Tuesday, December 29, 2009

thoughts for 2010 first of many !!

Well 2010 will certainly be interesting . The past years comment of the future being mobile have been passed Likewise with social media. If you haven't noticed the Developed Countries are already there and to be honest the developing countries are mobilising faster than the developed ones .

Predictions comments for 2010 Things will be:

  • Embedded. Connectivity via wifi or via the humble sim card will become the norm in sat navs, digital photoframes and importantly TV's.
  • Whats Television the fragmentation on what is television will continue ,
  • Transferable media will be transferable via WiFi ,Near Field Communication (NFC) in its various flavours Jet stream transferring data over very short distances at 530Mbsec  is one that appears in well known brands of laptops and TVs.
  • HTML 5 wil appear giving much of the offline functionally of google gears and the like ( google think so they have stopped developing gears).
  • Ambient this is a wierd one wearable, Context and location aware .
  • Integrated technology will not only as now appear in the home but me much more widely integrated
  • Green a difficult one but manufacturers have got get real and they are. power management, kit life has got be extended.

The big developments will be in a few words

  • Battery Technology
  • Wireless charging
And as for the Cloud that's worth a longer post

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dual mode daylight readable displays

This is really interesting the e book area will also feed into this http://www.ictworks.org/news/2009/09/21/dual-mode-daylight-readable-netbook-display

Worth a read

Friday, December 11, 2009

What are you doing in january over three weeks !

Well as long as signing up to the gym or other health  kick  if you want to feel inspired to combat festive season over indulgence  follow this great bunch of people doing this great challenge http://www.3peaks3weeks.org/ Three peaks in Africa raising money for key 3 issues facing Africa The 3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge is an annual all-female climbing event which aims to summit three of Africa’s highest peaks in three weeks, raising money and awareness for the three key issues currently facing Africa; environment, education and health. One of the sponsors if that's the correct word is frontline SMS http://www.frontlinesms.com/ who are loaning there technology to let the teams keep supports upto date by text its free but go on give the 3 peaks 3 weeks team some money. Good old sms keeping it short simple and this case exciting good luck to all the women facing this awesome challenge . Go on subscribe you might just be inspired !! details how to register your phone or receive blog updates by email go here http://3peaks3weeks.wordpress.com/
Good luck with the challenge 3 Mountains (Mount Kenya,Mount Mehru and Mount kilimajaro) .

Thanks Ken for info

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Google chrome for mac and linux

its incredibly fast and has integrated well with mac os go on give it a try other browsers are available http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/google-chrome-for-holidays-mac-linux.html

havent given linux version a go but I will.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

US balloon hunt tests internet accuracy

Interesting approach from bbc .US defence experts launch 10 red balloons across the country to assess the accuracy with which information spreads on the internet.

Go to BBC to read the original article.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Google Dumps Gears for HTML5

So hope no one based there strategy on using Google Gears http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_dumps_gears_for_html5.php

Friday, December 04, 2009

Google buy up etherpad

Interesting that the popular etherpad or its parent company Appjet have been acquired by google!! http://etherpad.com/ep/blog/posts/google-acquires-appjet

So if you want any other proof google are dead serious about wave !!!

Anybody using wave in anger yet !!

Monday, November 30, 2009

If you think we like SMS ?

Look at the SMS figures for asia
Short Messaging Services (SMS) and mobile voice services are proving resilient even during financial crisis, as SMS in Asia/Pacific and Japan are on pace to reach 1.9 trillion messages in 2009, a 15.5 percent increase from 2008, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2010, SMS volumes are forecast to surpass 2.1 Trillion, a 12.7 percent increase from 2009.


An Economic Argument for Cloud Computing

Interesting piece that looks at economic cost savings of cloud computing interesting though short piece.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

We are the people weve been waiting for

Worth a watch widely released on the web at http://www.wearethepeoplemovie.com/ short clip form YouTube embedded below

whatever your view worth a watch and worth reflecting on . Given away as a free DVD with todays Guardian newspaper

What happens when the backchannel becomes the main channel.

Now I love using tools to follow conferences either in the venue or without . be it twitter sms what ever but here is an interesting article how do you as a presenter feel when your participants on the back channel either start criticising you or actually a debate is sparked off by you that that you don't pursue from the platform but they do. One to look at and examine especially if you show twitter streams live . The really honest article based around one persons experience at the recent Web 2.0 expo. http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2009/11/24/spectacle_at_we.html?utm_source=feedburner

The anonymity of twitter the collective crowd can lead to amazing but sometime it can also go wrong. Tiger woods car crash yesterday was just one example. twitter is a great tool but like anytool can take you in directions participants did not intend good or bad.

No comment but an interesting piece non the less.


Google marching into WiFi

Google giving free WiFi over Christmas period at US airports http://mashable.com/2009/11/25/google-airport-wi-fi/ Google have in the US looked at radio spectrum in the past how long before Google go further into telecoms.

Why mobile is so important in South Africa

Where UK broadband penetration hovers around 60%+ and global penetration at 22% look at figures for South Africa most technology advanced Country in Southern Africa is only 2% and yet mobile ownership is hige  http://www.prleap.com/pr/24676/.

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda at  National Broadband Policy Colloquium in Midrand "The statistics put the global rate of average penetration for broadband at a mere 22 and half percent, with South Africa only accounting for just over one million broadband connections which translate to a penetration rate of only two percent,"


Monday, November 23, 2009

MiFi goes pocket size

EMOBILE to offer the 3G All-in-One Mobile WiFi Router
"Pocket WiFi (D25HW)"

Main Features

  • HSPA compatible (maximum downlink speed: 7.2Mbps, maximum uplink speed: 5.8Mbps)
  • Up to 5 devices can be connected simultaneously
  • Approx. 4 hours of continuous possible with built-in battery
  • Compact size of approximately 80g that makes it perfect for carrying around
  • Simple installation through WPS-compatibility
  • Card slot compatible with up to 16Gb microSDHCTM cards
  • USB cable connection available
no idea on price yet !!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Google to Caption YouTube Videos

This is a really huge story they are going to caption YouTube video wow wow wow !!  See story from New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/20/technology/internet/20google.html?_r=2&ref

2009 Horizon Report: Economic Development Edition

In times of recession the subject of this report could be of interest to many .

The 2009 Horizon Report: Economic Development Edition explores the landscape of emerging technologies as it pertains to small to medium-sized businesses.

Even in the US majority of people are employed by Small to Medium sized enterprises

thanks to Richard Scullin of mobile ed for the link http://www.nmc.org/publications/2009-horizon-biz-report

overlay AR technology interesting video

Promotional video but interesting example of AR overlay technology this technology is near horizon not far horizon . Worth a look .Professor Chris Dede of Harvard Business School these are technology not of far fututre but tomorrow morning !!

MScape Game Demo: Roku's Reward

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hayesbrook School

ICT young leaders project at Hayesbrook School http://www.hayesbrook.kent.sch.uk/yictl/index.htm

Interesting project that I had joy of being exposed to yesterday. Great use of appropriate technology to enhance the learning experience.

This exciting new leadership award enables students to gain valuable experience and responsibility within the field of ICT. Similar to the Sports Leaders Award, the YICTL is comprised of six units. Each unit develops a different aspect of leadership.

Some of the leadership tasks might include: support in ICT classes, support/ delivery to small groups, create resources for cross-curricular ICT, run ICT clubs/ workshops for staff and pupils, extended workshops for gifted and talented students, develop and maintain annual update news/ newsletter, run ICT clubs/ workshops in local primary schools, develop a student council website and forum (intranet).

Evidence for the award is collected, logged and presented through the e-portfolio (see link above). It can be in the form of text, video, images, sound recordings and more. To pass, all criteria must be met and sufficient evidence presented to your tutor/moderator.

Taoiseach launches €150m plan for 'smart schools'

Irish government has launched a 150 million euro for smart schools

Every classroom in the country is to get a teaching laptop, software and digital projector over the next three years as part of a €150 million plan for 'smart schools' launched today [Monday] by the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD


worth a read

BBC iPlayer launches Wii channel

Not at home to set it up but will be doing this on Friday . Good one !!


Social networks could help community college students

US article about community college a US equivalent of FE colleges http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-11-16-ccsse16_ST_N.htm?csp=34

Worth reading a comparing with the work of james Clay and colleagues at Gloucester College using Facebook to support learners at a UK FE college.

A Better Safety Net: It's time to get smart about online safety

Interesting article on e safety and how one organisation views it . Its up to you to make your mind up but worth a read .


not sure I like another .0 tag but worth a read and compare with your or your organisational stance on e-safety

Those moles are reaching for the clouds again !!!

Well done to Wirral sixth form college for winning a Molenet 3 bid and looks like they are setting up theyre own cloud .From the Wirral globe http://www.wirralglobe.co.uk/archive/2009/11/14/News (wirralnews)/4739151.Wirral_Sixth_Form_college_secures_funding_for_after_hours_online_access/

If your interested in mobile learning or learner mobility worth looking at


Friday, November 13, 2009

PARASYNC Charge & Sync Dock for 20 iPod / iPhone Devices

Now not recommending this product but struck me as potentially useful for those using the pods in whatever form in education . Thanks to Steve Bunce for reminding me and filling gaps in my lack of memory !!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

free guide to google wave

Confused about getting on the wave and staying on?

The is worth a look http://completewaveguide.com/

Friday, November 06, 2009

Technology and Social Isolation

Interesting report from Pew research organisation in the US

worth a read does tech banish or add to social isolation. Some finding obvious some less so. Pew work is always over large sample so worth looking at for US perspective

Download report at

Thursday, November 05, 2009

R U the Next Bill Gates

Thought this looked liked a bit of fun

The Next Bill Gates competition is launched by XMA who supply IT products
and solutions to colleges, universities and public sector organisations.
With sponsorship from their partner Toshiba,
 They have launched this new nationwide competition open to anyone, of any age,
who is starting University in 2010 and considers themselves to be an IT wizard – just like Bill Gates.

if you fit the criteria give it a go ! A nice approach In my humble opinion but as usual you make your mind up !!

Have a look at http://www.thenextbillgates.co.uk
Of course other products area available

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Nokia - ShowPressRelease

Low spec phones hardly but note useful things flashlight very long
battery life http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1352294

Friday, October 23, 2009

Africa calling

Africans are buying mobile phones at a world record rate, with take-up soaring by 550% in five years, research shows.

great story in the guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/oct/22/africa-mobile-phones-usage-rise

Thanks to Ken Banks for the lead !!

Successful deployment of networked handheld devices for learning and teaching. NCSL 2005 reloaded

Many years ago well I think summer 2005 . Some bright spark (actually Judy Clark) invited me to gig at the National College for School Leadership on mobile learning .
I remember turning up to meet an eclectic mix of people Mike Sharples Birmingham University Bob Harrison representing Toshiba, Geof Stead of tribal , Dave Whyley of Wolverhampton (learning2go) and Steve Sidaway of TXTtools. Well it was an OK gig but relationships made changed my thoughts directions in technology forever.

Well ALT are unwittingly (?) hosting a slightly grander version at the same place but with a different cast of practioners . See below so if your interested register the stuff your doing

The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is pleased to announce
that with the support of Becta we will be running a good practice
workshop for schools, colleges, universities, work-based learning, and
community education about the *Successful deployment of networked
handheld devices for learning and teaching*.

The workshop will be facilitated by Professor Gilly Salmon, head of
Leicester University’s Beyond Distance Research Alliance, and it will
take place between 16.30 on Thursday 12 November to 15.30 on Friday 13
November at the National College for Leadership for Schools and
Children’s Services in Nottingham.
There is a full description below and at
Please highlight the event to people in your reach who may wish to

If you wish to attend this event please express an interest using the
form at http://tinyurl.com/y9t6an2 by no later than *12 noon on Friday
23 October*.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Broadband in a backpack

Ok not one for your average holiday to pack list but if disaster relief is your thing worth looking


be it getting vital information in and out what price would you pay for an email to a loved one to say your ok .

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Twitter certainly rising

The rise of twitter and the like from highly respected pew in the US

> http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/17-Twitter-and-Status-Updating-Fall-2009.aspx

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

short history offline article

Now just caught up with Micromen great stuff on Sinclair V Acorn battle in the 70's 80's (thanks I player ). Great TV also worth reading this article my Richard Millwod Short History of Offline http://emergingtechnologies.becta.org.uk/index.php?section=etr&rid=14826 Richard has one of the best pedigrees in the field of learning technology and his forsight and reflection is always worth seeking out.  You of course decide.

Assestment by Tweet for Griffith University journalism students in Brisbane Australia

Well interesting approach to providing supporting evidence for assesment. Not expressing a view but one to think about . Does provide a guide to itteraton /prototyping of an idea.

Indian operators scramble for Africa's mobile market

Interesting reflection on how mobile providers from Indian are heading to the "wild west of Africa mobile market" thanks to Adele Botha  for that phrase .

European and Middle Eastern service providers have been making inroads into the African mobile arena for years, but now Asian service providers are scrambling to get a slice of the world's last unsaturated market.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Gross assumptions

Had a brilliant week but really had my mindset challenged. Now reguar readers know I keep banging on the fact the next billion users of the internet will be from mobile devices. Read earlier post from ITU. But what ive missed is the role that limited bandwidth will have on those users. See story on south african broadband http://www.osnews.com/story/22149/Carrier_Pigeon_Faster_Than_South-African_Broadband
even simple webpages will take ages to load if they load at all no youtube etc just think . Ive dscovered Mixit this week thanks to Adele Botha this is a social etworking app for mobile phones you never heard of it. Well wake up there are 16million users in africa . The role of the mobile cevice that nevers go near a desktop laptop to sync is vital. the role of sms cant be over stressed and the wake up to the fact outrageous charges for data no longer tolerated in most of europe are alive and well in Africa .

So bit of a rant dont go mad on media rich papers if you want to reach a wider audience think lean code and good old wap .

But this really had made me think and also not to get diverted by the shiny and new  of the I or G Phone if we are serious about digtal inclusion outside developed north think second generation devices not fifth genration moble devices.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The pocket spy: Will your smartphone rat you out?

great Mobile Learning blog

Great Mobile Learning blog described as
Mobile Libraries Is Devoted To Documenting Any and All Topics Relating To Services Provided By Libraries To patrons Within Mobile Environments.

Much more exciting than it sounds .


Thursday, October 08, 2009

THE WORLD IN 2009: ICT FACTS AND FIGURES:A decade of ICT growth driven by mobile technologies

Report from international telecoms union if you had any doubts that the world is mobile read this report http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/material/Telecom09_flyer.pdf

lots of detailsbut high level stuff along with mobile subscriptions still growing at 15%

-Mobile cellular has been the most rapidly adopted technology in history.Today it is the most popular and widespread personal technology on the
planet, with an estimated 4.6 billion subscriptions globally by the end of 2009
-Mobile broadband subscriptions overtook fixed broadband subscribers in
2008, highlighting the huge potential for the mobile Internet
-In 2009, more than a quarter of the world’s population are using the Internet

worth a read a look at the tables .

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Handheld learning 2009

Well back home after packed 3 days ! completely interacted out an intense round of meeting mates old and new and the most intense twitter streamof any event ive been to. Forget gentle stream think ranging torrect . Whats interesting after a mention of the P word "Prensky" now I thiking maybe digital natives was a good model when the book Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants published in 2001 but it doesnt work for me now.

It seems ageist and almost one size fits all young people. They are not uniform but are a diverse and wide ranging landscape of skills and attiutude. I do believe adults can teach very young children to fear technology . The phrase stop playing with X you will break it springs to mind. Mick Waters used the idea that young people have gadgetgumption and we breed it out of them over the early years of school .
The idea I most like at the moment and would like your help to build on is one of  Residents V Visitors in the Digital world . Dave White Oxford University presented around this concept at ALTC2009 and his influential blog http://tallblog.conted.ox.ac.uk/index.php/2008/07/23/not-natives-immigrants-but-visitors-residents/

Great work which I fully credit and with Daves permission I aim to build on it . I believe this works well but needs refining .because you can be resident or visitor using different tools .
Second life I am hardly a visitor , Youtube I am visitor in terms of creating content I am a resident in terms of consuming content. Twitter I am fully resident and at time confuse twitter conversation with email or even voice conversation . Facebook I  was resident on but my visa( my need to use) has started to expire .
I think we need to create a model / table of the tools then tagging if resident or visitor based on a range of criterai time spent on activity frequency etc.  Anyone got a view and helping me build the model.  I will blog about the great experience at HHL09 but this idea has got inside my head and needs developing..

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


saw Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino speaker at handheld learning today she is part of

projects they are involved with are like

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environment.


Personalising Learning with the iPod Touch

Had pleasure of seeing Loiuse Duncan present at #hhl09 on great project on using ipod touches in education she has a really useful site at http://louiseduncan.globalteacher.org.au/

Worth looking at on a regular basis. I would be interested in any other projects using Ipod Touches in Education as well as other mobile devices . so go on leave a comment with a link !!

ICT access and usage in Africa

ICT access and usage in Africa. interesting stuff in report mobile is they in a lot of areas.
Some great stats
for example the percentage of disposable income spent by average Rwandan on mobile access - 65% or about 17% of total income for bottom 75% of earners


Monday, October 05, 2009


Thanks to Richard Scullin for reminding me to blog this

Simple real-time sharing, collaboration, and presentation.

Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more. Create each drop in two clicks and share what you want, how you want, with whom you want. interesting cross platform cross media


Saturday, October 03, 2009

Library Finder

Searches libraries in US using zipcode (postcode) for e-books for
loan. Interesting idea view link here.


Friday, October 02, 2009

The Epic E-learning debate at the Oxford Union

Now what a evening even allowing for either a sloppily worded motion or indeed a very clever one it was a strong arguement what is was was a a superb airing of views . The no's won it but both sides argued from a e learning 1.0 stance think predominantly if not ecxclusivelly a desktop/laptop experience and completely missed the mobile thing.

but still a great night and nice to see stuff about the event up quicklynice photo me kicking off discussion from the floor

follows the debate online at http://www.epic.co.uk/elearningdebate/

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Catch the wave or is it waves

Google does small roll out of 100,00 users of google wave see the post from the BBC for some background


dont need to say anymore one to watch

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fuss about Cell Phone

I had the pleasure of chairing Laura Czerniewicz prsent a paper at ALTC in 2008 in Leeds http://repository.alt.ac.uk/433/
About student access to Technology in SA. Great session and she wont best research paper for it.

She this year has published work on whats the fuss about cell phones post can be found here    Lauras great blog can be found at http://blogs.uct.ac.za/blog/laura-cet

In a country were for the majority of the population THE ONLY ACCESS for voice or data is mobile .

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Changes by Lewes New School

Now some people give Youtube a bit of stick ( I may or may not be one of them) in educational context. But watch these musicians and look at there work on YouTube on lewesnewschool on YouTube . When I looked 15,364 views and growing
Nice bit of work well done to all involved.

Changes by Lewes New School

Friday, September 25, 2009

One screen or two and take your tablet.

Now Ive been a tablet PC user for a while a Ipod touch fan as well so this touch sensitive screen I reckon is an interesting thing.

Now the OLPC XO is going to have two screen one working as a virtual keyboard

 The Nitendo DS has two as well

The talked of Apple tablet didnt arrived in Septmber now Microsoft has this interesting device in development supposedly called the Microsoft Courier  . Now it looks very nice it also looks like a book tablet meet e book reader interesting development.

 see details on gizmo such as they are http://gizmodo.com/5365299/courier-first-details-of-microsofts-secret-tablet

embedding documents on mobile pages

Couple of tools to mention Zoho Viewer and a recently launched functionality from google  embeddable document viewer link here

Another product is embedded it http://embedit.in

works with pdf and PPT files .

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Richard Millwood a short history offline

Ok this is a becta related post but Richard is a mate . Its a really nicely written well informed piece of history of tech especially edtech  You must read it. Richard has influenced me a lot in the short time i've known him so go on download and read it. More detail below followed by link.

Richard Millwood has produced a thorough history of the developments of hardware from the teletype to the smartphone and of software from punched card input to LOGO to cloud computing. Graphic displays, office productivity tools, interactive multimedia and social networking are considered in the context of the educational imperatives of the time and the development of communication and creativity among learners in each decade since the 1970s. The article looks at the implications of the way that technologies and pedagogies have interacted in the past to focus ideas for the educational technology of the future.

page to down in variety of formats below


Mobile Libraries got a life far outside the Library

Working with Jon Trinder of Glasgow University of Monday was amazed to find people hadnt come across The Mobile Librairies blog possibly one of the best blogs on mobile stufff ( sorry Carlsberg and others) .

Covers loads of Mobile stuff not just library related at


This recent post on how to use twitter in your Library is a good example worth a look


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RFID tracking of museum visitors and personalised content delivery

Interesting report found By Alistair McNaught of Techdis. Lookis at RFID in Museums context

"In this project, we explored the deployment of RFID-based technologies to observe visitors’ behaviour in a museum to record what exhibits they visit and when. This data has tremendous potential to enhance museum visits through personalizing information via dynamic interfaces, or profiling the visitor to make recommendations for future activity inside or outside the museum. The outcomes of the project demonstrate the viability of (passive) RFID technologies for museum visitor tracking and provide empirical validation of the near-human tracking accuracy of the system in two different environments. "


Screens and Pages publication by NIACE

 just received a copy of this worth a read. 
 About This Publication
This good practice book shows you how technology can be used to support and encourage reading, particularly reading for pleasure. It introduces technology such as blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and social networking sites and shows you how they can enhance and enrich reading. The book also shows you how to use this technology to make reading more accessible.

You may have seen headlines like:
"Technology – with the wealth of choices and distractions it brings – is directly responsible for the decline of traditional reading, especially among younger adults."

Our new book gives a more balanced understanding of technology and reading by explaining how you can use technology to encourage reading.

The new book will raise your awareness and increase your knowledge of how to use technology to support and encourage reading
for pleasure.


Monday, September 21, 2009

Mike Wesch ALTC 2009 presentation

Really worth a look.


Information-rich and attention-poor

Interesting piece on abou the challenge of being iformation rich and attention poor. I use the phrase "we are the first genration in history where the ability to sort information is a as important as the information itself."


the idea of the power and finacial worth of inforamtion filters is a concept worth thinking about !

Saturday, September 19, 2009

the Awesome Highlighter >> Highlight text on web pages

Thanks to Ian Usher for sending this my way is is it just me or is this highling tool and ulr shortnening tool for web pages brilliant  http://www.awesomehighlighter.com/  this is a section of my blog highlighted using the tool http://awurl.com/uCUePmM2e

its got send to twitter and firefox bookmarklet one to watch .

Thanks Ian

Friday, September 18, 2009

Social Media in plain English Common craft strike again

Simple short but breathtakingly effective, Commoncraft video explainng social media in plain English