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要我们如何接受
碌碌无为的凄凉
一直陪伴这身体成长
而今天还在流浪

我们要的是平淡还是悲壮
是完美还是伤
都在不知不觉中逝去
留下的真实
没有超越普通的幻想
完全接受
这就是我
我们的迷茫

Posted by & filed under Conference Presentation, mlearning, mobile, modelling technology, Umea.

TackSkalIKEA
Based upon our experiences and subsequent brainstorming conversations at the ECTEL2013 Conference where @ATZ119 (Laurent Antonczak) and I (@thomcochrane) participated in the Mobile Learning Creativity Workshop and presented a paper was born the Tack, skål, IKEA challenge. We were challenged by the Swedish delegation (@larsnorqvist, @Isaja, @AndreasOlsson7) to share a non-PowerPoint presentation that illustrated our approach to using communities of practice and social media for lecturer professional development – getting lecturers to “think differently” about teaching and learning. Basically we give lecturers an experience of being a learner themselves within an authentic context where we model the educational use of mobile social media – hoping that they will then use this practice with their own students. One of the keys is rethinking assessment strategies and integrating the use of mobile social media in their courses.

Lars Norqvist (@larsnorqvist) sent us the challenge to participate virtually in the “Learning in Focus” Conference in Umea, Sweden, 12-13 November 2013: “I write to you because of the brilliant idea of a tack,skål, IKEA-session. The session has somewhat developed an idea here at a conference in Northern part of Sweden. Below you can see two videos. One presents the general idea about our research and one presents a challenge to you for the conference.

I would be really glad if you can present your work about teaching, learning, recognition of students learning as a kind of modelling technology – if possible.”

Here are links to Lars’ video intro and challenge:

And here is our attempt at creating a mobile social media video playlist in response:

The final contribution to the “Learning in Focus” Conference can be found at http://larandeifokus.se/modelling-technology/

Hopefully the first of many collaborations with the Swedes and the Kiwis :-)


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I thought it a good idea to talk about the benefits and challenges I had with both the Apple and Android os and devices. I don’t want this to be a comparison or face off in the traditional sense, there are plenty of those floating out there already. Instead this is just things I noticed as a lecturer about the devices that made my life easier or harder. While the grant was only for an iPad mini, I actually had an iPhone 4 in my drawer which I had never used. I thought to immerse myself in the Apple experience it would be best to use both devices together. Previously I had been using a LG Optimus and Galaxy Tab 10.1, both of which I liked.

The setup was fairly easy on both platforms, and syncing them to all my accounts was super easy.

One thing I really admire about the Apple devices is they do what they are primarily designed for well. Texting, calls, email, and the calendar are all very easy to use on iOS. I have found Android devices not as easy to use, especially in the calling and texting camps.The interface animations are on iOS are fantastic, and always smooth. This was a stark contrast to the Android gear. I never realized how jumpy the transitions of the Galaxy tab were until I used the iPad. That said, the jumpy interface on Android were most likely due to the widgets I used, and really missed on the iOS gear. For example on galaxy tabs home page I had the weather report for the area I was in, my daily calander, and email notifications. This was incredibly handy as I could unlock the device as I got up in the morning, see my teaching timetable and meetings, latest emails, and if I needed to grab an umbrella. To get this same information on iOS requires opening and closing several apps.

Both the tablets came with devices to wireless connect them to either the classes projector or the Mobile Airplay Screens (MOAs) we had on loan. These were the apple TV and a Sharecast dongle Both devices connected with ease and I never had any problems with the connections dropping on either. The problems with both devices connecting was highlighted when students wanted to connect. The all share cast works on a pairing system that takes a minute or two to setup initially. Once a device is paired all it needs is to be plugged in and a switch flicked on the Samsung tablet and the device connects. This system made it so much easier to connect than apple devices so long as you only ever want to use one device. The pain with this system is that as soon as someone else wants to connect it requires the device to be paired to their device which is slow. It also does not remember previously paired devices so you need to constantly be pairing it. This hindered the class joining in with their own devices. Apple TV was much better for collaboration as once setup on a students device could jump on or off as they pleased. The problem with the airplay as it involved checking you are on the right WiFi network and sometimes required telling the device to “forget” other WiFi networks in order to work. Of the two I felt apple provided the best solution for collaborative class room sharing of mobile devices by a significant margin.

The inability to use Apple devices as a portable drive, and the inability to simply transfer files was the most annoying. With my Galaxy tab I could drag and drop an entire papers curriculum to the device and know its there whether I want to revise a lecture on the bus, teach from the tablet during a class, or use it as a flash drive. It meant my tablet could act as a one stop shop for every resource I needed as an educator. But this simple drag and drop operation on android takes constant fiddling on Apple. To do the same you need to upload all the files to cloud storage from your PC, then pull the files back down from the iPad. Even then you don’t have the ability to save all the files to the device, as iPads are picky about what they except. Often the apps would then need to process the files making what should be a something simple into something very roundabout.

Apps as a lecturer I found an interesting subject when it came to the OS. Both devices had a range of handy apps for helping out with learning. Both devices supported all the apps we wanted to use. Apple had less apps but more quality apps. Also worth noting that apps on iOS tended to work better. I am sure that this is a result of apple only needing to cater to a few devices as opposed to android which must cater to a wide range of devices from different manufacturers. This saw apple have a huge advantage.

What the students bought along to class was a mixed bag. Most students owned a smartphone. But the range was everything from the latest iPhones to $99 no brand android devices. This caused problems. Only a few students ever had the ability to connect to the AirPlays and Allshare Casts. Going forward if there is ever going to be hope of students sharing there will need to be standardized equipment they will need. Another option is to have all work students want to share online in some form or

One of the classes we were teaching how to create web apps then wrap them with phone gap. There is a clear cut hands down winner here and its Android. With an Android device a student can pick it up and transfer an app installer to it and open it on the device. Its a incredibly simple process that works well. Getting the same app onto an apple device required much work. You first need to be an apple developer. This takes a while to register. For individuals this costs $99 a year, but to apples credit there is a free university program which we opted for. The registration process required me talking to several people on both my end and on Apples and took 2 weeks to complete. At around this point apple shut down the developer community for roughly 10 days due to security issues. After just shy of a month Apple had granted me permission to install an app on a student project that runs for only six weeks.


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We are hosting a week-long workshop during 25-29th November that will explore augmenting mobile movie production. If you are interested in participating please rsvp to thomcochrane@gmail.com or via Twitter to @thomcochrane or @ATZ119

This workshop aims to give participants the skills to create innovative mash-ups of three of the unique affordances of today’s smartphones, tablets and phablets:

  1. Augmented Reality (locating)
    Using geotagging via smartphones in-built GPS mobile movies can be located within a geographical context, linked to collaborative Google Maps and viewed in Google Earth. This adds a rich layer of contextual information to mobile movies, effectively augmenting a mobile movie with geographical data.
    and
  2. Mobile Media Production (creating)
    Adding new mobile video applications such as Vyclone, Vine, and the YouTube online Editor to your collaboration can enhance the creation of mobile movies and add a unique perspective.
    and
  3. Mobile Social Media (sharing).
    Mobile social media provides a way to publish and share your creative output with a global audience, using tools such as Twitter, Google Plus, and Wikitude.

This workshop will explore scenarios for innovative and collaborative team projects using these tools. It will leverage the expertise of two academic advisors (Cochrane & Narayan) with specialty in Mobile Social Media, and pair this with the expertise of two international mobile film making specialists: Antonczak (NZ & France) and Keegan (UK).

The four key objectives of the workshop are that:

  1. Participants will experience creating an augmented mobile movie in a collaborative team
  2. Participants will brainstorm how they can design augmented mobile movie projects within their discipline context
  3. Participants will discuss and critique examples of collaborative mobile movie production and mobile augmented reality
  4. Participants will be introduced to the body of literature surrounding mobile learning, mobile movie production, and mobile augmented reality in higher education

The Augmenting Mobile Movie Production Workshop will focus upon participants forming production teams (4 people) to create an authentic augmented mobile movie project using a mashup of YouTube/Vimeo/Vyclone/Vine and Google Maps, and create a Wikitude World from this content. These projects will then be presented and critiqued to/by the entire workshop participants, and shared for feedback from global experts.

Participants will need to bring:

  • An iOS or Android smmartphone or table device (iPad 2+, iPad mini, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Note2)
  • A laptop
  • An iTunes Store or Google Play Store account ID

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请先播放音乐

 

我的墓志铭

常常会想
什么样的陈述
会写在我的墓碑上

是一个经历了无数城市的过客
还是为土地守候的放牛郎
是一个为金钱奋斗一生的失去者
还是那个一无是处的孩子王

些许和老友们的残缺记忆
纵使永刻石碑
亦无人分享
那些人生里仅存的温馨和美好
却化为了一种感伤

然而
悲痛只是旁观者的宣泄
用告别
抚平未燃尽的鲜血
面对着逃不走的寂寞
也只需要挥手的人群和哀伤的挽歌

我要写下
我所拥有的一切
金银,土地,汽车,楼房
我要亲眼看着它们被刻上
那一桩桩
别人早已忘记
而我却津津乐道的幻想

我要写下
我去过的每一个地方
可提起笔竟然彷徨
我能记起每一处的名字
却记不起你的模样

就像
我们看着同一片夕阳
你等待着手机的微信
而我却在黑屏的倒影里
偷看着你的脸庞

虽然模糊的只剩下双眼
但还锐利明亮
我很想描绘当年的忧伤
以及
一无所有时对拥有的期望

但当我低下头
注视着人参般苍老的手
想拭去这默默流下的泪
想触摸哪怕是自己的
纯真的渴望

可我的指尖却失去了知觉
而只能靠咀嚼记忆来想像
那曾经的,陈旧的,脆弱的
我的
一点点
疯狂

越是拥有
越是吝啬的一堵墙
而陌生人的慷慨
会是给予
还是精心策划的谎

最后
人们一拥而上
像争食猎物一样
夺走我眼中最后的光
我已无力反抗
只能任由着渐渐从容
就像落叶在狂风里徜徉
就像鱼儿在巨浪中游荡

霎那间
我竟和天空一起飞翔
在无限变化的空间里
乘风破浪

我不记得年少时的第一把吉他
也忘记了那些害过我的心肠
我不在乎谁瓜分了银行中的数字
也不计较谁曾经陪谁流浪

人们要怎么记得我
就像人们会忘记我一样
你,他和她的故事
都曾精彩和凄凉
却没人再讲
因为人们只在乎自己的故事
其他的
都只是自己故事的伏笔,铺垫
从一开始就被遗忘
就像我从来不记得你的模样
却只记得我对你的渴望

我没有墓志铭
因为如果我逝去
就如同不曾有我一样