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Mobiles set to be portable teachers

Tired of carrying bundles of notes? Here's good news for all the students! According to a new technology, you can now store your study notes in your cellphones.

education Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 13:48 IST

A pilot study at New Zealand’s Howick College is examining the result of using mobile phones as a teaching aid. The ‘mLearning’ pilot at the college, which sees students use free software to convert computer files into cellphone study notes, is attracting global attention.

Students can solve a question using PowerPoint, or a video assignment to film and edit through Microsoft’s MovieMaker.

The result is condensed into a format that can be transferred on to any cell phone with a media player. “The kids love it because they have it in their pocket —it’s a psychological thing as well as a study thing because they know that help is, literally, a click away,” quoted Howick College teacher Nathan Kerr, as saying.

Kerr’s innovative method allows students to search Google for a free video converter or convert PowerPoint presentations via WonderShare freeware to get content on their phones.

“We’re a lot more innovative and part of the reason is many teachers in New Zealand are given a free hand, with guidelines, while overseas your professional development as a teacher has been worked out by experts — it’s top down,” added Kerr.

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