The Reflection of the Week:
The topic of this week is mobile, wireless and ubiquitous learning. Also, we have a great speaker, Dr. Paul Kim from Stanford University, who has a numerous of work about mobile devices and works in different countries such as India, Mexico, Palestine, Rwanda, etc. He works about how mobile devices can facilitate learning and be useful for students who live in rural areas and have no opportunities to have access and use technology.
Let’s talk about the benefits of mobile devices. For me, the biggest benefit of mobile devices is that they can be used in bad economic, social and political issues. Let me give example, one of Dr. Kim article talks about Palestinian students in West Bank. He states that the students do not have access any technology and they have electric and water only two hours four a day. Mobile devices were provided to these students and Israeli students use and create their interactive storytelling. Mobile devices allowed them create their stories without any technologies like internet, web, and electric. Finally, these both Palestinian and Israeli students share their stories with each other, which should be useful to improve mutual understanding and make contributions to peace between two countries. Thus, mobile devices allow student to learn beyond classrooms and even the borders.
However, there are some points needing to be improved on mobile devices. First, there are no common operating standards created and accepted by companies for different kind of mobile devices. Battery is also a kind of barrier. Also, mobile devices should need to be more functional and usable. From perspective of learning and teaching, new studies are needed and should be conducted to integrate mobile devices into pedagogy in order to increase effectiveness of mobile devices.
The example of the Week:
There are a lot of mobile devices to use such as IPhone, BlackBerry, kindle, and recently IPad. I heard that these mobile devices decrease the selling of PC’s and laptops.
The quote of the Week:
The Future is Here; It's Just Not Widely Distributed, Yet.
The Future is Not Widely Distributed. Therefore, it is Not Here, Yet.
The Picture of the Week:
Mobile devices provide collaborative learning between students. This picture shows two students using mobile devices.