Monday, April 21, 2008

N95 Video editing

Here's a quick example of using a Nokia N95 to capture and edit a video (including inserting still images, audio and titles) then upload it (Emailed to my account at to YouTube all from the N95 - no 'computer' involved!

Oops - in my excitement I forgot I added a section of copyrighted audio as an additional soundtrack! It's interesting to see how YouTube's automatic copyright identification picked that up!

"UMG has claimed some or all audio content in your video n95 video example (MyN95Video.mp4). This claim was made as part of the YouTube Content Identification program.

Your video is still live because UMG has authorized the use of this content on YouTube. As long as UMG has a claim on your video, they will receive public statistics about your video, such as number of views. Viewers may also see advertising on your video's page."

Don't worry - I won't be making any money from this video :-D

I'll upload an edited version with my own original music instead shortly!

Version2 - non copyright below now! In the N95 media gallery I chose my edited video, then chose 'change sound' and replaced the first audio track with one from my old band (When I used to be a rock star!). VOILA!

New generation of laptops is literally child's play

Here's an enthusiastic look at the ASUS Eee PC - a miniature affordable laptop that (I think) has huge potential in education

New generation of laptops is literally child's play: "Grateful"

(Via New Zealand Herald - Technology & Science.)

Friday, April 18, 2008

You have a PXT from 6421753814

Video entirely captured edited & processed for mms on N95

You've received either a PXT or video PXT. To view your PXT simply open the attached files, each item will be attached separately. For example, if you have received a PXT containing a picture and a text message you will have two files attached.

If your message is a PXT in most cases any media player should be able to open it. If you've received a video PXT (this will have the ending ".3gp"), or if you have received a sound or image file ending in .amr, .wbmp, .iMelody, or .gif you will need to install a special media player to play it.

In the case of .3gp, .amr or .gif files you can download QuickTime free of charge, which is compatible with both PC and Mac computers.

     Visit PXT World to find out all about PXT and create awesome picture messages!

Interactive Concept Map

I've added an 'Interactive Concept Map' to give a visual representation of the workflow and interaction of the smartphone and mobile web2 services that we are aiming at in the mobile projects. Let me know if this helps with conceptualizing what we are doing!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mobile Web2 Concept Map

I've put together a visual 'concept map' of the mobile web2 trials and a table briefly outlining the web2 tools and their pedagogical alignment with a constructivist learning environment.

Any feedback welcome!

Right-click image and 'save as' to download higher resolution version (Low res embedded in blog post for space saving).


Pedagogical Design

The core activity of the project is the
creation and maintenance of a reflective Blog as part of a course group
project. Additionally a variety of mobile friendly web 2 tools are used in
conjunction with the smartphone. The trials investigate how the smartphone can
be used to enhance almost any aspect of the course. The project uses the
smartphone and Personal Computers for the following activities (see the
following table illustrating the alignment of these activities with the
projects underlying social constructivist pedagogy):



Pedagogical outcomes

A reflective Blog

A blog post (including media) can
be uploaded directly to VOX using the Vox client on Nokia smartphones, or
Shozu (, or emailed to VOX

Developing critical and
reflective thinking

An eportfolio

) includes media sharing (video, audio, documents, images, links…) and
linking (YouTube, Flickr etc…) as well as social networking.

Collaborative sharing of media
and peer critique, also forms the basis for a career portfolio.


GMail (
) provides a free email account that can be used on almost any Internet
capable device. A GMail account also opens free access to all other Google
web services. The Google Java application optimises GMail for phones.

Communication and collaboration


RSS enables subscribing and
tracking/sharing of online activity. It provides a link between all your web
2 media sites.

Google reader ( ) is a great web based RSS reader,
while Newsgator (
) also provides RSS clients for synchronisation via PC, Mac or mobile.


Shared Calendars

Google Calendars ( ) can be
shared between groups of people via invitation. Google Calendars use an open
format that provides interoperability between many calendar systems –
e.g. iCal on Mac OSX

Time scheduling and collaboration
of activities

Image Blogging

Dedicated image sharing
repositories such as Flickr and picasaweb offer more interactive features
than Vox’s image repository, and are linkable to Vox and other Blogging
systems. Direct mobile upload to Flickr can be achieved via either the Vox
client, or email. Picasaweb mobile is supported via Shozu destination

Event, data and resource
capturing and collaboration. Creativity.

Video Blogging

YouTube ( ) is currently the
most popular video sharing site. The mobile version supports viewing of
videos online in the mobiles web browser, or via a downloadable Java client
for specific phones. Uploading mobile videos to YouTube is achieved via email

Event, data and resource
capturing and collaboration. Creativity.


Shozu is a service for linking
all your online mobile Blog and Media sites together via either the Shozu
client application, or an email sent to

Shozu provides links between all
the pedagogies described.


Uploading an audio file to Vox
creates a podcast episode that others can subscribe to via an automatically
created RSS feed.

Interviews, critiques,
reflections, shared collaboration.

Instant Messaging and Skype

Fring ( is a free Instant
Messaging and Skype client for most mobile phones. It allows messaging
between the most popular IM systems. It works best over a WiFi connection, or
good 3G connection.

Communication and collaboration

Shared Bookmarks

Delicious ( ) is a social bookmarking
site – allowing the creation and sharing of Internet bookmark libraries
and searching via tags (descriptive keywords). Mobilicious ( ) a mobile optimised



Moodle is a mobile friendly
Learning Management System, hosted on a production level Unitec server.
Course notes, discussion forums, and various activities can be hosted on

Scaffolding and support

Mobile Google

A gateway into the Google Mobile
services ( )
via the phones web browser. iGoogle (
) is a customisable mobile Google Homepage.

Links to tools that support all
of the mentioned pedagogies.

Mobile Codes

Mobile Codes (Datamatrix codes in
this case) provide sharing of URLs, text and messages via scanning using the
smartphones built-in camera. Codes can be created and downloaded from and
scanned using either a compatible scanning application on the mobile phone.

Scaffolding, support,

Web Browsing

The Built-in Web Browser is very
good, but in some cases Opera Mini may work better, and Opera Mini has
several tools built-in (RSS feeds, synchronisation with Opera on a PC etc…)

Research skills

Document Reading & Editing

Google Docs ( ) is Microsoft Word,
Excell and Powerpoint compatible. Documents can be uploaded and shared and
edited by a group. They are viewable online in a web browser without MS
Office. Docs can be created on mobile devices by emailing the document to a
private Google Docs address. To edit uploaded documents you need a full PC
web browser, or a full version of ‘QuickOffice’ on your smartphone – a
mobile version of MS Office (~ $60).

Documentation, reflection,
critique, description, and collaborative document publishing etc…

Table 1.
Table of trial activities aligned to social constructivist pedagogical

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

DipLandscape Design Mobile trial 2008

Today saw the start of the third mobile trial with Diploma Landscape Design students
  • 2006 - Palm TX WiFi PDAs, SplashBlog

  • 2007 - Nokia N80 smartphones, Wordpress & Vox

  • 2008 - Sonyericsson P1i smartphones plus Bluetooth keyboards, Vox


In this initial session we covered:

  • Introduction of the project

  • Created GMail accounts

  • Created Moodle accounts and Profiles (including photos)

  • Created Vox eportfolio accounts

  • Handed out the smartphones

As you can see, they are a 'more mature' bunch of students than previous years! The Web2 'Net Generation' is an attitude - not an age differentiator :-)