[Technology 996] Re: M-learning through cell phones

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Paul Fletcher-McGookin Paul.Fletcher-McGookin at prin.edu
Wed May 9 14:57:32 EDT 2007

I love your enthusiasm you all. There is one glitch that we should
prepare to discuss. Unfortunately, there are those who would love to
slip an inappropriate photo into the mix. It's imperative that the
teacher put the pictures in the file after reviewing them. I really
hate saying this and don't want to enable one person to thwart a super
idea. We just need to take some precautions.


From: technology-bounces at nifl.gov [mailto:technology-bounces at nifl.gov]
On Behalf Of Tina_Luffman at yc.edu
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 10:25 PM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 991] Re: M-learning through cell phones

Hi Barry,

How about a class project where students discuss family events. Each
student could send their photos to flickr to share with the class (if
the class has computer access). Then the students could do an oral
report in English to go along with the photo.


Tina Luffman
Coordinator, Developmental Education
Verde Valley Campus
tina_luffman at yc.edu

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From: "Bakin, Barry" <barry.bakin at lausd.net>
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Date: 05/08/2007 03:49PM
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 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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