In the past I have posted about a resource called Feedm8, where you can make anything with an RSS feed into a legible mobile website. Feedm8 does this by giving the site a mobile address. While I do like Feedm8, I have taken another look at a free site called MoFuse. Similar to Feedm8, converts any blog into a website that is viewable on any cell phone with Internet service. My mobile address for this site is http://cellphonesinlearning.mofuse.mobi (feel free to try it out on your phone).
While I do like having the easy mobile web address that is automatically updated as I update my web-based blog, MoFuse also has a wide variety of other options for mobile websites. Here are a few...
Tracking the number of viewers, subscribers, devices used to access the mobile page. It looks and works just like Google Analytics, but for mobile sites. You can even add chicklets to show your mobile subscribers.
MoFuse automatically creates a QRcode for your website.
3) iPhone Capability
MoFuse creates a mobile site that is viewable on iPhones as well as basic phones. All access!
MoFuse allows you to use their web-based editor to create new pages in your site, edit your homepage, add links...all of which will only show up on the mobile site and not your web-based blog site.
5) Business Options
MoFuse has an automatic "re-direct" option (which is something that I pay money to have for my web-based site). This allows anyone who has multiple mobile web addresses to have them all sent to one place.
6) Make Money
While schools are non-profit and not creating mobile websites to make big bucks, MoFuse does allow integration with Google Adsense if teachers/administrators find a viable reason to use it (fund raising anyone??).
7) Site Demographics
You can create keywords to drive mobile web-users to your site.
8) Privacy Options
Your site can be public or private. Great for schools to have these options.
9) Click to Call
I have not seen this option before, but I like it! You can create a link to call any number on your cell phone. For example I can put a link on the mobile page (from the MoFuse editor) that says "Call Me" and when clicked it will automatically dial the number. I see this integrating well with resouces such as Podlinez (where you can get a unique number for anything, and when it is called get more information----homework hotline???).
Classroom Integration Ideas
There are many more options on MoFuse than I have listed so it is worth checking out. I see many different ways that this resource could be integrated into classroom curricula. Here are a few short ideas...
Publish the school web-based newspaper on mobile phones and track subscribers. Sell Ads.
2) School Activities
Advertise the school musical, sell tickets, and get up-to-date information.
3) Class web pages
Teachers could create the site and then put their students in charge of updating the mobile website. Parents could access information, sign up for classroom volunteering.
4) Business/Econ Classes
Create and advertise a product, track subscribers, hits, and even sell the product.
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