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 http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/m4ed/mobile-learning-resources/unescomobilelearningseries/
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 on using mobile devices as teaching tools, as well as this MindShift article 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 and 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.
HMK: Technology Review & start thinking about possible ideas for your technology project
Apps Review http://www.iear.org/
Educause: Mobile Learning http://www.educause.edu/Resources/Browse/Mobile%20Learning/17505
eSchoolNews Mobile Learning: http://www.eschoolnews.com/?s=mobile+learning