Mobility

Here is an interesting thought I ran across a while back (I'll post the original link when I find it). When we think of ubiquitous computing for learning, we often think about mobile computing because it means access anytime and anywhere. But what if it's not the technology that is mobile but the learner? If that's the case, learners do not take the technology to where learning takes place (as in the case of a mobile device), but technology would be available already within the learning environment, whether it's a classroom, museum, science center, park, home, etc. This notion is much closer to Weiser's original idea of ubiquitous computing, the notion that technology is "invisible, everywhere computing that does not live on a personal device of any sort, but is in the woodwork everywhere." While we are surrounded by technology, at least in the U.S., I don't think we've gotten to the point yet where technology is truly ubiquitous, but we're getting close. And of course, it's not just having the technology available in the woodwork, the key is how people PERCEIVE it (consciously and unconsciously) and what they DO with it.

In an ideal world, a combination of technology embedded in the environment and mobile, wireless technology that can interact with the embedded technology would be an even better solution.

 (World Cup starts today. Hup Holland Hup!! I'll be wearing orange 🙂 )

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