Yesterday and today I led half-day workshops on “Cell Phone Digital Storytelling” at the 2009 ITSC (Instructional Technologies Strategies Conference) in Portland, Oregon. We focused on using the websites GabCast and VoiceThread. This is the VoiceThread participants created, sharing their feedback about Sir Ken Robinson’s Sunday night keynote as well as their overall “takeaways” from the conference.

I also demonstrated the website Qik today, which permits people (with certain cell phones) to webcast live and archive those videos directly on the Internet. I interviewed Steve Dembo from Discovery Education (who was teaching next to me both days at ITSC) about his thoughts on Qik as well as the BYOL (bring your own laptop) format of ITSC.

I also shared some birthday greetings via Qik with my sister via Learning signs. My workshop participants even sang to here from here in Portland. :-)

We’re living the “publish at will” era. It’s exciting to explore the constructive ways mobile phones can be used with students to support learning and extend learning beyond the traditional boundaries of the bell.

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  • Nuusa Faamoe

    I have just watched Qik link which features the interview with Steve Dembo which as the author outlines allows certain cell phones to webcast live and archive those videos directly on the Internet. There is couple of points that Steve Dembo mentions that directly parallels what we have been discussing in our present graduate class. If I recall correctly, Steve suggests that this new simple technology breaks down mental barriers about what is possible. Secondly, it allows us to publish material on line on real time. Steve further comments that the potential for so much “power” exists and that such a technology changes the way we may think and see ourselves. I must admit that what really struck me is his statement that what is really phenomenal about this technology is that it allows us to synthesize, explore and make connections in real time.

    The power to break down immediate barriers because of real time communication is hard to describe in words. When I hear this, I am thinking of providing instant feedback on issues such as world hunger, diseases, global warning. These are issues that haunt developing countries like mine. To make it more meaningful for me is the fact that it is a technology that can be made available even to those with limited resources. My cynicism about the potential of these new technological tools is fading with each little discovery I make each day!

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Nuusa: I’m delighted this video and Steve’s comments have opened up some new thinking for you about the power of digital tools and social media. I certainly agree with the idea that the potential for these tools to be used to effect meaningful and broad-based social change is huge and still largely unrealized. In what country do you live?

  • Nuusa Faamoe

    Wesley,

    Thank you for taking the time to post a response! I am from a small island in the South Pacific called Samoa! You are one of the sites that is part of our class discussions in terms of searching for relevant and meaningful blogs. So thank you very much once again.

    Nuusa Faamoe

  • http://www.wesfryer.com Wesley Fryer

    Samoa! Wow.

    As you look for educational blogs, definitely check out the list at Support Blogging:

    http://supportblogging.com/Links+to+School+Bloggers

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