Text Based Activities

  • Free SMSSend unlimited free SMS to any mobile from your computer without any sign up or credit needed.
  • Text 4 Free You can send messages to one or several people at a time from your computer.
  • SMS (text-messaging) can be used for quizzes, games, tests and test-preparation, opinion polling, reminders, classroom discussion, tutoring, assignments. Also handy for shopping lists, addresses, to-do lists,
  • Poll Everywhere (Simple Text Message Voting and Polling, PowerPoint Polling)
  • MobiOde - create mobile surveys and polls which collect data from mobile phones.
  • Mobile Study - create quizzes that can be downloaded directly to mobile devices.
  • Mobile Prep - flashcards
  • StudyCell - create flashcards online on a mobile phone or website.
  • Twitter Mobile - a social networking and mini blogging service
  • Delicious Mona (news aggregator for your mobile phone)
  • Mobilicious (del.icio.us social bookmarks on a mobile device)
  • Google's Text message your search query to 466453 ('GOOGLE' on most devices) and receive a text message back with the results.
  • ChaCha - mobile answers via SMS
  • 4INFO - mobile answers via SMS
  • Ping - free text messages from iPhone to iPhone or iTouch as well

Audio Based Activities

  • MP3 Player: Listening to podcasts; classroom audio projects.
  • Voice: language lessons, i.e., English, Japanese using mobile flash cards, dictionary and phrase book software; guided tours; examinations; suggests cell-phone-delivered lectures, with feedback facilities.
  • ReadTheWords - a web based service that generates audio files from written material that can be listened to online, downloaded as an mp3 or embedded on a website or blog.
  • Jott (audio messages to text messages)
  • Gabcast - a podcasting and audioblogging platform that offers an easy way to create and distribute audio content to mobile devices.
  • Gcast– create audio broadcasts using a mobile phone.
  • Odiogo - create text to speech and download directly to mobile devices.
  • VoiceIndigo - podcasts
  • FreeConferencePro - phone conferencing

Activities Using Video

  • Google Video
  • Motionbox - share, edit, and store personal videos.
  • YouTube Mobile – create, upload and browse video from a mobile phone.
  • Qik.com. Streams live video from cell phone
  • Animoto – web application that produces MTV-style videos using the images and music you choose.
  • CamStudio – Free streaming video software.
  • Jumpcut - a free website that provides video editing and hosting services.
  • PhotoStory 3 - create photo story slide shows to play on a mobile device.
  • QlipBoard – capture images on a computer and draw, write, record and share.
  • Screencast-o-matic - create a screencasts and upload.
  • Sign language Tests are going on now to provide video sign language over cell phones so deaf people will have another way than texting to communicate via cell phones.

Activities Using Digital Cameras

  • Photography -data collection and documentation; visual journalism; creative writing stimulus, notes.
  • Video clips: TV journalism; creative movie-making; suggests behavior-modeling clips.
  • Citizen journalism
  • See 8 Ways to use Camera Phones in Education - by Jeff VanDrimmelen
  • Flickr – Create cell phone projects with pictures page using Flickr Mobile Site.
  • QpixL: Visual iPhone Polls Shared on Twitter and Facebook


Multimedia Activities

  • Mobango – a Universal Mobile Community that allows mobile phone users to publish, convert and share all kinds of user generated content via the web and mobile devices.
  • Utterz - create and follow audio, video, pictures and text discussions with friends or people with similar interests from any mobile device or computer.
  • Voicethread – create online media albums (images, documents and videos) and add comments using voice (microphone or phone), text, audio file, or video (webcam). A VoiceThread allows an entire group's story to be told and collected in one place.
  • Zoho Creator Mobile - online database application accessed from a mobile device.
  • ispott - mobile scavenger hunt game
  • GeoCache Navigator

  • Google Mobile - Get Search, Maps, Gmail and more, designed especially for your mobile.
  • Feed2Mobile - a free service which offers a bridge between web-based and mobile content.
  • Winksite - create a mobile site for daily assignments, m-blog, RSS feeds, links, etc.
  • Zinadoo - create free mobile websites

Misc. Info

  • How Bluetooth Works from howstuffworks
  • GPS (Global Positioning System) - currently the only fully functional Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) using a satellite constellation of 24 satellites. Allows for tracking anywhere on Earth - possible uses include field trips and multi-person search games
  • GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) - a Mobile Data Service available to users of GSM and IS-136 mobile phones. Allows for data transfer from handheld devices and mobile/cell phones
  • GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) - most popular standard for mobile phones in the world. Allows for phone calls across a mobile/cellular network.
  • WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) - an open international standard for applications that use wireless communication primarily to enable access to the Internet from a mobile/cell phone or PDA.
  • MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) - a standard for telephony messaging systems that allows sending messages that include multimedia objects, i.e., photos,audio, videos, etc.
  • SMS (Short Message Service or Text Messaging) - a means of sending short messages to and from mobile phones.
  • TinyURL, SnipURL, and is.gd all shorten long URL's
  • Mobile browsers can act differently so try out your website on several to see how the learner will experience it.

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