April 27, 2009

Media in Transition conference at MIT

Just returned from a great conference at MIT( where I presented a paper on my FFP project on mobile technologies and social networks. You can take a look at all the conference papers at the conference link, including mine on our project at

I would also encourage you to check out the resources at the Center for Future Civic Media at since some of these ideas and projects also pertain to the work we're doing on emerging learning environments.

The conference theme was Storage and Transmission and we spent a lot of time discussing...

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March 29, 2009

How Mobile Are We?

Interesting Pew study on Internet Typologies finds 39% of the adult population have increased their use and reliance on mobile devices; 61% are less drawn to this form of technology.

See for article.

Ten typologies were listed: Digital Collaborators, Ambivalent Networkers, Media Movers, Roving Nodes, Mobile Newbies, Desktop Veterans, Drifting Surfers, Information Encumbered, Tech Indifferent, and Off the Network.

You can take their quiz to see what typology fits you - Share it here and tell us why it does/doesn't fit.
I would have told you mine, but the quiz was "down" for modifications!

November 14, 2008

Person-based computing and the classroom of tomorrow

The following graph from Julie Evans indicates that cell phone use among kindergarten through second graders is at a whopping 40 percent!


Steve Fitzgerald from the Office of Classroom Management points out that this is the future of mobile learning and that we at the University of Minnesota better be ready for it. Fitzgerald challenges us to think about mobile learning as part and parcel of classroom design because, he argues, person-based (mobile) computing is replacing infrastructure-based computing (think computer labs). “There’s a fundamental difference between the rooms that some people on campus would like us to build—a computer lab type of place that has a lot of computing infrastructure in the room—and the direction we’re trying to go,? which is a classroom that accommodates “whatever computing device walks in the door.?

Watch a short clip of Steve Fitzgerald. (Video will open in a new browser window or tab.)