[Technology 995] Re: M-learning through cell phones

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Lissa probus joyess1 at gmail.com
Tue May 8 23:41:49 EDT 2007

Oh Barry, thats brilliant!

On 5/8/07, Bakin, Barry <barry.bakin at lausd.net> wrote:


> 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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