Sunday, August 30, 2009

PicPocket Books: Children's Books For The iPhone

Now kids can enjoy their favorite books from your iPhone! Forget the playstations, game consoles and DVDs, our mobile picture books will entertain and educate your child in the car, plane, train and more.

With PicPocketBooks, children can:
  • Look > At the same pretty pictures featured in the printed book! We reproduce both the words and the images on your phone.
  • Listen > To one of our narrators or to one of the family! And coming soon, friends and family can read and record the story in their own voices!
  • Touch > The screen to turn the page or let the page turn automatically, perfect for less dexterous little ones!
  • Learn > To read! Words will highlight as the text is read and replay when touched for on-the-go education

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Handheld Learning (Organization)

Handheld Learning is part of the Learning Without Frontiers organisation. Our focus is on learning and teaching practice enhanced by the use of mobile and ubiquitous technologies.

Our vision is that the technologies that are becoming increasingly commonplace within the everyday lives of many people will also be used for powerful learning experiences both in and outside the traditional education environment. These technologies range from mobile phones to games consoles, low cost laptops to media players, social media platforms to media sharing networks and more in a world where learners are becoming more connected.

In an age where more people on our planet have mobile phones than don't and where mobile phones and handheld entertainment devices outsell laptop and desktop computers by 4:1 we believe there are huge opportunities to make transformational improvements in learning that will affect everyone.


Our mission is create the platforms that enable exploration, knowledge-sharing and debate around new learning and teaching practices that step outside of the traditional frameworks prescribed for educational ICT.


Since 2005 we have hosted one of the largest international conferences focussed on this rapidly emerging trend in learning. The annual Handheld Learning Conference now draws an audience of nearly 1,000 people from across the globe to meet, discuss and network.




Handheld Learning Conferences / Programme / Presentations

2009 / October / 5-7 /

2008 / October / 13-15 / []

2007 / October / 10-12 / []

2006 / October / 12-13 / []

Handheld Learning Presentations On SlideShare


Handheld Learning Articles


Handheld Learning Forums


Handheld Learning TV








Saturday, August 29, 2009

MoLeNET: The Mobile Learning Network

MoLeNET is certainly the UK’s, and probably the world’s, largest and most diverse implementation of mobile learning. 115 colleges and 29 schools are, or have been, involved in MoLeNET. Approximately 10,000 learners were involved in 2007/08 and around 20,000 learners will have been involved by the end of the 2008/09 academic year together with more than 4,000 staff.

The Learning and Skills Council and consortia led by Further Education colleges have together invested over £12 million in MoLeNET. The first phase included 32 projects, involving 136 partner organisations. The second phase of MoLeNET includes 30 new projects, some involving organisations from phase 1 and some introducing mobile learning for the first time. All projects are supported by the MoLeNET Support and Evaluation Programme led by LSN.


Mobile Learning In Practice

Summary of this section

  • Workbased and Vocational > Using mobile learning in workbased and vocational environments
  • Schools >Using mobile learning in schools
  • Hard-to-reach and NEET learners > Using mobile learning with hard-to-reach, disaffected, non-traditional and NEET status learners
  • Inclusion > Issues surrounding mobile learning and inclusion
  • Games > Games from MoLeNET
  • Myths > Myths in mobile learning and the reality from MoLeNET

Work Based & Vocational Learning

The MoLeNET Projects

MoLeNET Success/Impact

Mobile Learning Network (MoLeNET) Events

MoLeNET Mobile Learning Conference 2009


Practical Advice


m-Learning Blogs

Who's Who




MoLeNET Projects Moodle

The London Mobile Learning Group

About >

Mobile learning is an emerging, and rapidly expanding field of educational research and practice across schools, colleges and universities as well as in the work place.

The London M-learning Group [LMLG] brings together an international, interdisciplinary group of researchers from the fields of cultural studies, sociology, semiotics, pedagogy and educational technology from the Institute of Education, the University of Kassel, the London Metropolitan University and the University of Verona.

The group is working on a theoretical and conceptual framework for mobile learning around the notion of cultural ecology. The analytical engagement with mobile learning of the group takes the shape of a conceptual model in which educational uses of mobile technologies are viewed in ecological terms as part of a cultural and pedagogical context in transformation. Members of the group work on various projects and publications with each other, and organise joint events. [snip]



Events >




  • Book project with Springer (2007-2009)

The group is currently working on a manuscript for an authored book which aims to provide an overview of current debates and publications in the field before exploring issues around cultural transformation and rationales for the use of mobile technologies in formal education. The origin of mobile devices as mass media and patterns of their use in everyday life are being considered as a prerequisite for their ability to transform sites of learning. With reference to international policy trends, the book then examines current examples of the use of mobile technologies in school-related learning in relation to the themes of cultural transformation and technological innovation.

  • Book project with Continuum (2007-2009)

This publication aims to offer a topography of the current debates and to provide an overview for practitioners, researchers, students and policy makers of the pertinent issues in mobile learning.

  • Book project with Peter Lang (2009-2010)

Against the background of an increasingly mobile workforce, technological innovations and a changing corporate learning landscape, the central question of this book will be how mobile devices can be used to support work-based learning.

  • Researching the interface between emerging technologies, in particular interactive displays, and representation on learning (2008-2009)

Joint project with the Centre for Multimodal Research at the Institute of Education, London.

  • "And don't forget to bring your mobile" - Informing educational target groups about mobile learning opportunities (2008-2009)

Project at the WLE Centre, IoE, London. The project focuses on the dissemination of concepts and projects for mobile learning conducted inside and outside school, with the aim to provide support for educational professionals and stakeholders through website, online-databases and publications, and thus to support ‘at-risk learners’ in successful and sustainable learning.



LMLG Events Blog


Talks And Presentations




Mo-LeaP - The Mobile Learning Projects Database






Using PDAs In Libraries

Using PDAs In Libraries : A How-To-Do-It Manual / Colleen Cuddy.

New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2005. xiii, 145 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. ISBN: 155570543X (How-to-do-it manuals for librarians ; no. 142)


Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)--portable, multifunctional, and able to connect with computers and networks--are both a fast-selling consumer device and a hot technology for libraries. This timely guide helps librarians and information professionals understand how these devices fit into day-to-day operations and how libraries can become more accommodating to PDA-using patrons. Cuddy provides an overview of PDAs, including their history, a comparison of different makes and models, and a look ahead at their future growth. She explores the wireless benefits, storage options, and valuable peripherals (cameras, barcode readers, cardswipes, printers) for PDAs. Software applications--Microsoft Word, document readers, Web browsing, and more--are examined and discussed.

The use of PDAs in collection development and provision of materials--e-journals, e-books, databases--is outlined. Special sections cover the applicability of this technology to special projects including delivering content to users, developing applications, lending policies (both for PDAs and PDA-readable content), mobilizing staff, marketing and promoting services, developing instruction, privacy and security, and more. Practical and easy-to-understand, this manual demystifies PDAs and prepares professionals to harness their portable power.

Table Of Contents

What Are PDAs, and How Do They Work? -- Introduction to PDAs -- Brief History of PDAs -- PDA Comparison -- The Future of PDAs 2. Networking, Storage Devices, and Other Peripherals -- Mobility and Wireless Connectivity -- WiFi -- Cellular -- Infrared (IRDa) -- Bluetooth -- Storage -- Compact Flash Cards -- MultiMedia Cards -- Secure Digital Cards -- Memory Sticks -- Peripherals and Other Uses for the Card Slot -- Portable Keyboards -- Audio and Voice Input -- Headsets and Headphones -- Global Positioning System (GPS) -- Modems -- Cameras -- Bar Code Readers -- Card Swipes -- Printing from the PDA -- Presentation Software and Devices -- FM Radios -- Car Chargers 3. PDA Applications in the Library Setting -- Bundled Applications -- Calculator -- Clock -- Calendar -- To-Do List -- Address Book -- Note Pad/Memo Pad -- Expense Program -- Add-on Productivity Software -- MS Office -- Spreadsheet and Expense Add-ons -- Databases -- Project Management Software -- E-mail Clients -- Instant Messaging (IM) -- Fax Software -- E-book and Document Reader Software MP3 and Media Players Web Browsing and Clipping Citation Management Software Emulators and Screen Capture Software -- The ILS on a PDA -- OPACs -- Staff Modules 4. Selecting and Providing PDA Content -- PDA Content -- E-books -- E-journals (TOC and Full Text) -- Current Awareness Software -- Bibliographic Databases -- Drug Databases -- Miscellaneous Software -- Know Your User Base -- Evaluation -- Product Trials -- Product Evaluation -- PDA Product Models -- Collection Development Policies -- Cataloging PDA Resources 5. Reference Resource Software in Key Subject Areas -- Search Engines -- E-book Reader Software -- General Software -- Dictionaries -- Encyclopedias -- Reference -- Genealogy Software -- The Humanities -- Law -- Databases -- Reference Sources -- Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics -- Bibliographic Databases -- General Reference -- Medical/Health Science -- All-in-One Products -- Databases -- Medline -- Clinical Trial Databases-- Drug Databases -- Other Databases -- Medical Reference, Textbooks, and Guidelines -- Journals -- Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Tools -- Additional Resources -- Dental Resources 6. Matching PDA Technology to the Right Task -- Delivering Content to Users PDA-Friendly Web Sites -- Creating Channels -- Pushing Content via Infrared -- Cataloging PDA Content -- Developing Applications and Content -- E-books -- Lending PDAs and Peripherals -- Unwired Library Staff -- Point-of-Service Reference -- In the Stacks: Shelf Reading, Inventory, and Use Counts -- Research and Data Collection -- Recycling Older PDAs -- PDAs in Archives and Special Collections -- Marketing and Promotion -- PDA User Groups -- Library Newsletters, Discussion Lists, and Other Promotional Materials -- Instruction and Tutorials 7. About PDA Security and Vulnerabilities -- Physical Control of the Device -- Password Protection -- Data Encryption -- Virus Protection -- Data Backup Appendixes -- Appendix 1: Selected Web Sites Arranged by Chapter Reference -- Appendix 2: Selected Web Sites Arranged by Subject -- Cited References -- Selected Bibliography.

Library Of Congress Detailed Table Of Contents Record


OCLC FirstSearch WorldCat

Friday, August 28, 2009

emtacl10: Emerging Technologies In Academic Libraries | Trondheim, Norway | April 26-28 2010

[01-01-10]>>> PROGRAMME NOW AVAILABLE <<< [01-01-10]

Academic libraries face specific challenges because of evolving user behaviour. New technologies provide the answers. Address-ing the issues faced by academic libraries in a changing world, emtacl10 provides an opportunity to engage with like-minded professionals, and discuss the issues that are specifically relevant to us.
  • user profiles
  • sharing
  • social technologies
  • mashups
  • tagging
  • emerging learning technologies
  • semantic web
  • aggregation
  • cloud computing
  • virtualization
  • social networks
  • mobile technologies
  • communication with users
  • location awareness
  • user-behaviour data and analysis
  • streaming
  • democratization
  • interfaces
My Presentation >>>

"M Is For Mobile: Information Services In The iPhone Age"

 Is Scheduled For April 28 At 10:25 AM

The conference will be held 26-28 April 2010 in Trondheim, Norway, and is organized by the library of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.



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Facebook Event


emtacl10 — the international conference for cutting-edge technological developments in libraries within higher-education.

The future success of academic libraries is dependent on in-depth understandings of the relevance of emerging technologies. Our focus must be on accessibility, interaction, intuitivity, sharing, user-driven content and other web 2.0 challenges.

This is a conference for academic library workers and others with a general interest in emerging technologies and electronic information services.

JISC/MLA > An Introduction To QR Codes

What are QR Codes?

Quick Response (QR) codes are two-dimensional barcodes ... that allow their contents to be decoded at high speed. They were created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994 and have been primarily used for tracking purposes but have only recently filtered into mainstream use with the creations of applications that allow them to be read by mobile phone cameras.

How Can You Read Them?

Users can scan in codes ... using a mobile phone with a camera or QR reader and QR Code reader software. The decoding software then interprets the code. QR software can be downloaded from the Web ... . Users are then provided with a relevant URL, chunk of text, transferred to a phone number or sent an SMS. This act of linking from physical world objects is known as a hardlink or physical world hyperlinks.

Figure 1: QR Code for the UKOLN Cultural Heritage Web site

Creating QR Codes

To create a QR Code you will need to access a QR Code generator then enter the required information. The output is an image file which you can save to your computer. There are a number of freely available QR code generators including Kaywa
and i-nigma. [snip]


Currently not all mobile devices have the capacity to include a QR code reader and there are also issues regarding cost and speed of access to networks. QR codes have a limited number of characters and use is currently limited to one action per code.

Potential of QR Codes

QR Codes have great potential within learning and teaching, for example by linking to online resources and allowing user interaction. They are also a great tool for linking information to locations and objects, for example in museums or through the creation of treasure trails. The QR Codes at Bath blog offers many ideas for uses. They can also be used in conjunction with other services (such as a library catalogue) or as a marketing aid by putting onto posters, t-shirts etc. They are very cheap to produce. [snip]

QR Codes in the Museum

A blog post on the PowerHouse Museum blog identified a number of opportunities and possible problems in making use of QR code with extended object. The blog post suggested that QR codes are probably best seen just as mobile-readable URLs. [snip]



CITE: An Introduction To QR Codes, Cultural Heritage Briefing Paper No. 61, UKOLN, <>

JISC/MLA > Further Uses for the Mobile Web


The document An Introduction to the Mobile Web explains how increasing use of mobile devices offers institutions and organisations many opportunities for allowing their resources to be used in exciting new ways. This innovation relates in part to the nature of mobile devices ... but also to the speed and ease with which new applications can be created for them.

Some of the current complimentary technologies are described below.
  • QR Codes
    Quick Response (QR) codes are two-dimensional barcodes (matrix codes) that allow their contents to be decoded at high speed. They were created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994 and have been primarily used for tracking purposes but have only recently filtered into mainstream use with the creations of applications that allow them to be read by mobile phone cameras. For further information see An Introduction to QR Codes.

  • Location Based Services (GPS)
    More mobile phones are now being sold equipped with global Positioning System (GPS) chips. GPS, which uses a global navigation satellite system developed in the US, allows the device to provide pinpoint data about location.
    Mobile GPS still has a way to go to become fully accurate when pinpointing locations but the potential of this is clear. GPS enabled devices serve as a very effective navigational aid and maps may eventually become obsolete. Use of GPS offers many opportunities for organisations to market their location effectively.

  • SMS Short Codes
    Instant is already used by consumers in a multitude of ways, for example to vote, enter a competition or answer a quiz. In the future organisations could set up SMS short codes allowing their users to:
    Express an interest in a product or service or request a brochure
    Request a priority call back
    Receive picture, music, or video content
    Receive search results
    Receive a promotional voucher
    Pay for goods or services
    Engage in learning activities

  • Bluetooth and Bluecasting
    Bluetooth is an open wireless protocol for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices. Bluecasting is the provision of any media for Bluetooth use. Organisations could offer content to users who opt-in by making their mobile phones discoverable.

  • Cashless Financial Transactions
    Using Paypal it is now possible to send money to anyone with and email address or mobile phone number. Paying using SMS is becoming more common, for example to pay for car parking. In the future people will be able to use the chip in their phone to make contactless payments at the point of sale by waving it across a reader.
The Future

The next 'big thing' for mobile devices could be speech recognition. The voice-enabled Web will have significant implications for authentication and ease of use. Future phones are likely to work in a more multi-sensory way and use smell, light and heat more. They may also begin to use artificial intelligence and augmented reality.



CITE: Further Uses For The Mobile Web, Cultural Heritage Briefing Paper No. 66, UKOLN, <>

Google Book Search for iPhone and Android

Thursday / February 5 2009 / 11:02 PM
Over 1.5 million public domain books in the US (and over half a million outside the US) are now available for perusing on iPhone and Android devices. Just go to in your mobile browser. You can search for a title, author, or subject. Or you can browse the list of "Featured books" and various categories like business and economics, the classics, science and math, travel, and more. [snip]

Links To Posting


Information About Launch



A Million Google Books In Open EPUB Format

Download Over a Million Public Domain Books from Google Books in the
Open EPUB Format

Wednesday / August 26, 2009 / 11:05 AM / Posted by Brandon Badger, Product Manager

Over the years, we've heard a lot from people who've unearthed hidden treasures in Google Books: a crafter who uncovered a forgotten knitting technique, a family historian who discovered her ancestor once traveled the country with a dancing, roller-skating bear. [snip]

I'm excited to announce that starting today, Google Books will offer free downloads of these and more than one million more public domain books in an additional format, EPUB.

By adding support for EPUB downloads, we're hoping to make these books more accessible by helping people around the world to find and read them in more places. More people are turning to new reading devices to access digital books, and many such phones, netbooks, and e-ink readers have smaller screens that don't readily render image-based PDF versions of the books we've scanned.

EPUB is a lightweight text-based digital book format that allows the text to automatically conform (or "reflow") to these smaller screens. And because EPUB is a free, open standard supported by a growing ecosystem of digital reading devices, works you download from Google Books as EPUBs won't be tied to or locked into a particular device.

We'll also continue to make available these books in the popular PDF format so you can see images of the pages just as they appear in the printed book.To get started, just find any public domain book on Google Books and click on the Download button in the toolbar.


Digitizing books allows us to provide more access to great literature for a wider set of the world's population. Before physical books were invented, thoughts were constrained by both space and time. It was difficult for humans to share their thoughts and feelings with a set of people too far from their physical location. Printed books changed that by allowing authors to record their experiences in a medium that could be shipped around the world.


[snip] In a world where educational opportunities are often disproportionately allocated, it's exciting to think that today anyone with an Internet connection can download any of over one million free public domain books from Google Books. [snip]

Links To Annoucement




International Children's Digital Library Launches Apple iPhone Application

Children's Book Collection from Apple's iPhone Educational Content for the iPhone

November 19 2008 / College Park, MD

For immediate release

COLLEGE PARK, MD - November 19, 2008 - The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) ,
which is the world's largest collection of children's literature available freely on the Internet, today announced the release of the ICDL for iPhone application.

Available free at Apple's iPhone App Store, the ICDL for iPhone application allows users to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of the iPhone and iPod Touch user interface to read a selection of books from the ICDL's master collection, which today represents thousands of children's stories from 60 countries. The children's books can be read in their native language and in English.

The ICDL for iPhone application features ICDL's ClearText technology which was designed to make it possible for users to read story text clearly in the context of highly illustrated beautiful children's picture books -- even on the small mobile screen. The ICDL for iPhone application will be updated regularly as new books are made available.

Additional features of the ICDL iPhone application include:

  • Offline reading -- access the International Children's Library to read on and offline
  • Online reading -- linkage to the full ICDL collection which has over 3,000 titles in 48 languages representing 60 countries
  • Simple navigation -- view books with engaging animations quickly
  • One or two page view -- takes advantage of iPhone's "auto-rotation" feature
  • ClearText -- allowing exceptionally clear text in the context of highly illustrated pages
The ICDL iPhone application syncs via Wi-Fi or the user's cellular network and downloads the latest featured children's books directly to the device, giving children and parents access to content offline and in airplane mode. Compatible with any iPhone or iPod Touch with operating system version 2.0, the application was designed by International Children's Digital Library Foundation with support from Zumobi and the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab.



!!! Thanks To Dana Rotman For The HeadsUp !!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Surprise > First Children's Picture Book From Winged Chariot Press For An iPhone

>>> Away We Go..... Vroooooom <<<

Telegraph (UK) / 23 Aug 2009 / 2:36 PM BST / Richard Savill

Winged Chariot Press has published The Surprise by Sylvia van Ommen, which tells the story of a sheep which makes a gift for a friend, on the iPhone.

[The Book > A story with only two words - the title. A book so delightful and quirky we are sure you'll fall in love with it.]

Parents can download The Surprise for 59p ($.99) direct to their iPhones, and children can follow the illustrations on the touch-sensitive screens.

Neal Hoskins, of Winged Chariot Press, said: "At home many parents already share their laptops and phones as digital entertainment devices with their children. Now, they can use and enjoy them together.

"The Surprise is the first of many creations on this platform, giving you fantastic and wonderfully drawn images, as well as fun animation and storytelling."

The publisher said the backlit screens meant children would also be able to read stories at bedtime.

Martin Salisbury, a children's literature expert and illustrator , said: "Overcoming my innate fear of the screen and lifelong attachment to the turning of the printed page, I was pleasantly surprised by the ease and elegance with which it was translated into this digital form.

"Without excessive gimmicks or gratuitous 'because we can' use of the technology, the simple finger dragging operation allows the narrative to be experienced at the user's pace."

Rebecca Green, project manager for the National Literacy Trust, said: "New technologies, such as this picture book App for mobile phones, offer interesting and unusual mediums for busy parents to share books together with their children.

"Sharing books together is a vital way to foster a love of reading in your child from an early age; and this, in turn, is one of the best ways to ensure their future success when they arrive at primary school and beyond



Preview From/For iPhone And Link To iPhone App Store


Sample Pages From Printed Book


Support Document (Includes B/W Illustrations)


!!! Thanks to Graham Titley For The HeadsUp !!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Library Finder Brings eBooks For Your Sony Reader

With the Library Finder, you can locate a Public Library near you offering many titles, including those from the New York Times Bestsellers List. Just like you would borrow a book from your public library, you can do so with an eBook.

Simply enter your zip code or state below and click "Search".

Find the library nearest you to browse, checkout and download eBooks*.

Look for eBooks that are compatible (in PDF format) and optimized (in ePub format) for the Sony Reader. Best of all, it's free. Enjoy and happy reading!

*All you need is a library card and an Adobe Digital Editions account. Check with your library for more information.

Search Libraries > Does your public library offer free downloads?

Enter your 5-digit zip code to find libraries in your area or Choose a state ... .

News Coverage

Using Mobile Technologies To Promote Children’s Learning

Model Programs Spark New Opportunity to Transform Children’s Education

New York and Las Vegas, January 9, 2009 – Mobile device use is exploding among children worldwide, cell phones and iPods are this generation’s preferred form of social communication. More than half of the world’s population now owns a cell phone and experts project that people will use cell phones as their primary means of accessing the Internet by the year 2020.

However, most educators and parents have been skeptical, until now, about mobile devices’ value in learning. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop issued a new study today documenting the untapped potential of mobile learning. The report, drawing on market trends and model programs, outlines the first-ever national mobile learning strategy, urging the Obama administration to make new investments in digital learning technologies and teacher training.

The findings and recommendations of Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning, were unveiled by Gary E. Knell, President and CEO of Sesame Workshop at the Kids@Play Summit at the 2009 International CES® in Las Vegas.

The study found that just as Sesame Street transformed television into a revolutionary learning tool for preschoolers, mobile learning technology may represent the next frontier. Pockets of Potential includes an inventory of over 25 notable examples of mobile’s power to transform learning ... . The report, by Center Industry Fellow Carly Shuler offers a review of scientific literature and a blueprint for national action. Major recommendations include:

  • New Investment in R&D - New government and philanthropic investment is needed to assess the impact mobile technologies have on children’s learning and development, including brain and behavioral functioning. New industry designs and educational applications must be created rather than “shrinking” existing tools to fit mobile devices.

  • Establish a Digital Teachers Corps - Most teachers and after school staff have little training in the uses of mobile technologies for educational benefit. The report recommends the establishment of a digital teacher corps which would prepare educators to use digital media to promote 21st century literacy.

  • Create a White House Initiative on Digital Learning - The report calls for a White House Summit and a digital investment fund to accelerate and promote mobile innovation to help benefit the economy.

  • Modify Classroom Access - Most school districts limit cell phone use in classrooms and some have banned their use altogether. The report recommends steps to gradually introduce mobile devices in schools, beginning with an experimentation phase in which teachers are trained for integrating interactive mobile media and students learn skills and appropriate behaviors.

“Mobile devices are part of the fabric of children’s lives today: they are here to stay,” said Dr. Michael Levine, Executive Director of The Joan Ganz Cooney Center. “It is no longer a question of whether we should use these devices to support learning, but how and when to use them. Sesame Street introduced children to the educational potential of television. A new generation of mobile media content can become a force for learning and discovery in the next decade.”

Pockets of Potential outlines key challenges that must be overcome for mobile learning to take hold, including the lack of large-scale evaluation evidence, public concerns about their disruptive nature, widely varying technologies, the need for consistent design standards and privacy issues.

Pockets of Potential was supported by the Pearson Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Kids’ Raising Readers.

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is an independent, non-profit research center that examines the role of new technologies in learning and literacy development both in and out of school. [snip] The center is named for Sesame Workshop's visionary founder, who revolutionized television with the creation of Sesame Street. [snip]



Full Text Available At

Executive Summary


Full Report


News Coverage

Mobile Devices Seen as Key to 21st-Century Learning


Emerging Mobile Technologies for K-12 Classrooms Chat | September 3 2009 | 11 AM Eastern |

Because of their low cost and ubiquity, an increasing number of educators are considering the use of mobile devices, such as cellphones, netbooks, GPS systems, digital recorders, and MP3 players, in the classroom.

When harnessed properly, supporters say, these devices can open up new educational opportunities for students. But some critics feel such devices are more of a distraction or annoyance than a learning tool.

Our guests will discuss which mobile technologies are best for the classroom, when they should or should not be used, and which emerging mobile technologies will have a significant impact on K-12 education.

Guests >

  • Shawn Gross, the project director for Project K-Nect, an initiative that aims to help at-risk students increase their math skills through smartphones

  • Judy Brown, a mobile learning analyst and the curator of, a Web site of resources for educational mobile technologies

  • Katie Ash, staff writer, Education Week and Digital Directions, will moderate this chat.

Note: No special equipment other than Internet access is needed to participate in any of our text-based chats

Announcement and SignUp Reminder Site


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

QandANJ Launches A Text Reference Pilot! launched its text reference pilot project this week!

Five QandANJ libraries are participating in the year long project that will test their customers’ interest in using text messaging to ask reference questions.

Participating libraries include Atlantic Cape Community College Library, Newark Public Library, Princeton Public Library, Vineland Public Library and William Paterson University Library.

QandANJ is covering the cost of Mosio’s Text a Librarian software – the best we’ve found for this application. Each subscription includes one microboard (online location to view incoming texts) and each library’s own text keyword. All texts go to the same phone number (66746, which spells Mosio) and patrons start the body of their text with the library’s keyword to route it to the correct library microboard. Patron info is private and anonymous.

The Mosio Software has many useful elements, including a feature that translates a message out of shortened “text speak” to full words! A reports function in the software will allow statistical analysis of the library’s text message reference services. Above all, the software is very easy to use.

The patrons text their questions, but the librarians type their answers via a web interface (kind of like the QandANJ chat monitor). Libraries can set the system so that incoming text messages generate emails to certain librarians’ email addresses. Alternately, the library can route their text questions through their existing IM systems (Meebo, Pidgin, etc.).

Unlike the cooperative model of QandANJ, only librarians at each participating library will see their own patrons. There will be no back up in this pilot project as each library answers only their own texts. What type of questions will be coming through the text platform is part of the experiment.

Participating libraries and QandANJ staff are very excited to see what happens in the coming year! For more information, please visit the participating libraries’ web pages.



Thanks To Laurinda Alcorn For The HeadsUp !

Sony Announces Reader Daily Edition: 3G Wireless, Plus Free Library Content

Gearlog / Tuesday August 25, 2009

During an event at the main branch of the New York Public Library this morning, Sony unveiled the newest version of its eBook Reader, the Daily Edition ... which will have built-in free wireless capability via AT&T's 3G mobile broadband network.

The three new Readers side-by-side: Pocket, Touch, and Daily Edition

The new Reader, to sell for $399, will be available by December, just in time for the holidays, at SonyStyle stores and via The Daily Edition will feature a 7-inch touchscreen, and a high contrast ratio with 16 levels of grayscale; you can read in either portrait or landscape orientation. It will have enough onboard memory to hold over 1,000 standard ebooks and is also expandable via Memory Stick / Duo and SD card slots.

The company also had a number of its newly available Pocket and Touch Readers ... ; those readers ($199 and $299, respectively) are available now for purchase. Each of the Sony Readers employs the E Ink Vizplex electronic paper display.

Sony also announced its Library Finder app, developed in partnership with Users of Sony's eBook Store will be able to easily locate their local libraries online, and using their library cards, download free ebook content. When the lending period is up, the content simply expires. Also new is a Web site for book lovers called Words Move Me a social networking site of sorts where readers will be able to connect and post favorite passages from literary works. Eventual Facebook and Twitter integration is promised.


Dr. Paul LeClerc, president and CEO of the NYPL, ... detailed Sony's partnership with libraries to provide free digital contentto all versions of the Sony Reader. Currently, he said, the library offers over 40,000 downloadable titles and is in partnership with Google's book-scanning initiative, with the goal of digitizing over 1 million titles. "We believe it must be delivered free," he stressed.

Steven Haber, president of Sony's Digital Reader Business Division, ... emphasized the importance of access, content, and affordability for ebook readers. He mentioned that Sony is moving from a proprietary ebook format to ePub's format, which will streamline the publishing process immensely.



Press Release


News Coverage

Sony's E-Reader vs. Kindle: 5 Reasons Amazon Should Worry

Librarians' Delight: A Device That Helps Readers Norrow e-Books

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mobile Technology in South Korean Libraries

Development and Application of Mobile Technology in South Korean Libraries

Wontae Choi / Professor / Department of Library and Information Science / Konkuk University / Chungju-city / South Korea. E-mail:

Libri. Volume 59, Issue 1, Pages 14–22, ISSN (Online) 1865-8423, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI:10.1515/libr.2009.002, / March / 2009

Publication History: Received: 30/07/2008; Accepted: 14/11/2008; Published online: 13/05/2009

Mobile library services are still lacking and insufficient to meet the increasing needs of various users. This paper provides an overview of the development and application of mobile technology in South Korean libraries. It presents the service contexts and issues for the future application and access in the mobile library field.

This paper categorizes real world examples. It identifies the new mission for building high quality mobile library services and discusses the future of mobile library architecture. It also presents a summary of key aspects of mobile library projects in South Korea and suggests major areas for future planning and development. Finally it envisions the future of mobile library technology.

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