Mobile Computing - Imagination on the Move

Matt Villano, Campus Technology, Jul 04, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Mobile computing has become the new 'in' thing, capturing tghe attention of writers and designers throughout the field of e-learning. Not that there's anything wrong with that; the advent of wireless makes support for mobile computing an imperative. This article surveys some pioneering mobile computing initiatives in U.S. universities, including Seton Hall, Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon. Some stupid stuff, though, like this supposed "great idea": "They fired up the access points, but left them unconnected to the network at large, creating a “dead zone” of connectivity inside each classroom." The whole point of mobile computing is to support learning; turning it off where it's needed most defeats the prupose. Via ADL Co-Lab News.
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