From Horizon Project
| 2009 Short List
 Time-to-Adoption: One year or Less
 Time-to-Adoption: Two to Three Years
 Time-to-Adoption: Four to Five Years
Over the past few years, mobiles have undergone a continual transformation, becoming more capable and flexible with each new release. The ability to record audio and video turned them into tiny multimedia devices; as storage capacity increased, they became the storehouses of our digital lives; and geolocation, web browsing, and email has brought much of the functionality of a laptop to the pocket-sized devices. Then, a year ago, another transformation took place. Devices with touch screen displays appeared on the market. These new mobiles can access the Internet over the increasingly higher-speed 3G networks or by using wifi, and they can sense motion and orientation and react accordingly thanks to built-in accelerometers. They can use GPS to locate themselves and can run robust applications. They communicate with other devices. Most significantly, their manufacturers are working with the developer community to open up the devices to all the innovation that third-party developers can bring.
New interfaces, the ability to connect to wifi and GPS in addition to a variety of cellular networks, and the availability of third-party applications have created an almost entirely new device with nearly infinite possibilities for education, networking, and personal productivity. The implications for education are dramatic: the potential for mobile gaming and simulation, research aids, fieldwork, and tools for learning of all kinds is there, awaiting development.
 Relevance for Teaching, Learning & Creative Expression
- Nearly every student carries a mobile device, making it a natural choice for content exchange and delivery, instant feedback, file transfer, field work and data capture: mobiles and their networks are virtually everywhere.
- Language learners can install applications on their mobiles that let them not only personalize their learning (looking up words and pronunciation, receiving and answering customized quizzes) but also record their voices and engage in interaction and peer to peer communication (instant messaging, microblogging, surveys, interviews, collaborative activities).
- Detailed reference materials are available for medicine and astronomy; graphing calculator applications turn mobiles into sophisticated mathematical tools; hundreds of flash card applications are available for an array of subjects; and Google Earth now can be installed on mobile devices.
- ChemiCal is a chemical calculation application for the iPhone: http://www.twssworldwide.com/ChemiCal.html
- The iPhone version of Google Earth includes all the detail of the desktop version and is available in 18 languages: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/introducing-google-earth-for-iphone.html
- Medical resources developed for the iPhone can be used by students and practitioners: http://jeffreyleow.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/iphone-in-medical-education/
- Where mobiles are, where they are going See http://www.pcworld.com/article/152683-6/future_tech.html#12
- Find Me - an ARG you can play with your kids using puzzle solving, mobile blogging and geolocation. See: http://agit8.org.uk/?p=101
 For Further Reading
- How Mobile Is Changing Our Society
(Teemu Arina, Tarina, 18 October 2008.) This blog post explores the blurring boundary between mobile devices and computers and the potential future of what we now call mobiles.
- iPhone: 3 Features That Will Impact Education
(Jeff VanDrimmelen, EduTechie.com, 12 June 2007.) This blog post describes three features of the iPhone – multi-touch display, widgets, and iPhone applications with full Internet access.http://horizon.nmc.org/wdata/index.php?title=Mobiles&action=edit§ion=3
- Top Ten Android Launch Apps
(Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch, 22 October 2008.) This blog post describes ten of the applications that are available as of the October 2008 launch of the first Android phone.
- Are you Ready for Mobile Learning
(Joseph Rene Corbeil and Maria Elena Valdes-Corbeil, Educause Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 2, 2007 .) This paper shows that frequent use of mobile devices does not mean that students or instructors are ready for mobile learning and teaching.
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- FCC White Spaces Decision Kicks Off the Next Wireless Revolution - http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/11/fccs-decision-t.html- Undoubtedly this will expedite the adoption of widespread mobile access [CL]
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