The author also addresses future prospects in mobile device technology. The article brings into perspective an important opportunity in the field of education and pedagogy in general. Initially, the use of mobile phones was restricted to communication. However, the author outlines that communication can also involve the sharing of information between teachers and students and thereby acting as an educational tool. Furthermore, the ease in accessibility and portability of mobile devices compounded with advancements in technology has made the adoption of mobile phones in education unavoidable.
With the realization of the potential in mobile devices with regard to education, technological advancements can and should concentrate on inventions that will promote the use of mobile devices in education. Furthermore, educational strategies should be adopted to ensure that users have the relevant knowledge and experience with regard to using mobile devices for educational purposes. The article brings into perspective an important step in using technology to promote education.
The author provides a history account of mobile learning and the some of the reasons why the use of mobile devices for learning unlike the use of computers has not been exploited effectively. The author defines mobile learning as the use of mobile devices such as PDA and Smart phones in education. Some of the issues the author outlines that have been responsible for the lack of effective exploitation of mobile phones as educational devices, are the perceptions adopted by both manufacturers and end users.
The author provides an example of the Sony Ericsson mobile manufacturer where the company confessed that education was not one of its priorities when it came to adopting newer technologies in mobile devices. Furthermore, the author explains that end users have not also been able to relate education with mobile devices that are mostly seen as entertainment devices.
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