Thursday, October 16, 2008

Handheld learning 2008 day 3 - school project showcase

Again several sessions going on so I made the choice to attend the Schools showcase to better understand what is going on in the school sector in the UK. Although there is a dependence on using PDAs in many of the projects, the advent of netbooks means that many of the handheld projects now have greater transferability across to other hardware platforms.

The session was started off with Tony Parkin with encouragement to check up the ICT Register to find schools working on various projects.

First up, Stephen Quayle presents a session on using Mediascape to promote PLTS frameworks based on work from the Foulston City Learning Centre. This project includes 80 primary schools & 14 secondary schools. The project provides students with activities to complete during ½ day visits to ‘stately homes’.

Asif Anwar then talks about using the bluetooth feature on mobile phones for resource swapping at Birkdale High School. Students developed resources using & shared these with each other leading to better engagement not only with their phones but to greater engagement and enjoyment with learning.

Philip Griffin presents the mobile classroom & PIC learning project from Radstock Primary School. Nokia N800 tablets, desktops & the Uniservity Learning Platform were used to work on a ‘choose your own adventure story project’. Learning was personalised, learners set up their own assessment criteria & had the opportunity to be creative, self-directed & practice & learn many important skills.

Using the PSP as a learning device at Birmingham East City School is presented by Richard Healey. The PSP was not only used in the classroom but also on field trips and homework activities.


Carl McOnie said...

Hi Selena,
I was sent this link through a Social network group and remembered you from the E-learning Symposia at the Russely golf course. I thought it might be of interest to you.
Here is a link to the findings of a longitudinal study that gives good insights into undergraduate student technology usage practices. The study was conducted by the research division of Educause. The Polson study and Educause studies are solid research that could be taken into consideration when making assessments of and updating training programs and practices to better meet, as well as exceed, existing knowledge and experiences among learners.


Selena said...

Hi Carl,

apologies for slow reply. Took a couple of weeks out for a holiday & now back into the fray :)

Thank you for the link, I check it out. Keep in touch, Selena