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July 27, 2009


Juliet Robertson

Hello Ollie

I think this is a very timely posting about the use of smart phones and other handheld devices and the politics of their use in schools. Policy makers in education are going to have to decide whether they are going to to be pushed into accepting the reality that this is how society is moving forward or they can jump at the opportunities they offer and be proactive in positively addressing and promoting their responsible use.

To ignore iPhones and their potential is like walking at the edge of a motorway and feeling the rush of wind as the cars whizz by. Apple may have only 1% of the mobile phone market but last year took 20% of all the income...(according to a Machead friend).

Do any of the planned LTS iPhone projects include outdoor learning? I see lots of possibilities here especially with the likes of layar http://www.macrumors.com/2009/06/16/layar-shows-augmented-reality-possibilities-on-iphone-3g-s/ and micro blogging via video e.g. 12s http://12seconds.tv/about


Hi Juliet, thanks for your comment and I quite agree with all your points.

We certainly are planning an outdoor learning element to our LTS iPhone projects. That part will start inMarch 2010 and look at how the phone can support fieldwork in education. We are also working on some ideas to look at how mobile devices can support reflection and micro-blogging for remote and outdoor locations.

Exciting times!

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