The future of mobile technology: learning ‘on the run’? [NESTA Futurelab]

Mobile phones are used in Asia in strikingly innovative ways. In Japan, there have been stories of schoolgirls writing messages on scraps of paper, photographing them with their phones and then e-mailing them to friends. In Korea the third biggest national newspaper, Oh My News, gets most of its content from citizens who e-mail text stories or photos from their mobiles.

Only a few steps behind, the UK seems to have developed an insatiable appetite for mobile technology. Mobile phones are replaced on average every 18 months, and a recent report from the consultancy mobileYouth found that one in three children aged between 5 and 9 owns a mobile phone: the average age of first phone ownership is now 8. […]

Mobile phones are already being used in education, but so far the uses have been fairly modest. […] [However] the pace of change suggests that mobiles will be used extensively in colleges and schools within the next five to ten years.

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