Portable Devices for Learning: A Whistlestop Tour [A6]

Abstract

We live in a time in which a plethora of portable computing devices are available such as: mobile phones, handheld computers, gaming devices and movie and music players. These devices offer powerful computing power, often on a par with desktop computers of only a few years ago. Additionally, they increasingly have wireless connectivity to the Internet. These devices are in wide spread usage and are considered affordable by many students and academics. The array of portable computing power can be bewildering. This session will look at options available and how they might used by institutions to increase the learning value for students.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will gain:

  • an overview of the different handhelds devices available and the technologies they employ.
  • idea of how learning materials and information might be made available on these devices.