China Internet Report

Morgan Stanley has published a report on the China Internet: “We are initiating coverage of the China Internet industry with an attractive view. We believe Chinese Internet companies that focus on creating consumer value have the highest potential to create shareholder value. China is No. 1 in the world in mobile subscribers and No. 1 in Internet users under the age of 30 – this evolving presence on the world stage should not be underestimated.”

Non-Business Blogs

Dave Pollard writes: “Non-business blogs, I believe, are likely to become mainstream not as a source of useful and interesting information (which they mostly are now), but as a means of very dynamic social recreation. They are a greater threat, therefore, to television, radio and other forms of recreation (the telephone, the movie theatre, the shopping mall, sports, even recreational reading) than they are to the news and information media. We are, at heart, far more social than political creatures. We care more about social interaction than about learning (admit it — you too!) And that means there will be more of an appetite for new technologies and products that enhance human interaction than there will be for those that inform us. As a consequence, look for blogs to go conversational, multimedia and ‘live’.”

Mobiles for Learning

Teemu Leinonen writes:

With partners from SA, Indian, Brazil, US and Finland we are planning a new project called MobiLed Mobile phones in informal and formal learning in developing countries.

the main technology components we are going to use. They are:

* Mobile devices and network(s): GSM phones, multimedia phones, Internet tablets (have a look of this: Its Debian GNU/Linux-based!)
* Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
* Social Software: MediaWiki, blogs, knowledge building tools, etc.
* Language technologies: Speech interfaces, audio usage, etc.
* External speakers than can be used with the devices.

The pedagogical foundations of the scenarios are:

* Student and group-centred learning;
* Project-based learning;
* Problem solving;
* Inquiry learning.