Glossy – MoLeNET

Blog of the Glossy MoLeNET Project

Sketching on the PSP

One of the advantages of giving technology to learners is more often then not they will teach you what it can do.

We have been using PSPs (with the camera attachment) with a group of 14 year old learners. They have been using them to create stuff.

One of them today told our Alan about the effects option (something I had certainly missed, as had Alan).

One of the nice effects is the Sketch effect.

Sketching on the PSP

Now from a photography purist perspective you should really shoot in full colour and then use filters for this kind of effect.

Well that’s all nice and dandy if you have the computers (and software) to do this, but sometimes you don’t and come on let’s be honest a 1.3MP camera (which is what you have on top of the PSP) is certainly not a high end camera.

It’s actually quite an effective effect and much better than other sketch type effects or filters I have used.

Alas you can’t capture video with a sketch effect (though I am thinking if I can using a Pinnacle device we have.

Need to write a guide.

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May 8, 2008 Posted by | psp, sketch | Comments Off on Sketching on the PSP

Which would you choose, the iPod touch or the PSP?

I believe that the iPod touch has a lot of potential when it comes to mobile learning.

I think the SDK gives a whole new way of working with the iPod and Exchange intergration via ActivSync allows it to be used at an enterprise/institutional level that wasn’t possible before.

In our MoLeNET project we have a group using the iPod touch and another group using the iPod classic. If you remove the wireless aspect, the classic (or nano) is a much more flexible device. What makes the touch special is the wireless capability.

The fact you can browse the internet, use e-mail, web widgets, etc… on the iPod touch makes it much more usable for some aspects of learning than the “traditional” iPod.

My colleague Alan though mentions one failing of the iPod touch over other iPods. With the nano and the classic you can use them as USB storage devices to store files, however this is not possible with the iPod touch.

You will need to consider that the touch interface does mean the screen gets grubby pretty quickly and the included cloth will need to be used on a regular basis.

Another disadvantage is that it can’t play Flash based content.

So what about the PSP?

Well it has a bigger screen for one thing and it can play games!

I do like the PSP and at £120 is cheaper than the iPod touch.

It does not require iTunes and can be connected to a PC via a simple USB cable. With extras you can use Skype, record video and audio, and use GPS. The PSP also has built in speakers which means you don’t always have to use headphones.

However it comes with no onboard storage, so you will also need to buy a Memory Stick Duo for it. The wireless browser is okay, but nowhere near the level of usability or sophistication of the iPod touch browser.

Text entry is, well let’s just say, it’s interesting compared to other devices, it does mean that entering URLs is not easy.

The PSP can play “some” Flash based content.

So which one do I prefer?

WellI do use both on a regular basis, but for me the iPod touch wins out.

April 14, 2008 Posted by | ipod touch, psp | Comments Off on Which would you choose, the iPod touch or the PSP?

Evaluating the Sums software using a PSP

Met with Gill, our Literacy and Numeracy Co-ordinator who has agreed to trial and evaluate the Sums software (available from http://www.sums.co.uk/handheld_pda_maths.htm )using a PSP to determine the suitability of the software and the mobile device for our students.

February 6, 2008 Posted by | maths, psp, talk | Comments Off on Evaluating the Sums software using a PSP

ITS Meeting

Had a productive meeting with Jason from our ITS departmentover some of the details of the Glossy project. Discussed how the PSPs, iPods will be used and how we will upload content to the devices.

We also discussed the merits of various UMPCs that we have been looking at.

Also discussed some software for the college, VisualHub for video conversion and Comic Life for creating comics.

Good meeting.

February 5, 2008 Posted by | comic life, ipod nano, ipod touch, psp, umpc, visualhub | Comments Off on ITS Meeting

PSP Features

PSP Features

Have been installing and trying out some new features for the PSP. The new 3.90 firmware includes support for Skype, which installs and works, but I have no audio input, so no phone calls for me.

Also installed the internet radio, but can’t seem to pick any up, back to the normal radio then.

Finally there is a new service called GoMessenger, however though 3.90 supports it, the software isn’t available for download yet, should allow for instant messaging when it is available.

Overall a bit of a disappointment really.

February 4, 2008 Posted by | gadgets, psp, radio, skype | Comments Off on PSP Features