Mobile learning and integration of mobile technologies in education

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Mobile technologies have a huge potential to transform education provided these technologies are designed and implemented in such a way that they are relevant to the social and cultural context of learning. Clearly, the application, implementation, and design of mobile technology in the global educational context pose technological and socio-cultural challenges. Specifically, technology tools and applications that are familiar in developed nations may pose unique challenges in developing countries, so ‘one size fits all’ or ‘one technology for all contexts’ does not practically work. Therefore, the authors provide case studies focusing on the pedagogical benefits of mobile technologies when used as educational tools. Ideally, this article is intended to stimulate reflections on the subject of m-learning as well as the integration of mobile technologies in education.

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Keengwe, J., Bhargava, M. Mobile learning and integration of mobile technologies in education. Educ Inf Technol 19, 737–746 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-013-9250-3

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Keywords

  • M-learning
  • M-technology
  • Instant messaging (IM)
  • Learning environment
  • Personal digital assistant (PDA)
  • Mobile healthcare systems (MHS)