been bookmarked. It returns a total hit count, and you can click each service to yank up its results."
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