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mPLE demo alongside ALT-C 2009

Posted Sunday, 6 September 2009, 10:31

Hedtek is demoing the Manchester Personal Learning Environment, mPLE, alongside the ALT-C conference.

Please see for details of times, locations, and an introduction to mPLE.

Briefly, the demos are on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, during the blue-row sessions in the conference timetable. Demos are in the Kilburn Building (NB not the Kilburn Room NB), next to the conference location.

These are not official conference events, but rather events we have been readying for the last month for ALT-C attendees.

We are running a competition with prizes based on attendee use of mPLE. Details will be announced at the demos, via twitter, and on the Hedtek blog at

We will also be demoing our marvellous Mosaic search engine at the same events, and, if we finish it in time, doop.

doop is an augmented reality iPhone app that mashes up Google myMaps and Twitter with iPhone video. doop is being co-developed with Spotlight Kid, and is probably best seen on an iPhone 3GS in the wild in Manchester.

Great to see that mPLE now ready for full demos Mark. I seem to remember first showing at Emerge Salford event couple of years ago!

Think there is going to be great interest in the mPLE in continental Europe. Looking forward to roll out - if only for getting us more solid evidence about how PLEs can be used.

I'm particularly interested in how PLEs could be used outside formal education system - have always been bemused that the edtech community has focused on developing software for managing learning in institutions - if responsibility begins in dreams then the responsibility of educational technologists is to extend the dream of learning to everyone and therein for me lies the potential of teh PLE.

Sunday, 6 September 2009, 16:59

As I've intimated, mPLE could indeed be used inside and outside institutions, in fact I'd really like to see it being used by community groups, particularly if it was used by peer-assisting and self-directed learners.
We have some initial interest for that with one group in Manchester.

Monday, 7 September 2009, 09:17

hi Mark,
Interested to see you are also developing in the AR arena. So do you have a release date for "doop" and are you considering porting it over to the Android platform?

Monday, 7 September 2009, 13:10

Hi Mark,

good to see that this has come so far already, but how does the PLE relate to the PE?

Monday, 7 September 2009, 22:11

@Steve: We are making doop into a web service so you can add your own map mashups, see the start at
no android plans yet

@Tom: A PLE as a Personal Environment?
Try it as such and give us feedback! :)

Tuesday, 8 September 2009, 12:10