Tuesday, November 13

MoLeNET winners go public!

Thanks to the LSN, we have just seen the first, complete list of Colleges and FE Consortia that won slices of the £6m MoLeNET fund.

Congratulations all and good luck with your projects! We look forward to seeing how they turn out

They are:
Aylesbury College Handheld Pathways – mobile applications for the LLDD provision

Bolton Community College EISL Project - Extending, Inspiring and Supporting Learning through the use of Mobile Technologies

Boston College Assessing the impact of m-learning with Work Based Learners undertaking Apprenticeships across Rural Lincolnshire

Bournville College of Further Education M-learning 4 those who care.

Brockenhurst College

brock.mobi - mLog
Cardinal Newman College Teaching & Learning : Technology Driven - Quality Driven
Chichester College

Any time, any place, anywhere.

City of Wolverhampton College Wolverhampton Learning to Go Further!
Cornwall College
Mobile Learning Network across Cornwall

Coulsdon College Mobile learning for literacy (level 1) students

East Berkshire College Mobile Learning at East Berkshire College

Eccles College

Mobile IN Salford

Gateshead College Supporting Science in the Field (SSIF)
Gloucestershire College
Glossy - Mobile Learning in Gloucestershire
Havering Sixth Form College
Using Mobile Technologies in the Classroom, at Home and in the Field to support Minority Teaching Groups (MoLeMINT)

Huddersfield Technical College m4m Project - m-Learning 4 m-People
Kingston College
KAMPUS: Kingston Access to Mobile Personalisation using Ultra-portable Services
Lewisham College
Wireless Blended Learning for Work Based Learners (WBL 4 WBL)
Lowestoft College
Widening participation Through Mobile Learning

Matthew Boulton College of F&HE

m-strategy in Birmingham (msb)
New College Swindon
Mypodcast Developing innovative approaches to personalised learning.
Norwich City College of Further and Higher Education
Harnessing Technology Towards Personalisation (HTTP)
Oaklands College
The MoLeMentors project

Regent College

Improved Learner engagement for 14-19 year olds in the foundation tier and NEET groups using mobile technology

South Thames College

Mobile Inclusion: using mobile technology to fight gang and gun culture
Stockport College
Learning on the Go (LoG) (inc stockport ALS learners)

Stratford-upon-Avon College

MobTec in Action

Tower Hamlets College

Adding m to the mix

Weston College

Wider Weston

Worcester College of Technology

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Vodcasting and Podcasting Consortium

Friday, November 9

NokMote - Wii style interface with your Nokia !!

Here at moblearn we love people who challenge the way we use our technology, and challenge our assumptions about interfaces.

The iPhone / iPod Touch did that for me with its web browsing. Tactile zooming. Automatic rotation.

But did you know some of the same magic is available for Nokia N95?

Like the iPhone, it has an accelerometer inside, but until now it wasn't used for much.

Until, that was, a french programmer called Samir got hold of it ... and produced NokMote. Check out the video - and be sure to watch the end bit, where he uses the phone as a remote control. Amazing!

Thursday, November 8

gPhone anyone?

Finally, some tangible news about the gPhone, or "Google phone"!

It turns out there isn’t going to be a physical device at all, but rather a heavy-weight alliance (the open handset alliance ) who are getting together to create an open source platform for mobile devices.

Loads of big names are involved: Google, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, T-mobile, Intel….

Notable absences: Nokia and Vodafone

The platform is currently called "Android", and if you have ever tried developing software for phones, you will love all the promises that seem custom-made to make battle-weary J2ME and Symbian developers smile once again:

Android does not differentiate between the phone's core applications and third-party applications. They can all be built to have equal access to phone's capabilities

Android is built on the open Linux Kernel

With Android, a developer could build an application that enables users to view the location of their friends and be alerted when they are in the vicinity giving them a chance to connect.

which means I really really can use the phone features

There will be a publicly accessible repository, similar to how the Linux kernel is managed.

which means I can un-install those default apps I don't want

To find out more, look at the Official Google Blog: Where's my Gphone?

Great news all round. Now, lets hold our m-breaths to see if it really can offer what it claims, and if those phone manufacturers really do deliver.

ps: thanks to Bob and Juan who got me onto this

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