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Demoing MobilED in GTF’08

Making ourselves comfortable in old harbor halls.

Making ourselves comfortable in old harbor halls.

So we have been presenting MobilED Community Wiki at Grasping The Future 08 - conference in Helsinki for two days. The reception has been surprisingly positive and interested, as both the Community Wiki and Audio Encyclopaedia -applications are primarily designed for cultures with stronger oral tradition and less internet than our Finnish culture.

We are sharing a stand with two more projects supported by Nokia: Mobiledu from China (with 3 000 000 users!) and Sanako’s Choose to Learn -initiative.

Mobile Community Wiki help sheet.

Mobile Community Wiki help sheet

We have met some very interesting people with exciting proposals for possible uses of MobilED platform and we will get into contact with them after the conference.

New direction?

It has been quiet in the MobilED project.

In the Helsinki team we have been writing an article where we conclude that probably the best area where one could use MobilED technology, and the basic interaction provided with it, could actually be rather generic community information system than a service used in formal education, such as in schools. This direction is not taking MobilED out from the “learning landscape” but it may expand the research focus. It will maybe help us to consider MobilED more as a media service – from people to people – than an “educational service”.

Any concrete examples?
I think MobilED could be something like a mobile community newspaper or …well… in case of digital world it would be something like craigslist but all in mobile. The service could provide local classified and forums for community news, jobs, housing, for sale, personals, services, and events.

How it would work?
You send a text message with the word “news” to the number of your community and the service will call you back. During the call you can listen what kind of news people have dictate to the MobilED service, jump from one to another and if you wish add your own news to the server. Similar way you could send text message with the word “jobs” and get a call back with a list of open jobs in your area. As the service works with the Mediawiki platform it could be accessible also from the web, and the editorial community could maintain the service in very easy way also from the website.

Any comments about this?
We hope to get the manuscript of the research paper discussing this idea ready in a few coming weeks. Please, let us know what do you think about the idea, so we can include your comments to the paper.

Educación virtual móvil

Discussion and talk about MobilED in Bogota. More information of the even in here:

MobilED in Ars Electronica

Last weekend and this week MobilED project has been presented in the Ars Electronica 2006 festival in Linz, Austria.

In the Media Lab Helsinki Campus Exhibition we were running the scenario videos. We also had a working version of the Audio Wiki server with a phone and a speaker.

We got many interesting comments and feedback. Thank you all!