NMC: Mobiles in Learning, Socio-Economical Development and Knowledge Work

19 06 2009

Talk by Teemu Leinonen [from Finland]

  • Finland has 5.2 million population and 6 million cellular phone subscriptions and 2 million broadband connections.
  • In 2007 Apple Computers Inc. dropped the name Computers and is now Apple Inc. because it does better now with mobile phones.
  • Annually about 1 billion mobiles phones are sold
  • 50% of the world have the basic type of mobile phones

Two trends:

  1. >mobiles and wikis
  2. Mobile wikis
  3. Future of mobiles in learning


  • phones
  • multimedia phones
  • handheld devices – ipods, games etc.
  • phone computers [eg. Iphone]
  • internet tablets
  • ultralight laptops

Half of the world population will be using mobile phones and multimedia phones and will never reach the other types because they are very expensive.

Entry level mobile phones have:

  • text and talk [sms]
  • clock/alarm
  • calculator
  • torch/flashlight
  • mobile network

They could stand about two weeks without charging.

The Second mobile phone: [multimedia phone – Nokia is best]

  • talk and text
  • music/audio – mp3/FM radio
  • camera: photo and video
  • you can write software for that such as java/python, flash light etc.
  • mobile network – Bluetooth that helps sharing in close networks without much expense

Mobile phone is one-to-one media.


how many have used it? How many have edited articles in wiki?

It currently has 1600 administrators for the English wikipedia. It is global.

Wikis are many to many media.

If we combine them it would be more powerful. Many to many media becomes a forum for discussion and build knowledge together in a certain shared space.

2- Mobile wikis: Mobile Audio Wiki Video

MobilEd in South Africa. It is a mobile initiative. They created an audio encyclopedia.

They tried it out in an educational setting. You can also record your own entries and it creates a podcast for you.

Mobile many to many media?

Why people want to do media? Because they can: they have the tools and time.

3- Future of mobiles in learning:

the ability for more people to talk to each other.

Informal learning: communication, news, ads

Launched in China in 2007 MobilEdu provides wireless learning directly to your device.

Nokia has Nokia Life Tools: access to agriculture, education, entertainment. It was launched in India.

OtaSizzle: ubiquitous social media for urban communities. .Oopen experimentation environment for testing mobile social media services.

Shedlight concept: [shed light application which enables people to place notes] made in a new media and learning workshop 2006 in media lab Heslsinki. You move the phone and take video of the scenes around you and people can connect to it and annotate it.




One response

24 06 2009
led flashlight

Great article. Keep on sharing 🙂

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