Other things you should know about Graham
- Founder and managing director of Handheld Learning (http://www.handheldlearning.co.uk), a very active online community of interest for academics, practitioners, thought leaders, opinion formers and developers.
- Host and chairman of the Handheld Learning Conference (http://www.handheldlearning2007.com), the worlds largest conference about learning while mobile. Coming next month, October 10-12.
A blog post of mine from March looked at the use of mobile phones in a school environment. It was good to revisit this today in light of my new position at Qatar Academy. The new mobile phone policy here is that students may bring their devices but are not to have them turned on or use them during school hours. This is why I see secretive hiding of devices by students as I walk around the school. Alas there is no integration or embedding (Read Jeff's post with ideas re integration vs embedding) of mobile technology at this school yet. There are a few laptops coming in and I am encouraging all students to bring their mobile devices. However, until I can change the mindset of teachers and work with them to support ubiquitous computing very little will change I think.
Quote of the week (did I see red?): "The worst thing the school could have done was put in the WLAN", by a science teacher at QA. BTW, we have an excellent campus-wide WLAN provided by CISCO. Many other schools would give up their science teachers just to have this facility ;-)
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