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« on: October 12, 2006, 10:24:15 PM »

Quick question - are we going to have today's presentations posted on the site? Will there be any podcasts etc?

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It hardly feels like a year since our last conference but this one is promising to be another special one.

We
enjoyed our last conference so much and the feedback from delegates was
so positive that we felt that we'd already set ourselves a challenge to
take this years event a bit further.

Moving from Goldsmith
College to the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster has
been quite a leap and we must say that it could only have been made
possible with the help of our supporters and a community which
continues to grow.

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2006, 03:53:05 AM »

Hi there

Yes, the sessions in the Churchill Auditorium are being recorded and will be uploaded for podcast soon after the show!

We had a stunning first day by the way. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2006, 10:25:43 AM »

Hi there

Yes, the sessions in the Churchill Auditorium are being recorded and will be uploaded for podcast soon after the show!

We had a stunning first day by the way. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!

Well Graham you can listen to the keynotes as a quick and lovely player in blog at



http://dtn.ultralab.net/stage/projects/Handheld_Learning_Podcast/
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« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2006, 10:31:37 AM »

http://dtn.ultralab.net/stage/projects/Handheld_Learning_Podcast/
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« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2006, 10:37:15 AM »

Glad the sessions are being podcast - what about yesterday. Also will the presentations be available as downloads (I guess I'll have to say powerpoints for the Microsoft people) from the break-out sessions?
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2006, 12:35:25 PM »

Excellent idea!  Next year, we may be able to log on to the forum and post questions to the panel when they are having their discussions in realt time, eh Graham?
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2006, 06:16:05 PM »

Hey Gerry

Yes, we'd hoped that this was going to be a viable option this year but as it turned out the cost of providing free wireless access to over 500 delegates was prohibitive at the venue although individuals were able to purchase their own log-in's as some indeed did from the centre directly. Our alternative would have been to add this to the delegate registration fee.

Regretably not everybody who bought airtime found that their connections were entirely reliable in all areas in such a large building. I guess a problem that's still typical in many of our educational establishments.

It seems that many UK venues (and hotels, trains, coffee bars, etc) see the provision of wireless access as another high margin profit centre. The availabilibity of free connectivity for 1,000 delegates will certainly be a deciding factor for the choice of venue for Handheld Learning 2007!
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2006, 11:25:01 AM »

Graham,

Just to add to this thread... as I said at the start of my presentation on Friday... to quote Old Mr Grace ... you and your team "Have all done very well!!"

An excellent conference.. in what I thought was an excellent venue...

From our POV many, many thanks for allowing us to contribute... we gained so much from meeting others and discussing our work...

Many thanks to everyone for their compliments regarding Learning2Go....

It is great to know that there are others out there who are commited to the cause..

I am sure that over the weeks there will be many suggestions for improvement etc..

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The mix of practitioners and policy makers was just right... Just sorry that I could not clone myself in order to visit all of the super breakout sessions....

We have come a long way since the suggestion in early 2005 for a group of us to meet up in a hotel... eh Graham??

On Behalf of the Learning2Go team..........

Well done Sir!!!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2006, 03:48:48 PM »

Hi

Wanted to say it was a great conference!!! Thanks to those involved for all their effort.

To anyone who didn't get the chance to get the URL for the learning objects from my presentation (about creating learning objects for mobile phones) then point your phone browser at http://tinyurl.co.uk/vpj6 . I would appreciate any feedback  Smiley.

At the moment the page is pretty raw but I will be adding more information over the next week.

Also, I am going to add my notes from the presentation (in a readable format!!).

Actually, is it possible to post them somewhere on here so they can be added to a coherent thread?

Cheers

Stuart
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2006, 12:18:24 PM »

I am really sad I missed the conference.

Alas I am moving jobs and there was no way I could justify going to my current employers

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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2006, 12:25:20 PM »

Hi

Wanted to say it was a great conference!!! Thanks to those involved for all their effort.

To anyone who didn't get the chance to get the URL for the learning objects from my presentation (about creating learning objects for mobile phones) then point your phone browser at http://tinyurl.co.uk/vpj6 . I would appreciate any feedback  Smiley.

At the moment the page is pretty raw but I will be adding more information over the next week.

Also, I am going to add my notes from the presentation (in a readable format!!).

Actually, is it possible to post them somewhere on here so they can be added to a coherent thread?

Cheers

Stuart


Hi Stuart

Good to meet you at the conference!

You can submit/upload materials using the shareware link in your User Menu after you've logged in. Then other logged-in members can access these files via the same link.

We're also collating as many of the presentations as possible and will begin uploading them shortly. As you can imagine it's quite a task! Wink
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2006, 05:01:53 AM »

I made it back home to the U.S. and I think I've gotten over my jetlag and now am operating on my normal lag.  It was great to meet so many forum members at the conference!

I was honored to be part of the panel discussion on the final day of Handheld Learning 2006.  However, I apparently not assertive enough as I sat on the panel and never got a chance to say a word. It's great we have the online forums to continue to discussion!

We know that aside home life, the quality of the teacher is the biggest factor in student achievement. If we want to successfully embed handheld learning, then it's really up to the teachers. I've worked with about a thousand U.S. teachers in 20 states to integrate handheld computers over the last four years. Two things I heard on the panel disturbed me because they are not teacher focused.

First, it was proposed to change the name of the conference from Handheld Learning to just Learning.  How are educators who want to know more about handheld computing ever supposed to find out about it if there are not conferences, books, and websites dedicated to it? Teachers know about learning-it's their job after all. Actually, I didn't hear a lot of faith in teachers.  Maybe there is a difference in U.K. teachers and U.S. teachers, but I know even the most veteran teachers who are willing to change their practices to improve learning and prepare students for the future. Sure, there are a certain number of teachers who resist change. But it seemed to me teachers were portrayed as practically incompetent by some presenters and delegates (based on certain comments). With proper professional development, most teachers in my experience are willing to do whatever it takes to help their students. And when educators go to a conference about technology, they are constantly thinking about how to apply the new tools to learning. Don't insult them by constantly reiterating it's about learning...they know-that's why they are there!  Helping learners is their job and in most instances, it's their passion.

The second item that was pervasive throughout most all of the sessions in the Churchill Auditorium was that the device and software do not matter. I'm here to tell you that they do, especially software. As I said in my session, teachers need to know the abilities and limitations of the learning tools in their classrooms. You can't expect them to figure it all out on their own time! Educators need training so they can use the devices effectively. Omitting discussion about hardware and software is a disservice because it really is necessary to know what your tools can do and can't do. Also important in teacher training is classroom/technical management and instructional strategies. Without all of these, embedding handheld learning won't be very successful.

I did thoroughly enjoy the conference and it gave me a lot to think about. Mostly it made me reflect on my approach to handheld learning-and perhaps defend it. It's great to discuss the future of learning. It's also great to discuss what we can do for our students, even with limited resources and a system of education based on assessment.

I've been to many conference dedicated to handheld computing in education and Handheld Learning 2006 was one of the best! I'm blogging about the conference at http://learninginhand.com/blog
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2006, 04:09:03 PM »

A few replies to Tony's comments:

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First, it was proposed to change the name of the conference from Handheld Learning to just Learning.  How are educators who want to know more about handheld computing ever supposed to find out about it if there are not conferences, books, and websites dedicated to it?

I whole-heartedly agree with this one. It's very important that we keep promoting handheld/mobile .... learning. Using vague terms like learning or learning with technology is not enough in this respect.

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And when educators go to a conference about technology, they are constantly thinking about how to apply the new tools to learning. Don't insult them by constantly reiterating it's about learning...they know-that's why they are there!  Helping learners is their job and in most instances, it's their passion.

Thank you for saying this. I know it's on a lot of people's minds, but many don't come out and say it. I think many of us who are not teaching tend to forget this from time to time.


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The second item that was pervasive throughout most all of the sessions in the Churchill Auditorium was that the device and software do not matter. I'm here to tell you that they do, especially software. As I said in my session, teachers need to know the abilities and limitations of the learning tools in their classrooms. You can't expect them to figure it all out on their own time! Educators need training so they can use the devices effectively. Omitting discussion about hardware and software is a disservice because it really is necessary to know what your tools can do and can't do. Also important in teacher training is classroom/technical management and instructional strategies. Without all of these, embedding handheld learning won't be very successful.

I agree with this, but I think Tony's statements need to be qualified to some extent, at least in my view. Yes, the technology does matter, BUT, not to the point where it becomes the focus of learning. As Tony states in his post, teachers know it's all about learning, they come to conferences like HH Learning to learn about technology and how to use it for teaching and learning. So... in my view we should be looking for a happy medium between learning and technology, especially when it comes to professional development.

All in all, I wish I could have been at the conference. One thing I learned this summer from being at an ed tech conference in China (Shanghai) is that different parts of the world view technology and its use in life and education in very different ways (even though many of the related issues are similar). But that would be the topic for a whole other thread.....

Thanks for sharing Tony. I'll see you in Michigan in a few weeks.

Mark
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2006, 04:43:08 PM »

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I agree with this, but I think Tony's statements need to be qualified to some extent, at least in my view. Yes, the technology does matter, BUT, not to the point where it becomes the focus of learning. As Tony states in his post, teachers know it's all about learning, they come to conferences like HH Learning to learn about technology and how to use it for teaching and learning. So... in my view we should be looking for a happy medium between learning and technology, especially when it comes to professional development.

Interesting points from both Tony and Mark, I'm wondering whether new technology should attempt to work around existing pedagogy or whether it should inform/stimulate a new one?
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2006, 05:08:23 PM »

Tony's presentation on free resources was excellent and I will certainly be looking into bulk purchasing of StyleTap for the Pocket PC.  This enables it to utilise the vast quantities of Palm based educational stuff out there. 

I agree with his points about teachers and the quality of the training that they need to enable them to get over the initial hurdles of devices.  We have just provided further training for teachers at a secondary school in Bristol - it is essential teachers are often re-enthused with the potential of handhelds. 

It was a shame that JonT's workshop afterwards did not fulfill the objectives that he was after.  I thought it was a brilliant idea to ask people what they wanted to be developed, however none of the delegates (myself included) had considered this beforehand.  If I had been more prepared I hope I could have come up with a few more ideas for software projects.   I should have read the programme better!

Next year could we have some breakout sessions for teachers to discuss ideas for using devices or to  outline projects that demonstrate successful teaching?  It would also be possible to consider pitfalls that can occur in/out of the classroom.
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