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?

  • I hear a lot more talk amongst technologically progressive leaders in high school about the Chromebook than I do about the tablet. The flexibility of online access plans offered by the Chromebook, coupled with the fact that it is cheaper and more durable than the ipad, make a more attractive one to one and laptop cart option. Add to this that it has a keyboard; something more important in the 6-12 setting than k-5. There are always rumors that the 3G connectivity of the Chromebook may soon be 4G. I have no substantiated information about this. On the far horizon may be heads up displays that access student mobiles as the CPU. Now add a wireless keyboard and we have an ultracheap one to one solutions. A recent post of mine. - jack.west jack.west Feb 28, 2012
  • More and more of our students and teachers have flat rate access to 3G/4G-networks on their smart phones and tablets that make them independent of a WIFI-connection and increase the accessibility to 24-7. A remaining obstacle is the outrageous international roaming-fees, when they use them abroad on study trips. - claus.gregersen claus.gregersen Mar 4, 2012
  • Increasingly more learners and teachers in Africa have access to mobile phones that are Internet enabled. Whilst access to media rich data via the mobile internet is cost-prohibitive, the trend is towards a decline in costs as bandwidth becomes more affordable over the next few years- shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Mar 4, 2012
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The technology is relevant for all kind of devices not only smart phones but also tablets and labtops. [[user:claus.gregersen|1330853827h * How mobile internet costs will decline and become more affordable over time in developing countries such as those in Africa - shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Mar 4, 2012
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • A cost effective, comprehensive solution that can get many schools to one to one with low overhead and maintenance.- jack.west jack.west Feb 28, 2012
  • Significantly more widespread use of cellular networks in support of learning and the delivery of curriculum inside classroom and outside - shafika.isaacs shafika.isaacs Mar 4, 2012
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?


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