Learning with a mobile device
Posted June 28, 2011on:
Many thanks to Carolyn for sharing this interview of Mimo Ito, What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II.
There might be theorists who will go at length about the differences between learning with, learning from, learning on, ad nauseam. There might be some who will harp about technological determinism or how technology is just a means to an end.
Then there will be others who will put their money (and effort) where their mouths are and put mobile learning devices in the hands of learners. They will do this even though they are not sure how this might enhance or enable learning.
Yesterday I learnt that the Singapore Armed Forces is doing this. Several of my Delicious-based bookmarks are resources that report how various schools have taken the iPad plunge [one list] [another list].
Then there are others who are trying to decide if the water is too cold or hot to dip a toe in. The worst of them prevent others who know how to swim from actually swimming.
How do they do this? Their chief weapons are fear mongering and creating red tape. They delay the processes of developing, tinkering and reflecting.
You need very little research to find out how to create a mobile programme, particularly one that that is BYOD (bring your own device).
Such a programme is not like those in the past where labs or special rooms were built to house computers. Those programmes were designed around teaching and delivery instead of learning and exploration. Those programmes reinforced learning in just one place instead of where and when it was needed.
How might one start with such a programme?
It does not begin with a budget for devices like iPads. Instead, it starts by watching children use iPads and tapping that energy, excitement and need to explore. It helps if you are childlike too with your own exploration and openness to learn from mistakes.