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Smart devices or people? A mobile learning quandary

Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes (2012). Smart devices or people? A mobile learning quandary. International Journal of Learning and Media, 4(3-4) pp. 73–77.

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Mobile learning is an emerging paradigm in an unpredictable and shifting landscape of technological change. A technocentric focus is anathema to educators who prefer to believe that innovative pedagogy is the driving force behind educational developments. However, the proliferation of mobile devices may have an almost irresistible impact on teaching and learning. The focus of this article is on the concept of “smartness” in relation to mobile devices and people. As devices become smarter, their users are in danger of becoming less smart, or their agency may be at risk. Yet the key value of smart devices may be in how they can help develop essential skills and competencies in 21st-century learners—in particular, their self-direction—although this will not happen of its own accord.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ISSN: 1943-6068
Keywords: mobile learning; smart technology
Academic Unit/School: Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 40707
Depositing User: Agnes Kukulska-Hulme
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2014 10:57
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2020 19:29
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