Education, Open Access, Digital Technology, Media, Maths and Science
Welcome to my website, about work, life, and other stuff.
It's a personal website, so while some of the stuff here related to my work, much of it does not. On the whole, you'll find things about education, open access, digital technology and ICT, as well as about media, maths and science, across primary, secondary and higher education, both in European, African, and global contexts. If you dig for long enough, you'll also find things about music, languages, and archaeology.
You can contact me by email: bjoern (followed by AT sign) sciencemedianetwork (then a DOT) org
Note that this website is built on MediaWiki, and if you poke around for long enough, you'll also find the content is hosted on my wiki, which is a bit more experimental (and rough and ready) than the bits of the site that are my "official" website. The wiki links are marked with a little globe like this:.
It's tricky to write detailed guides that cover Android, because each
version is different, and often manufaturers use their own
UIs. Moreover, these things are not too hard to figure out, by
googling around, or by trial and error. What's more important is to
know what can be done, i.e. to know what's possible, so you can then try to do it. Here's a list of activities to explore.
2 Basic calling and messaging
Make a call
Write an SMS message
Add a contact to the address book (and then go online with your laptop, and find the same contact through the web-based interface)
Add number to contacts following a call
Write an email and send it to somebody
Message somebody on Google Hangouts
Initiate a voice call on Google Hangouts
Do the same with Skype, Facebook messenger, etc
Install "Facebook messenger" and compare the "full Facebook app" with "Facebook messenger".
Install "Google Keyboard" and try to do keyboard input via "swiping"
Download an attachment from an email, and locate it in the Downloads on your phone.
Set up an email signature on gmail
3 Connectivity and basic settings
Turn mobile data on / off.
Put your phone into silent / vibrate.
Connect to a wifi network.
Install Google Drive, Google Documents, Google Sheets, Google Slides.
Create a new document in one of those apps on your phone, and
find the document online (through the web-based interface)
share the document (on your phone) with a contact.
Edit the document offline (on your phone), and see how it updates (in the web-based interface) when you have internet.
5 Pictures, video, audio
Take a picture, record a video, record an audio clip
Email these to somebody
Add those to Google drive and share them with somebody
6 GPS and navigation
Install Google Maps and OSMAnd
In OSMAnd, download the maps for your country.
In both maps and OSMAnd
locate a landmark,
share your GPS position via text message and email.
Use OSMAnd offline
Create an offline map in Google Maps (note that these expire after some time)
Use Google Maps and OSMAnd to set a driving route to GPS coordinates somebody provided to you.
If you want to learn more about GPS, install GPS Test and GPS Status
Turn GPS on / off.
Use an app of your choice to record a GPS trace.
7 Social media
Read your facebook messages
Subscribe to a community on Google+
Backup: If you want to back up your SMS messages, explore "SMS Backup & Restore".
Browsing: Add a link to a frequently used site to your home screen.
Hot spot: Turn your phone into a WiFi hotspot
Create a calendar event with a reminder. Invite some people to it. Set a location for the event.
Power your phone from car-based USB power (e.g. through an adaptor for the 12V connector)
Change the ring tone / message tone of your phone.
9 Home screen
Create a folder on your home screen and add some apps to it
Add a Gmail widget to your home screen
Add a Google Calendar widget to your home screen
If you need to have a weather forcast, install the BBC Weather app, and add a widget to your home screen