Mobile learning (m-Learning) will be an educational technology trend in 2013. This trend is caused by the growing use of mobile devices which continues to increase. Predicted, currently more than 70% citizens of the world have a mobile device. Right now, children are very familiar with mobile devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets. Although they have a mobile device, but there are still many schools that do not allow students to bring the devices to school or into their classrooms. In fact, if it is allowed, and if the use of mobile devices is integrated into the teaching and learning process will be more enjoyable. So, back to the topic, “What is Mobile Learning?” A sampler of quotes from leading voices in the field of educational technology helps to establish your viewpoint on mobile learning for your classroom.
- “Any activity that allows individuals to be more productive when consuming, interacting with, or creating information, mediated through a compact digital portable device that the individual carries on a regular basis, has reliable connectivity, and fits in a pocket or purse” (C. N. Quinn).
- “The exploitation of ubiquitous handheld technologies, together with wireless and mobile phone networks, to facilitate, support, enhance and extend the reach of teaching and learning.’ Mobile learning can take place in any location, at any time, including traditional learning environments such as classrooms as well as in workplaces, at home, community locations and in transit” (MoLeNET).
- “The acquisition or modification of any knowledge or skill through the use of mobile technology, anywhere, anytime, and which results in the modification of behavior” (Upside Learning).
- “Meaningful integration of mobile devices in teaching and learning in formal and informal learning environments” (ISTE).
- “The art of using mobile technologies to enhance learning experiences” (Judy Brown, supported by iNACOL).
- “Extend[ing] the online learning model exponentially” in “four key areas: connectivity/access; immediacy, learning modality, continuous learning” (SIIA).
- “About understanding how learning can be enhanced through the use of mobile devices. [. . .] It is not just about what the devices allow users to do differently than in the past. The learning cannot be forgotten” (J. M. Quick).
- “Creating more and more space for informal learning and challenging formal learning. [It] is about supporting Education for All” (UNESCO).
- “About access to content, peers, experts, portfolio artifacts, credible sources, and previous thinking on relevant topics. […] [It] unbolts an educational environment from a school floor and allows it to move anywhere, anytime” (TeachThought Staff).
- “The use of handheld computing devices to provide access to learning content and information resources. Mobile devices enable access to support and training materials at the moment of need” (Advanced Distributed Learning).
- “Not just about the use of portable devices, but also about learning across contexts (Walker, 2006). [It is] a step toward making the educational process ‘just in time, just enough, and just for me (Peters, 2007, p. 15)” (Y. Park).
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