Mobile Learning & Teaching


According to a 4/30/2012 article in Forbes "We will never have Web 3.0 because the Web's is dead". It also states that there have been 3 Generations of the Internet World: Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and now Mobile. see

As I started to try and get my head around this idea I came across this source on the UNESCO site:

Today there are over 5.9 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce

It is with these thoughts in mind - the emergence of Mobile technologies new paradigm shifts, that I'd like us to explore the world of Mobile Teaching & Learning...

image source: Trinder J. (2003) Ch 2 Mobile Devices & Systems

What is Mobile Learning?

Learning without the constraints of time or location, when learner can 'take advantage of learning opportunities offered by mobile technologies' (O'Malley et al. 2003, p. 6)

Devices: Phones, iPods, tablets, laptops, netbooks, iPads, portable computers, PDAs...

A Paradigm Shift: From Social to Mobile to...?

Though more educators are starting to explore mobile devices in the classroom to support both individual & group learning - see eSchoolNews article [attached below] on using mobile devices as teaching tools, as well as this MindShift article [attached below] on Cell Phones - the spirit of mobile learning is the notion of:  

           learning anytime - anywhere

Keywords: portable, ubiquitous, informal learning, personalization, spontaneous, contextual, connectivity, communities, communication, collaboration.

Activity: Test drive a Mobile Device & some Apps

In Pairs: explore some of the apps I have downloaded onto the devices and write up a mini review

Individually: Write a review for 1-2 Apps of your choice.


  In the following TED talk, Daphne Koller looks at what Online Education has to offer

She shows not only the possibilities for personalizing learning, but how offering free quality online courses opens up access to education to many who cannot afford it both  nationally and internationally.

1. What can you take away from the message in this video that applies to your own future practice as an educator?
2. How might you imagine integrating technology and for what purposes?

Park, Y (2011) A Pedagogical Framework for Mobile Learning: Categorizing Educational Applications of Mobile Technologies into Four Types. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Vol12, No2

Mobile Devices and the Professional Practitioner: STUDY

Global Android Activations from 2008-2011 video


Education in the Age of Mobilism - ISTE Webinar 10/25/12 SUMMARY

Living in a Mobile World: A Student Perspective on Being on a Mobile Campus.
The focus is the campus but there is still some interesting info and data on the mobile classroom
 - > Apps are on the rise with 79 mins/day being spent in apps!
source: LINK