Posts Tagged ‘mobile devices’

An excellent presentation on mobile Web published online yesterday by Bryan Rieger.  Perhaps, we should we rethink the way we’ve been designing websites for mobile devices.

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Mobile Web

I have heard all the hype about mobile being the next big thing for the past few months.  Also, I have read numerous reports predicting the growth and future of mobile Web.  According to Wikipedia, mobile Web reached an important milestone in 2008.  The transition from fixed to mobile Web use was reached when mobile access to the Internet exceeded desktop computer-based access for the first time.  A recent Morgan Stanley report indicates that the growth of the mobile web has been exponential – including the mobile devices such as the Kindle, the iPhone (iPhone) and other smartphones, web-enabled tablets, GPS systems, video games and wireless home appliances.  Furthermore, Morgan Stanley’s analysts believe that, based on the current rate of change and adoption, the mobile web will be bigger than desktop Internet (Internet) use by 2015.

Well, I think the mobile Web is here to stay whether you like it or not.  The mobile Web will soon dominate the use and traffic of the Internet.  Perhaps, it is the future of the Internet.

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Mobile devices are getting smaller and more powerful.  They have the ability to deliver learning objects and provide access to online systems and services.  Today, mobile devices such as cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones, Blackberry, iPods, MP3 and MP4 players are finding their way into classrooms in students’ pockets.  These high tech gadgets are useful learning support tools for students.  Unfortunately, many teachers and administrators have serious concerns about the use of these high tech gadgets in schools.  Some schools are so afraid and go extreme to ban these mobile devices for security and other reasons.  It is true that mobile devices could be disruptive and dangerous in schools.  So can pencils and scissors, as Doug Johnson made his points in the article “A Proposal for Banning Pencils” as well as Wesley Fryer argued in his online article “Scissors and Cell Phones.”  Banning these devices is not a good solution since the Internet is not going away, and neither are online social networks, cell phones, mp3 players, and other mobile devices.As teachers and educators, we should educate our students with the proper use of the mobile technologies.  We should work together with our students who are digital natives to figure out how these devices can be used in authentically ways to enhance teaching and learning.  Teachers and school administrators should embrace the rich learning enhancing possibilities that these mobile devices provides and will provide even more so in the future.  Instead of banning these wonderful learning tools in schools, we must ensure that educational practices include the adoption of mobile technologies in productive ways.

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