The second session of the CLED 2013 Press Room will be about mobile learning or m-learning. For this, it included, among others, the participation of the Brazilian Fabio Barros, and the Venezuelans Raymond Marquina and Marianicer Figueroa.
Interesting ideas to highlight emerged from this conversation, including those put forth by Marquina in the sense that the presence of mobile teams represents an opportunity for education, since in Venezuela it is estimated that 3 out of 10 people have a smart phone. In this sense, it is noteworthy that Raymond Marquina strictly targets devices that have connectivity as part of m-learning; However,
There is a big connectivity problem. In many areas of the country connectivity does not even reach the third generation, which makes it difficult to take advantage of it because the connection is very slow.
Despite this, it is suggested that starting next year, all university students will have a tablet. Apart from this, in Venezuela it is projected that all university campuses have Wi-Fi connection for the year 2014, which increases the possibilities of taking educational advantage of mobiles. As part of the academic discussion, Salomn Rivero López shows their disagreement with the fact of including in this trend exclusively devices with connectivity, since even others, such as MP3s, offer great possibilities by promoting portability of educational content. Likewise, Fabio Barros proposes mobile learning activities as ways of teaching and freedom for students choose paths, content, disciplines, courses. Mobile learning, he says, makes us think of training situations that occur outside of traditional classes, learning for communities, neighborhoods,
not only with personalization, but hopefully also with freedom to choose training resources.
To conclude, Marianicer Figueroa puts on the table the need to assess the suitability of technologies and platforms according to the setting and context. Here is the complete recording of the second press room.