[Technology 992] Re: M-learning through cell phones

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Beth Wheeler bwheeler at sbctc.ctc.edu
Wed May 9 09:12:46 EDT 2007

what a great idea - have you seen 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Painting on the Walls of the Digital Cave Photographed on One Day by 150 of the World's Leading Photojournalists? it is a remarkable compilation that could serve as an example for your idea, Barry.

beth wheeler
bwheeler at sbctc.edu


From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov on behalf of Bakin, Barry
Sent: Tue 5/8/2007 3:49 PM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 990] Re: M-learning through cell phones

Perhaps you all have encountered this before but this is a first for me. Looking out the window of my office in downtown L.A. one has a great view of the billowing clouds of smoke coming from a fire that broke out in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles a few hours ago. Wanting to get more information about the fire and in particular about how it might be affecting freeway traffic for my commute home, I googled "fire in griffith park" and in addition to some news reports, found a link to a local weblog that said "People are putting up photos all over Flickr. The tag is here." Clicking on the link brought me to http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=griffith+park+fire&s=rec <http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=griffith+park+fire&s=rec> which indeed claims to have some 300+ photos posted already.

I got to wondering about how this could all be used in a teaching context, especially in light of recent discussions in this forum and others about incorporating mobile technologies into adult education. What if teachers worldwide, communicating through email, set up a common assignment such as "Sometime today, post pictures to flickr (or some other website that allows photos to be posted directly from cellphones)of a family doing something together and tag the photos with the same descriptor which is "Family Activity ESL" or something very specific." Students would then be sent out to capture images on their cellphones as homework and they would send them directly to the flickr. The next day, all of the students could type in the search term to see the images that were posted from all over the world and use them as the basis for discussion or writing assignments in their own classes or between classes or individuals worldwide...

Just thinking outloud here...

Barry Bakin

Pacoima Skills Center

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