Tuesday, March 23, 2010

AnyTime / AnyWhere Learning > Education In The iPhone Age

Since 2004, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has profiled select emerging technologies and practices that an advisory board predicts will enter mainstream use in learning-focused organizations over the next one to five years. For several years, the adoption and use of mobile devices and services have been featured in its annual Horizon Report. 

In this presentation, we will review the mobile phenomenon and profile a wide array of initiatives and projects that offer anytime/anywhere access to a variety of educational and information resources, services, and sources. We will conclude with a review of current and potential challenges and opportunities that institutions and their departments face in the ever-expanding mobile environment.

Gerry McKiernan is the owner of the personal blog Spectrum > Mobile Learning, Libraries and Technologies, which is devoted to documenting activities, initiatives, and projects relating to mobile technologies and their applications in educational environments.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

PR > Blackboard Brings Interactive Teaching And Learning To Mobile Devices

Blackboard Mobile Learn Offers
Two-Way Mobile Learning Experience

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced plans for Blackboard Mobile Learn(TM), an application that will bring two-way teaching and learning to mobile devices, creating an interactive mobile learning experience for students and teachers on the go.

Blackboard's existing Blackboard Mobile Central(TM) application already delivers a mobile campus experience that includes news, events, maps and sports among a range of student life and service options. Blackboard Mobile Learn will take the next step by bringing the classroom experience and learning content to the mobile environment, arming campuses with a high quality option to quickly meet the growing demand from students who want to do more with their smartphones and other Web-enabled devices.

With Blackboard Mobile Learn, students will be able to check grades and assignments, add comments to discussion boards, email instructors and classmates and post comments on blogs - all from their mobile devices.


Blackboard Mobile Learn will recreate and enrich the course experience of Blackboard Learn(TM), the leading Web-based teaching and learning platform, in native mobile applications that in June will support a selection of the world's most popular mobile platforms including iPhone(R) OS, Android and BlackBerry(R). Like Blackboard Mobile Central, Blackboard Mobile Learn is available through an annual license, will be branded under the school's name, and can be downloaded by students and faculty at mobile application stores.

Schools that are interested in experimenting with mobile learning on their campus for no additional charge can enable Wi-Fi access to Blackboard Mobile Learn on devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch(R) and, through a special partnership with Sprint (NYSE: S), on select smartphones powered by the Now Network(TM). The no cost options are intended to help institutions get started quickly without extra investments.


Blackboard Mobile Learn will be available initially for U.S. and Puerto Rico higher education and professional education clients on Blackboard Learn Releases 8, 9 and higher. Details on availability for K-12 and international markets, as well as for previous versions of Blackboard Learn and the WebCT and ANGEL platforms, will follow. Blackboard Mobile Learn will be enabled with the free Blackboard Mobile Web Services Building Block(TM), which is available for download today at Blackboard's client support Web site, Behind the Blackboard(TM).




Blackboard Mobile Learn Information Site

Overview / Mobile Central/ Mobile Learn / Clients / Resources / Meet the Team / Are You a Student? / Contact Us


!!! Thanks To / Michael Feldstein / e-Literate / For The HeadsUp !!!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Go Mobile

Introducing ACS Mobile for your iPhone or iPod Touch

ACS Mobile provides readers with a multi-journal, up-to-the-minute live stream of new peer-reviewed research content (Articles ASAPSM) published across the Society's preeminent portfolio of scholarly research journals, including the flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society. The application also includes a "Latest News" feed from Chemical and Engineering News – the Society's industry-leading magazine and preferred source of online news for its more than 161,000 member professionals. [snip]

ACS Mobile offers the following features: 

>  Up-to-the minute access to new ACS ASAP Articles, personalized across the entire portfolio of 38 peer-reviewed ACS Journals.

> Tailored "on the fly" filtering options for viewing content from selected ACS titles.

>  Delivery of an indexed list of more than 35,000 research articles published annually, complete with graphical and text abstracts.

> A "Latest News" feed from Chemical & Engineering News Online.

> Saving of favorites in a "My ASAPs" folder for convenient offline reading and pushing back to your usual research setting.

> Interface to full-text article access (via wireless or Virtual Private Networks) for users at institutions that subscribe to ACS Journals.

> ID/password-based access is also an option for individuals who subscribe to ACS journals as part of their ACS member benefits package.

> Quick Search across the more than 850,000+ scientific research articles and book chapters now on the ACS Web Editions Platform — discoverable by author, keyword, title, abstract, DOI or bibliographic citation.


Link To  Video Demo

Download ACS Mobile at the Apple iTunes Store.






Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Technology Counts 2010 > Powering Up: Mobile Learning Seeks The Spotlight In K-12 Education

Technology Counts is Education Week's annual report on educational technology.

Powering Up Change

But lack of research on the educational impact of portable tech tools is a problem.

Editor's Note
Much like the shifting landscape in K-12 educational technology, this year's Technology Counts is changing to address the challenges of covering schools in the digital age.

Profiles: Laptops

Building on a Decade of 1-to-1 Lessons
Sustaining a laptop program at a middle school in Michigan requires a wireless vision and parent purchasing power.

EXPERT ADVICE: Wireless Issues

Profiles: IPods

Portable Playlists for Class Lessons
Although still banned by many schools, a growing number of others are using iPods and other MP3 players as educational accessories.

Profiles: TeacherMates

Targeting Elementary Readers
TeacherMate—a Game Boy-like device—is now being used by 40,000 students in 15 states with the aim to improve the reading skills of K-2 students.

VIDEO: TeacherMates in Action

Profiles: Smartphones

Solving Algebra on Smartphones
A project to use the devices as teaching and learning tools is showing promising results.


Adding Up Mobile Costs
Paying for initiatives that use portable tech tools goes far beyond the initial cost of the devices.

Teachers Testing Mobile Methods
Best practices are emerging as more educators use the devices in their classrooms.

Configuring Content
Developing meaningful lessons that fit the constraints of small-screen devices is a challenge.

Full Speed Ahead in Higher Ed.
Mobile learning is gaining momentum at colleges and universities faster than in K-12.

Devices Deliver Learning in Africa
Educators are finding innovative ways to bring education to students in remote areas.

Tracking Trends

Mobilizing the Research
A growing number of studies in the U.S. and abroad is helping to build a better case for using portable digital tools.

This year, the Technology Counts data section shifts its focus from a state to a district lens, offering a host of charts showing how local schools and districts are using standard and emerging technologies to improve education.

DATA: Ed-Tech Stats

Three ed-tech researchers discuss important issues surrounding the use of cellphones, laptops, and other computing devices for teaching and learning.



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Live Chat / Mobile Learning: Trends and Challenges / March 23 2010 / 2 PM / Eastern


FREE EdWeek Live Chat: Mobile Learning: Trends and Challenges | March 23 2010 | 2 PM Eastern

K-12 schools are increasingly exploring ways to put mobile-learning technology, including laptops, cellphones, and iPods, into the hands of students.

However, more research needs to be done to inform decisionmakers about the effects of mobile learning on student achievement. Join our guests for an interactive discussion of mobile-learning initiatives and their academic merits.


Shawn Gross, Project Director, Project K-Nect

Mark Hess, Principal, Sarah Banks Middle School, Wixom, Mich.

Katie Ash, Staff Writer, Education Week Digital Directions, will moderate this chat.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

MLE - Moodle > Out-Of-The-Box m-Learning System For Mobile Phones

Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) [http://moodle.org/].

MLE-Moodle is an out-of-the-box mobile Learning (mLearning) system, designed for mobile phones.

It is realized as a plugin for the open-source Learning Management System (LMS) Moodle. Just copy the MLE-Moodle files to your Moodle-installation and your eLearning system is now a mLearning system too.

So with MLE-Moodle you can enhance your eLearning system to mobile Learning, and can learn either with your mobile phone (mLearning) or with your PC / Notebook (eLearning).

On the mobile phone you can either use the built-in mobile browser to access MLE-Moodle. Or you can use a special mobile phone application which was designed for learning on mobile phones (called MLE phone client).

What is mobile Learning (mLearning) and how is it realized with MLE-Moodle?

mLearning uses mobile phones as a medium for learning. With mLearning it is possible to use every kind of waiting-time for learning, no matter where you are. [snip]

The Mobile Learning Engine enables you to learn
  • Wherever you want to learn,
  • Whenever you want to learn, and
  • Whatever you want to learn.
But if you are at home or at school in front of your PC / Notebook it would make no sense to use a mobile phone for learning. That's why the MLE is intregated with an eLearning system (in this case this eLearning system is Moodle). With your PC / Notebook you use the standard eLearning system, if you are away from your computer you can continue learning with your mobile phone.


With MLE-Moodle you can realize custom mobile learning scenarios:
  • For field-trips, where students should fill out quizzes or upload images/videos/audio reports or written reports in a forum
  • Create location based learning szenarios with mobile tagging or integrated GPS
  • Make quick surveys or quizzes in the classroom with the mobile phones and see the results instantly



mLearning features:

From eLearning to mLearning > Using the core Moodle-Features on the mobile phone:

Moodle lesson / Moodle quiz / Moodle assignment / Moodle resource / Moodle forum / Moodle survey / Moodle choice / Moodle wiki / Moodle database / Moodle instant messaging system / Moodle glossary

New (partly mLearning specific) features:

Flashcard trainer / Mobile Learning Objects (offline learning) / Mobile tags / Location based services / Mobile community / Mobile repository

How you can access MLE-Moodle from the mobile phone:

Mobile phone application / Mobile phone browser





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!!! Thanks To Michael Feldstein / e-Literate Blog /  For The HeadsUp !!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nature Methods | Editorial > The Scientist And The Smartphone

Nature Methods 7, 87 (2010)  / doi:10.1038/nmeth0210-87

Abstract > Mobile computing platforms such as the iPhone are beginning to make inroads into the laboratory—serious prospect or fairy tale?

... [The] metamorphosis of the cell phone into a mobile computing platform with voice capabilities is epitomized by the iPhone—one of a new breed of smartphone that is not only popular among the general public but seemingly ubiquitous among scientists.  [snip]
With a seemingly unlimited number of apps available, the iPhone can be quite a handy tool. An increasing number of apps are targeted to scientists, and lists of must-have apps for researchers have proliferated. There are apps to calculate how to prepare solutions, view restriction enzyme information, search online databases for papers and even store downloaded papers. Well-known product vendors for biological research are also beginning to release laboratory apps for the iPhone. Promega has an app with product information, tutorials, protocols and unit conversion calculators, and Bio-Rad has a quantitative PCR app.
But will such devices be used in wet-lab procedures? The lab environment can be a dangerous place for a high-tech personal cell phone, and who wants to keep removing their gloves every time they go to a new step in a protocol? Although awkward, an easily removable skin would help alleviate some of these concerns. A killer laboratory app might convince at least some principal investigators to spring for dedicated devices for the lab.
It may not be long before such a killer app makes an appearance. The barcode scanning ability of the autofocus camera on new devices suggests some possibilities. This is the basis of a popular app that is remarkably handy for checking prices when, for example, you are out shopping for a new HDTV. Barcode scanning combined with printing and database querying capabilities could turn the device into a powerful laboratory information management tool for samples and reagents. The camera combined with text recognition could be used to access the material safety data sheet for any chemical. Barcodes in scientific publications could direct readers to relevant online information or raw scientific data.
The ability to interface with other devices using different wireless protocols could be used for remote sensing or instrument control. The camera can even potentially be used for direct data acquisition. Two winners of the 2009 Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project were compact microscopes that interface with a cell-phone camera. [snip]
But for the present, the most immediate potential for these devices is in providing a painless way for researchers to keep up with their reading wherever they happen to be. Mass media publishers have embraced the iPhone for delivering their content, ... . But the situation is changing. Several publishers, including Nature Publishing Group, have apps that will go live any day. The nature.com app will let you read full-text articles, view full-size figures and save references.
We would like to hear from you, our readers, what you use your iPhone or other smartphone for. Does it have a place in the lab? What is the must-have app you are looking for? One way or another, mobile computers have the potential to play a substantial role in the laboratory of the future. Just maybe, scientists and their mobile devices can live happily ever after.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Use Of Handheld Mobile Devices: Their Impact And Implications For Library Services

Joel Cummings / Owen Science and Engineering Library ; Alex Merrill / Terrell Library ; Steve Borrelli  / Holland Library > Washington State University | Pullman, Washington USA|

Library Hi Tech / Vol. 28 No. 1 / 2010/ pp. 22-40 /  DOI 10.1108/0737883 1011026670


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to carry out a survey in order to better understand the nature of handheld mobile computing use by academic library users and to determine whether there is a significant demand for using the library services with these small screen devices.

Design/methodology/approach – A survey is created to measure whether people want to access an OPAC with a small screen. Additionally, through open-ended questions, the survey attempts to gain a broader understanding of handheld mobile computing’s impact on, and implications for, the services provided by academic libraries.

Findings – A total of 58.4 percent of respondents who own a web-enabled handheld device indicate that they would use small screen devices, such as PDAs or web-enabled cell phones to search a library OPAC.

Originality/value – The increasing prevalence of handheld mobile computing devices such as PDAs and web-enabled cell phones warrants investigation as to its impact on libraries. This study examines an academic library user population and the potential demand for using the library’s catalog with handheld mobile computing devices

Keywords: Mobile communication systems, Communication technologies, Academic libraries, Information services, User studies

Paper type: Research paper

Outline > Literature  Review / Methodology / Discussion / References

"The mobile market continues to evolve at a quick pace and some of the approachesmentioned here may not even be relevant in the near future. But, the users of mobile and small-screen devices will continue be a factor in the continued development of library services. It is incumbent upon libraries and information service providers to continue striving to provide quality services to all its users and the mobile segment of the overall user group will only continue to become more important."

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Friday, March 5, 2010

7 Things You Should Know About E-Readers

Title: 7 Things You Should Know About E-Readers (ID: ELI7058)

Topics: E-Books, E-Readers, e-textbooks, Handheld and Mobile Computing

Origin: ELI 7 Things You Should Know, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (03/04/2010)

Type: Articles, Papers, and Reports

Abstract:  E-readers are portable, low-power, high-resolution devices that display digital versions of written material from books, magazines, newspapers, and other printed sources. They typically use e-ink, a display technology designed to simulate printed paper that offers similar resolution as newsprint and, relative to an LCD screen, eliminates glare and reduces eyestrain. Digital texts can be updated easily and often include advanced features such as annotation, hyperlinking, cross-linking, saved views, interactive quizzes for individual study, analyses, and shared commentary. E-readers are changing the economics of text-based intellectual property, including educational materials, and a move to digital texts would have broad implications both for the traditional campus bookstore and for an institution’s library.


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Thursday, March 4, 2010

HighWire Presents Findings From eBooks Librarian Survey

Stanford, California / March 4 2010

HighWire Press has released the full results of a Fall 2009 survey of librarians on their attitudes and practices related to ebooks [snip].

The survey was conducted as part of HighWire's ongoing exploration of the fast-growing scholarly ebook market. The results and accompanying analysis draw together the input of 138 librarians from 13 countries. The responses underscore the significant growth librarians expect in ebook acquisitions and point to their current preferences and possible trends in this evolving area.

The survey data was analyzed by Michael Newman, Stanford University’s Head Biology Librarian, and the report presents his perspective on what his librarian colleagues had to say about ebooks. The report espouses some familiar and consistent themes:

􀂃 Simplicity and ease of use seem more important than sophisticated end-user features.

􀂃 Users tend to discover ebooks through both the library catalog and search engines.

􀂃 While users prefer PDFs, format preference will likely change as technology changes.

􀂃 DRM seems to hinder ebook use for library patrons; ability to print is essential.

􀂃 The most popular business model for librarians is purchase with perpetual access.

In the spirit of "evidenced-based publishing," HighWire is taking steps to test and validate assumptions about the ebooks marketplace as part of their continuing service to the HighWire community of publishers. For years, HighWire has thoughtfully produced the online versions of books and reference works alongside its extensive journals program. With the number and diversity of requests for ebook hosting growing significantly, the need for data -- particularly on how ebooks are being used by researchers and scholars, and how librarians manage the collection development and acquisitions process -- has never been greater.

“We don’t think there’s enough concrete information out there to advise our publishing partners as they form their strategies in ebook publishing,” says HighWire’s Director, John Sack. “Many have tried a number of different distribution avenues and are now looking to have more hands-on control of their ebooks programs. We are working to help them find the best means of doing that.”

HighWire is also conducting one-on-one interviews with students and faculty to determine their needs and expectations. Through a series of interviews, surveys and data collection activities throughout 2010, HighWire will continue to help their scholarly publisher customers understand the evolving needs of libraries and individual readers.

The full report can be found here:




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7 Things You Should Know About Mobile IT

Title: 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile IT (ID: EST1002)

Topics: Handheld and Mobile Computing, Laptop and Notebook Computing, Wireless Technology

Origin: EDUCAUSE Publications, EDUCAUSE 7 Things You Should Know (02/25/2010)

Type: Articles, Papers, and Reports

Abstract: The evolution of computer and telecom technologies is resulting in smaller and more powerful portable devices, expanded coverage for wireless and cellular networks, and a flourishing pool of applications that take advantage of these technologies. Mobile IT promises to change the way users interact with resources and applications, moving services away from desktop and laptop computers to devices that increasingly embody a convergence of formerly disparate functions. Moreover, mobile IT affords new opportunities for applications to deliver current, location-specific information. The role of mobile IT will continue to take on new dimensions as technologies mature and converge, and higher education will both guide and benefit from those developments.

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