iTunes U – A Special Section of the iTunes Store For Education

8 06 2009


Learners and teachers already use mobile technology in nearly every aspect of their daily lives. Now education has been plugging into that massive chance for learning by providing permanent access to educational materials, along with easy ways for learners to connect, collaborate and share.

You know that mobile learning is reshaping the educational experience. Learning no longer happens only in the classroom or at a desk.

I am sure that loads of students are iTunes users already. Now instead of just going to iTunes for their music and movies they can also find entertainment for their brains!


iTunes U in the iTunes Store offers free audio and video content from top universities, well-known museums and other cultural institutions. With iTunes U your students can learn from the world’s leading thinkers, attend free lectures, peep at an exhibition, listen to audiobooks or just brush up their Spanish.

Students can sync iTunes U content with any iPod or iPhone, so they can go right on learning while they grab something to eat, walk to class or work out at the gym. They will only have to search, download and play educational content as easily as they do with their music, movies and TV shows.

It’s accessible to anyone with a Mac or PC.

If you haven’t got iTunes, you can download it for free – click here!

Try it yourself! Learn anytime, anywhere.


QR Code

31 03 2009

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QR (Quick Response) codes are 2-dimensional bar codes that can contain text, URLs, phone numbers and other data. The QR code can be read by a camera phone as long as it has free QR Code Reader software.

These awkward looking images are being used with students in various ways.

Students can use it to subscribe to a RSS news feed; tutors can integrate QR codes in their PowerPoint presentations or printable materials, as it facilitates note taking; you can send as sms to a phone; transfer a phone number; append the codes to Moodle, it facilitates classroom evaluation and it is perfect for mobile learners.

How to create a QR Code

Go to , type in text, a URL or a telephone number and generate the code. Copy and paste the image generated into your slide or document etc.

Check if your phone can use QR reader software on , download direct to your phone or to your computer and transfer.

Use your camera and software on your phone to capture the code’s message.


Another excellent QR code creator is . You just have to create a free account and you can create QR codes linked to music files, images, URLs, VR Cards and Voting. Snappr allows you to download the QR code reader on your mobile phone (few mobile phones cannot read QR codes).

In case you do not want to download the application to your phone or if your phone does not accept a QR code reader you can use the MMS option. It’s simple! – Take a picture of the code on your mobile phone and send it to . Within a few moments you will receive a link that leads to the collected information on Snappr, all optimized for your device.

Visit for more ideas using QR codes in teaching and learning.

Mobile Learning

24 03 2009


Imagine teaching where your learners can access the internet, record videos and photos, create PowerPoint presentations on the go, access a digital library, read e-books, answer interactive quizzes, or produce dynamic mind maps of their project-based work in the palms of their hands anytime and anywhere.

This is the world of Mobile Learning. Using the latest handheld devices, seamless integration of technology is becoming a reality in educational establishments across the country.

With M Learning you can effectively support personalised learning styles; create learning activities with easy-to-use tools; engage your learners anytime, anywhere; choose from a varied of tried and tested learning materials for mobile devices, including topics like ESOL, numeracy, literacy, driving theory, health and safety, business, and much more; enrich your students’ experiences through online collaboration; create podcasts; interact and share ideas, resources or information such as audio, images and videos.

Mobile learning has proven to improve retention, achievement and progression in many projects that took place in different colleges in the country. It also increases flexibility of provision, extends the virtual learning environment, helps those who find it difficult to attend classes and have little or no access to IT equipment, provides learners with technology to strengthen the relationship between learning in the field and learning in the classroom, and also facilitates data recording and evidence collection.

Visit to read more about Mobile Learning.

Let me know if you are interested in knowing how to use M learning with your students. You can tie in your commitment to 30 hours CPD and log on the “research project” on ifl. You can come up with your own idea for a project (could be for example finding out the effect of M Learning has on students’ motivation), undertake training as part of the project, deliver and report back logging the whole as part of your CPD activity. If you liked the idea I am more than happy to help you with ideas, planning the project, providing training and overseeing the project.

e-blabla goes mobile

24 09 2008

From now on whenever you forget to check out e-blabla at work, you can do it in your way home from your mobile.

Thanks to, I could mobilize eblabla blog. Anyone can create a mobile version of your website or blog. They even have an iphone version.

Try it!