Using cell phones as tools for learning actually began a few years ago, but a number of developments occurred in the last year to help accelerate this trend.
For one thing, smart phones have gotten even smarter. At an ed-tech industry summit in May, Qualcomm’s Peggy Johnson showed a graph indicating the growth over the last decade in MIPS (millions of instructions per second) that cell-phone chips can handle. The curve of the graph started rising steeply in 2004, when cell-phone chips could handle roughly 400 MIPS; today, that figure stands at nearly 2,000.
Today’s smart phones give users “all the power of a laptop in your pocket,” she said.…Read More