I work at the Campbelltown Suspension Centre, with student on long suspension from school. Presently, we operate a one-on-one computer environment using Apple Macbooks and a Janison learning management system as the means to by which students interact with the learning content.
Working with generally unmotivated students who have largely being unsuccessful in Mainstream schools has generated an interest in identifying ways in which technology can be used to motivated students. From this research conducted as part of a PhD project through the University of Wollongong and more recently through a 4 week research study from the NSW Premiers Scholoarship to the USA and UK, it has been possible to see some patterns in the ways technology can be used. Interestingly, these patterns do not focus on the programs or equipment used by the way in which the technology is organised and presented to students.
In joining this group I hope to gather some of your insights into the value mobile technologies and see if the hype is up to the practice around how the new iPod touch and iPhone can be creatively used to engage students in learning activities.
I look forward to hearing what is happing out there.