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Both the recent adoption of ‘smart’ mobile devices and the advances in network communications have opened up new opportunities for learning. With our mobile devices we can connect anytime and anywhere to our global identity in the cloud extending our experience with our environment. We are constantly learning in an informal process through our devices in interaction with our physical context
and with people. As Sharples (2010) states, “learning flows across locations, time, topics and technologies rather than occurring within a fixed location”. Novel applications appear everyday, which propose new forms of interactions that superimpose layers of ‘digital’ contextualized information over ‘physical’ environments opening up a new range of learning experiences. In this session, we will discuss recent theory of mobile learning and how this has changed the way we learn. We will review some of the applications developed for supporting learning in several contexts, indoors and outdoors, and how all this
is evolving toward applications for learning in the Smart City. Finally we will discuss the challenges of current and future mobile learning scenarios.
M. Sharples,J. Taylor, and G. Vavoula. Bachmair, B. (Ed.) Medienbildung in neuen Kulturr¨aumen, chapter A Theory of Learning
for the Mobile Age. Learning through Conversation and Exploration Across Contexts, pp. 87–99. Verlag: Springer, 2010.