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Today phones are used for almost everything. Whether they are or not, people are using them like computers. They are no longer just for calling but also for surfing the internet, navigation, taking pictures, shooting video, playing games, sending text messages, checking emails and many other activities.
Mobile wireless technology has drastically changed how we communicate. It also has the potential to be an educational tool for the classroom teacher.
The Geo-Historian Project utilizes wireless technology to link classrooms with local historical landmarks. Using cell phones, students can become video historians, creating a living history of real people and real places shared via wireless devices.
We have not had the opportunity yet to implement the GeoHistorian project with students, but we will soon. In order to try out our ideas we created a learning activity using cell phones, QR codes, and digital content of the World War II Memorial in Washington DC (2009 NECC Conference).
Here is an example of a QR Code. It looks like a checker board with white and black squares. This code can be placed on a variety of surfaces such as paper and textile, and embedded in digital sources such as websites or video clips.
QR Codes Come in Many Shapes and Sizes Winksite http:// winksite.com/site/index.cfm Scanlife http:// www.scanlife.com QR Code Sema Code QuickMark Shotcode
Google Goggles lets you search from your cell phone simply by snapping a photo. Want more info on a product? Take its picture. Need info about a business? Photograph the storefront. Put simply, this thing packs some serious power, and its capabilities stretch far.
Still in beta stage
Only runs on Android phones right now.
Google Goggles http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles/#landmark