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The Mind of Leonardo

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Posted on 30th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Leonardo Da Vinci tools
Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, Italy has a new major exhibit on Leonardo Da Vinci. Titled The Mind of Leonardo, the exhibit has a digital version here with six sections each containing images and videos. Biography via Scout Report

A stroll down this week’s carnival midway:

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Posted on 28th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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Carnival Mobilists Harlequins

UPDATE: This Carnival is from April 2006. These are locations of more recent Carnivals:
- GoldenSwamp.com Carnivals of the Mobilists
- Carnival of the Mobilists website

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First a note about mobilists getting together. I have not been asked to mention anything this week on the subject but there may be a mini mobilist meet-up soon anyway. When I sent an email to Justin at MOpocket about his Carnival entry he discovered from my contact info that we live only one block away from each other on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Just what are the chances of THAT in our global mobilist network? MOpocket: Justin Oberman, my newly discovered neighbor, for this week’s Carnival provides a fun story about how a famed magician foiled a robbery with his cell phone playing a role. And now the stroll. Looking first into the applications tent: Wap Review: Dennis, a keen judge of mobile services, describes a new site he has found called, news4mobile that is a mobile portal with a social ranking system. He thinks news4mobile has the potential to become a very big thing because of an innovative ranking aspect that incorporates tags and credits the person who first linked to a listed site. m-trends.org: Rudy de Waele says why an interesting approach is Singmedia’s Slingbox that lets you watch and control your TV anywhere. Rudy says it’s clear there is a whole new take to the Slingbox, and that’s going to be (more) user-driven! Marketing wizards: Mobile Marketing Magazine: David Murphy, whose expertise is ideas that stimulate markets, writes about creating coveted “mobi-tickets.” David looks at mobile ticketing and couponing provided by Mobiqa, which is sending “mobi-tickets” to lucky winners. Fans receive their tickets as an SMS message. Mobile Opportunity: Michael Mace explores the value of predictions: why five year predictions are moderately useful, but subject to embarrassing errors. Ten-year predictions are almost useless, and twenty-year predictions are best used as plot outlines for science fiction novels. Xellular Identity: Xen introduces Tal Dagan, the Manager of the Avatars Group, who writes about the RAZR marketing story: Although at the beginning of the RAZR, over two plus years ago, it started as just another cool device, its incredible success actually caused Motorola to shift its strategic marketing focus. Phone booths: Martin’s Mobile Technology Page: Martin Sauter asks, and gives some answers to: What can we learn from a Japanese FOMA phone? Martin sets out eight interesting features of comparison. FeetUp.org: Jim Hughes shares his thoughts about whether Nokia have too many smartphone models, or whether they’re merely responding to market demands. He compares a possible Nokia glut to Motorola’s apparent reliance on “one comfy old slipper of a feature phone.” Software savants: MOBHAPPY.com: Russell Buckley’s looks at where ‘Java Platform, Micro Edition’ as we must now call it, or J2ME as it used to be known, is actually going. Russell’s analysis is a timely topic as Jonathan Schwartz, the famous blogging COO of Sun Microsystems, steps up to take over the big job from Scott McNealy. Software Everywhere – David Beers on Mobile Computing: Welcome to David, new on the Carnival. His premier post in Carnival 25 is about how Palm is turning to the server side. Sketchers on the broad canvas Communities Dominate Brands: Tomi T. Ahonen writes about the near future when the majority of internet access will be from mobile phones - how will that change the web. His post title is the same as that of his terrific new book, written with Alan Moore, on Business and Marketing Challenges for the 21st Century. C. Enrique Ortiz’ Mobility Weblog: Enrique writes on this aspect of the mobile life: “While the management of information (overload) is a very interesting area of research, the right answer to information overload may not be based on technology at all, but on personal discipline — learn when to be connected and when not be so connected…” GoldenSwamp.com: Judy Breck. This is my entry called the MOBILIST CHALLENGE. Based on my article this month in the Development Gateway, this post challenges us all to form and maintain the mobile medium as an unimpeded global gateway for learners. SmartMobs.com: Howard Rheingold, in a post titled Save the Internet, gives us a primer for how to support network neutrality through savetheinternet.com. Howard says: Join, sign, spread the word.

Herbie’s home on Fifth Avenue

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Posted on 27th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Herbie rescued harbor seal
An orphan, rescued when only a few days in Maine, Herbie does not see very well — but otherwise his health is excellent. He lives at the Central Park Zoo on swishy Fifth Avenue. Herbie would undoubtedly say “no” to an escapist adventure like The Wild movie, but can be seen in his own video here. This Herbie page at the Wildlife Conservation Society website is a jump off into a wonderful network of nature knowledge. Animal sciences

The MOBILIST CHALLENGE

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Posted on 27th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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Mobilist Challenge
This week the Development Gateway published my article called Great Gateways as a highlight of its Open Educational Resources homepage. The Development Gateway’s goal is Putting the Internet to Work for Developing Countries. My article describes some of the excellent open content for learning available online as free, superior quality virtual gateways to knowledge.

The picture of kids using desktop computers above this post was selected to be placed above my article on the Development Gateway page. It illustrates the use by students in developing countries of the Internet to access knowledge. The situation captured in the illustration is typical of the way those kids who do have Internet access in educational settings typically work online.

The illustration suggests two facts of life for student online study. First, the kids have to go to places where non-mobile desktop computers are located. Second, they routinely have to share those computers with other students. The fact is that students across the world share too little time using the Internet to be able to acquire much knowledge. In the less developed countries, they crowd around too few computers or have none. In contrast to the desktop machines, young people everywhere are acquiring their own mobile phones.

THE MOBILIST CHALLENGE. To the right of the illustration above that I copied from the Development Gateway I have added an obvious solution to the frustrations kids experience in trying to study online by sharing desktop computers. The kids have their own powerful computers in their pockets. Our challenge is to see to it that those mobile computers become gateways to the learning for the young generations across the planet.

Meeting this challenge is a matter of keeping the mobiles open for learning content, devising delivery formats and, I think, working toward a one Web future for open educational resources in which the mobile as well as the desktop computer is an unimpeded gateway for learners.

The MOBILIST CHALLENGE theme will be a major one from now on at GoldenSwamp.com. Our mobile sector has a chance to dramatically diminish ignorance by making mobile phones gateways to learning.

Let’s do it!

Educational technology headed into pockets

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Posted on 18th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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In this post today at MobHappy, Russell Buckley discusses Orb. Russell explains:

You sign up to Orb with a free download to your PC (XP only). Thereafter, you can stream anything on your PC direct to your mobile, assuming you have a net connection and a suitable media player. Just to spell this out, this means that you can get photos, music and audio, video, monitor your webcam or even beam live TV on your phone, without subscription charges.

Russell goes on to discuss the development of Orb into the commerical market. But let’s take another tangent for what this kind of content delivery will mean: imagine a teacher streaming content from his computer to the mobile of each student registered for his class. In doing so, he has liberated specific content pertinent to his lesson from old-time education technology like textbooks, chalkboards and wall charts. He has also liberated his students from the classroom location itself by sending the content he is teaching into their pockets where they are: classroom, home, wherever. Education is about delivering content. Teaching is a means of content delivery. Mobiles are becoming the individual, cheap, elegant messengers in the pocket for content delivery to learners.

Marxist Internet Archive

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Posted on 17th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Karl Marx
For the past decade knowledgeable volunteers have compiled this distinguished collection of Marxist literature. The website is an excellent example of how the Internet gives advocates a showcase for their point of view and students an unsullied understanding that it is a viewpoint they are studying. This is not balanced educationist synthesis. It is unabashed, healthy advocacy — something students need to encounter and learn to assess. Literature

Rabbit facts

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Posted on 15th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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baby bunnies
The page here from ARKive has pictures and facts about British rabbits. The ARKive is a wonderful nest of images of life on Earth, catalogued by species and location. Animal sciences

Carnival of the Mobilists 23

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Posted on 14th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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The Carnival of the Mobilists rounds up the best blogging about things mobile for the week. The latest edition is now online at Wireless Data News Blog. Good reads for the mobile-minded!

Look here for what is wrong with schools

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Posted on 13th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Schools We Have Now

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The report here of a talk by John Seely Brown contains the seeds of the solutions to the failing United States public schooling. I submit that if you were to read the report substituting our schooling methods for our business methods, fundamental schooling failures would become visible. The point alone that students experience only one learning environment is telling. They have nothing for comparison to “good old Central High School.” Here is a sentence from the summary of the JSB talk: A company would benefit a lot more from employees that would not be allowed to work full time, and would therefore see (and learn from) other things outside the company ecosystem. Would not a school be postively affected by its kids not being allowed to spend all of their time in the school environment? How about students being guaranteed attendance at 3 or 4 schools over their high school years? That should loosen up some thinking and get some competition going.

Revisit the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

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Posted on 12th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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San Francisco Earthquake 1906
The power pioneers of online earth science interfacing at USGS have created a power page here to commemorate the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. As the centennial of the great quake focuses on this huge disaster, much remains to be learned from the event. The USGS provides important background and details — along with animations and interfaces from the best 2006 digital tools. Earth sciences

First Century Jerusalem

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Posted on 8th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Subject Sampler

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Jerusalem,map
Revisit the geography and landmarks here of Jerusalem as it was during the earthly life of Jesus of Nazareth. Drawings and graphics of structures are provided in several networked links along with further links to essays about major locations in city and nearby. Geography

Carnival of the Mobilists 22

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Posted on 8th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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Musings of a Mobile Marketer here is the host this week for the Carnival. Helen Keegan of London has rounded up the writings of the week from mobile blogs. Don’t miss these great reads!

Details from niche experts

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Posted on 7th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Emerging Online Knowledge

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golfball
While the academic sector spends important energy creating resources for general knowledge subjects, others now have a way to make available their own niches of expert knowledge. Here is the history of the golfball, which would have been a difficult bit of knowledge for a student to find before the Internet came along. Golfball history may not be in any test standard – but it is an interesting subject which could stir the latent curiousity of students bored by test standard fare. Varied industries

A mobile education project vision

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Posted on 5th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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“The hundred-dollar laptop is an education project. It’s not a laptop project,” said Nicholas Negroponte. The comment is from an Associated Press report of Negroponte’s kick-off address at LinuxWorld (via WIRED NEWS).

The hundred-dollar laptop project is part of a larger movement to use wireless connectivity to deliver education. The mobile phone and the laptop communities together are the best suited sector on the planet to deliver education globally in the next decade. Will we do it?

Mobile phones have the quantity muscle and laptops the interface prowess. Within a very few years just about every kid on the planet will have a mobile phone — that seems a certainty. The mobile industry is speedily improving handset interfaces for good content delivery. Negroponte and his team of very able people are determined to get millions of laptops to kids in the same time frame. The devices are coming. Phones and laptops will be in the hands of the world’s children. Will these devices educate them? The answer is up to the laptop/mobile community.

I can think of no sense in which phone and laptop should compete as education projects. They should and will synergize I am sure. The genius of keeping it clear that the goal is an education project — not a device project — is it keeps us clear that the project is about delivering content, and education content is knowledge.

It leads us to ask: are we thinking enough (or perhaps at all so far) about how to get the arithmetic, geography, reading, physics, chemistry, biology, technology and the rest interfaced into the wireless delivery devices?

I plan to blog a lot in the future on this question: what are our guidelines as mobilists on the global education project that is one of the most likely to really make the world a better place in the next decade? For starters I suggest a 3-part guide for the learning content we interface:
ONE: The long range goal is one-Web. We will not create a separate mobile venue, but instead work toward mobile fully accessing the Internet.
TWO: The middle range goal is to create an open knowledge commons of learning subjects and not to enter into a competition among walled gardens of privileged knowledge content. To do this we will strive toward facilitating mobile education content that runs on every mobile platform and device.
THREE: The shortest range goal is do it now. Figure out ways to deliver learning content to the handsets students already have in developing countries — as well as letting the more affluent digital natives learn from the Internet by using their smart phones. Podcasting and texting tutorials can begin at short range the education projects by which the wireless sectors can cause global literacy and bring us toward a true end of ignorance.

Delivering learning content by mobile phones is an education project. Only the mobilists can make it happen.

Mastering media strokes

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Posted on 4th April 2006 by Judy Breck in Schools We Have Now

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Masters website
The home website here of this year’s Masters golf tournament is a modern classic in Web design aimed at conveying ideas. In a five-minute visit to the webpage you can virtually master the pertinent information about the tournament: current facts, history, tradition, physical set-up and more. A main 2006 theme of the Masters website is that the Augusta course has been lengthened because technology has stretched the length of the golfers’ drives.

Education should stretch with the times! Why does the education industry persist in absorbing billions of dollars in loading down kids’ backpacks with textbooks from the Bobby Jones era instead conveying knowledge to students through subject websites like Masters.org? How about copying the Masters website set-up to interface the week when William the Conqueror crossed the English Channel, or doing the same for Marco Polo’s travels, or for the discovery of the cure for polio? Those would be aces for learning. Textbooks are bogies in the era when 300 yard plus golf drives are becoming routine.