According to Wikipedia, “a moblog is a blog published directly to the web from a phone or other mobile device.” Usually, this is in the form of photos, but videos, text, and audio can also be an option. Moblogging has been around for a while, but seems to have flow under the radar. Many online photo and video sites allow users to share what they capture with their cellphone. Blogger allows users to email in blog entries along with attachments. Several services allow users to record podcasts through their phone.
The problem is, there isn’t one application or site that lets you text in a message, picture, or video to site at the same time that you can record a video, and then format all of that as a blog entry. That would be a sweet online suite.
Also, if you can tell from the brevity of the Wikipedia article, moblogging just isn’t that popular either. I think it could have incredible educational potential. Converge Online published an article this week that looks at hoe one educator is using moblogs in class. Very interesting stuff. See the article here:
The article points to an actual moblog. Poking around those links leads to other moblog sites. I looked at those sites and saw that several of those are using several sites to hack together a true moblog. Interesting stuff.
Matt is currently an Instructional Designer II at Orbis Education and a Part-Time Instructor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Previously he worked as a Learning Innovation Researcher with the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab. His work focuses on learning theory, Heutagogy, and learner agency. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Baylor University. His research interests include instructional design, learning pathways, sociocultural theory, heutagogy, virtual reality, and open networked learning. He has a background in instructional design and teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has been an active blogger and conference presenter. He also enjoys networking and collaborative efforts involving faculty, students, administration, and anyone involved in the education process.