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Entries from December 2007

iPod Touch – a personal view

December 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Having got an iPod touch in my Xmas stocking, I have to say I agree pretty much with Doug’s assessment. It’s a very neat package and the wifi access is exceptional. Up until now I’ve tended to use my PDA (IPAQ 6915) for casual internet browsing when wifi is available. It’s faster than a laptop […]

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Tags: by Gill · technology

Prof Mizuko Ito, University of Southern California, USA; and Keio University, Japan.

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Looking at tracking and observing practices happening at distributed sites and personal settings of engagements. No longer possible to assume a fixed setting as a primary or sole context for knowledge.   Using anthropoligical, ethnographic methods.   Mobile behaviours are low profile, done on the fly. Often pass unnoticed. because mobile phone use generally very […]

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Tags: by Gill · Conferences · research methods

David Livingston’s talk at Research Methods for Informal Learning

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

David Livingston’s talk in the afternoon   Broadcast via video.   Proposing that enabling approaches are more fruitful than evaluative apporaches for researching informal learning.   He’s referring us to the website www.learningwork.ca for details of californian studies   Starts by pointing out that we’re becoming more and more formally educated. More of us are […]

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Tags: by Gill · Conferences · research methods

Practice Strand – Susan Johnson – Mobile phone technology use in school science enquire indoors and out of doors

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Talking about the PlaSciGardens project – one small bit relating to the Kew Gardens study. Relating to how children collect data out of doors. 9 – 10 year olds organised in small grous.  The goal was to aid engagement and help children use meaningful investigatives skills. So they were asked to classify fruit and veg […]

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Practice Strand – Chris Dearnley – Mobile enabled disabled students – widening access to research participation

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Interested in how mobile devices can be used to assiste learning and assessment in practice among disabled students.  What works well for disabled students? Challenges presented by mobile devices for disabled students?   Looking at methods. Going to give students technology and web cams and get them to record their thoughts through the video-camera technology. […]

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Practice Strand – Jon Trinder – Have you got your PDA with you? Accusations and denials

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Talking about his 2005 project with Palm PDAs Using a logging system to give accurate usage information. In Jon’s opinion, student’s devices not really used that much. Data logging on PDAs was automatic, however the transfer of logs relied on the students and this was failing. So they offered incentive of free games. But 1st week 2 […]

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Tags: by Gill · Conferences · research methods

Practice Strand – Tony Lelliott on Using Personal Meaning Mapping

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

to gather data on school visits to science centres. Anthony Lelliott from Johannesburg. Looking at Visitor learning by doing a variation on the pre-test post-test method. RQs – How much do they learn What are their individual experiences How do their prior knowledge and interests affect their experiences of visit. Collected a variety of data, […]

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Practice Strand – Patrick Mcandrew on OpenLearn experience

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Practice Strand Patrick’s presentation Researching the world out there: how do we know about the users that do not tell us anything?   This strand is going to be a series of short presentations with discussions around the theme and then Jocelyn will present the outcomes.  The challenge of openlearn is how to research the […]

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Tags: by Gill · Conferences · Openlearn · research methods

Research Methods for Informal Learning: Mike Sharples

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Mike Sharples  Recaps the Big Issues in Mobile Learning workshop in June last year in Notthingham where evaluation emerged as one of the big issues. He’s now doing a whistle-stop tour of mobile learning, highlighting the evidence that mobile learning can be effective. But now he gets to the key points – how did we […]

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Research Methods for Informal Learning: Giasemi Vavoula

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Giasemi Vavoula  Norbert began with the welcome and usual housekeeping. Coffee isn’t until about 10:30!! Probably quite a good idea as it breaks up the morning, but I’m definitely looking forward to it.  Giasemi then stands up to is introduce the themes of the conference. She is talking about the challenges in capturing and understanding […]

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Tags: by Gill · Conferences