Today I ran my mobile learning workshop which I felt went really well.
It was much less about me talking, but much more about the delegates talking to each other and sharing their practice, issues and solutions.
I did ask people to scribe their ideas and then got carried away answering questions that I forgot to collect their collective writings in. Please pass them onto me, or hand them into the conference reception and I will pick them up from there.
In the workshop I demonstrated some mobile technologies and explained mobile learning scenarios that we are already using at Gloucestershire College or are planning to develop further over the next few years.
We had quite a bit of fun with Bluetooth, and for the first time ever, my Bluetooth photo printer was “hijacked” and some people printed their own pictures to them!
I did also show how to print from my Nokia N73 to the printer.
I also demonstrated ShoZu which worked well.
As usual never enough time to cover everything and discuss everything.
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In the Tensions between personal space and social space in mobile learning symposium John Cook mentioned Google Street View and mentioned privacy issues.
I heckled from the back about how not only are you viewable on Google Street View but your image may then make the rounds on social news sites such as Digg. As you can see from here there are quite a few Digg front page stories that focus on Google Street View. Remember that a Digg story with two thousand odd diggs, will generally generate about fifty to a hundred thousand page views!
Personally I think it is a real issue and can only get worse.
It reminds me of a novel I once read in which privacy disappears (not through the internet but by wormholes).
The Light of Other Days looks at how the invention of wormholes which allow you to view anywhere anytime impact on society.
‘Space is what keeps everything from being in the same place. Right?’ With these words Hiram Patterson, head of the giant media corporation OurWorld, launches the greatest communications revolution in history. With OurWorld’s development of wormhole technology, any point in space can be connected to any other, faster than the speed of light. Realtime television coverage is here: earthquakes and wars, murders and disasters can be watched, exactly as they occur, anywhere on the planet. Then WormCams are made to work across time as well as space. Humanity encounters itself in the light of other days. We witness the life of Jesus, go to the premiere of Hamlet, solve the enigmas that have baffled generations. Blood spilled centuries ago flows vividly once more – and no personal treachery or shame can be concealed. But when the world and everything in it becomes as transparent as glass and there are no more secrets, people find new ways to gain vengeance and commit crime, and Hiram Patterson finds new ways to keep his Machiavellian schemes secret.’
It’s quite an enjoyable keynote from Dr Michelle Selinger Education Strategist, Cisco Systems.
It is a typical keynote in the sense that nothing innovative, nothing new (for me anyway), but a nice start to the conference and some enjoyable clips (I quite enjoyed the Southpark bit).