October 27, 2006

Jordanhill and New Technology

David and I are about to get excited about new technologies with a group of students studying to be secondary teachers around Scotland. During the lecture they will be encouraged to send text messages to a blog so that they can 'interrupt' David and me, and, as a result, we can alter what we would have made up said.

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Great demonstration of the convergence of technologies - however, aren't there some child protection or even privacy issues pertaining to announcing this?

I now have access to a whole bank of mobile numbers...?


I think David Muir form edcompblog, who organised this, has used it before and the students were aware of what happens. He's now going through it manually removing the numbers - a pain but it is the price to pay for 'free' technology.

This certainly is a good idea but can't see the use of it in the primary classroom - gosh no work would get done. Bad enough with the amount of questions that can be verbally to waste time. Can you imagine the excuse 'just sending you a question miss' when they are caught not working. The beauty of the system is that I can personally send a post at anytime rather than wait to hook up to my life support machine - oh sorry my laptop. What is the strategy to stop the mobile number form appearing?

Hi I am a primary teacher and I would have to say that moblogging should be something we engage our primary children with.
I was on a field trip to a cinema screening with my class the other day and I had a chat with five of my children in my class (10 year olds) 4 of them had a mobile phone better than mine - one of them had already downloaded the mp3s of the soundtrack to the film we were about to watch!
I have told them about how we can blog from our phones - they were really excited and have been nagging me to do it with them! I can imagine it working extremely well when on a history walk or other field trip - the children can moblog their experiences and also send images too.
I have thought about buying a decent cameraphone plus contract for school just for such a purpose.

DK is right, as it works at the moment, I would not use this particular method in school. However, I was using the system with adults, on a blog that was relatively private (until Ewan blogged about it here!), so I thought it was worth trying to see if it worked. I think it did work and worked well! I have now edited the posts to hide the numbers.

As Ewan has already said, I was using a free service (I'll say more about it on my blog soon) but I suspect if I was willing to pay, or get someone to set up an SMS (text) to email gateway for me, I would be able to set it up so that the mobile's numbers wouldn't be shown. I'm certainly impressed enough to look into this further.

The Moblogging service from intellisoftware is a great tool (I think that's what you're using?) - you can have lots of fun with it and I'm sure others will find useful and purposeful applications for it - sounds like Tom is already on it :-)

Sorry to be the 'stick-in-the-mud' regarding child protection - back when I was in the public sector I created the first ever corporate child protection policy for any local authority in the uk and still have the residual nuances associated with the process... like always spotting issues like that.

Have a great weekend!


I am with Tom on this one, I'd love to try this with my class. Pivot the blog we use has a moblog function that works by sending photos via email to a dedicated pop account, they are then collected and blogged by pivot. Only thing I am lacking is a phone with a camera and email. Is it expensive to email photos from a phone?

It can be expensive but I've got a new phone with an 8.50 pound per month contract and I get free data delivery (2GB per month).

Well spotted DK, it was intelliSoftware. See my recent post for more details.

You're right about the cost issue. In general, email is much more expensive from a mobile than texting. That is partly why I wanted to try SMS text this time instead of email. Also, on my phone, email was a real pig to set up, whereas texting usually works straight out the box.

P.S. Don't apologise for being a 'stick-in-the-mud'. You are absolutely right. There is a major problem about using this technique with pupils because of the open publication of their mobile numbers. I intend to speak to some techie types however to see what can be done.

You don't have a contact email on your site David and would love to be kept up to date with using the system without showing the phone numbers :-)

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