What are Cellular Networks?

The boundaries between cellular networks and the Internet are blurring. Increasingly, and more so in the developing world, the "on ramp" to the Internet is a mobile device accessing the Internet via a cellular network that extends significantly beyond even the electric grid. The 3G cellular networks support broadband Internet, and with self-contained power, can be deployed in even the most remote locations. As the network expands, mobiles are increasingly the access point not only for common tools and communications, but also for information of all kinds, training materials, and more. Because of it is always connected, many people are beginning to look to mobile computing platforms as their device of choice. For this group, mobile computing devices are more affordable, more accessible, and easier to use than desktop computers, and provide more than enough functionality to serve as their primary computing device.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Ability to provide connected access to learning and digital content where the web might not have penetrated holds great promise in terms of connected learners across the globe. Witness journalism, self directed learning but with connectivity on a global scale. See the Indian advertisement herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVAs82bw1HA
    - DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011
  • Easy-to-use, reliable wireless access to the internet is not always possible and should not be confined to classrooms or conference halls. Cellular networks widen the opportunity for contributing to class online discussions, accessing readings before class as they allow students and teachers to participate whenever they want, wherever they are, like for instance on a bus during a field trip or for foreign language vocabulary learning. See:
    http://www.icwe.net/oeb_special/OEB_Newsportal/language-learning-at-the-finger-tips/ - bdieu bdieu Nov 20, 2011

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • problem of uplink and downlink and congestion- DaveP DaveP Nov 20, 2011
  • platform lock-in (should be partially solved with mobile cloud computing), lack of uniformity and interoperability among different versions of the same app on different devices.- bdieu bdieu Nov 20, 2011

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • mobile blogging, mobile text recognition, video and photo sharing, projects using geolocation, sharing files - bdieu bdieu Nov 20, 2011

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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