Saturday, November 11, 2006

MobilED

I saw this mentioned in David Wiley‘s Iterating Toward Openness blog: MobilED is Cool, Cool, Cool!. I took a look and totally agree. Where all of this sounds cool I‘m particularly interested in their work with MediaWiki. We‘ve bet-the-farm on MediaWiki, and anything that would make it more accessible would be most excellent. I‘ve contacted Teemu to see how we might get involved.

Mobil applications like this are sorely needed. We‘re teaching a six week seminar right now completely within a MediaWiki environment. We‘re only in week one, but I‘m already believing that teaching the wiki-way has a lot going for it. It‘s fun, and I would like to be able to get at it much more easily.

I‘m in Charlottesville, VA this weekend to watch some collegiate rowing. On the way up I tried to access our seminar‘s MediaWiki site from my phone. I left home knowing that I owed a participant a response, and figured I could muddle through using a mobile browser. For the life of me I could not find the edit option in that little browser window. So it never worked and I was not happy. These things just need to be made way simpler.

It‘s time we all start getting more serious about ubiquitous computing: anywhere, anytime, any-device, and any-format. Until we stop compromising on these principles we‘re never going to get where we really, really, really need to be.

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