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Friday, November 05, 2004

Moblogging as a Learning Tool

"Blogs and wikis were yesterday. Moblogging is today." So writes Howard Rheingold in a fascinating piece in TheFeature about smart mobs and pervasive environments in education.

In this vision, students would be connected to one another through an m-learning environment, automatically notified when someone is seeking a specific piece of information. Ad hoc groups could form that include instructors, and the group would be directed to the information they needed.

What's interesting about this piece as much as the technical foresight are the comments. Many are skeptical, but one commentor hit the nail on the head when he pointed out the distinction between "learning" and "schooling."