Archive for March, 2009

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Student Workshop

March 16, 2009

Next week a group of Business students will run a publicity event for our MoLeNET project.

They will be demonstrating to staff the different technologies, how they work and explaining their expectations (as learners) towards mobile learning.

We will have a bundle of kit for staff to try out and we’ll provide lunch for them too.

Alas I can’t be there as I am flying up to Scotland for the JISC Conference, but Alan will be hand (well they’re his students) and will provide me with a report on how the event goes.

Should be fun.

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Early like Monday Morning

March 9, 2009

So here it is Monday morning and I have just parked the car in the car park, when a member of staff asks (as he parks his car) if I have a minute.

As we walk into the building, he tells me that he attended the MoLeNET training in Bristol on the 6th March (led by Di Dawson) and wonders what kit we have available.

I let him know that we have a fair bit of kit, but if there was anything he was particularly interested in what did he want to use.

He said he was very keen on using the Nintendo DS with Brain Training as a away of improving the numeracy and literacy of his learners.

Luckily we have ordered some sets of DS for this particular activity, and so we can let him use a set with his learners.

The training must have been really good as to retain that enthusiasm over the weekend and then get what he wanted sorted out on Monday morning.

Keen now to attend the m-assessment training here in Gloucestershire College on the 18th March.

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GO!Explore for the PSP

March 7, 2009

Back in October 2007 I blogged about GPS on the PSP.

The Playstation Portable (PSP) is as you may guess from the name usually used for playing games. However it has other tricks up its sleeve including so I read the possibility of GPS.

Today GO!Explore for the PSP arrived in my office. As well as a car cradle and charger, GO!Explore for the PSP consists of an UMD disk with maps and software and a GPS antenna which screws into the USB port on the top.

I have not had a chance to try out the GPS as I couldn’t be bothered to go out in the cold, so will probably have a go tomorrow. The software works well, but would (according to the software) work better from a memory stick. The 3D graphics are a nice touch and will be interesting to see how much of the UK is in 3D (I have expectations it is only London).

You can’t use the camera and GPS at the same time, but with limited ports on the PSP that was to be expected.

I am not sure if it is a cost effective solution, especially as some satnavs can now play audio and video files. However if you already have PSPs, then adding GPS via GO!Explore I think is a serious option to consider.

As I said in 2007, the ability to use GPS on your PSP opens up a range of learning scenarios involving maps, GPS and images.

GO!Explore for the PSP

A version of this article first appeared on e-Learning Stuff.

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Using an iPod to improve performance in sports

March 2, 2009

In my college we have been using PSPs with cameras and video cameras to analyse performance by learners in Sports Studies, it would appear that we’re not the only ones using mobile technologies to improve performance in sports, it would appeat that Ben Foster of Manchester United is doing the same.

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From the Guardian

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Ben Foster as an England first-choice goalkeeper in waiting after the youngster’s fine penalty shoot-out save from Jamie O’Hara proved pivotal in Manchester United claiming the Carling Cup to complete the second leg of what would be an unprecedented haul of the three major domestic trophies, the Champions League and the World Club Championship.

Foster, who had spent the moments before the penalties watching footage of Tottenham Hotspur’s players taking recent penalties on an iPod…

The article continues…

“I did a bit of research for the penalties,” said the 25-year-old. “We tried to find out everything we could about Spurs beforehand and, just before the shoot-out, I was looking at a video on an iPod with Eric Steele, our goalkeeping coach, and Edwin. It’s a new innovation he’s brought in since coming to the club…

Via Andy Turner on the ILT Champions Mailing List.