What educators can learn from Marvel Comics

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYfxQ0X7hx4 There's a new comic book shop that recently opened in downtown Skokie (Aw Yeah Comics for those that are interested), and it is quickly becoming a tradition for the family to walk over there and pick up a couple of books from the quarter bins.  During our last trip, I picked up a comic [...]

By | April 30th, 2012|Augmented reality, Digital Storytelling, iPad, mobile|66 Comments

Your phone is listening to you.

Creepy or cool? A new class of smartphone app has emerged that uses the microphone built into your phone as a covert listening device -- a "bug," in common parlance. But according to app makers, it's not a bug. It's a feature! The apps use ambient sounds to figure out what you're paying [...]

By | April 20th, 2011|Apps, mobile, Musings, Tech|6 Comments

BYO Tech – Future or fallacy

Image via Wikipedia If you're even remotely considering using iPads at your school, you should be following Fraser Speirs.  But he recently put up a post that has me raising my eyebrows just a bit.  I'd love to comment on his site, but comments are turned off right now. In his  Run What Ya Brung [...]

By | October 12th, 2010|mobile|48 Comments

Mobiles to Help Learning? High School in UK says OK

Image via WikipediaVia @TerryFreedman: Looks like Notre Dame high school in the UK is taking the bull by the horns and moving forward with an initiative to allow the use of mobile phones for educational purposes during class time. Assistant headteacher Paul Haigh said mobiles, MP3 players and gaming devices were "untapped resources" for teaching [...]

By | October 25th, 2009|mobile|214 Comments

What can you do with a cell phone in the classroom?

Matt Monjan let me know that the Simpsons spoofed cell phones in the classroom this past weekend. Yes, it's funny, but it's also frustrating because there's so many hints of truth in there. Give the segment a watch before continuing. For visitors outside the US, visit FOX to watch the full episode. Clip I'm referring [...]

By | October 6th, 2009|mobile, Tech|55 Comments

When in doubt, ban EVERYTHING

Jim Beeghley pointed out to me a bill that was introduced in Pennsylvania that made me start dry heaving at my desk. House Bill number 363 of 2009 attempts to amend an earlier bill to further prohibit "telephone pagers and certain electronic devices." It's short and sweet. The possession by students of telephone paging devices, [...]

By | February 12th, 2009|mobile|7 Comments

Film on the Fly

Image by Getty Images via DaylifeJanet English over at KOCE has been hard at work putting together the Film on the Fly video challenge and yesterday was the big day! Early in the day, she sent out a text message to everyone who signed up with the prompt: "Everything changed - when the box mysteriously [...]

By | February 9th, 2009|mobile, YouTube|1 Comment

Try a new phone on for size.

Image via WikipediaIt's no secret that I'm a big fan of the idea of using mobile phones in the classroom. In fact, I recently posted a roundup of all the different applications I had installed on my phone, along with an educational spin for each. Without fail though, when I do post something along those [...]

By | October 21st, 2008|mobile|3 Comments