No supercomputers needed

We had some time to experiment with podcast production with a small mobile Creative MP3 player. Doinita, Ferran and Helge are talking about education and research. I like to point out that this and the previous recording from Helsinki IST 2006 are experiments with very small and low-cost devices. We wanted to experiment and to explore how we could create time and location shifted content that could be expanded into various learning processes to support people on the move.
  • Podcast from Helsinki IST 2006
  • Published 27-Nov-2006 14:11
  • The User Generated Content is 12.6M
  • Artists: Doinita, Ferran, The Supercomputer man and Helge
  • Listen to the podcast MP3
Examples:
  • Distance learning of truck drivers who are on the road
  • University professors podcasting lectures to their students and they can listen while they are on the bus or exercising
  • Distance learning of people who don't have own computers but can download MP3's at Internet Cafés
  • Low-cost MP3 players / recorders are now available to prices starting at 30 euro
  • On-demand, time and location shifting, low-cost eLearning
We had quite a few questions about, how mobile phones / devices could be used for education. Our example is about how to apply existing low-cost tools without creating massive eLearning portals. New tools and technologies can be used to do things with very small budgets and there could be lots of possibilities.

I know about a US based company that bought 2 500 iPods for their work force and the idea being that they can listen to corporate training and product information while driving to work or returning back home. The mobile workers, sales personnel and customer support people can be trained while on the road. But they can also create their own podcasts and send them back as feedback.

What do you think? What more could be done? In smart phones we also have cameras and the possibility to respond with SMS and MMS. eLearning to the masses is soon available to the common man / woman as the information can be carried in the pocket.

I did record the complete workshop and there is a lot of material to be edited. The distance of the MP3 recorder to the speakers was quite long and the quality isn't very good. I'm not yet sure if it's worth wile to publish the material. I might just take out some of the sections and produce a podcast mash-up. Let's see what it soudns like. But that will be available later this week.

A better voice quality can be achieved with digital stereo recorders with a price tag of 500 euros, but our experiment underlines the possibilities given to innovative teachers and educators who just want to use very low-cost devices. The editing can be made by Free programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. I use Audacity.

Podcast from Helsinki IST 2006

Terveisin, Best Regards, Med Vänliga Hälsningar, Mit Freundlichen Grüßen, A Bientot,
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