Update2: More Wi-Fi waffle. Evidence, anyone?
Update: It's not very often I agree with the BBC's Bill Thompson, but he's got it right this time: Wi-Fi? Why worry?
Thanks to Andy Black for pointing me at this piece from Educause Review, Enabling Mobile Learning. This is a very upbeat article implying that 2007 will be the year m-learning comes of age.
I'm not convinced. For one thing, luddites still rule, like the Professional Association of Teachers, which wants an investigation into whether there are health risks from wireless computer networks in schools (in the lack of any evidence that there is), and wi-fi paranoia is growing.
Mostly though, my own research is showing that students have strong preconceived perceptions of these new formats, for example, commenting that they only listen to audio podcasts on computers because these are associated with "work", whereas personal mobile devices such as mp3 players and mobile phones are reserved for "entertainment". Students carve out a range of online spaces and are reluctant to let social and academic spaces overlap.
Doesn't sound like the year m-learning comes of age to me, but if you think I'm wrong, let me know.