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2011 Final Topic: Time-to-Adoption: One Year or Less
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According to a recent report from mobile manufacturer Ericsson, studies show that by 2015, 80% of people accessing the Internet will be doing so from mobile devices. In Japan, over 75% of Internet users already use a mobile as their first choice for access. This shift in the means of connecting to the Internet is being enabled by the convergence of three trends: the growing number of Internet-capable mobile devices, increasingly flexible web content, and continued development of the networks that support connectivity. Internet-capable mobile devices will outnumber computers within the next year. The available choices are many — smart phones, tablets, laptops, and the newest class of devices like the iPad that blends the functions of all of them — and the boundaries between them are more and more blurred. It has become common practice to develop web content that seamlessly adjusts for optimal display on whichever of these devices is used to access it, increasing the proportion of Internet applications and information that is accessible to mobile users. Mobile and wireless data networks continue to evolve, supporting faster connections and higher bandwidth throughput; the forthcoming 4G network promises the highest speeds yet, and 4G devices are already beginning to appear on the market.

Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Expression

  • Mobiles are increasingly capable tools for learning that schools do not have to buy or maintain: students come equipped with mobiles.
  • The portability and Internet-capability of mobile devices makes them ideal as a store of reference materials and learning experiences, as well as general-use tools for fieldwork, where they can be used to record observations via voice, text, or multimedia.
  • Mobiles embody the convergence of several technologies that lend themselves to educational use, including electronic book readers, location-based services, annotation tools, applications for creation and composition, and social networking tools.

Mobiles in Practice

  • Stanford University’s medical school is issuing iPads containing course materials and interactive study aids: http://med.stanford.edu/ism/2010/september/ipads-0913.html
  • The Museum of Science in Boston, collaborating with researchers from Tufts University, has created a mobile application for visitors and native Bostonians that allows them to serve as local “citizen scientists” aiding real scientists in a large regional study of firefly populations: https://www.mos.org/fireflywatch/

For Further Reading

Pew Internet Research Report Mobile Access 2010
(Aaron Smith, Pew Research Center, 1 June 2010.) This research report by the Pew Internet Project examines mobile computing usage among Americans.

Smartphones Give You Wings: Pedagogical Affordance of Mobile Web 2.0
(Thomas Cochrane, Roger Bateman, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 7 June 2010.) This paper examines how mobile Web 2.0 tools can be used in tertiary education.

World's Largest Open University Goes Mobile
(Press release, PR-inside.com, 29 October 2009.) The Indira Gandhi National Open University, in partnership with Ericsson, offers courses on mobile phones to more than 2.5 million students.