Cell phones, iPads, and numerous other smart devices find themselves everywhere. Long gone are the days when people used them exclusively to make calls. The current mobile devices are better, faster, and smarter, in concert with higher capacity networks. Using Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and WiMax, providers can stream video over mobile networks.
Additionally, present-day cost/performance for device ownership and subscription fees is better than ever. Now you can get the latest stock quotes, surf the web, listen to music, watch your favorite music video, check on your toddler at the daycare, and control your home security system from those ubiquitous handheld devices.
While bringing the world to your eyes and ears, you can actively engage your mind in advancing your knowledge and skill in a variety of disciplines. Students have embraced audio/e-book services and are taking mobile search for quick facts, virtual tours, video tutorial, instructional videos, entertainment, etc. for granted. Mobile computing is increasingly supporting teaching and learning. Information is available everywhere.
Listen to education experts Christopher Dede, Cathleen Norris, and Elliot Soloway talk about mobile learning, its benefits and challenges in Education Week.
- Free e-books from your favorite author
- Victor Godnez of the Dallas Morning News technology blog
- The learning initiative for a variety of educational technologies
Until next time, go e-learn!