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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why do I need to complete the consent forms?

A: As part of the Mobilize project, students will be pioneering a new and exciting ECS curriculum (namely unit 5) that brings in computation thinking concepts, hands-on data collection using smart phones and data analysis, all of which are important in the current modern digital world. In this curriculum, students will have an option of using your own smartphones or borrow Mobilize smartphones to do data collection. We will also be providing you with a web-based tool for doing data analysis. However, in order to participate in any part of this unit, students are required to fill out consent forms. The consent form package contains detail information about the project and what students, teachers and the Mobilize project team will be doing. It is very important that students and parents look over the forms and get them all signed. To make it easier, all the signature pages are printed on green paper.

Software requirements for using Mobilize technology

Q: “What are the Minimum device and software requirement to participate in the Mobilize project?”

A: Please visit Requirements for this information.

Borrow Mobilize phones

Q: Do I have to be responsible for the Mobilize phone?

A: The smart phones that we will loan to you are HTC Mytouch Slide 4G phones. If you decide to get a loaned phone, you will be responsible for the phone while it is under your possession. The Mobilize phones will be reused by other students in other schools or your peers in the subsequent years. Therefore, it is important that the phones come back intact and in good condition. Please use it with care and do not lose it. Please note that students are not financially liable for the phone.

Using students' devices

Q: Why should I use my own smartphones in the Mobilize project?

A: With your own phone, you don't need to carry or be responsible for an additional device. Since you will always have your phone with you, this allows you to collect data as often as you want. The data usage is very minimal (See the Q&A below). More importantly, your contribution will allow us to have more Mobilize phones available for your fellow students who do not have smartphones to borrow.

Q: How much data will the Mobilize phone app use?

A: The amount of data the app uses depends on the number of surveys and images. It shouldn't need more than 3MB for 80 surveys with images. However, if you are concerned about your data plan usage, you can go to ohmage setting and set the app to only upload surveys using Wifi. Please note that this setting is not available on IOS devices.

Q: What should I do if I have an ipod touch but no wifi access at home?

A: Students with their own devices need to have access to either the data plan or wifi access at home. If you don't, we would recommend you to borrow a Mobilize phone to do your data collection.

No devices: browser-based data collection

Q: Can I still collect some data if I don't have a smartphone and cannot borrow one from the Mobilize project?

A: Yes. You can provide survey data through a web browser on a desktop in your school or home. However, your data will have inaccurate or no location information. You will also have to upload an image file instead of taking a picture directly from a smartphone camera.