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Mobile Technology in 2020: Predictions and Implications for K-12 Education

Abstract

"While 'mobile learning' has gained recognition in K-12 as a category in educational technology, the authors argue that, between 2010 and 2015, at least, its impact hasn't matched the hype. But between 2015 and 2020, hardware, software, and network technologies will mature sufficiently such that educational technologys Holy Grail for K-12--a computing device--a mobile device--for every child, 24/7--will be realized. The authors, though, argue that K-12's dominant peda- gogy--direct instruction--must give way to an inquiry, learn-by-doing pedagogy in order for learners to truly benefit from universal access to mobile computing. Unfortunately, their article is less sanguine on the probability of K-12 educators making that transition."

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