Talking Carl

Initially, during an ‘app swap’ session at an educational tech conference (#pelc10), I couldn’t see the point of this app, but decided that it was only 59p, and my colleague seemed almost unable to use it for laughing. What Can You Do With It? Strictly speaking, there’s not a lot to this app. Carl will repeat everything you say (and any music you play if loud enough) with a high-pitched voice. Tickle him, he will Continue Reading →

Keep Calm and Carry On: iPhone Skins

You can purchase these from the States here. Thanks to Melanie Bastable for telling me about these… a combination of two of my favourite things since 2009! Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest. Like it? Share it…

Would Jesus text?

“Filippone, “We found out that about 80 % of this generation will look at your website before they ever look into the foyer of your church.” Social media, i.e.. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, blogging etc. .has exploded, looking at the numbers. Facebook alone claims 400 million members, Twitter is expected to go over 26 million adults this year.” A 16 year old says: “”I use it to communicate with everyone, I look up things. it’s Continue Reading →

Another glorious waste of time… it doesn’t set itself any limits on the number of questions, but amazing that some kind of mathematical formula can be right so many times – I had 3 goes (Bridget Jones, God, Richard Hammond) and it got all 3 of those – can see some people trying with some cryptic ones, but I guess it absorbs those for next time… Akinator – also on the iPhone (£1.19)! drbexl Life Continue Reading →

3 Ways Educators are Embracing Social Technology

“The modern American school faces rough challenges. Budget cuts have caused ballooning class sizes,  many teachers struggle with poorly motivated students, and in many schools a war is being waged on distracting technologies. In response, innovative educators are embracing social media to fight back against the onslaught of problems. Technologies such as Twitter and Skype offer ideal solutions as inexpensive tools of team-based education. Pockets of experimentation are emerging all around the world, and I Continue Reading →

Museum Visits: iPhone

Just watching this video as I prepare a lecture on how digitisation affects the museum experience, something that has fascinated me, although I haven’t really done much theory on it! These guys indicate how an iPhone and some QR codes can give an interactive experience for those wandering round the museum. A friend & I found the same in London recently, as we wandered around, past many statues – we didn’t know who many of Continue Reading →

Mobile Networking

I have noticed with my students that they rarely seem to read their emails, or their university emails, at least, even though this is our main method of communication with them. Mobiles, however, they can’t get enough of, and it’s growing. With modern mobiles (and yes, I gave into the iPhone), there’s the option of a number of “Apps” which make phones SO much more powerful than we ever imagined when they came as ‘bricks’, or Continue Reading →

The iPhone, the iPhone, My Kingdom for an iPhone

What’s this, you say? I thought you owned an iPhone, spent far too much time on it, and used it as a tool to draw together many parts of your life in one small, neat packet! ‘Tis True I still own said iPhone, but when one tries to turn it on, one receives an image like this, which is not healthy, and renders such a touch-screen phone rather useless! Believe me, I’ve not fallen out Continue Reading →