M-Learning gets Tribal
Tribal is a startup that has at least woken me up after a couple of dreary presentations on how blogs and YouTube are "soooo powerful". At least these guys are honest: the batteries on mobile devices do run down, connecting them together can be a pain.
But, they say, this merely makes us more imaginative in how we exploit the tools. I agree. When I was at MGS I had so few tools I had to be imaginative to get anything out of them - or curl up and let the lack of motivation beat me, and the kids, to a pulp.
They've got me hooked in right from the start: our perception of knowledge is not so much about transmission of knowledge than creation of it. We can find out information in so many outlets now that finding it is really not where the learning is going to come. It's how we exploit it, remix it and share it again that counts.
Tribal have enjoyed helping educators and learners to find what 'shards' fit best together for them. (I like this idea of shards coming together to make a whole, different shards for different people). Tey ahve created tools and resources that use the learner's own phone, combining paper resources and text message feedback, for example. I'm going to find their free mobile phone trial of the road theory test particularly useful on my own mobile - though I'm not sure if I'm meant to use it while driving.
Teachers as creators of mobile media
I like these guys better and better. They've also made some great authoring tools for teachers which will allow them not only to spend their cash on Tribal products but also to make up their own. These guys have got both ends of the personalisation agenda tied up!