What will 2013 look like?

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MentorMob Innovator

Here’s a link to a post about MentorMob Innovators: ow.ly/cXBVf


I’m sitting in the Dome in Rockingham, tuning out the noise and tuning in my thoughts. I came here for a coffee and a Florentine – and the opportunity to gather my thoughts about this post. The theme? Are we wise to hitch ourselves to Apple? Or should we be planning to work across platforms? Should we be skilling teachers to use a variety of apps (a toolkit – Jenni Parker‘s description) in their online presentations to their students?

And the universities are …?

Recently, I attended the annual WAIER Forum. WAIER stands for “Western Australian Institute for Educational Research.” Some of the presentations were about e-learning and the presentation of online courses. I was particularly interested in the work of Jenni Parker, who has set up an online course for academics at Murdoch University to teach them how to design their own online courses. We are heading in the same direction: developing online courses for teaching our teachers how to design and produce their own online courses.

Professor Jan Herrington has something worthwhile to say about mobile learning.



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I have been a student for as long as I can remember. I even have memories of my first days at school and learning to do “soldier-dot”, which I later recognized as my teacher’s way of teaching us to commence each sentence with a capital letter (“soldier”) and end it with a full stop (“dot”). It has been a long journey from there – a small classroom in the Catholic school in Norseman (1952) to my last graduation ceremony at NDA on 18 July, 2010, when I received my doctorate. It has been an interesting journey from lines and dots on a sheet of paper to a thesis, which is more than 600 pages long.

My studies have taken me to many different schools and universities and my work has gone around the world. My doctoral thesis was read in England and the US. More than 300 copies have been downloaded by students around the world. At present, I am working on having it published as a book and I have been working on some articles based on my research. These activities involve further reading and study.

During the last two years, I have been developing my knowledge and skills in relation to web apps for mobile devices. The reading I have been doing over that time has led me to the conclusion that most learning will come to be done with the assistance of mobile devices similar to the iPhone. It is likely that the iPad. Which I am using to write this post, will become obsolete in the next 10 years and will be replaced by a much smaller device, about the size of the iPod/iPhone capable of projecting holographic images. Even the keyboard will be a projection.

So, believing this to be the direction we are taking in education, I have been learning how to write school materials using HTML, css3 and various derivatives of JavaScript, the latest being jQuery Mobile. The latest version of the school’s PC Prayer File has been made available to staff as a mobile web app.

I am convinced that I learn best by doing things, whether it be writing an essay, or writing a web app, or building a guitar, or cooking a meal. While I enjoy reading, I find that I have to do something with what I read in order to stay interested in what I have been reading. Years ago, one of my teachers used to write important ideas on system cards, which he would file. He was a bit like a computer because that is what a computer does. Researchers have shown that we forget about 80% of what we see, hear or read if we don’t make some form of notes about it.