Thursday, May 31, 2007
Plenty of future potential here for educational environments - good bye to the not-so-'Smartboard'!!!
View video overview here:
Free Educational Content Now Available from iTunes U on the iTunes Store: "Apple announces iTunes U. A dedicated area within the iTunes Store, iTunes U features free content – course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights, and campus tours — from such leading universities as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Duke University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. iTunes U, created in collaboration with colleges and universities, allows anyone with access to iTunes to easily extend learning, explore interests, learn more about a school and stay connected with an alma mater."
(Via Apple Hot News.)
Still reserving judgement on this at present - while it appears to be a great product, its size and cost make it equivalent to a cheap laptop (without the wait for bootup times), so convincing students to spring for one will probably meet with the same resistance that convincing them of the need for a PDA did... Now if it was half the price - then it would be a goer.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Although there are a few Google calendar mobile synching utilities around (e.g. GooSync), I've found them quite buggy - and you can end up with multiple event entries. So great stuff not having to mess with synching anymore!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Mobile startup Fring has found a smart way to make itself relevant and useful: by integrating Twitter. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Fring uses your phone’s Internet connection to make VoIP calls, send IMs and use VoIP services (Skype, Google Talk , MSN Messenger and SIP are supported). The addition of Twitter means that you can save on your SMS bill, since Fring works with Wi-Fi or your fixed data plan. So, no extra cost assuming you already have a data plan for your phone.
They’ve even put up a YouTube video explaining the service (embedded below). So does this make you a Fringing Twitterer? Or a Fritter?
Recommended: Piczo Stuff at Mashcodes!
NOTE: At the moment Fring appears to only support Nokia phones (about 50% of the market), hopefully they widen their user-base soon.
Monday, May 14, 2007
To see how the ctliblog looks in your mobile phone, type the url http://ctliblog.unitec.ac.nz into your mobile phones web browser (assuming you have a data account).
Or, use an online phone browser emulator such as http://emulator.mtld.mobi/
This Wordpress plugin comes courteousy of http://www.andymoore.info/wordpress-mobile-plugin/
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Wiki notes for the presentation are HERE.
View screencast of presentation online at Podomatic.com:
- Part One: http://thomcochrane.podomatic.com/enclosure/2007-05-06T06_22_06-07_00.mov
- Part Two: http://thomcochrane.podomatic.com/enclosure/2007-05-06T06_56_26-07_00.mov
Read the paper for the presentation HERE. (Google Documents).
Mobile Blogging Links
For more information on using mobile devices in education, read the author's wiki page:
Saturday, May 05, 2007
- Calling All Myth Busters!
- Always Connected, But Hard to Reach
- Supporting Student Teaching Through Virtual Classrooms
- Current Issues Survey Report, 2007
- E-Learning at a Crossroads—What Price Quality?
- Lecture Capture: What Can Be Automated?
- Are You Ready for Mobile Learning?
- Preparing the Next IT Leaders: Financial Management
- The Economics of Notebook Universities
- Clickers in the Classroom: An Active Learning Approach
- Developing Collaborative Workstations