Mobile learning challenges many of the basic assumptions that have been made for decades about education. It challenges what it means to learn and what it means to teach. Mobile learning challenges the accumulated research and traditional mortar and brick spaces where established pedagogies and the value of traditional tools and resources have been commonplace.How can we make this shift happen? It seems there are three things that need to change:
First we need to change the practice - this will lead to a change in beliefs. It sounds like this is the wrong way round, but Rogers' argues otherwise, quoting from Tom Guskey when he writes "we have to get people to act their way into thinking, rather than try to get people to think their way into acting."
Secondly, to change practice teachers have to be involved in ongoing professional development that supports them in using mobile learning devices.
Thirdly, in order for teachers to understand the need for integrating technology, administrators have to model it.
There are very few schools that I've come across where all 3 of these conditions are in place, but I'm lucky to be working at one of them now. As we start to prototype a BYOD - Device 2, I think we are about to enter very exciting times.
Photo Credit: Abstract Colorful Universe Wallpaper by Tom, 2008