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Re: ml4d workshop in Nairobi: May 24th

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  • Kennedy Owino
      Hi Yishay,   Thanks for your response, and your farther profound ideas on other options that may be available for me to benefit from your workshops. It
    Message 1 of 5 , May 7, 2010

      Hi Yishay,


      Thanks for your response, and your farther profound ideas on other options that may be available for me to benefit from your workshops.

      It would be great if you could get a host for a similar workshop here in Denmark.

      I discussed the idea with my teacher Elise (c.c'd) who is in direct contact with the organization responsible for the mlearning project.

      The Organisation is called vifin and the project's theme is to help foreiners in intergration.

      Elise would share more or probably link you up with the people involved for sharing possibilities of the different approaches and ideas.


      I hope more positive strides would be made from such connections.


      Best Regards,


      Ken Owino 

      Nafsi Africa Acrobats


      Subject: Re: ml4d workshop in Nairobi: May 24th

      (Pam - feel free to forward this where you see fit.)


      I'm truely sorry you can't make it. I'm not sure about the video conferencing capacity at the iHub, and also - the participatory nature of the event will make it quite challenging for remote attendance. We are planning a similar event later this summer in London. Unfortunatly, we will have to charge for that one.

      Alternatively, if you can find a host, we could try to arrange another workshop together.

      The mLearning project you describe sounds very interesting - perhaps you could invite the people involved to submit a design narrative to our collection, so that we can refer to it in our workshops? As for pyramid of peace - did you use mobile technology there? Would you be willing to share your experience?

       Yishay Mor, London Knowledge Lab
      Hi Yishay

      To get some idea of role played by phones in Pyramid of Peace please see brief introduction at phone4peace http://phone4peace. blogspot. com/

      You can read full story of PoP - Pyramid of Peace here http://www.pyramido fpeace.net/

      Sometime if we're talking I'll show you who Ken is on the PoP video - http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=5vGTiRlR5Ak



      On 4 May 2010 20:52, Kennedy Owino <nafsiafricaacro@...> wrote:
      Dear Pam,

      This sounds really great,
      Pam, thanks for availing such opportunities .

      Mobile phones are increasingly playing a key role in learning and development.
      I have seen how m-learning and e-learning are significantly employed here.
      I would really want to attend this workshop.
      An mlearning project has just been introduced to foreingner students in the language school i am attending here in Denmark.
      The focuss is on user-generated content and open knowledge exchange educational resources.
      Using the IPhones we research, store,create, share, discuss and edit information, we also receive and deliver assingments via the phone.
      The project has so far resulted to impressive, improved and positive results.
      The potential of mlearning is perhaps greatest in Africa, where the mobile phone rather than the desktop computer is the dominant technology.
      This was proved by our past endeavours as Pyramid of Peace .

      It is quite unfortunately, that i will miss this, however i hope those who will participate will learn more approaches to addressing social challenges using mphones. 
      I have further c.c'd James (see email above), Nafsi members and more who may probably have the interest to benefit from this.
      I would be glad to participate virtually if there would be a video bridge provision.
      I hope we would be able to set days for chatting more on this related topic in the M.S.L Forum.

      Thank you Yishay for sacrificing time to stop by in Nairobi and freely offer this workshop that would help support Kenyan mobile learners in their own socio-cultural contexts.


      Ken Owino

      Nafsi Africa Acrobats


      P.S; Please also note Yishay's request for advice on cheap, decent accommodation in Nairobi. Any suggestions?

      From: Yishay Mor <yishaym@...>
      To: Pamela McLean <pamela.mclean@...>
      Cc: learningfromeachother <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>; Kennedy Owino <nafsiafricaacro@...>; Samwel Kongere <jambita1@...>; Rachel Kungu <rachel.kungu@...>; Evelyn munguti <evelynmunguti@...>; Dan Otedo <dotedo@...>; David Mutua <davenzainga@...>; Fred Kayiwa <fdkayiwa@...>
      Sent: Tue, May 4, 2010 1:11:58 AM

      Subject: Re: ml4d workshop in Nairobi: May 24th

      Thanks Pam!

      I think the original went missing, so here it is again:

      iHub Nairobi - May 24, 2010

      Participatory Design Workshop in Mobile Learning for Development

      This workshop is designed for application developers, educators, social activists and researchers interested in the design and use of mobile activities to support learning in developing regions. The workshop has been designed for those at the beginner and intermediate levels working in a range of learning contexts.

      The workshop will provide:

      • An introduction to critical issues in mobile learning 
      • Discussion of common problems participants believe the use of mobile devices will help address  
      • Techniques for developing scenarios on the use of mobile devices for learning 
      • Production a set of mobile resources, captured online for use by participants in their everyday practice 

      The workshop will be facilitated by Niall Winters and Yishay Mor from the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London.

      On 3 May 2010 23:55, Pamela McLean <pamela.mclean@...> wrote:
      Hi Everyone

      If anyone is going to be in Nairobi on May 24th then please consider joining  Niall Winters and Yishay Mor from the London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London for their free "Participatory Design Workshop in Mobile Learning for Development". If you think of anyone else who should know about it please pass on the details. (Ken - would James or any of the other acrobats be interested and available do you think? I don't have his email.) I have not sent this to Tom because of his recent bereavement, but perhaps someone may like to mention it to him at a more appropriate time.

      I will copy background information about it below in reverse date order
      • Yishay's warm invitation to you
      • Some questions I asked
      • Original email from Yishay
      Please also note his request for advice on cheap, decent accommodation in Nairobi. Any suggestions?


      Yishay's warm invitation:

      H Pam -

      Thanks for your questions, and the opportunity to clarify:
      1. the workshop is free!
      2. it is very light on theory and heavy on practice.
      3. it evolves around participants' experiences and is driven by their agendas.
      (pretty much like the workshop you attended, but with even stronger focus on practice)

      So the answer is YES - please forward to your contacts. We would very much like to see them with us. Personaly, I would like to hear about their experience and how it can inform http://burundi.friendsobserve.org/

      We're taking advantage of a stop-over on our way to Zambia, and the iHub's generousity, which is how we can run this for free. (btw, any advice on cheap, decent accomodation in Nirobi?). Unfortunatly, that means we'll only be there for the day. The only chance we have of meeting people outside of the workshop is the evening after it ends.


      - Yishay
      Some questions I asked

      Hi Yishay

      I'm responding to the words - "Participatory, Mobile Learning, Development, social activists, Nairobi, and May 2010"

      I'm responding because I think of you as "one of the good guys" when it comes to wanting research to be relevant, and being interested in bridging the gap between academia and practice.

      I connect with a lot of social activists in Kenya, many of whom are interested in learning and new opportunities for learning (for themselves and/or their communities) - and they are great mobile phone users. You may be aware of how they used phones to work together during the post election violence in Kenya:

      I believe you could learn a lot about on-the-ground realities from people in this network, and that their knowledge and insights would be helpful to you. I wonder if you will be around long enough to meet any of them. If so I will put the word out and see if anyone will be around in Nairobi during your visit. 

      I am undecided about sharing news of your workshop with any of my Kenyan contacts at this stage. I imagine your workshop is too expensive for most of the people I know to attend, and anyhow I imagine it is probably too theoretical, research orientated, and embedded in the formal educational system to be relevant to their needs and interests. (Obviously I could be wrong on this - I'm just guessing its range and focus.)

      However I do feel there could well be overlapping interests and that your trip could provide the opportunity for some useful exploratory conversations (which could have practical benefit in the long term) if it is not too late to arrange them. Or - on a lighter note - you might just enjoy meeting some of my friends if they are around to add to your  picture of life in Kenya.

      Original email from Yishay

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