This week we will examine the role of mobile devices in learning. One of our shared readings, the 2011 Horizon Report, predicts that mobiles will increasingly become part of our teaching and learning environments and sooner rather than later. Several institutions of higher education, such as Abilene Christian University, have taken the lead in action research projects focusing on the educational uses of mobile technologies, as discussed in the other common content we share for this week.
It would be hard to argue that the iPad and similar devices will not change the way we teach and learn. And with the introduction of natural language, voice-based computing as exemplified by Apple’s Siri, it seems more likely that Pattie Maes’ and Pranav Mistry’s SixthSense prototype demonstrated in the video above could see mainstream adoption.
What is it about these devices that could fundamentally change the way we interact with our world?
Have they already? If so, in what ways?
How are they similar to and yet different from our desktop and laptop computers?
How do you plan to deal with mobile devices in your classrooms?