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Drop by Rockefeller University for the latest score on nuclear pores


Posted on 9th January 2009 by Judy Breck in Biology, Findability and Open Content

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The nucleus of each of our cells has transport machines called nuclear pore complexes that decide what moves in and out. The Rockefeller University Newswire reports the newest understanding of how the nuclear pores work in these two articles:.

12.24.08, Structural study backs new model for the nuclear pore complex (source of the above Core pore image and text)

01.06.09, Researchers construct a device that mimics one of nature’s key transport machines

These reports are pure gold in the science resources swampiness as we transition from the analog print days to a fully open content future. For now, printed textbooks will not yet have the latest updates on new understanding of the pores. Many scientific journals are still barriered by expensive subscriptions and fees. These reports are excellent resources for school science or independent researchers. They capture the connected future of open learning content by:

Being findable small pieces, with their own connectible urls
Having authority direct from the scientists doing the work
Containing explanations of the science
Presenting the most up-to-date knowledge for their subject

Ten things cell phones could be good for in classrooms

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Posted on 7th May 2008 by Judy Breck in Mobile & Ubiquitous

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High school teacher Steve Dembo blogs that he is fed up with arguments that keep mobiles out of classrooms because they distract from learning. He writes:

Paper clips are a distraction. Spiral notebooks are a distraction. And as we’ve seen recently, students certainly do NOT need a cell phone to cheat on an exam. So off the top of my head, I decided to rattle off a few things that cell phones could be good for. Such as…
1) Check the spelling/definition of a word
2) Research a topic
3) Look up reference images
4) Pull up maps (even with satellite imagery)
5) Document a science lab with built in digital camera/video
6) Fact check on the fly
7) Mail questions to the teacher that they might be embarrassed to ask
8) Classroom response system
9) Take quizzes
10) Record and/or listen to podcasts

If you check out the list on Steve’s blog, he will point you to examples for most of his list.

Via The Wired Campus where writer Catherine Rampell invites visitors to send in more ideas.

Handheld augmented reality aliens like these will be on the phone

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Posted on 6th February 2007 by Judy Breck in Mobile Learning

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alien game

The eSchool News article here details this news from the article’s summary:

Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison have developed a project that uses “augmented reality” to teach students math and literacy skills. The project involves teams of students gathering data on handheld computers to explain why aliens have landed, and in the process students “interview” virtual characters they encounter at certain GPS hot spots. The researchers say the project holds great potential for engaging students and teaching high-level skills.

The article is an interesting update on yet another digital technology which holds huge potential for learning and should be receiving the attention of the education establishment.

This kind of learning cannot be done from the desktop computer because the learning is location based. The article explains:

Augmented reality uses global positioning system (GPS) technology to track a person’s movement, and when that person reaches a designated point, he or she is confronted with a computer-generated image or situation pertaining to the scenario.

Harvard professor Chris Dede adds although this pilot project used GPS-enabled handhelds:

“in the coming years he and fellow researchers expect that the same technology students used to complete the activities will have found its way onto cell phones.

Carnival of the Mobilists 56


Posted on 9th December 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Justin Oberman of MoPocket is the midway barker at this week’s Carnival, which comes into cyberspace from Bangalore where Justin is presenting at a W3C conference.

Carnival of the Mobilists #54


Posted on 20th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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GoldenSwamp is a name for the open Internet, as explained here. We mobilists are all working on delivering the gold from the Internet swamp on to mobiles. welcomes the Carnival of the Mobilists, bringing together the weeks brightest mobile warbling for you to enjoy by clicking the blog posts below.


The future is bright .. The future is 3 . .
Open Gardens: Ajit Jaokar
is in demand as a speaker across the world. This week his Carnival post gives his enthusiastic take on 3s X-Series. Ajit says: Many other respected bloggers . . . concur that it is this is the single most significant digital development in recent times. I agree.

Blyk free, ad-supported mobile phones
Smart Mobs: Howard Rheingold
, author of this post, has been seeing and writing about the digital future since its dawn decades ago. In this post he says a new service may be one answer bridging the digital divide for youth.

Motorolas AJAR set to follow in Nokias S60 footsteps
Vision Mobile
: Follow the thinking here of Andreas Constantinou as he details why AJAR will suffer.

The Indian Wireless Carrier War – What it means for Indian Mobile Startups
SmallDoses: Just back from a 6 week long business trip in Bangalore, India, Kiran Bellubbi shares his thoughts.

Jeff Hawkins secret project is coming next year
Mobile Opportunity: This one is Palms secret Michael Mace writes, with some cryptic hints.

The Ubiquitous Web
StayGoLinks: In this forward looking post, Barry Welford makes this key observation: For many, this ubiquity of connectivity will start from their mobile device since that will be their most frequent companion.

The big world in my pocket
: My own post for the week is based on a Washington Post article. I suggest the mobile in the pocket is a powerful viewer of the bigger world for isolated individuals.

Ancient temple embraces FP codes
Wireless World Japan: Jan Kuczynski explains how technology will put a stop to . . . cheating monks in a Japanese temple. I give this story the weekly best post kudo because Jan is seeing the wider work of mobile and a dash of humor always gets my vote. Congratulations Jan, and I hope you get a better fortune on your next visit to the temple.


Just how many third party applications do you need?
All About Symbian: This detailed musing is a sounding board for reflecting on third party applications in which Steve Litchfield says I’d like to raise up a voice of sanity . . . .

US Wireless Data Market: 3Q06 update
Always On Real-Time Access
: Lots of big and diddly facts here served up by Chetan Sharma.

Performance vs Developer productivity and ease of coding: Why cant we choose both?

Everything and the Mobile Software Universe
: This post by Thomas Menguy is a good read if you think this ever happens to you: It may sound obvious, but many many times programmers take too many things for granted . . .

Podcast: Impact of 3G Licensing Fees on Prices and Network Coverage
Martins Mobile Technology Page
: In this post, Martin Sauter invites you to download a professors podcast commentary.

Changing Times for Mobile e-mail
Mobile Enterprise Weblog
: In this mobile e-mail exploration Daniel Taylor says why: lately I’ve come to assume a different take on things. Right now. Today. The power users are driving the market.

Mogmo, the Google of mobile?
Mobile Games Blog
: Take a Mogmo cruise with Arjan Olsder: on to the real candy. Lets test the games search!

Respond Mobile launches made-for-mobile TV platform
Musings of a Mobile Marketer
: Acknowledging that, We all know that, like it or not, online adult ‘erotic’ content and services led to a lot of innovation and take-up of web services more generally, Helen Keegan takes a look at implications for mobile.

Making Better Use of HTTP Headers for Device Profiling
: At the end of his excellent essay, Jason Delport concludes, Adding custom HTTP headers is a very simple thing to do and it would make a huge difference in terms of creating consistent mass market applications.

Hacking the T-Mobile RazrV3 to Get Opera Mini Working
: Says Sarah Perez, if you really want to get your geek on, you can follow her 16-step hack.

Thoughts on an advertisement-based model for cell phones
: Googles Eric Schmidt foresees a future where cell phones will be given away free to the users, so long as the users dont mind a little advertising. Abhishta Paranjpe mulls and comments.

Identity and mobile
TomSoft, Technology, wireless, games. . . and more
: Thomas Landspurg tells us that Digital Identity will be without any doubt one of the big challenge in the coming months. Why? Because of two important trends . . . .

The 5 dimensions of mobile tagging
unrated mumblings of a mobile entrepreneur
: This weeks noted newcomer to the Carnival is Dennis Hettema, who gives his take on types of tagsexplaining: When using your mobile device you are actually cramming a PC or Mac into your jacket pocket and dragging it along where ever you go. Because of this the mobile space will, logically speaking, provide you with many additional tags. Mobile
Wap Review
: In this post, Dennis takes a look at what he says is the first good, free US mobile traffic site I’ve seen.

Interviewing Savka Andic on Mobile Marketing & Youth
Xellular Identity
: This is an interview by Mendelsohn Xen revealing youth trends and takes on mobile.

The Carnival will be hosted next week by Eli Dickinson at FierceDeveloper.

The Carnival of the Mobilists is coming


Posted on 14th November 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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It has already arrived at Mobility Weblog, where Carnival 53 is now online hosted by C. Enrique Ortiz. CEO has the best mobile writing of the week set up on his midway. Next week the Carnival is coming here, to GoldenSwamp.

The Carnival of the Mobilists at MobHappy


Posted on 24th October 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This week the Carnival is back home where it began a year ago. Check it out here for the week’s best mobile blog writing.

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Posted on 19th October 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Michael Mace at Mobile Opportunity has posted and toasted the best mobile blogging of the week here. Take a look for an outstanding opportunity to pick up some mobile insights.

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Posted on 10th October 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Musings of a Mobile Marketer hosts this week’s Carnival here. Helen Keegan’s writing is crisp and insightful, and points to terrific writing about matters mobile from around the web.

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Posted on 19th September 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Drop by MobileCrunch here for the splendid round-up by Oliver Starr of the week’s best writing from the emerging mobile phone world.

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Posted on 30th August 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Pedal on over to the Carnival this week on MobileActive here. The host site is “a global network of activists and campaigners using mobile phones for civic action and engagement.” The Carnival posts are social, tech, and other top blog thinking and writing.

41st Carnival of Mobilists at MoPocket


Posted on 23rd August 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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Justin Oberman at MoPocket has done a terrific job of preparing this week’s Carnival here. As Justin mentions, he and I literally live a block apart in New York City, yet we have never met in person. We shall fix that soon: I keep checking for people I see on the sidewalk with a mobile in a hip pocket. Meanwhile, the fact that we met on the Web instead of the street just goes to prove geography is no boundary to whom you can meet online (neither vast separation nor almost none at all).

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Posted on 15th August 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The new Carnival is online now at Abiro here. The very first entry touts the QWERTY keyboard. Even though kids type well with their thumbs, the fuller keyboard seems like a far better long range education feature.

Carnival of the Mobilists 39 – includes literacy for children


Posted on 8th August 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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This weeks’s Carnival is now online here at Mobile Enterprise. Included, from Stephanie Rieger at Keitai, is a post about the beta program Mobile Bubble Pop, which among other talents can promote literacy in small children. Stephanie’s entire post is an important look at young kids and their (I think) inevitable use of mobiles as the basic learning device of their generation.

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Posted on 24th July 2006 by Judy Breck in Carnival of the Mobilists

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The drums roll at Mobile Opportunity to announce this week’s Carnival. Enjoy the exciting illustrations and terrific writing about the advance of the digital venue into mobile phones.