What are Cellular Networks?

The boundaries between cellular networks and the Internet are blurring. Increasingly, and more so in the developing world, the "on ramp" to the Internet is a mobile device accessing the Internet via a cellular network that extends significantly beyond even the electric grid. As the network expands, mobiles are increasingly the access point for information of all kinds, common tools and communications, training materials, and more. Because they are always connected, many people see mobile computing platforms as their device of choice, and more affordable, more accessible, and easier to use than desktop computers. Mobile devices are becoming more and more pervasive, underscoring the need for a solid mobile broadband infrastruture.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Perhaps one of the most ubiquitous examples of technology across the globe. See Idea Cellular on youtube for an example of how education could be delivered to the remotest parts of the world. They are low cost, low power. The devices themselves can be used to record classes, they have a calculator. The reach and impact of celluar networks provides global opportunities for global learning. SeeShaping the Future – Realising the Potential of Informal Learning Through Mobile’
    - DaveP DaveP Dec 1, 2012
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • A significant challenge in the US is the incongruency between increasing bandwidth available through LTE and the increasingly expensive and data capped data plans by two of the major carriers. If we are to expect to students to use their data plans to retrieve high quality (especially video) content on cell data, we will need to consider this in the design or we are simply shifting another cost to the students.- alanwolf alanwolf Dec 2, 2012
  • Regarding Alan's point: the current cost for 10 minutes of 480p video over LTE in the US is roughly $1. - rubenrp rubenrp Dec 3, 2012
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, research, or creative inquiry?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?