Lesson 2: PSP features

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Now let us take a look at the educational value of one of these devices – PSP. PSP is originally design as a gaming device for children.

I tested it with some computer-based self-study interactive training modules that I have produced on CDs and online learning on some agricultural training topics, and also transcode some video documentaries for it. They all work well. The audio quality is higher than I expected from the device.

Its features and functions has potentials for educational uses. For those who might note have free access to a computer or the internet, and even for those who have access, and it is a solution to computer accessibility problem that seems to have limit the use of my interactive training CDs. Partial analysis of an ongoing survey among the intended users of the learning resources that I am producing, I found out that some of the intended users who claimed not to have access to computer either at the work place or home, except at an Internet Cafe, bought one brand or the other PSP/PMP for their children to play games. If that is the case, then why don't I convert some of my training modules into podcasting formats that can be use on the available media players in homes. I did and it was well received by all who attended by demonstration at the just concluded elearning Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

After a close study of the features and functions of Sony PSP and iPod. I decided to reformat some of my interactive self study modules and educational videos for PSP and iPod podcasting. But for this talk, I will discussing PSP

PSP is a hand-held gaming device for children but also a valuable mobile learning tool for adults as well. It is cheap and readily available. Sony PSP costs between US$65 – 110. While other PMP brands cost less that US$65. In some cases children of some middle class save out of their pocket money to buy it.

PSP features that make the device a valuable mobile learning tool include: • Capability to record and playback MP3 audios and MP4 videos. • Reading e-books that are formatted as txt or as digital photo series • 1 GB internal storage or memory • Memory card slot for additional memory up to 2 GB of the maximum available. • AV in and out which makes it possible to hook it up with TV sets or projectors for larger screen view of media. • Capability to record TV programs directly through its AV in. • 3 mega pixel still camera • Audio and video recording of live events in real-time. • USB connection to computers • Rechargeable battery: 3-4 play hours