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Session 8: Overview, Part 2

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PollEverywhere is one of many web 2.0 sites that allow the user, or multiple users, to enter text information via cell phone. We originally covered PollEverywhere in the Session#1 workshop:




  • Every workshop session can be attended as a "standalone" -- no prerequisites!
  • Pick & choose the sessions that best suit your interests/needs.
  • Every Tuesday is Technology Tuesday; this Spring, if we aren't running a workshop, we'll be holding an "open lab" session for you to have tech playtime with the workshop tools. In addition, Linda will be able to help you with Blackboard during these sessions. 


Workshop Dates Open Lab Dates

January 13 - Session#8

January 20 - Session#9

February 10 - Session#10

February 24 - Session#11

March 10 - Session#12

April 7 - Session#13

April 21 - Session#14

January 27

February 3

February 17

March 3

March 24

March 31

April 14

April 28


What's on the Spring 2009 Tech Tuesdays calendarLast Fall was largely about leveraging existing content for you and your students; this spring is more about content creation. This Spring, we plan to bring you:

  • blogs & RSS feeds
  • easy tools to make your own podcasts
  • easy tools to make your own videos
  • ways to collaborate on documents, graphics, digital stories, etc.
  • and more!




At what age are (first) cell phones being acquired?



NPR clip: Three Generations' View of Cell Phones

 What's in the future for cell phones and mobile learning? Some technologies are already common in Japan, China, and India, but are just now making it to the US, like the ability to gather information by scanning a barcode with your cell phone's camera:


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http://shotcode.com creates barcode and has a free reader for your phone.


http://qrcode.kaywa.com also creates a barcode; different companies make readers available, depending on the type of phone you have.

Mobile barcode scanning software can also allow you to take a snapshot of a website barcode, and then your cell phone's mobile browser will automatically take you to that website (guess what website these represent?).


Although the barcode technology isn't quite mainstream in the US, a LOT of mobile technologies are -- they are used by your students all the time, which means you can leverage mobile tools for learning in your class. For specific project ideas, including the tools used and instructions, check out Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education, by Liz Kolb:


Or you can follow Liz's blog, http://cellphonesinlearning.com. For example, Liz recently had a really interesting blog post about courses being offered via cell phone in the Louisiana community college system.


Here's an example of one idea from Toys to Tools 


Students can start their own mobile blogs (Blogger):

  • Student takes a photo for class assignment on his/her cellphone.
  • Student sends the photo in a message (email or MMS) from his/her cell phone to go@blogger.com - the blogger site will automatically create a blog for that student.
  • Student then receives a text from blogger with a URL for his/her newly created blog, as well as a "claim token" for verification purposes.
  • Student goes to go.blogger.com, enters the info from the text message, and he/she has a brand-new blog!
  • Any future photos sent from that student's cell phone to go@blogger.com will be sent to his/her new blog!
  • The student can then add comments/text via computer by logging into the new blog. 
  • Here's a video showing How to Use Blogger Mobile.


This could be useful for recognizing course concepts in every day life ( e.g., keep a photoblog of "Economics in Action!" or "Everyday Math!"), or if your students are doing field work, showing steps in a science lab, or visiting an art or historical exhibit.

Here's a tool that we looked at in  Session#5, the "Easy Audio" workshop. A collaborative Class (Mobile) podcast can be created using GCast.

  • Video demo: Create a GCast Account
  • Now, we didn't make this one, but it's a pretty good video on the GCast basics -- the beginning may be redundant, because it talks about how to sign up for an account, but then covers GCast features that we did not have time for in the Tech Tuesdays hour.
  • Video demo: Use your GCast account as a common area for your students' recordings:


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