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    Please "sign" your contributions by marking with the code of 4 tildes (~) in a row so that we can follow up with you if we need additional information or leads to examples- this produces a signature when the page is updated, like this: Sam Oct 31, 2011
    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    One of the great hopes for education has been the flexibility of time, place and pace of learning. The flexibility of place is almost, but not quite achieved by the laptop. Its constraint has been power. If we can overcome this through readily available charging in a wireless environment, then students can access their digital learning more effectively and move even further away from a dependence on place as a necessary for learning.Andrew.Higgins Nov 8, 2011
    There's something about the promise of wireless electricity that really piques my interest. Overview that covers the physics and the safety issues: http://www.wirelesspower.co.nz/eric-giler-ceo-witricity-on-ted/.
    I think on a personal level (not to mention implications for the environment) it will be revolutionary, and in terms of managing learning environments it will free us from the tyranny of the electric cord. In my institution the increase in wireless internet access is making an appreciable difference in where, how and with what devices students are able to study - wireless electricity (when affordable/powerful/practical enough) would provide a next key step. We've already changed the type of furniture available and the type of institution-provided computers for student use (e.g. laptops for hire v rows of desktop PCs), but students still have to cluster around power outlets http://www.flickr.com/photos/69609835@N05/6332266143/in/photostream/ (which of course were located around the space to accommodate old configurations of computer 'banks'). Power outlet workaround: http://www.flickr.com/photos/69609835@N05/6332266657/in/photostream/
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    Linda.Keesing-Styles Nov 10, 2011All institutes should be interested in this as the costs of kitting out lecture theatres with power outlets under each seat are large but essential costs if eLearning is to flourish. However we need to be realistic about needs. Battery life will improve, smart phones and tablets will become choice of use by students and there will not be a complete dependency on laptops. The more expensive laptops also have the good battery life provided by the Smart phones. This is a big problem now but the solution may well come from the supplier side.
    I think this has huge potential to address long standing demand for infinite or very extended battery life. I am also aware of communities in parts of the world who have wireless free and wifi protected rooms. But I am more exposed to a strong majority desire for access to infinite power for all devices without travelling with a plethora of cables. The ability to provide this service free to our students will, alongside free WiFi access, makes BYOD very attractive to students Sue.Tait Nov 15, 2011
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    with the focus in higher education on analytics the data sets are only going to grow in size. Being able to visually represent complex, multidimensional data in visual forms that in turn are able to be manipulated in real time is something that may be of real interest to the administrators in higher education who have the thankless task of being able to track and predict retention rates of the student body, and then enable intervention strategies at points in time. Being able to see a visualisation of the learning pathway of a student by looking at the variety of data we capture on them (attendance, login to LMS, assessment submission, ph contact etc) and to plot their learning trajectory across a year, or years, visually could be extremely powerful.Duncan.OHara Nov 15, 2011your response here
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    I can see several possible uses of virtual worlds. The first is soft skills practice e.g. interview skills (as demonstrated effectively in the slenz project), counselling skills, retail skills. The advantages of virutal worlds for soft skills role plays are that multiple users cna practice at once, a well-designed virtual space creates a more realistic envrionment than a classroom, and external people can be involved creating a greater sense of reality for the learner. Another is language learning, because virutal worlds connected over the internet support a world in which first language speakers can naturally engage with the learner - using audio and text. A third is representation of concepts in an engaging game-like way, such as the virtual cell in Second Life through which one's avatar can enter. This 3D representation helps understanding of various organelles visually. However, the way it is set up e.g. it is only possible to leave the cell through the lysosyme (the excretion part of the cell) communicates other aspects. terry.neal Nov 13, 2011your response here
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    Simonastick is a useful development to overcome the high bandwdith requirements of some existing virtual worlds. However, many of the benefits come from being able to link with others within the space. Kitely is another development making it easier for educators to create virtual worlds themselves. terry.neal Nov 13, 2011
    The power of immersion is what these spaces offer. Research is yet to demonstrate clear links with motivation or learning. As with other e-learning tools this may be in part because the spaces are not being used for those things which they do best. Many projects are creating representations of physical spaces rather than making the most of the immersive potential. terry.neal Nov 13, 2011
    Barriers to, and cost of, access, steep initial learning curve for learners, costs of development, and challenges in gaining IS support within organisations are also factors to consider. terry.neal Nov 13, 2011
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    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?
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    The slenz team created a charitable trust to try and maintain the momentum from slenz in New Zealand.
    http://vlenz.edumuve.ac.nz/ terry.neal Nov 13, 2011

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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    there is the obvious of having a guest lecturer or special guest presenting to an audience in a way that brings in the media-richness most commonly associated with face-to-face interactions.Duncan.OHara Nov 15, 2011your response here
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    more emphasis on the human need to have as media rich experience as possibleDuncan.OHara Nov 15, 2011
    cost is a barrier for the education sector. Our 2D project at Massey University to build rooms on 2 campuses to enable blended, flexible, interactive, video linked teaching and learning spaces where we can mix and match many inputs to many outputs has required robust financial justification and these pressures are tightening across the world now Sue.Tait Nov 15, 2011
    Using Augmented Reality to support mobile Telepresence Mark.Billinghurst Nov 16, 2011
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    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?
    Huge - will truly enable distributed learning Stanley.Frielick Nov 15, 2011your response here
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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    Mark.NicholsMaking ePublication preferable to print.
    Mark.NicholsEnabling media-rich embedded courseware.
    Mark.NicholsImproving access to enrolments and course materials (enrol online, download materials straight away).
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011Student Course Attendance check off that updates the main SMS.
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011Have easy access to any documents through applications like "Airshare".
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011Great tool for Kinesthetic learning via some of the simulation tools like 3D cell simulation.
    stephen.marshall Nov 11, 2011 Tablets have the advantage of being less intrusive and having longer battery lives than laptops, otherwise they provide access to many of the same information resources very conveniently
    HIghly relevent for our students who prefer a larger (yet more transportable) learning access resource. They offer a screen size that enables interaction, viewing, and reading alongside flexible, streamlined features. The same goes for our academic staff. selena.fox Nov 12, 2011
    We've been running several pilots on the use of these and are now embedding them in learning environments in a number of disciplines. Great for collaborative learning. Linda.Keesing-Styles Nov 13, 2011
    We too are running a pilot in the Trades area and are looking at assessing in the workplace.Kevin.Brennan Nov 13, 2011
    Tablets are ideal devices for one-to-one learning.Sam Nov 13, 2011
    They allow the user to create their own personal learning space, by selecting apps that have personal value. This avoids the alienation experienced by students in more formal online learning environments.
    Yes, they support the creation of PLE's. We have a small team that are evaluating their use to support daily work as well as teaching and research. Philippa.Gerbic Nov 14, 2011
    Tablet computing is becoming more affordable and accessable. devices like the ipad and the other tablets are available at lower cost than a "proper" laptop and still have a high functionality. This is why we are seeing a range of schools from Primary to secondary adopting them. The natural gestures of the UI makes it simple for even the youngest users to use. Add to this the low , per unit cost of applications and the diversity of applications available. these are becoming much more widely accepted. The implications of these tools for special needs users should not be overlooked either andrew.churches Nov 15, 2011andrew.churches
    Agreed. Affordability combined with battery life and students with an on campus experience focused more on presentation and consumption of data, makes the tablet an increasingly appealing accessory to other technology for the creation of data; especially for technology such as huge rendering power or colour calibrated screens which are likely to require hands on access to specialized equipment in the immediate future. Data creation on tablets generally is already OK in some areas and increasing all the time. Sue.Tait Nov 15, 2011
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    Mark.NicholsThe challenges of multiple operating systems/platforms.
    Mark.NicholsThe issue of distribution channels, which might be OS-specific (presenting opportunities and constraints).
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011The integration potential into existing enterprise platforms other than iCloud.
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011The functional use in a large organisation.
    stephen.marshall Nov 11, 2011 Many of the software tools available on the tablets are limited in comparison to tools available on desktop/laptop systems, while the situation is improving many iOS tools are weighted towards content consumption rather than creation, while the experience on other platforms is less developed or still assuming keyboard/mouse interaction
    More elaboration needed on their applications as in-the-classroom learning tools.Sam Nov 13, 2011
    More students need to have them Philippa.Gerbic Nov 14, 2011
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    here (could be with mobile technologies in general?) - I am concerned about the 'casualization' of learning. Was it an Apple tv ad for the iPad that showed a student rushing around on this bike (one of the ones you use for tricks not just for covering a distance) who finished his homework 'on the run'? It is great to have access on a mobile device, yet portraits like this one imply that we can treat study/work as a sideshow. I think we as educator need to make sure we get across that flexible, mobile access is great but that learning still needs our full attention. Eva.Heinrich Nov 14, 2011
    andrew.churches Nov 15, 2011andrew.churches I would add the limitations of current software that do not easily allow programming on the device or databases to be developed. Also the limitations for word processing and spreadsheets, while for the average user they are fine, for a power or high end user they are limited. Additionally the limitation, particularly notable in the ipad for multitasking

    (3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?
    Mark.NicholsNew forms of flexible learning.
    Mark.NicholsFinally enabling mobile learning through a far more suitable interface.
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011The learning process is informal and non-curricular
    Humphrey.Wikeepa Nov 8, 2011The true brain potential of learning of a student could be discovered alot sooner through the use of these tools rather than the normal curricular tests.
    stephen.marshall Nov 11, 2011 I see this as part of the overall trend towards greater access to information in more contexts and towards richer communication tools, beyond SMS. Ditto ditto! selena.fox Nov 12, 2011
    I see Tablet Computing having significant impact on our student and teacher / teaching and learning. Tablet computers offer mobility, flexibility and access on a device that remains a size to support reading, interacting and engaging. Little compromise of screen real estate with significant enhancing of mobilty etc +++ selena.fox Nov 12, 2011
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    Collaboration, content creation, contest digestion.Sam Nov 13, 2011
    The student controls this environment (contrast with course websites), its their place and this may encourage them to take control over other aspects of their learning such as setting their own learning goals, working out which tools, methods or people are most appropriate for them.Lynn.Jeffrey Nov 14, 2011
    Creating a PLE which is then able to support more independent and collaborative learning. However, students ( as well as teachers) have to have them if they are to be a significant pedagogical tool. Right now, they are "cool" with students, but thats not enough of a push, given their price.Philippa.Gerbic Nov 14, 2011
    andrew.churches Nov 15, 2011andrew.churches The low cost and simple interface, with a good solid set of software tools makes these tablets very powerful and easily accessable devices, particularly in the media sphere. The mobility is a huge aspects and critical - students are using a 400-500g device instead of a 2-3kg laptop. Battery life (upto 10 hours in the ipads) means they can use them all day. Link this to increasing availablility of "free" wifi and reducing cost of 3G connections and the collaboration and communication aspects abound.
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    Selena Chan, CPIT: Developing interactive e-textbooks on net tablets
    http://akoaotearoa.ac.nz/ako-hub/ako-aotearoa-southern-hub/news/newly-approved-project-effective-use-interactive-e-textbooks-and-e-workbooks-net-tablets
    Nicki.Page Nov 13, 2011
    Dickens H & Churches A, Apps For Learning: 40 Best iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone Apps for High School Classroom. Corwin Press, 2011
    http://www.amazon.com/Apps-Learning-iPhone-School-Classrooms/dp/1463612850/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1321346022&sr=8-1
    Massey University is just initiating a project to trial Flexible Personal Computing that will be tested on mobile devices including tabs and phones Sue.Tait Nov 15, 2011

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    (1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?
    I am not too familiar with these technologies but it sounds great. This could be helpful to make educational or research resources (e.g., books, journal articles) available to speakers of other languages, dramatically increasing access and resources for learners/researchers in many countries.It might also be a way for wider contributions to research across the world (e.g., journals could accept contributions in different languages). This would lower the barrier to contribution/participation by many . Eva.Heinrich Nov 14, 2011your response here
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    potentially big - see e.g. SLideSpeech project at AUThttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P__53zBgEJM Stanley.Frielick Nov 15, 2011your response here
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