Here’s a brief list of some of the recent blog posts on PokemonGo and learning technology (in no particular order):
I’ve just signed up for a short course that looks great. Not sure how much I will be able to participate in as I’m on holiday next week (yey!) to a wifi free zone! But anyway here’s a bit of the blurb about it:
“Welcome to our Teaching with Tablets course. This is an interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of iPads and tablets for teaching and learning. Our course is aimed at educators across all levels, from Primary to Higher Education, from NQTs to experienced practitioners. Anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome.
It is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas and encourage you to try them within your teaching. We would like you to leave each session with a new idea to try out in practice and then share your experiences on the Google+ community. In turn you can learn from the experiences and gain ideas from fellow professionals.
Course opens – 7th February 2016
8th February – Exploring Apps
15th February – Exploring Apps
Week 1 – 22nd February – Manipulating Media
Week 2 – 29th February – Visible Learning
Week 3 – 7th March – Technology Outdoors
Week 4 – 14th March – Digital Storytelling
Week 5 – 21st March – Talk and Collaboration”
see http://bit.ly/TWT16 for details and to enrol
Tricks of the Trade. Practical stuff to improve your teaching and make your life easier.
Wednesday 13th May 2015.
13:00 – 14:00.
This is the final session of this term’s Trick of the Trade.
App-o-site is an ‘open mic’ session where participants will present their favourite app. Presenters will have 5 minutes to demo their app and say why they like it.
We will also show you the accompanying website which will introduce you to a number of apps useful for university teaching and research.
No need to book – Just turn up – Bring your lunch
For further information contact Chris Rowell firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 7519 James Leahy email@example.com ext. 6104
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve come across three new different types of social media. First there was ‘Sublevel’, a kind of Twitter that allows the participants to post more than 160 characters. Second, ‘Ello’, facebook without the adverts and now following the events in Hong Kong there have been many references to ‘FireChat’ by the protestors. Here is the description from the FireChat app:
“FireChat introduces a new way to chat: “off-the-grid”.
Now you can chat with people around you – even if there is no Internet connection or mobile phone coverage. Whether you’re on the beach or in the subway, at a big game or a trade show, camping in the wild or at a concert, or even travelling abroad, simply fire up the app with a friend or two and find out who else is there.
FireChat enables a new type of communication: “firechats”. These live and anonymous discussion groups can gather as many as 10,000 people simultaneously.
You can create your own firechats about anything that interests you – whether it’s the NY Yankees, Game of Thrones, League of Legends or Italian food.
Get FireChat and start bringing people together”
The democracy protestors have started using it because where there are large crowds the internet connection gets overloaded on mobile devices. Also the Chinese government has blocked other forms of social media. Given that Firechat doesn’t need the internet to work they can’t block these interactions.
There may also be some uses for it in HE institutions. Quite often the Wifi is not consistent across the whole institution. The ‘chatrooms’ look easy to use and comments can be made anonymously – which might be useful for certain types of interactions. Will have to investigate its potential!