Digital Stories

A - Design and Innovation

Design and Innovation Instructions

Producer - Constantin E

Video Number: 9.a.55
Title - Mobile and Ubiquitous
Summary - A video about the ever changing uses of connectivity everywhere in the world. Wireless Internet gives access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Location - SAS Pudong, China

Producer - AmirV

Video Number: 9.a.56
Title: Mobile and Ubiquitous
Summary: this video is about what mobile computer have become. How small and compact they are.
Location- Vienna Austria

Producer - Dustin H

Video Number: 9.a.57
Title - Dustin's Flatclassroom video
Summary - This video is about how mobile and ubiquitous computing can help you get in touch with friends
Location - Westwood, America
Outsourced Video Segment producer - Constantin E, Shanghai American School, Shanghai China

B - Story and Empathy

Story and Empathy Instructions

Producer - Anne S

Video Number: 9.b.58
Title: Mobile and Ubiquitous - Bright Future?!
Summary: In the world today, computing is very important. Nearly every person has at least one computer with internet connection at home. Now we also have the possibility, thanks to laptops and mobile phones, to comunicate outside the houses. However this in not always good. The video will show the positive, but also the negative sides of the ruture technology.
URL: final video.
Location: Qatar Academy, Qatar
Outsorced Video Segment Producer: Kyndall T, Westwood Schools, USA

Producer – Natasha R

Video Number: 9.b.59
Title – Mobile Phones and our generation
Summary Why females (and males) cannot live without mobile phones
Location PLC, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Producer – Kyndall T

Video Number: 9.b.60
Title – Cell Phones Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing
Summary This video is about how cell phones affect the lives of those who may or may not have a cell phone. Even people who don’t have a cell phone understand why they may need one. People who do have cell phones would be lost without their cell phones, because they are so used to having them at all times.
Location Westwood, United States
Outsourced Video Segment producer Anne S., Qatar Academy, Natasha R. , Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne, Australia

C - The Fun Factor (Play)

The Fun Factor (Play) Instructions

Producer – Andy G and Chris F

Video Number: 9.c.61
Title – Mobile and Ubiquitous
Summary This video shows a look at what mobile and ubiquitous means for schools.
Location St Louis MO, United States

Producer - Megan S

Video Number: 9.c.62
Title: Fun and Convenient World
Summary: My video is about how technology helps make the school life much more entertaining and fun. For example, I can take pictures of the notes on the board instead of copying it the traditional way. E-mail is a much better way to receive mail than regular mail.
Location: LA County High School for the Arts
Outsourced video segment producer: Emily H. (LACHSA USA)

Producer - Ray F

Video Number: 9.c.63
Title - Mobile and Ubiquitous
Summary - Ray likes his games, but he also likes moving around... The solution: Laptop!
Location - Qatar Academy, Qatar


What is mobile and ubiquitous computing?


First, we'll talk about mobile computing. Well, what is mobile? If something is mobile, then it can be moved and still do whatever it was intended to do. So mobile computing would be any type of computing device (laptop, iPod, mp3, cell phone, etc.) that can move around and still be connected to the internet and just as effective. A great example of mobile computing can be seen in Thomas Friedman’s
The World is Flat . Friedman discusses a trip to Japan that he took. In is trip he is “on a bullet train going 240 kilometers per hour….and [his] colleague is answering e-mail fromCartoon.JPG Kazakhstan” (Friedman 187)[1] . A laptop is flying through the Japanese countryside at 150 miles an hour, and yet it is moving flawlessly through several different networks. That is mobile.


Now, ubiquitous computing. Ubiquitous is just a big word that means everywhere at once. So, ubiquitous computing means that computing has reached a point where you can be everywhere at once. Again, Friedman’s colleague is in Japan, e-mailing someone from Kazakhstan. He could just as easily be talking to someone in America on his cell phone at the same time. He is in three different countries at the same time.

On a side note, Mark Weiser is considered to be the father of ubiquitous computing. He was the first to make it in its current form in 1988.

Faxing is a little out-dated, but this cartoon is still a great example of how far technology has come in recent years.

Current News

Bear River Supply has started using RFID to track its agricultural yard equipment in North California, USA.Bear River found it to be very difficult to track equipment in the yard and at the customer sites. This caused lated responses from the customers and unnecessary buying of equipment.Bear River will now be able to monitor the equipment used to deliver chemicals and fertilizers to customers.

NASCAR and Goodyear Tires are teaming up to put RFID tags on racing tires for the 2008 season. These RFID tags will help Goodyear to keep track of the tires they lease to racing teams. It will also help NASCAR track down racers who have tampered with their tires. These tires could eventually be added to large trucks to help fight thieves. The tags that are going to be used are not cheap. These tires must be rugged to be able to survive on the racetracks. These tags have to be stronger than your typical RFID tags, like the ones placed on the store shelf. Goodyear and NASCAR are willing to spend this money, because they know that it will cut back on tampered racing tires. external image rfid_tag.jpg

In America currently The Real ID Act, which specifies by 2008 all American citizens whom of which wish to enjoy the privileges such as bank accounts and air travel will be issued what will most likely be RFID-enabled ID cards. The card is to take the place of most formal forms of identification such as driver’s licence and will store at the least a person’s name, birth date, sex, Id number, a digital photo and address. There is also a possibility that these cards will include a fingerprint or retinal scan. The states will also be receiving federal funds to hand over their databases to allow for each state to access the others for quick reference.

Impact on Education

Salmaan's Video International School Dhaka

This video features Mrs. Vicki Davis, Mrs. Julie Lindsay, and Mr. Saad Faruque talking about the use of mobile and ubiquitous technology for the use of education.

Mobile and ubiquitous computing has helped education a great deal in the past years and is continues to help, today. Having mobile and ubiquitous computing, makes it easier for the students to learn and the teachers to teach. The students and teachers are able to have more information with them at one time if they have mobile devices with them, as the devices are used for their class work. If students or teachers are unable to attend classes they are able to interact with each other and able to exchange work which is a great help for some students and teachers.

Laptops, handhelds, wireless internet, and many more devices help educators and learners have an easier time in school. If we look at some schools over the world, that have these technology in school than we can see that the students are quite successful as they are walking around with these devices all day, and they have all their work in one place, its fast and easy for everyone to use. As a matter of fact I am sitting in an area in front of the school garden and writing this now. This technology has made it easier for student and it keeps the students fascinated at all times.

Schools have now started to use devices such as mobile phones and mp3 players to educate students. Mobile phones are used to do audio blogging and photo blogging. Many schools don’t allow the use of mobile phones as they say it’s too much of a distraction. However, they ought to try it out and see how it works out because many students are interested in using and mobile phones and it’s easier to keep the students on track if they are kept interested. Mp3 plays are also another good device that some schools and universities are starting to use, as they believe it helps the students listen to themselves and recording themselves and testing themselves and they can record the lectures and listen to it when ever they want and they don’t have to take much notes. A study at Duke University was done to see if mp3 players are actually helpful, so they gave their freshman students iPods and looked at their grades and they came to an agreement that mp3 players help the students in their education.

Mobile and ubiquitous is at a point where you can have a teacher at one side of the world and the student at the other side of the world. This has all been made possible because of the mobile and ubiquitous computing.

In the Qatar Academy, the students do everything with computers now. They have more than 7 different places where they have access to a computer with internet. Also, throughout the school, people with laptops have the possibility to access the internet via wireless connetion. This has a greatimpact on the education, because now the students have access to the internet, and so the information, at any time. This helps them study for the various subjects.

Impact on Employment

Mobile and ubiquitous computing has been and will continue to greatly alter the way business is done all around the world

In America, this computing is greatly people can now talk to a partner across the globe. Even since the Apple I, computers have been updating and progressing. Technology has now reached a point where you can have a conference with 7 or 8 people at the same time, without being in the same room with any of them. What used to have be done in person, costing thousands of dollars, can now be done over the computer. Instead of having to fly around the world to meet with someone, trying to decide whether or not to do business with him, you can do it over the computer, without having to pay for airfares, accommodations, food, or any other costs. This new computing is affecting every type of business, tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3. All of this is because the connectivity of computing has greatly progressed the past several years. Mobile and ubiquitous computing is saving companies money all over the United States.

In foreign countries, especially those still developing, mobile and ubiquitous computing is quintessential. These countries need foreign business to keep the economy going. But these companies will not want to do business in an area that cannot connect to the internet.

Mobile and ubiquitous computing also has some disadvantages. It can take out the “people-to-people” aspect, making it easy for someone to do all of his business cooped up in an attic, without ever having to meet anyone face to face. People need that part of business. People need to meet with other people. Otherwise, you’ll end up a grumpy, old scrooge.

Additional Multimedia

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Cell Phones: Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing By: Kyndall T. Westwood, United States
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