2009 Horizon Report Time-to-Adoption Horizon: One Year or LessThe idea of a single portable device that can make phone calls, take pictures, record audio and video, store data, music, and movies, and interact with the Internet — all of it — has become so interwoven into our lifestyles that it is now surprising to learn that someone does not carry one.http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/chapters/mobiles/
Pew/Internet Report The mobile device will be the primary connection tool to the internet for most people in the world in 2020. Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020. The consensus is that mobile devices will continue to grow in impact because people need to be connected, wherever they are.http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/270/report_display.asp
Pew: Networked Families 89% of married-with-children households own multiple cell phones, and nearly half (47%) own three or more mobile devices. 57% of these children (aged 7-17) have their own cell phone. 25% of survey respondents feel that their family today is now closer than their family when they were growing up thanks to the use of the internet and cell phones.http://pewresearch.org/pubs/998/networked-families
United Nations Telecom Agency In 2000, only 12 per cent of the global population had a mobile phone. The number of mobile phone users will overtake the number of people who dont have a cellphone this year for the first time. (that was in early 2008)http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/02/06/tech-ce
Louisiana Community andTechnical College System Pilot program to offer courses to any students with Blackberries or iPhones 21 courses in business and gen ed. Eventually, entire associate degrees will be available online and on cell phones Students will be able to register for classes, access study materials, submit assignments and go to the online bookstore all from the palm of their handhttp://www.2theadvocate.com/news/34313179.html
Google SMS Text message your search query to 466453 (GOOGLE on most devices) and get results back. Keywords: weather, define, stock, postal code, translate, calculator, and more…http://www.google.ca/mobile/sms/index.html
Drop.io Create a shared storage space for media and content. Upload new content via email, phone, fax, and more. VSTE Drop: http://drop.io/vste2009http://drop.io
Poll Everywhere Multiple choice and open-ended questions Link respondents to multiple questions Interactive quizzes, polling, low-cost PRS substitute.http://www.polleverywhere.com
Qik Easy online video production Videos are shown live while recording Past recordings are accessible http://www.qik.com/timmmmyboyhttp://www.qik.com
Twitter One to Many broadcasting Announcements and Updates Ability to set updates to private Integrates with many other web services like Qik and Drop.iohttp://www.twitter.com
Textmarks Many to Many broadcasting Facilitate a group discussion Text “vste09” to 41411 to subscribe to the group.http://www.textmarks.com
Where are we headed? Google Android OpenMoko 100% saturation within the next 5 years.
The Distraction Dilemma How can we teach appropriate use of cell phones, if we are unwilling to use them at all? Set forth guidelines and stand by them. Encourage and promote positive use of new technology instead of keeping it all a mystery.
Final Thoughts Learning is a deeply personal act that is facilitated when learning experiences are relevant, reliable, and engaging. Different kinds of learning demand appropriate strategies, tools, and resources. Technology in and of itself may not guarantee better learning. The better the experience and the more intentional the results, the greater is the likelihood that learning will occur.http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/EnablingMo