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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Why Cell Phones Will Win Out & Schools Will Miss the Possiblities

The evolution of computing has gone from:
  1. Stationary - the desktop computer - user has to go to it.
  2. Portable - the laptop or tablet computer - You can take it with you, but it can be cumbersome and inconvenient.
  3. Mobile - the cellphone, iTouch, iPod - This goes with you like an appendage.  The word-of-the-year, ubiquitous comes tom mind.
I prefer the portable, probably because I'm old(er) and the screen size of a mobile is an issue at times. But, I use my iPhone more than any other piece of technology I own, or have owned.

I am seeing that the internet as a web of knowledge is being collected into apps.  My students are using apps more than online options for games, information, and communication.

I have no research other than my observation, but my experience tells me that the mobile units will win this battle as to tool of choice. 

Of course, by the time most schools realize this, chips will be implanted into the brains of our students; and schools may avoid the entire mobile possibilities, preferring confiscation, fines, and suspension to the learning opportunities.

By the way, you might want to check out what Travis Allen (now first-year student at Kennesaw State University, GA) is developing at iSchool Initiative.

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