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BYOD-Bring Your Own Device

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QR Code One of the significant promises of mobile learning is ability for teachers and students to use their own mobile computing devices. In this hands-on session, we’ll take a look at FREEways for teaching and learning that are appropriate for a variety of mobile computing devices and platforms. Specifically, we’ll explore QR codes, capturing student responses and artifacts easily inside Posterous, using polling for formative assessment, and phonecasting/phlogging for representing knowledge. BYOM — Bring your own mobile!



QR Codes

QR Codes quickly explained


Overview & Examples | http://themobilelearner.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/qr-codes-and-mobile-learning/

Overview & Examples | http://thinkedu.net/blog/web2/qr-codes/


QR Code Generators

Goo.gl |

Snap.vu |

Bitly.com |

QRjumps.com | Registered users get larger sizes & URL bundles

GoQR.me | Size options and download & embed options

QRstuff.com | Lots of options for things to encode

QRmedia.us | List of code generators

JagTag | Proprietary generator that does not require a reader app. Not free yet, but be on the lookout for more of these.


QR Code Readers

Quickmark | for Android

Quickmark | for iOS | $.99 | currently experiencing difficulties with iPhone 4

Qrafter | for iOS | Free

NeoReader | for iOS | Free

Barcode | for iOS | Free

Check your app store or search online for your phone model and QR Code Readers to see if one is available for your phone.


Desktop QR Code Readers

QR Reader | http://www.dansl.net/blog/?p=256


Without a Reader?



Integration Ideas

Paul Simbeck-Hampson & Tom Barrett's presentation of ideas | http://bit.ly/i9JO59

Learning the Skeleton | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV-e0qolrt8

Tom Barrett's purposes | http://edte.ch/blog/2010/11/25/qr-codes-improve-web-access/ 

McGuffy School District's video of ideas | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayW032sKtj8 

Barbara Schroeder's 10 ways to use QR codes | http://itcboisestate.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/10-ways-to-use-qr-codes-in-your-classroom/ 

A Library Scavenger Hunt | http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2011/03/qr-code-quest-library-scavenger-hunt.html



Oh, Qrap! | http://www.boingboing.net/2010/12/06/oh-qrap.html 


Signs to Use with Teacher Professional Development

QR codes sign to print out | Signs for Professional Development

Polls/Surveys by SMS Text Messaging & Smartphone


Tool I like ...

Polleverywhere | http://www.polleverywhere.com/ 




Tools I like ...

iPadio | http://www.ipadio.com/ 

Google Voice | https://www.google.com/voice 


Example of iPadio for Early Childhood


Example of Using Google Voice for Vocabulary


Creating eBooks


Creating eBooks with Sigil


Sigil is an epub editor for creating ebooks.  There is a quick straightforward tutorial available to help you through your first conversion.  This is very doable.  Sigil allows you to convert HTML files into epub format, which is the format for ebooks in iBooks, Nook, and with Adobe Digital Editions. 


The process to go through is:

  1. Save a Microsoft Word file as an web page.  If you can, select only visible information when you convert.
  2. Open the HTML file into Sigil.
  3. Do a little clean up inside Sigil.
  4. Save as ... epub format.
  5. You now have to get the epub to your device, and this is done in a lot of different ways.  You can put a link to the file on a web page.  You can copy the file through Dropbox.  You can attach the file through an email.  And for Nook, you would have to sync the file to your Nook device from a computer.


Overview of eBook Formats


Capturing Student Responses/Artifacts with Posterous & Cellphones

Only a single cellphone number can be entered into Posterous (i.e., the teacher's number). To post by text messaging (SMS), you have to put POST in ALL CAPS before the message and then send it to the 41411 Posterous number.  Your cellphone number must be registered with Posterous. See Poster Help here.


Posting with MMS as an Approved Email address

Multimedia text messages (MMS) messages cannot be posted with the 41411 number to Posterous. Instead, email addresses must be used.  For a list of the Email addresses for the various cellphone carriers see this list (Email addresses for Cellphone Carriers). Because this is an email address, the email address must be added as contributors/approved email addresses into Posterous to post.


For example, if your cellphone number is 281-555-5555 and AT&T is your cellphone carrier, then you set up 2815555555@mms.att.com as an approved email address, which would allow this number to send MMS to Posterous with an email address.


Posting with MMS & "Anyone Can Post"

With the "Settings" set to "Anyone can post", you can then post an MMS into Posterous with post@yourposterousname.posterous.com (e.g., post@viralnotebook.posterous.com). These are moderated and must be approved to publish.


Bypassing Posterous' Limit to Only One Text Number


With some testing, I was able to connect Google Voice up to Posterous.  The process for posting is this:

  1. Google Voice is forwarded to
  2. Gmail is forwarded to
  3. Posterous


This, however, is not the order in which it should be set up.  Instead, follow this order.

  1. Gmail is first. I created a Gmail account specifically for Posterous. 
  2. In Posterous, use your gmail address as the primary address for log in.
  3. In Posterous, I set the Settings to "Anyone can Post".
  4. Then in back Gmail, set up mail forwarding to your Posterous email address, for example post@yourposteroussite.posterous.com.  For example, post@viralnotebook.posterous.com.  Gmail will send a confirmation code in an email to Posterous.
  5. In Posterous, check to see if the post was received. You only want the confirmation code right now.
  6. Enter the confirmation code into Gmail. This should set up the forwarding to Posterous.
  7. Now, you can set up Google Voice by picking your number and doing the phone call verification.
  8. In the Google Voice Settings, under "Voicemail & Text," choose to forward text messages to my email (which should be your gmail address).
  9. That should do it.  You can try sending a text or an email.  The emails should be posted directly into Posterous.  Texts will have to be approved inside Posterous.  Note, gmail does not support MMS.



I have become a firm believer that all faculty members and teachers should be using Twitter—either for professional development or as a teaching tool with students or both.  One tool that I am using is called HootCourse.  It's easy to use and connects easily with Twitter.  In fact, after you set up the tool, you actually don't have to use it for it to work. :)





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