Encyclopedia of Teacher Education

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Mobile Learning in Teacher Education

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_113-2
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Simply put, mobile learning means learning through the use of digital tools that support some form of mobility in the learning experience. These digital tools might range from lightweight, portable laptops, through tablets and smartphones, to wearable and embedded devices. The learner may carry all the necessary technology with them or move into a space where their own devices can interact with others in the environment. The ways in which mobile learning takes place are impacted by a range of factors, including the affordances of the device being used, the context of the learner, and the extent to which mobility itself is integrated into the learning experience.

Introduction - The Evolution of Mobile Learning

The original concepts for mobile learning were first expressed through the conceptual design of the Dynabook. The Dynabook was conceived by Alan Kay, a PhD student in 1968. His vision was of a portable device which children could use in their learning. His original drawings of...

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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Mind LabAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Eastern Institute of TechnologyNapierNew Zealand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Maggie Hartnett
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  1. 1.Institute of EducationMassey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand