Becoming the Mobile Scholar Whittemore Library LibLearn 9/30/09
The Mobile Life “A recent survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project predicts that by the year 2020, most people across the world will be using a mobile device as their primary means for connecting to the Internet.” (1)
Growth of Technology Advancements Fuels Adoption Mobile applications Wireless communications Networking: speed (3G and 4G standards)
Game changer: iPhone and Apple Apps “In mid-2008, Apple launched the App Store for the Apple iPhone, and less than six months later, more than 10,000 such applications were offered.” Android’s Market, Blackberry’s App World, Nokia’s Ovi Store soon follow with their own application marketplaces. Gaming moves to mobile appliances.
Hardware as the Enabler Computers: netbooks, tablet PCs Cellphones and smartphones: various data plans (SMS, Internet). Features: physical configurations, multimedia capture, GPS, and gaming Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) Mobile broadband devices : broadband cards, portable hotspots (Sprint’s MIFI)
Hardware as the Enabler Portable scanners or Evernote Handheld projector (Pico Projector) Storage: flash drives, external portable hard drives, storage in the cloud (Dropbox or Gmail/Yahoo) , SD Flash Card Portable video (FLIP Mino, iPod Nano)
Ask yourself: What are my needs and what would I like to accomplish? Once you are aware of your requirements, then you can look for technology to fulfill your needs. One device won’t cover all requirements. Nothing is static. Technology advancements are daily. Find a tech buddy. Play, experiment.
Try Ipod Touch Why?
You do not need to switch cell phone plans
Scholars Toolkit: sampling applications for the cellphone, smartphone and iPod Touch Download e-books (Apple apps: Kindle, Stanza) and audio books (Overdrive.com, Audible.com) Worldcat (Apple app): search catalog for books View documents saved from other computer (Dropbox: Apple app) View video: YouTube University Channel, Ted videos (iTunes), Apple University (iTunes) Blackboard (Apple app)
Scholars Toolkit: sampling applications for the cellphone, smartphone and i-Pod Touch SMS questions to Chacha, our library’s “Text 4 Answers” Sciences: GoogleEarth (Apple app), Pubmed (Apple app), arXiview (Apple app) Reference: Dictionary.com (Apple app), Epocrates (Apple app), Wikipedia (Apple app) Humanities: Art Lite(Apple app), USA manual (Apple app), Jane Austen (Apple app), Shakespeare (Apple app)
References (1) 2009 Horizon ReportJohnson, Laurence F., Levine, Alan, and Smith, Rachel S. 2009 Horizon Report. Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium, 2009. Questions? Contact, Millie Gonzalez, firstname.lastname@example.org
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