Paul Hynes, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)
Mobile phones cost model has put off schools using them (eg cost of sending texts, photos)
M tickets - barcode displayed on screen to get into cinema, onto buses in Chester
Projector phones (they exist!)
laser projected keyboard
Drinks machine where you send a text and it gives you your can of coke
What are schools doing with the devices?
PSP case study
PSP Features: screen and sound quality, wireless connectivity, good storage capacity.
Camera, keyboard and GPS accessories for psp.
Paul showed an excellent video demonstrating learning anywhere. I really want to get a copy.
Green screen technology (adobe visual communicator) used to create material. Create scripts and use teleprompt tech. They've had head of PE reading maths lessons.
Convincing the staff
Keeping students on task (not really an issue but teachers were worried)
Sanctions for misuse (detention meaningless instead internet access withdrawal hurts!)
Limitations of the technology
Standards, standards, standards - things like flash has to be tweaked to work on PSP, videos can be burned onto dvd
Digital divide(s) - even if computer at home, can kids access it?
Cost models for mobile phones
Student owned devices like psp's
no initial cost, no tech support cost, no insurance cost, no training, no disposal costs. Schools can arrange bulk discount cost. They then have to pay for wifi but that's it.
Use of online apps like Google docs.
Cabling, desking etc costs. Schools now looking at zero budget for ICT.
Ask student what they've got and what's next.
Forget the device, they change too quick.
Make material available independent of device in a range of formats
Try using google docs etc
Start with a psp club
Look at buying class sets
Look to employ web/media support (lots of people being trained by colleges and not enough jobs)
Think about how future ICT budgets may work
Think about sustainability
paul dot hynes at ssatrust.org.uk
ConnectED also workin with PSPs
Dr Alan Beecham and Phil McLear (Bradford)
Alan and Phil are doing a Morecombe and Wise style double act :-)
Initially used XDA Exec. Device lousy and staff forced to take part, which didn't work
They then gave school choice of XDA Exec, Eten Gloffish, MDA and something else.
Used HP 530 AP for wifi. One school using wifi on 802.11 on 'a' setting not 'g' because the signal didn't go out the room.
HTC not good for wifi networking when you need proxy server details.
80 new HTC phones stolen (they were glad!). Then went with eten glofiish
Kids get to take them home once they pay the 25 pounds for insurance.
Staff not required to participate but got 25 volunteer straight away
Recommend Synchroneyes and Mediascapes
Data Harvest and MathAmigo
Don't need Turning Point voting now Synchronise is working
www.goknow.com - PDA software and resources - Prof Elliot Solloway.
Sara (deaf pupil in Deaf school) "First time somebody from outside thought what I said important"
Demo of Synchroneyes on all the different devices spread round the room. They rave about it. Can control devices from central computer and type on them. Looks fantastic. Through the talk they have passed devices round and people have added comments and questions. They then sent a quiz to all the devices and we then all sent answers back. Excellent product.
Talked about giving kids battery advice - switching off bluetooth and wifi off when not being used.
In AUP they have clause about anytime a teacher can look at your device.