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.

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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 (http://www.shozu.com), or emailed to VOX xxxxxx@moblog.vox.com

Developing critical and
reflective thinking

An eportfolio

VOX (http://www.vox.com
) 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 (http://gmail.com
) 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 (http://reader.google.com ) is a great web based RSS reader,
while Newsgator (http://www.newsgator.com
) also provides RSS clients for synchronisation via PC, Mac or mobile.


Shared Calendars

Google Calendars (http://calendar.google.com ) 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 (http://www.youtube.com ) 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 go@m.shozu.com

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 (http://www.fring.com) 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 (http://del.icio.us ) is a social bookmarking
site – allowing the creation and sharing of Internet bookmark libraries
and searching via tags (descriptive keywords). Mobilicious (http://mobilicio.us ) 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 (http://mobile.google.com )
via the phones web browser. iGoogle (http://www.google.com/ig/i
) 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 http://mobilecodes.nokia.com 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 (http://docs.google.com ) 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

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