CHARACTERISTICS OF MOBILE
Ability to move a device within a learning environment or to different environments
Interactivity - The ability to share data and collaboration between
Sensitivity - The ability to gather and respond to real or simulated
data unique to a current location, environment, or time.
ability to be digitally connected for the purpose of communication of data in any
- The ability to use the technology to provide scaffolding on
difficult activities and lesson customization for individual learners.
Size - Mobile devices are also known as handhelds, palmtops and smart phones
due to their roughly phone-like
dimensions. A typical mobile device will fit in the average adult's hand or
pocket. Some mobile devices may fold or slide from a compact, portable mode to
a slightly larger size, revealing built-in keyboards or larger screens. Mobile
devices make use of touch screens and small keypads to receive input,
maintaining their small size and independence from external interface devices.
The standard form of a mobile device allows the user to operate it with one
hand, holding the device in the palm or fingers while executing its functions
with the thumb.
and small tablet computers are sometimes mistaken for true mobile devices,
based on their similarity in form and function, but if the device's size
prohibits one-handed operation or hinders portability, then it cannot be
considered a true mobile device.
Communication - Mobile devices are typically capable of
communication with other similar
devices, with stationary computers and systems, with networks and portable
phones. Base mobile devices are capable of accessing the Internet through
Bluetooth or Wi-Fi networks, and many models are equipped to access cell phone
and wireless data networks as well. Email and texting are standard ways of
communicating with mobile devices, although many are also capable of telephony,
and some specialized mobile devices, such as RFID and barcode.